Etesia Launch Multi-Purpose Electric Barrow

This autumn, Etesia aim to make the lives of contractors, landscapers and groundcare professionals easier with the launch of a new revolutionary 100% electric wheel barrow, which is available with a range of attachments to tackle a wide variety of jobs.

Power comes from a 24V 1000W battery with two forward and two reverse speeds up to 6kp/h. Fitted with either wheels or ‘caterpillar tracks’, this is a truly a multi-function, ‘go anywhere’ tool, which can transport heavy material in the skip section and water or liquid material in the tank section, be used as a raised work bench by folding down the side panels, or transport tools in the tool rack and be used to tip waste material.

Featuring the same dashboard fitted on the Etesia M2E electric Bahia ride-on mower, the wheel barrow is controlled by an eelectronic management system which incorporates a dynamic brake for safe deceleration. The park brake is mechanically integrated within the transaxle and controlled by the power shutdown. A ‘dead man’ function, meaning that when the command panel is released, the machine comes to a stop completes the extensive safety features.

Etesia estimate that when fully loaded (200kgs), the battery will last up to five hours.

Optional accessories available include a snow blade, scarifier, and side extension / side rail and spray lance.

Etesia Launch Two New Professional Pedestrian Mowers

This autumn, Etesia has launched two new professional pedestrian rotary mowers – the PKCTM and LKCGM Duocut models.

The PKCTM model is a 46cm single speed machine equipped with a 6HP Kawasaki KAI-FS181 engine and comes complete with a 50 litre grass box. Cutting heights are quickly adjusted from 28-85mm. As a direct result of demand from local authorities and contractors, this machine has a large capacity fuel tank which is designed to allow operators to complete a full day’s work without the need to re-fuel.

In addition to the large capacity fuel tank, there are important Health & Safety benefits – the need for less frequent refuelling which reduces the risk of spillage when working on site and, in turn, operator-exposure to petrol fumes is therefore minimised. The hazards associated with transporting petrol cans can also be eliminated, and, with once-a-day fill-up at the depot, consumption can be cost effectively monitored.

Built to withstand the rigours of commercial use, the PKCTM has a tough Xenoy cutting deck, making it lightweight and easy to transport. As with all rotary mowers in the Duocut range, it offers low vibrations combined with high performance, quality cut and reliability – features which make many of the UK’s top councils and local authorities as well as landscapers and groundsmen come back year after year with large repeat orders.

The LKCGM is a 53cm model equipped with a 6HP Kawasaki KAI-FS180 engine and three speeds – 2.7, 3.5 and 4.5km/h. It is fitted with an 80 litre grass box with cutting height adjustment from 25-85mm and an aluminium cutting deck.

Extremely versatile, both new models are capable of mowing with or without collection in all conditions, or for high-quality mulching. And they do all that without the need for an accessory.

That high performance is possible thanks to the Duocut concept which is the perfect combination between 100% collection and 100% mulching decks, without compromising the results of either of the functions. Changing the mowing system is easy: just place the removable insert under the deck if you want to mulch. Remove the insert if you prefer to mow with or without collection. There is no need for a tool or blade change. The insert completes the shape of the deck to form a smooth surface with no roughness, allowing the grass to move easily for incomparably superior mulching.

Excellent mulching results with a very high collection performance, even if the grass is long and wet is compacted in the grass collection boxes, complete with box filling indicator.

Both models come, as standard, with ‘soft grip’ handle bars which can fold for easy transportation.

Etesia Launch Five New Products

Among a range of new product launches from Etesia this autumn are two high quality professional rotary mowers, two domestic pedestrian lawn mowers and a new revolutionary electric wheel barrow.

The PKCTM 46cm and LKCGM 53cm models join the Duocut range. Both machines are available with mulching inserts ensuring that users can use one machine for a multitude of different tasks – cut and collect, cut and drop or mulch.

The PKCTM model is a single speed machine equipped with a 6HP Kawasaki KAI-FS181 engine and comes complete with a long range fuel tank making it ideal for mobile grass cutting teams who require a machine to last all day without re-fuelling, whilst the LKCGM model is equipped with a 6HP Kawasaki KAI-FS180 engine and has three speeds – 2.7, 3.5 and 4.5km/h.

Supplied with a 50 litre grass box, the PKCTM has seven cutting height settings, which are quickly adjustable from 28-85mm and Xenoy reinforced cutting deck. The LKCGM model has an 80 litre grass box with cutting height adjustment 25-85mm and an aluminium cutting deck.

Two new electric models aimed at the domestic market complete the range of new Duocut models now available, which are very competitively priced from just £249 +VAT. The VECS and NECTS are also available with mulching inserts ensuring that gardeners can complete a range of tasks to suit their individual needs.

The VECS is a 1300W push model with eight cutting height settings, which are quickly adjustable using one lever from 20-60mm. The NECTS model is a 1500W single speed (3km) model with seven cutting height settings from 25-85mm and comes complete with Xenoy cutting deck for added robustness.

Completing the new product launches is the new revolutionary 100% electric wheel barrow which is available with a range of attachments that can tackle a wide variety of jobs.
Power comes from a 24V 1000W battery with two forward and two reverse speeds. Fitted with either wheels or ‘caterpillar tracks’, this is a truly a multi-function, ‘go anywhere’ tool, which can transport heavy material in the skip section and water or liquid material in the tank section, be used as a raised work bench by folding down the side panels, transport tools in the tool rack and be used to tip waste material.

Optional accessories available include a snow blade, scarifier, side extension / side rail and spray lance.

Pellenc Launch New ‘Cow-Horn Handle’ Brushcutter

Once again, Pellenc is proving that it is technologically ahead of the field with the launch of its Excelion 2000 ‘cow-horn’ handle professional brushcutter, sold exclusively in the UK by Etesia.

The new Excelion 2000 is also part of an introductory launch offer which sees customers offered a ULB80P battery, Excelion 2000 brushcutter and rollcut head at just £1500 +VAT – a saving of over £500.

Strimming long grass, weeds and undergrowth on steep or difficult terrain demands particularly well thought-out tools. They need to be rugged, powerful, easy to handle and ergonomic in use – just the characteristics of the new Pellenc 2000 hand-held brushcutter, making it the ideal maintenance tool for professional landscapers and contractors.

With a new heavy-duty harness and weighing just 5.1kgs, the Excelion 2000 can be purchased with a choice of four cutting heads: the ‘roll-cut’ head will accommodate 7 metres of 3mm twisted wire or up to 9 metres of 2.7mm, the ‘tap-cut’ head is capable of using the same wires, a new ‘multi-head’ is available for quick changes between wire and blade. A new heavy duty ‘blade-cut’ will shortly be available.

The Excelion 2000 prevents almost 98% of the direct emissions of a petrol engine. Users who decide to recharge Pellenc batteries with the Solerion solar charger see the CO2 emissions totally eliminated, and in addition an important factor for the commercial operator, vibration levels of 2.3ms².

As with all other Pellenc products, the Excelion 2000 uses the ultra-high capacity technology of the Pellenc lithium battery and guarantees non-polluting, odourless operation with quick start-up and up to 4.5 hrs of continuous operation.

The Pellenc ULB battery range is designed for professional tool use. ULB batteries allow the user to work for up to a full day on a single charge. Pellenc is the only professional tool manufacturer to offer a whole range of tools that operate with ultra-high capacity multipurpose batteries.

Ideal tools for all situations where noise and emissions are not wanted, Pellenc are used by landscapers and contractors for local garden maintenance, or close to hospitals, cemeteries, schools and other noise sensitive areas.

Council Invests in Pellenc Green Technology

As part of Devon Council’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, South Hams District Council has purchased a range of Pellenc battery-powered grounds maintenance equipment. The new machines, supplied and supported by local dealer Radmore and Tucker are already showing significant savings in fuel expenditure and also considerable environmental advantages.

Selected following thorough examination by council supervisors and staff of the different options available to them, the Pellenc products chosen consist of a Excelion grass strimmer, Helion hedgecutter and Airion leaf blower – all powered by the 700P back-pack battery.

The Green Technology™ products, distributed in the UK exclusively by Etesia UK, will be used across the region and at the District Council’s head office at Follarton House to help maintain public parks and open spaces close to office buildings.

“We only have to pay for electricity to charge the battery, so the fuel costs are next to zero and the range is greater compared to petrol so even before we do our analysis at the end of the season we know that our fuel efficiency is much better. Equally important, of course, is the reduction in our carbon footprint,” said David Burkes, charge hand gardener for South Hams District Council.

Following the grounds care team’s visit to IOG SALTEX, they decided that it was the ‘product of the show’ and they organised a demonstration so that they could test the equipment in their own settings.

“The reasons that we opted for the Pellenc products are simple; we have a lot of offices staff in Follarton House as well as hosting weddings and other functions there. Any equipment we use needs to be quiet to operate as we don’t want to disrupt the office staff or intrude on any visitors – something we just couldn’t do with petrol-powered equipment.

For grounds maintenance tasks close to buildings, David particularly likes the four-speed selector on the Excelion grass strimmer: “I like the fact that you are able to work at variable speeds. If I am close to a building, I can use the low setting for low noise and then speed it up when I am further away for a quicker cut.”

In the last five years, Pellenc has gained market recognition by offering a unique range of ‘zero emission’ battery-powered handheld tools, thanks to the development of Lithium-ion ultra-high performance batteries. This exclusive Pellenc technology allows for a drastic reduction in the production of greenhouse gases and noise pollution. It is also comfortable for users, meets new sustainable development demands and offers excellent economic profitability.

“The Pellenc tools have been very reliable and the battery lasts for a whole day of working without a problem. I would recommend Pellenc and have done to others as I’ve been so impressed.”

Hire Company Complete Largest Ever Pellenc UK Order

Etesia UK, the exclusive distributor of Pellenc battery-powered equipment in the UK, have recently supplied a rental giant with a multitude of 28 machines, 13 batteries and a range of cutting blades. This order is the largest single order of Pellenc equipment from one customer at one time and will be used exclusively by the Canal and River Trust for maintenance work in Newark Nottinghamshire.

After a period of testing and evaluation, the national supplier of tools, equipment and related services took delivery of over 50 pieces of kit from Pellenc dealer RT Machinery, which have been put straight to work by the trust, who care for 2,000 miles of historic waterways across the country.

The hire company was looking for environmentally-friendly equipment to add to their fleet. A team of people visited the Etesia UK head office, initially to look at some pedestrian mowers and became intrigued with a new range of battery-powered hand tools.

“We had heard about battery-powered equipment before, but never looked at it as there had always been an issue with how long you could perform with the tool and the initial purchase price,” explained Andrew Kirk, Ground Care Asset Manager.

“We had a demo of the equipment whilst we were at Etesia and were very impressed with how lightweight the equipment was, the life of the battery and how well it performed on the day. They are extremely environmentally-friendly products with low noise and the batteries pay for themselves over a period of time as you don’t have to purchase fuel. With the price of fuel rocketing over the last 12-18 months, there is now an even quicker payback time.”
The company held one of their demo days where they invite customers along to try out new equipment in their own environment. The Pellenc products were a success and the first large order was placed.

“We wanted to bring it to the contractor’s attention because as a company, we feel it’s the way forward. We had the Canal and River Trust in mind specifically because of the areas they maintain which have a lot of wildlife. The Pellenc products are environmentally-friendly and very low noise. There is no mixing of two-stroke fuel, so it was an easy decision to make.”

In the last five years, Pellenc has gained market recognition by offering a unique range of ‘zero emission’ battery-powered handheld tools, thanks to the development of Lithium-ion ultra-high performance batteries. This exclusive Pellenc technology allows for a drastic reduction in the production of greenhouse gases and noise pollution. It is also comfortable for users, meets new sustainable development demands and offers excellent economic profitability.

“All operatives received a full training session from Etesia and Pellenc. It’s been very successful so far and we are hoping that we can persuade more customers to look at this equipment. It ticks a lot of boxes with it being environmentally friendly, low noise and low vibration levels which the more conventional petrol machines are unable to compete with,” adds Andrew.

Glendale Choose Etesia as Preferred Pedestrian Mower

National grounds management company Glendale has confirmed its commitment to quality by recently purchasing a range of 60 Etesia Pro 46 models, increasing their fleet to around 300 Etesia machines.

“The deal with Etesia underlines our commitment to use only the highest quality machinery. We chose the PRO 46 PBE push and PBTS self-propelled models after several successful demonstrations, mainly due to Etesia’s excellent reliability record over the last ten years,” said Glendale’s Commercial Director Stuart Darbyshire.

The contractor has used a lot of different pedestrian mowers in the past. Stuart says that the pedestrian rotary mower is a difficult item to specify correctly because they are heavily used so must be robust, but must also be at an affordable price point. “When we looked at reliability versus cost, the Etesia mowers came out on top. In the ten years that we have worked with Etesia, there have been a couple of occasions where we tried other manufacturers’ products which were cheaper but not as successful – they were simply not as reliable at the Etesia machines, so we went back to Etesia and haven’t looked back since.

“We normally depreciate the pedestrian mowers in our fleet over a two year period, and we are happy that the Etesia mowers will be able to carry out the contract work to the required standards, and cope well with the demands of our commercial grass cutting operations.”

Designed to meet the rigours of a wide variety of commercial grass cutting applications, Etesia’s Pro 46 pedestrian rotaries are specified by contractors who want to profit from grass cutting. The Single bladed Etesia PRO46 PBE push and PRO46 PBTS self-propelled models have a 5hp Briggs and Stratton engine. Cutting width is 46cm, the detachable grass box with ‘full’ indicator has a capacity of 52 litres, and overall weight is just 37kg. Designed around the operator, the handlebars are ergonomically shaped and mounted for ease-of-use. New ‘soft-touch’ controls reduce pressure on the hands and fingers during operation. Extensive testing of these latest models has shown low vibration levels that meet stringent Health and Safety guidelines. There are six models available in the range, with options including mulching facility.

“The good thing about these models is that they are extremely versatile and good at cutting & collecting. Whilst the majority of our work is cut and collect, some is cut and drop, so it’s useful that we only need one machine for both jobs. We now have around 250-300 Etesia pedestrian rotaries in our fleet so we see them as our pedestrian mower of choice and Etesia is a key supplier,” adds Stuart.

RHS Wisely Go Green with Pellenc

RHS Wisley has purchased a range of environmentally-friendly battery-powered Pellenc equipment to keep tree & hedge cover along with grass clippings & debris in check, quietly and without fumes.

Wisley – the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), one of the world’s leading horticultural organisations and now operates a fleet of Pellenc Helion hedgecutters and Airion blowers to help maintain its 360 acre estate. Peter Anderson, machinery maintenance engineer at Wisley also added the Pellenc Solerion solar panel charging station to ensure that all batteries are always ready to be used when required.

Over the past two years, Peter has purchased a number of hedgecutters, blowers and batteries from his local Pellenc dealer Surrey Power. Peter says the usability and functionality of the Pellenc products along with low noise and vibration levels, together with equipment reliability and ease of servicing are some of the key reasons why he has chosen Pellenc.

“They are extremely lightweight with low noise and vibration levels,” said Peter. “When the estates team first saw Pellenc, some staff members were sceptical as they felt that battery-powered equipment wouldn’t be able to do as a good of a job as the petrol-powered equipment, but as soon as they started to use it, they were so impressed with the power that they now return to it first time.”

Peter was introduced to Pellenc two years ago by Surrey Power, his local dealer. Prior to purchasing any new machine, he always undertakes a lot of research, reading up on the latest reviews and talking to other end-users. Being the RHS, he also wanted to reduce their emissions and noise levels for visitors. He discovered that Pellenc’s outstanding features and performance absolutely blew the competition away.

“We are open 364 days-a-year and wanted to reduce the amount of noise for our visitors. We also wanted to reduce the noise and vibration levels for the operatives using the equipment. We have a large amount of student volunteers so I wanted to ensure that the equipment we gave them was lightweight. Pellenc ticks all of the correct boxes.”

In the last five years, Pellenc has gained market recognition by offering a unique range of ‘zero emission’ battery-powered handheld tools, thanks to the development of Lithium-ion ultra-high performance batteries. This exclusive Pellenc technology allows for a drastic reduction in the production of greenhouse gases and noise pollution. It is also comfortable for users, meets new sustainable development demands and offers excellent economic profitability.

“The products are very well engineered and are extremely low maintenance with their brushless motors – another reason for the purchase,” adds Peter.

Etesia Attila Tames Parish Council’s Rough Grass

This year’s weather has seen rain alternating with spells of warm, dry sunshine – the ideal conditions for encouraging grass, weeds, saplings and other unwanted plants to grow strong and lush. Holywell-Cum-Needingworth Parish Council in Cambridgeshire has chosen Etesia’s Attila 98X four-wheel-drive ride-on brushcutter to clear this sort of overgrown vegetation.

The Parish Council have responsibility for over 13 miles of designated walkways and common land, banks, slopes and uneven ground to keep open and in good order all year around which is no mean feat.

As Jane Bowd, Parish Clerk at Holywell-Cum-Needingworth Parish Council points out, “Much of the route is grass, scrub and rough turf. The terrain is often uneven or waterlogged as some of the houses in the parish are built on a bank which is not easy to reach, but still require maintaining. It’s public money that we spend so we have to look at other products, but we’re very happy to stay with Etesia because we know that are excellent at what they do – nothing can compare to these machines.”

With a cutting width of 98cm and up to eight cutting heights which can be adjusted by centralised lever, the Etesia Attila 98X ride-on brushcutter is reliable, efficient, comfortable and safe to use. Special attention has been paid to sound and vibration levels to reduce them to a very low level. A low centre of gravity, four-wheel-drive and a powerful 23HP Briggs & Stratton engine plus heavy-tread tyres and differential lock provide greater stability on slopes up to 30°.

“We call it the Daddy – it even pulls logs out of the way and does everything a ‘normal’ mower can do and so much more,” explains Ian Armstrong, Head Groundsman for the Parish Council. “It goes through waist high material with ease – nothing seems to stop it.

“When we do our hedge cutting around the outside perimeter of the sports pitches, we leave the branches on the ground and just run over them. Then, when we cut the grass the Etesia mulches it all up. It’s so fast and is certainly the best mower for what it does on the market – no question.”

“As with any grounds maintenance tasks, we don’t get a lot of feedback from residents when the areas are looking good, but when it looks bad – we certainly do,” added Jane. “The past year, with the poor weather, we had some complaints at the beginning of the year with the length of the grass as our other mowers couldn’t get onto the grass to cut it. We have a policy here to mulch, rather than cut and collect, so we just took the Etesia AV98X out to cut all the areas that the other mowers couldn’t.

“You can’t expect our groundsmen to do the job if they haven’t got the right tools – with Etesia they know that they can’t use that as an excuse.”

No fumes and less noise for Heritage gardens with Pellenc

The 35-acre Polesden Lacey National Trust property on the North Downs at Great Bookham, Surrey, one of the Trust’s most popular properties, is now using Pellenc battery-powered equipment to keep tree & hedge cover and grass verges in check, quietly and without fumes.

Senior gardener at the National Trust property Chris Gaskin has the constant task of maintaining the grounds, yet preserving the delightful views across the North Downs countryside. He has now found a way of achieving this that is easier and far less obtrusive to visitors.

It is the Trust’s Greener Garden Fund for more ecologically sound outdoor upkeep of its properties that aided the purchase of a Pellenc Helion lithium-ion battery-powered hedge trimmer and Pellenc Excelion lithium-ion battery-powered strimmer, which was supplied by local dealer Surrey Power.

Work to keep the property’s garden trim begins in mid-May and finishes in late October, which is peak visiting time and before now, when petrol equipment was previously used. This presented Chris with a variety of health and safety issues as well as user and visitor discomfort. Noise levels, petrol fumes and carrying petrol cans around site were the main offenders.

The Pellenc range of products use a back-pack battery and drastically cuts noise, user fatigue, and detrimental effect on passing visitors. These plusses alone would tick boxes in the Trust’s Greener Garden checklist, but a further bonus at Polesden Lacey is that power for the batteries comes from an on-site solar panel. Three to four hours of free charging is enough for a day’s operation, so Chris’ cutting work is about as energy efficient as you can get and with zero carbon emission.

Whether you are using the pole, universal or telescopic model, the range of Helion hedge trimmers will improve your working conditions. They are extremely light (between 3 kg and 4 kg) thanks to the use of a revolutionary 1,200W motor developed by Pellenc.

By using the 4-speed selector switch, you can adapt your tool to the type of cut required. For easy topping off, the flexible +90°/-45° head is fitted on Pole and Telescopic models, whilst a +/-90° pivoting handle has been fitted on the Universal model for vertical cutting.

The Excelion brushcutter is a unique tool as it combines a brush and a grass cutter in one, whilst the multifunction head, developed by Pellenc, can be fitted, without the use of tools. The 4-speed selector, exclusive to Pellenc, makes it easier to adapt to the vegetation: slow speeds are recommended for edges and urban areas for example. Silent, rapid and extremely lightweight, Excelion is the new brush cutter for professionals.

“The new Pellenc equipment is a lot more user-friendly compared to the petrol equivalent and the environmental advantages are considerable,” he says. “We are a lot more comfortable doing the work when visitors are here because they are not inconvenienced at all. In fact, they do not even notice we are here and that means we can start our maintenance work much earlier in the day.”

Chris has four full-time staff in his department and upwards of forty regular volunteers. He says that a real bonus is that the new battery-powered equipment is used with ease by everyone involved in the garden maintenance work.

“The benefit here of switching to battery-powered equipment is the ease of use. They are so much lighter, yet just as effective as petrol machines, and of course quieter, free of fumes, and without potential harmful vibration.”