Kubota ride-on mowers make maintaining school playing fields child’s play for contractors Lawns2Mow.
The company, which is based in Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, added two Kubota ride-on mowers, an F2880 and a GR2100-II, to its fleet last year to help make light work of large turf maintenance jobs.
Founded in 2006, Lawns2Mow employs two full time and two part time employees to undertake a wide variety of work from cutting private lawns and mowing grass verges to maintaining school playing fields. The company had used another manufacturer’s machines, but when its largest ride-on mower was stolen, local dealer Sims Garden Machinery in Stratford-upon-Avon, recommended the Kubota F2880, part of the F Series Professional Outfront Mowers range.
Impressed with the F2880’s ability to mow large areas with ease, together with its value for money, Lawns2Mow owner, Dave Faulkner was quick to purchase the machine. He said: "As far as I’m concerned, it’s the bee’s knees. It can cover large areas in a very short space of time and because it’s a diesel, the fuel economy is excellent – it can run all day."
Designed with groundsmen and greenkeepers in mind, the F2880 is fitted with four wheel drive (4WD) as standard and an impressive 28HP diesel engine. It also benefits from power steering, hydraulic mower lift, shaft driven mower and transmission.
For maximum durability and power delivery, power to the outfront deck is transmitted via shaft drive and the heavy duty two-range hydrostatic transmission system gives infinitely variable speeds up to 20km/h forward and 11km/h in reverse.
What’s more, the Auto Assist 4WD works in both forward and reverse directions. This allows the rear wheels to free-wheel when turning, reducing the turning circle and minimising scuffing of the turf, and then returns the machine to 4WD when not turning to provide optimum grip.
"I needed something strong, reliable and quick – and the F2880 has proved to be just that. It offers excellent straight line pace and because it’s road legal, we can simply drive it from one job to the next."
And after seeing so many of his school customers being forced to close because of snow and ice last winter, Dave is now considering purchasing a snow plough attachment for the F2880. This would allow the company to clear paths and playgrounds quickly and efficiently so that schools could remain open.
"Obviously for a contractor, turf maintenance is a seasonal business, so investing in a snow plough will increase its versatility and allow us to offer an additional service to our customers."
Pleased with the F2880, Dave quickly purchased a second Kubota machine, the GR2100-II Diesel Garden Mower. Specifically designed for heavy duty use, it features Kubota’s latest generation diesel engine and direct grass collection and easy dump system, as well as power steering and a hydraulic deck lift.
But what sets it apart from the competition, is its Glide Steer technology, which allows the machine to turn more sharply than a conventional mower. As a result, the front tyres can turn upto 70 degrees, whilst the inner rear wheel is disengaged allowing it to run freely to eliminate turf damage. Once the wheels are straight again, the all-wheel drive is re-engaged to provide traction.
Servicing, maintenance and repairs are all provided by Sims Garden Machinery, though as Dave explains, he’s not had any call for repair work yet. He said: "I’ve not had a single problem with the Kubota machines. Other mowers break down all the time, so you lose money both in repairs and downtime, but with Kubota I can just turn the key and get on with my work. Without a doubt, I’d definitely recommend Kubota."
Kubota provides a market-leading range of compact tractors and ride-on mowers, together with its class-leading RTV900 all-terrain utility vehicle and is the global leader in the sub 50hp tractor sector.
Their machines have a legendary reputation for quality, performance, reliability, ease of operation and outstanding value-for-money and a national network of Kubota Tractor and Groundcare dealers, such as Sims Garden Machinery, provides the highest standards of advice and aftersales service.