Leeds United Sign Pair Of Dennis Mowers
Former English league champions Leeds United, who currently play football in the npower Championship, have opted to use Dennis mowers for their pitch maintenance requirements at Elland Road.
The club have bought two Dennis G860 football pitch mowers in time for the new season, which begins when they take on Brighton & Hove Albion at home on Saturday (3rd August).
Head groundsman Kiel Barrett says that purchasing the Dennis machines was an easy decision to make due to their versatility, enabling him to complete a multitude of tasks with one mower.
"Our previous mowers were a lot heavier and although they were only six years old they were becoming unreliable," he explained.
"We had a Dennis G860 which was 10 years old and it’s never missed a beat, so when it came to buying a new mower, we spoke to other groundsmen to see what they were using.
"Everyone we spoke to was using Dennis, so it was a natural choice for us."
The two machines will be used by Barrett and his assistant Oliver Brown to deliver a consistent cut quality and height as well as rolling to finish the pitch so it looks the part.
Barrett chose two eight-bladed cutting cylinders and two tungsten tipped verti-cutter cassettes for regular thatch control, saving the club money on maintenance equipment.
“Verti-cutting is of major importance at Elland Road, so being able to do this with the same unit as what we use for mowing is a major benefit," he added.
"They are also extremely lightweight at just 166kgs and extremely easy to use. The cassettes are very quick to change - we can change from cutting to verti-cutting or brushing in quick time.
"The build quality of the G860 is of an extremely high standard. Dennis as a company has been excellent to work with and Ian Waddington, our area sales manager, has been extremely helpful.
"We see Dennis as one of our key suppliers and I would have no hesitation in recommending Dennis to anyone looking for a versatile football pitch mower."
That comes as another telling endorsement of Dennis mowers, which have already graced football pitches at the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championships and are renowned among groundsmen looking for a fine finsh.
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