Two Dennis PRO 34R rotary mowers are going above and beyond their duties at Bromsgrove School according to head groundsperson Richard Hare.
The prestigious Bromsgrove School in Worcestershire, consisting of a Senior and Prep School, lies in over one hundred acres of grounds with grass pitches galore. As national, county and regional champions in a wide range of sports over the last few years, it is imperative that the School has pitches of the highest standard.
Richard, head groundsperson for the past seven years, is the man tasked with this responsibility. He oversees a team of fifteen multi-skilled members of staff that can lend their hand to any kind of grounds maintenance, whether it be sports pitches, lawns, or any other landscape areas.
When it comes to the sports pitches, the team has recently received a boost after Richard approved the purchase of two new Dennis PRO 34R rotary mowers. Always striving for perfection, he explained the reason behind the purchase.
“We do a lot of work with rotary mowers,” he said. “Previously, we were using 24-inch rotary mowers and it required three of us using them on the pitches. It was taking us a very long time especially when cutting the pitches both ways. I needed something bigger and better and that is why I bought two Dennis PRO 34R’s. They have been an absolute godsend.”
Designed to help groundsmen achieve an aesthetically pleasing appearance and desired playing surface the Dennis PRO 34R is a 34” (860mm) rotary mower ideal for sports pitches and lawns producing the enviable ‘Dennis Stripes’ while a powerful vacuum flow collects debris quickly and efficiently.
The angle of the cutting deck and twin blades can be easily adjusted using a single ‘click adjuster’ ensuring the mower is suitable for changing conditions and meeting groundsmen’s requirements.
“I know most will use the PRO 34R’s for winter pitches, but we cut virtually everything with them, even the cricket squares,” said Richard. “If anyone can tell me the difference in cut between that and a cylinder mower I’d be surprised. The technology used by Dennis is incredible – they are superb machines.
“The PRO 34R’s are used for both pre-match and post-match preparation. They pick absolutely every piece of debris up and because they are bigger and faster than our previous rotary mowers, the job takes less time too.
“I’ve been quick to recommend the mowers,” continued Richard. “We do a lot of work for a local cricket club, and they were looking for a mower and I recommended the PRO 34R.
They took my advice and bought one and they are absolutely loving it. They said it has made a real difference.
“There are of course lots of other options when it comes to rotary mowers, but I just like Dennis. The machines have always performed and have been reliable – it is as simple as that.”