Grounds Manager Steve Curley has purchased four different ISEKI machines in just three years for Stowe School, a leading public school near Buckingham.
Steve has worked at Stowe for twenty-nine years (!!) and with a team of fifteen, is responsible for three-hundred acres of sports fields and gardens, including a nine-hole golf course.
In maintaining such a large area of land, Steve inevitably has a wide range of equipment, but he claims his ISEKI fleet covers most bases.
It started with the ISEKI TG6675 compact tractor.
“We needed something with a bit more horsepower to enable us to do heavier work. After a few demos of various tractors from our local dealer RT Machinery, we decided to get the TG6675, with 65 horsepower, and that has allowed us to use some implements and attachments that we were not previously able to. It’s been fantastic for us.”
Very happy with the TG6675, he then purchased an ISEKI TLE3400.
“This mainly does all of our trailer work and helps us pick up the rubbish. With it being a boarding school, it is like a small town, and we must pick up the rubbish twice a day, every day. We end up with twenty trailer loads of waste per day and we put that in compactors – so this is ideal to pull the trailers.”
The TLE3400 is ISEKI’s new premium economy tractor, with 38hp, hydrostatic transmission and a lift capacity of 1000 kg.
“After purchasing these two machines, we decided to purchase the ISEKI TG6490 IQ compact tractor for top dressing and slitting. This has been very successful for us and one of the main reasons for buying it was because of the IQ gearbox which enables us to go up and down the gears very easily.”
The IQ dual-clutch transmission offers the control of a manual with the convenience of an automatic – gears are changed by simply moving the gear lever through the straight shift gate.
Steve purchased his fourth ISEKI machine when he felt the time had come to upgrade the school’s ride-on mower. With a 48” (1.22M) deck, the ISEKI SXG323 + is a great cut-and-collect mower and offers power, performance and productivity, even in wet conditions.
“The capacity of the cut is a lot bigger than our old mower and we can get more grass in the box. It also has a high tail lift which enables us to put it on a trailer straight away if needs be, so we’re not double handling the grass. The other bonus is that it’s costing us a lot less to run than our old petrol mower. We use this around most of the gardens and it performs brilliantly. Overall, these ISEKI machines have been fantastic value for money. They are very easy to service, and we’ve not had any problems whatsoever. The whole team has enjoyed working with them.”