London, England: Long-term Campey Turf Care Systems customer Bothams Prestige Sports Turf & Amenity has refined its renovations with the new and improved Koro FIELDTOPMAKER (FTM) 2000.
The Yorkshire company has been buying Campey’s products for 15 years. In that time, Bothams has seen consistent upgrades to machines that maintain their status as the most innovative on the market, such as the Koro FTM, fitted with the new redesigned patented Universe rotor.
The latest two-metre-wide machine from Imants provides the cleanest ‘Universe fraise mow’ possible with the enhanced rotor through a number of improvements.
Josh Botham, co-owner of Bothams Prestige, has praised Campey for taking on board the needs of its customers.
He said: “Campey listens to the contractors and improves the machines year-on-year. That’s why we always buy new machines from them.
“The improvements to the new Koro FTM are massive. It’s so much cleaner and more efficient because of the changes they’ve made to the balance and other areas. The scraper bars on the front and rear roller help prevent any build-up of waste and clean it to 1 mm, which helps to keep the operation a lot cleaner. They’ve also angled the conveyor, so it carries the material in a more even way compared to the older model.
“We use the machine with the new Universe rotor specifically for renovating hybrid pitches but it’s so versatile we use it on hybrid and natural pitches for light fraise mowing right up to complete removal.
“Our customers are really pleased with the results when we use the new Koro FTM. Every customer we have done work for this year has commented on how much better it is and that’s due to the improvements Campey has made.”
The redesign of the Koro FTM was done to make the machine more user-friendly, with every aspect of performance analysed. The redistribution of weight means a much smaller tractor can be used to run the Koro FTM, because the centre of gravity has been shifted towards the tractor, making it easier to lift. Even when the removeable weight is taken off, the machine still has improved balanced against previous models.
Maintaining the new range of machines has also been enhanced to improve working reliability, with the modular set-up allowing the machine to run without belts with a strong state-of-the-art driveline that is maintenance free, something that is important for contractors who often have very tight schedules.
Botham said: “We got our new Koro at the end of March 2018 and we’ve already used it on at least 10 pitches with no issues.
“Being a contractor means that time is of the essence and with football renovations, everybody wants you at the same time. We work seven days a week from 6 am until 10 pm for at least two months, but we can always rely on Campey’s products to allow us to keep up with the pace.
“You get the aftercare with Campey and that’s what we look for. You can guarantee them to be with you the same day if you hit any problems.”
The new Koro FTM range is available in 1.2 m, 1.6 m, 2.0 m and 2.5 m models. All models are able to facilitate the enhanced Universe rotor. Previous rotors are compatible with the 2.0 m and 2.5 m models but not the 1.2 m or 1.6 m.
Campey Turf Care Systems is a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
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