It was a cold, wet and dewy morning. Around 17,000kms from Australia, the full Council cabinet of The London Borough of Harrow Councilors had assembled to trial numerous mowers from the leading manufacturers.
Earlier, the Council decided roadside verges, which were not being maintained by residents, should be cut. Not only 'cut and drop' but targets were set for the seemingly simple decision to 'cut and collect' the clippings. As a goodwill gesture, and promise to the local community, this had huge implications on mowing plant, manpower and support equipment available to the council at the time.
Back to our trial; the cabinet, although freezing cold, wet and clearly in need of a cup of tea, looked to council ground staff member Colin Hayden. Hayden who proposed the trial, assembled the equipment for the mowing test.
The problems the council was hoping to overcome were reductions in staffing costs such as trailing vehicles to collect clippings, thus halving the labour required to do such tasks. Also, they were looking at the presentation, what is left behind such as drink cans or chewed up foreign objects.
Out of the leading mowers that were on trial that day from rotary to flail right through to cylinder mowers, the AMAZONE Profihopper was selected as best on field. They decided this flail mower, not only did the all-in-one option offer the cost effective cut and collect, but also the best presentation after it had smoothly rolled past in the terrible weather.
The council made the decision on what machinery would make the area look beautiful and save money. The Profihopper did this with its all-in-one features such as, mowing, scarifying, collection, rolling and the list goes on.
After their initial purchase of 4 Profihoppers they saw success and acquired a further 18 units, each inhaling somewhere around 67 tonnes of grass per month.
The internal compactor system sees the hopper hold 1000 lites of compressed mown material or leaves.
By the way, the name Profihopper comes from the German sentence for 'I take my mowing seriously'.
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