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Stoke-on-Trent City Council Reaps Rewards with Iseki

Posted on the 24th February 2017

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Stoke-on-Trent City Council Reaps Rewards with Iseki

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has taken delivery of 14 Iseki 323 cut and collect mowers. The council now operates more than 40 cut and collect Iseki mowers, making it one of the biggest Iseki users in the U.K. Local dealer F.R. Sharrock made the delivery.

The council employs 100 members of staff within ground maintenance who are responsible for maintaining 1380 hectares of green space within the city which itself covers an area of 36 square miles. Commenting on the role the new mowers will play in keeping the city presentable, Fleet Operations Manager Paul Massey said:

“We operate a huge fleet of mowers, and it is a policy that cut and collect mowers are used in parks, on housing estates, around offices; virtually anywhere that a high degree of presentation is required. In the winter, the mowers will be used to mulch leaves and help with general maintenance work, so they will be put to good use all year round.

“A lot of land in the city is uneven and features many inclines. The soil is also clay-based which means that is can be horrendous to maintain in wet conditions, but we have found that the Iseki mowers are able to cope with these conditions superbly.”

Adrian Millward, Strategic Manager Fleet Operations and Compliance commented on the purchasing process, he said:

“The council enforces a competitive tendering process before making any decisions about which machines to buy. We have to take affordability, reliability and back-up support into consideration when making a decision, so it is testament to Iseki and the local dealer F.R. Sharrocks that it has come out on top on this occasion.

“Over the years, we have tried other machinery, but we always seem to come back to Iseki because the machines are reliable, durable and fit for purpose. Features such as the high dump collector make all the difference; the grass is tipped away from the machine and the operator which is great on a basic health and safety level.”

Stoke-on-Trent City Council first used Iseki SX16’s in 2006 and today use the latest models available on the market. As well as Iseki 323 cut and collect mowers, the council has also purchased 6 Ransomes HR300 rotary mowers to maintain large areas of open space within the city.