LJN Blog Posts

PRO Supplier

Quadraplay perfect for multi-tasking groundsman

Kevin Sturmey - chairman, chief executive AND head groundsman of Taunton Town FC, believes that the multi-functional SISIS Quadraplay single pass maintenance system has been a ‘god-send’ in helping him to maintain the pitch at the Viridor Stadium.

As a former Taunton Town Reserves player and previous club sponsor – Kevin Sturmey is Taunton Town through and through. When Kevin was appointed chief executive in late 2010, after being elected Chairman at the AGM in July 2010, he was determined to get his beloved club back on track and was willing do everything he could to help The Peacock’s rise through the English football leagues.

What started as a part-time CEO role soon became a full-time commitment and with the club experiencing financial difficulties for a number of years, Kevin took it upon himself to voluntarily become the head groundsman.

Seven years later, and while Kevin is paid for 27 hours a week in his role as chief executive, he is still undertaking all three positions with a working week consisting of over 80 hours.

Also renowned for being a multi-tasker is Kevin’s new SISIS Quadraplay, which was recommended to him by two Premier League groundsmen. Having been nominated for four successive Groundsman of the Year awards, winning the National Step 3 & 4 award in 2014 and runner-up in 2015, and twice being awarded the Southern League Groundsman of the Year, Kevin has had ample opportunity to rub shoulders with, and seek advice, from many of the country’s top groundsmen.

“The SISIS Quadraplay was actually recommended to me by Dougie Robertson (head groundsman at West Ham Utd FC) and Darren Baldwin (head of playing surfaces & estates at Tottenham Hotspur) who have been to the Viridor Stadium each year of the awards to assess the pitch. Year after year they would ask me if we have had any changes to the equipment and year after year it would be the same answer – which was no. They both spoke highly of the Quadraplay and felt that it would be perfect for us at Taunton. “We have never really had a lot of money to invest in equipment, so the small amount we do have occasionally we have to invest wisely.”

The SISIS Quadraplay multiple-purpose, single-pass maintenance incorporates a mounted frame for up to four implements such as grooming rakes, spikers, slitters, rollers and brushes. The implements can be fitted to the mainframe in any order and can be independently adjusted to achieve the desired effect. Compact, robust, versatile and with the ability to carry out up to four operations simultaneously – the Quadraplay makes life a lot easier for many groundsmen as Kevin explains.

“If you have got a very small time window, being able to brush, role, slit, and rake - all in one pass, is a god send. It’s the best investment we have ever made.

“The first time I had it on trial, someone actually said to me afterwards that it looked like I had cut it and that’s the beauty of it. In the winter you won’t need to cut when the grass is not really growing – however with the Quadraplay you are grooming it and also getting some air into it – so it is doing everything you need it to do all in one pass.

“Everybody expects to see stripes these days because they see them on TV but anybody can stripe a pitch – it is what underneath that counts and that is why the Quadraplay is vital. When the weather is bad, that is the real test, and it successfully helps me prepare a good pitch no matter what the conditions.”

For further information or a no obligation demonstration, please contact SISIS on 01332 824 777 or visit www.sisis.com

For more news, reviews and insightful views, you can follow SISIS on Twitter @SISISMachinery and like the company’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/SISISMachinery. You can also view the latest SISIS videos by visiting www.youtube.com/SISISMachinery

You need to be a member of Landscape Juice Network to add comments!

Join Landscape Juice Network

Highlighted blog posts

Open forum activity

Richard Gadsby replied to John Fulton's discussion Half moon /edging tool recommendations
"Yes they have wooden shafts. But long no t on the top though but not needed as you can turn side to side from chest height or wherever you choose. "
1 hour ago
Colin James McGrath replied to Colin James McGrath's discussion Removing ivy From house.
" Thanks for all your replies!"
8 hours ago
Colin James McGrath replied to Colin James McGrath's discussion Removing ivy From house.
"ive done two site visits no birds nesting "
8 hours ago
Colin James McGrath replied to Colin James McGrath's discussion Removing ivy From house.
"they are all brick and mortar, the ivy is covering the diffrent shades of brick on the extentions, i believe that they were all done at the same time by the previouse land owner who sold them of seperate non mre than five years ago. "
8 hours ago
Alan reeves replied to Rob's discussion Best hedge trimmer?
"over the years have found stilhs single blade ones the best.Strong ,reliable,and alot safer.but not the cheapest."
9 hours ago
Scott H replied to Steve M's discussion Do you love your job?
"Only just seen this, sorry.
Yes pretty much how I started. My better half works with me so in one sense it is easier, we worked it out together, in another sense it wasn't as I didn't have another income to rely on while we got going. She is good wi…"
10 hours ago
BoB Wilson replied to Bob beard's discussion Any recommendations for a good heavy duty strimmer/brushcutter?
"KM 130R POWER UNIT  with my old Fs100 shaft and handlebars. Just slits on and throttle canle /ignition fits exactly. I do at least 20 hours a week strimming and with a good blade destroys brambles and small saplings.. 4 mix motor needs valves adjust…"
10 hours ago
BoB Wilson replied to Bob beard's discussion Any recommendations for a good heavy duty strimmer/brushcutter?
""
10 hours ago
David Benson replied to Adam Woods's discussion let's talk micro bore irrigation system
"if you can remove them put them in a pot with vinigar that will disolve the limescale"
19 hours ago
Dave Colton replied to Adam Woods's discussion let's talk micro bore irrigation system
"Could you put an inline water softner in the system, dont know how this would affect the water pressure tho."
20 hours ago
Busy Bee Garden Services Limited replied to Adam Woods's discussion let's talk micro bore irrigation system
"We have this problem as well and usually as they are so cheap we just replace them annually, I keep a few spares in the van in case of issues."
21 hours ago
Barry Mc replied to Paul McCann's discussion Mowing Prices in Northern Ireland
"I did a brain turd.
 "
22 hours ago
Ian Beck replied to Steve M's discussion Do you love your job?
"OK, I'm not a gardener or a landscaper or a grass cutter. I joined the forum so as to find out which lawnmower to buy to replace my aged Hayter.
Anyway, I think that what I do may have some parallels with the core interests on here:
 
I spent 30 yea…"
23 hours ago
Richard Gadsby replied to Paul McCann's discussion Mowing Prices in Northern Ireland
"40 hours @20 is £800??!!"
yesterday
Marie-Plews Garden Design replied to Derek Tucker's discussion Rise of the automower
"It also seems that they have become the 'in thing' for foxes to play with...and break / chew critical parts...:D"
yesterday
dan replied to John Fulton's discussion Half moon /edging tool recommendations
"id be  wary of some of the Fiskars recent products -- the spades and forks are shockingly bad -- good job they came with 25 year guarantees -- have had spade snap twice under light use and the fork tines bent heavily out of shape first day using it…"
yesterday
More…