SISIS: Top machines for TopGrass

SISIS Auto-Rotorake MK5 in action with Topgrass
SISIS Auto-Rotorake MK5 in action with Topgrass

TopGrass, the number one independent lawn treatment company in the UK, has recently increased its fleet of SISIS Auto Rotorake MK. 5’s and Katie Arnold, Head of Central Services, revealed why.

TopGrass was launched in 2005 by Tom Arnold and Ian de Courcy with the aim of offering top-quality lawn care using the knowledge, materials, and equipment of the professional grounds person and applying it to domestic lawns.

After many years, TopGrass is now a well-established, family-run company. It is also part of the UK Lawn Care Association and Tom is the Vice-Chair. Tom's wife Shirley, daughter Katie and two sons Chris and Peter, all now have varying input into the business.

“We always implement our family values into the everyday running of the business, and I think this has been a main ingredient in the company’s success,” said Katie.

TopGrass operates throughout the Midlands and the South East providing a variety of services to suit individual lawn needs and Katie says that there are two periods in the year when the company is particularly busy. It is during these periods that the SISIS Auto Rotorake plays a vital role.  

“We have two lawn renovation periods in the year – one in the spring which is quite short and then most of our renovations are carried out in autumn,” she said. “We start these renovations in mid-August and carry on until early November. This is when the SISIS machines are in constant use and we wouldn’t be without them.”

The SISIS Auto Rotorake Mk.5 is a powerful self-propelled heavy duty scarifier designed for the removal and control of thatch on fine turf. It features a contra-rotating reel with specially designed tipped blades for a clean, consistent cut and maximum thatch removal. A variety of maintenance tasks can also be carried out due to a selection of seven different interchangeable reels.

“Historically we were always using another brand of scarifier, but back in 2017 we started looking for something a bit more robust which could cover a large area in a quicker time,” continued Katie.

“After a few demonstrations we went for the SISIS Auto Rotorake. We chose it for its efficiency, its speed and for its look. I find that the look of the equipment is something which is quite important to our customers. The Auto Rotorake has a very professional appearance, and it looks like it means business.

“We started off with just a few of them but they have really proven their worth and they are incredibly popular with our technicians. We will have a total of twelve after our recent order which we placed for the up-coming season.

“Their main purpose is for scarifying and they perform incredibly well. The large collection box on the front can be especially useful and I like the fact that the blades face forward so they do not spray any grass or debris backwards towards the person operating the machine.

“Ultimately, the SISIS Auto Rotorake’s have made our life easier when renovating lawns and they have helped us to be even more professional,” concluded Katie.

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Dennis Mowers