S500 Plus

The S500 PLUS is an easy to use 'dual -purpose' machine and is ideal for bowls, cricket and golf as well as being equally at home on other fine turf surfaces. The machine has a 510mm (20") operating width and has interchangeable spiker and slotter reels. The spiker reel punches through the "surface pan" allowing air, water and fertiliser to penetrate the root zone, whilst the slotter reel creates ideal seed germination pockets. An optional seed box is available.

S500 Plus
Operating Width 500 mm (20")
Speed 0-3mph
Dimensions L x W x H 920 x 840 x 1003mm
Weight (inc. cyl.) 95kg
Engine (petrol) HondaGX120
  • 510mm(20") Operating Width
  • Honda power – ultimate easy start long life engine with Q9 low noise low vibration technology
  • Interchangeable spiker and slotter reels
  • Large diameter spiker reel for maximum penetration
  • Simple changeover reel lock-easy to change over reels – under 1 minute
  • Easy to manoeuvre into and out of corners
  • Easy to clean reels
  • Only 90 minutes to spike/slot and seed the average sized bowling green
  • Simple heavy duty ground driven seeder box option
  • Compact handle design and simple to operate controls
Interchangeable spiker and slotter reels

Interchangeable spiker and slotter reels allowing duel use of the machine.

Dennis S500 Plus eases the workload at Bush Hill Park

Celebrating its centenary year in 2012, the club originally focused on croquet, but now has 116 bowls members. Maintenance of the greens is handled by contractors in the winter months, starting with renovation at the end of the season, and continuing with scarifcation, spiking and reseeding to prepare the playing surfaces for the new season. In April, a ‘greens team’ from the club’s membership takes over, including 2011 captain David Cruddington, working to a rota under the direction of greenkeeper Bill Bunn.
Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

With strict regulations in place to protect worker’s exposure to hand-arm vibration (HAV), professional grounds maintenance equipment manufacturer Dennis, are continually striving to improve their machines in recognition of the need to counteract harmful vibration. Vibration can damage blood vessels and nerves in the fingers, leading to a loss of feeling in the fingers and hands. It can cause the industrial disease ‘vibration white finger’ which, in extreme cases can make it too painful for workers to hold equipment.
 

We used to have a push along sarel roller but like most clubs there were no volunteers to use it and it spent most of its time in the hedge bottom. The S500 gives us mechanised surface aeration. We can use it as the weather dictates and it keeps the green surface open. Drainage has improved, the plants are healthier and we have noticed a marked reduction in thatch.

Glyn Jones - Didcot Bowls Club
 

Surface spiking is essential to break the pan of any fine turf. Healthy grass plants need air to their roots to thrive, keeping the surface open. Regular spiking with the S500 - weekly ensures open greens.

Dave Bracey - Turf Consultant to the IOG, EBA, BCGBA & WCGBA
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