“Ideal machine for grounds care contractors”

22 Feb , 2024  

Nicky Grene set up Grene Sportsgrounds in Co Limerick after returning home from the USA thirty years ago to provide services to local GAA and Rugby clubs. Today, the company is one the leading sports grounds contractors in Ireland. They offer sustainable sports pitch development, maintenance and management for sporting clubs of all sizes including golf and racing venues.

He counts Munster Rugby, Thomond Park Stadium and Limerick GAA amongst his clients alongside some 35 schools, local sports fields, parks, amenities and commercial grounds. The bulk of grounds maintenance contracts are within 20 miles of Limerick City but they have carried out pitch development work and drainage contracts throughout Ireland.

Professionalism underscores the success of the business. “It’s not just about making promises,” begins Nicky Grene. “It’s about doing the job properly and having an understanding of what the client wants and needs. Having the right equipment is also a big part of being a professional grounds-care provider. If the machinery is sub-standard and you don’t keep it maintained, then it shows and the client will not be happy.”

Grene Sportsgrounds recently took delivery of the latest Contoura S2 mower from Major Equipment and have been putting it through its paces. “We’ve had Major mowers for over twenty years,” continues Nicky. “They are very well engineered, very durable, require minimal maintenance and have a number of positive benefits over and above other mowers on the market.”

The Major Contoura S2 is a trailed machine with three pivoting cutting units that follow the undulations of the ground without scalping. Front and rear rollers on each unit means a very trim finish with resultant striping, similar to a cylinder mower, but without the high maintenance costs. Cutting width of the Contoura is 3.6 metres and it has a zero-turn capability, ideal for high performance output and also when working in confined areas.

“What I really like about the Major Contoura is that it leaves very short clippings that quickly disappear into the surface,” commented Nicky. “We usually set the height of cut to around thirty millimetres (30mm) a little longer at the end of the year and most of our grounds are mown once a week – between March and October.”

The Contoura has six rotors and twelve blades under the three pivoting decks. Height cut is easily adjustable from 10mm to 110mm. The blades from each rotor overlap to ensure no material is left uncut across the deck width.

“The Contoura is built using a very strong but light steel and galvanised,” Nicky continued. “Moreover, its price is very, very competitive. With all those additional benefits, we get great value for money, a top-notch construction that is very durable and I see this machine lasting us at least five years, maybe longer.”