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We are pleased to announce the Trimax UK facility will remain open Mon-Fri 7.30am till 5pm.
Ensuring the health and well-being of our staff, and our community, has been a priority throughout the pandemic. We have strictly followed, and continue to follow, the governments guidelines while trying to support our customers who continue to work in these challenging circumstances.

We’d like to reassure our customers that we’re here to help!

We are pleased to confirm Trimax are open for business throughout this difficult period to ensure we can support our customers in the usual way. Our Trimax dealers are there to support you but should there be any difficulties, please contact us and we will ensure you are back up and running as a priority. Some of our staff are working from home but can be contacted via phone, email or text message. Please see a list of contact details below. Our aftersales business will remain open to ensure machines are fully operational. Should there be any technical queries, our dedicated service manager is on hand to answer these via phone, email or video.

Thanks again to our suppliers, our colleagues – and especially you, our customers – for your understanding and patience during this difficult time.

Sales Support
Rikki Bown – Southern Area Sales Enquiries

Mobile: +44 (0) 7776 196573
Email: [email protected]

Steve Blanchard – Northern Area Sales Enquiries
Mobile: +44 (0) 7904977837
Email: [email protected]

Natassja Beavis – Product availability & delivery dates
Mobile: +44 (0) 7539 750195
Email: [email protected]

Aftersales Support
Kieran Shillito – All technical, service or warranty enquiries

Mobile: +44 (0) 7496 169808
Email: [email protected]

Frank Burns – All spare part enquiries
Phone: +44 (0) 1933 652246
Email: [email protected]

Marketing Support
Caroline Shaw – All marketing enquiries

Mobile: +44 (0) 7951 689126
Email: [email protected]

Cameron Burnett // European Managing Director
Mobile: +44 (0) 7792 747409
Email: [email protected]

Trimax From The Start

Trimax From The Start

Trimax founder, Bob Sievwright, talks to us about how far he’s brought the company from its origins in the 1980s, flail mowing the grass under kiwifruit vines in the Bay of Plenty. Now with offices in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand as well as distributors across Europe, Trimax has built an unparalleled reputation among turf maintenance professionals for cut quality and machine durability.

The Tractor Whisperer
“I’m a farmer’s son,” says Sievwright. “I grew up on a small back country cattle and sheep farm where the main challenge was converting rough scrubland into decent pasture for the animals. My siblings, my twin brother and I worked every hour available after school, weekends and holidays. Most of the pulling on the steep hills was done using horses, but it turned out I was useless on a horse; I kept falling off. So, from the age of about 12, I gravitated towards the tractor and farm machinery. The horses knew they were smarter than me but the tractor always did what I wanted!”

Always looking for a better way
That strong work ethic and an affinity with machinery were two things that would prove critical in Sievwright’s career, as well as the sudden death of his father in his last year of high school. “I realised at that point it was up to me to get going and see what I could do. I got myself an overseas scholarship as an Engineering Cadet with General Motors New Zealand and later in Flint MI, which is where I did my Engineering degree, and learned all about car manufacturing. I came back in 1974 and got the chance to start my own company.” Not Trimax. It would be another eight years before Sievwright moved into the machinery of grass cutting. Before then he would hone his business, sales, marketing and export skills making meat hooks for local abattoirs from hardened and tempered spring steel.

On one of his meat hook business trips in 1981, 33-year old Sievwright spotted a flail mower with a blade made from two steel pieces welded together. “I sat down and sketched a blade that I knew we could make from just one piece of steel and sent it to the manufacturer. He liked it and we got an order for a thousand blades: my first order for the Gamma flail!” That particular mower manufacturer bit the dust a couple of months later and Sievwright’s blade deal fell through, but he wasn’t fazed. He decided to up sticks, move his business and his young family to Tauranga, New Zealand to manufacture the mowers and the blades himself. He hired a mower engineer (Norm Miller, who still works at the company’s HQ today) and went into production. For Bob meat hooks were out and Trimax Mowing Systems was born.

Inspiring productivity
The first Trimax models on the market – Ezeemow, Mowcraft and Mulchmasta – were originally aimed at New Zealand’s booming kiwifruit farming industry. But demand soon grew from park groundsmen and reserve landscapers who had heard of the mowers’ reputation for durability, quality of cut and low maintenance. In 1985 Trimax diversified into rotary mowers and purchased a complimentary mower manufacturing business, owned by Jim McEwen. Sievwright says: “Jim had design skills that I can only describe as an art form. All his mowers looked great and mowed well, so I invited him on board; we worked well as a team and together we had easily the lion’s share of the local municipal market in New Zealand.”

Jim McEwen set up Trimax’s first Research & Development department. He explains the company’s success. “We have always challenged the status quo and offered a fresh approach to mower concept and design. We produce machines that are aesthetically pleasing, exceed the customers’ performance expectations and have a longer life.”

We see possibility
In 1985, Trimax started exporting their pioneering mowers, the Procut and the Stealth to Australia. All part of Sievwright’s vision: “I was determined we would export as I’ve spent almost half my life outside of NZ. Part of the design parameter was always that our mowers had to be internationally saleable, commercial quality products that delivered long-term value. Trimax has succeeded where others failed by offering premium products, premium service and always listening carefully to the end-customer. Jim and I have travelled overseas many times, trying to understand what users need in each market.” After rotary mower Stealth S1 set a new standard of grass cutting in Australia, it came as no surprise when Trimax started exporting to the UK. Brits loved the Stealth S1 too and by the end of the 1990s Trimax had opened their first UK office and warehouse in Northamptonshire. Trimax mowers were now being used in many prestigious locations including Windsor Castle and the ten perfect polo pitches at the nearby 130-acre Guards Polo Club.

But not content with cutting the Queen of England’s lawns, Sievwright set his laser-sharp sights next on the USA. Trimax sold its first rotary roller mower there in 2001 and opened up a distribution warehouse in Georgia in 2005. Tinkering away with America’s grand scale in mind, the research and development team launched the X-WAM in 2009, a 10m-wide monster, like nothing else on the market. The scale, reliability and pristine cut of the X-WAM meets the needs and boosts the profits of the country’s mammoth turf farms. Just Google Trimax X-WAM and wonder at the size of it.

Marketing-led approach
Trimax had hired its first marketing executive in 2001. Before then the business attributed its two decades of growth to great salesmen. “We won a lot of customers throughout the 80s and 90s by demonstrating our products” recalls Sievwright. “When I started there were seven other mower manufacturers in NZ. We had to be different and we had to prove we were better. When you’re so sure you can outperform your competitors, you have no hesitation doing side-by-side battles. We won them all.” Sievwright’s proud of his products’ ability to perform but acknowledges that today’s business environment demands a more marketing-led approach: “We still need to demonstrate as much as possible but we do that while also sharing the Trimax story.”

Innovating with purpose
“Our approach to innovation has always been driven by customers. We listen to how they use their products and design purposeful innovations to help customers achieve their potential”. It was this approach which led to the development of one of the company’s most iconic mowers – the Snake! A fully dedicated sports turf mower, utilising 30 years of innovations and refined engineering practices all rolled into one incredible product. Released in 2014, “the Snake solved many challenges and transformed the lives of many groundsmen across the globe”.

“As a kid I always remembered our farm equipment needing lots of tedious maintenance and how frustrating and costly break downs would be”. His ability to relate and empathise with customers, coupled with his desire to push new boundaries, Sievwright says “the ultimate goal would be to produce a zero-maintenance mower”. With that in mind, Trimax went on to develop an array of innovations, such as; SteadFAST maintenance free spindles, auto-belt tensioners and the LocTEK stubless roller retention system, all focused on bringing Trimax one step closer to the ultimate goal.

Powering performance
With sales continuing to boom, in 2015 Trimax expanded their UK operation by purchasing a 16,279 sqft facility in Northamptonshire, and in 2019, a 25,000 sqft facility in Georgia, USA. With offices now around the world, employment numbers soring to 100, and an ever-expanding community of Trimax users – this was something Sievwright only dreamt of!

With Trimax still only scratching the surface of what the huge USA had to offer, Sievwright rooted himself in the market and made it his mission to better understand their needs. “Each market that we operate in is truly unique, as are the requirements of each individual. It’s important for us to acknowledge this so that when we are developing mowers, we can be sure they meet these requirements without compromise”. Needless to say, it wasn’t long before Sievwright identified an opportunity – an opportunity to build a new concept of a castor wheeled mower!

Not afraid to follow what the market required, Trimax and the team set about developing their first ever castor wheeled mower, later named – The Vulcan! Having only just been released in the USA market in 2019, this 7m wide mower is sure to impress!

Personal partnerships
Despite taking a step to the side and passing the reins over to the next generation (his son Michael), he still remains a very active salesman (as he describes himself) within the business. “I’m so proud when I see how much the whole Trimax team continue to fight for the customer. It’s what got Trimax this far, and it’s what will ensure we have a long and creative future”

What started out as a family-run business whose innovation was founded on culture and driven by community, is still very much that. A culture of partnerships which challenge the status quo, inspire productivity, and raise the bar on results.

Trimax is proof of what can be achieved when the right mix of culture, partnerships and innovations are put together! It’s only a matter of time before we see the next Trimax mowing innovation enter the market!

Maintaining green space in the COVID-19 environment

Maintaining green space in the COVID-19 environment

With varying levels of business restrictions in place globally, one thing has been a constant message – self isolate but make time to get outside and exercise. The importance of lone or household visits to green spaces will provide benefits to mental and physical health within the community for the foreseeable future.

We’ve received a number of enquiries regarding advice on developing low input maintenance practices for turf surfaces as staff availability continues to be unknown.

What is known, however, is that turf maintenance professionals are a resourceful and proactive bunch and no more has this been called upon and tested in the current climate. The Covid-19 crisis and subsequent government responses to reduce its impact have forced many facilities and clubs in our industry to assess their business holistically, including turf management operations.

It has been extremely encouraging to see, over the past week, facilities working together to develop plans to remain operational and provide their local community with the significant resource we know they provide. We have seen split shift arrangements with maintenance crews, implementing social distancing practices, increasing hygiene standards with equipment and taking innovative measures to reduce the possibility of community transition of the virus.

Here are some mowing tips which may help:

• Reduce the frequency in which surfaces are cut.
• Develop a plan to assess which surfaces are to be maintained in their current format and those that can be adjusted.
• Raise mowing heights on all surfaces 20-40% to assist in reducing turf stress. Slow-growing turf may only require mowing once a week or even once a fortnight. Increasing the height of cut on sportsfields or fairways by 25% will reduce the stress on the turf dramatically and ensure grass requires less maintenance long term.
• In regions where cool season grasses are coming into the new season consider raising cut heights higher than usual, i.e. 3.5 inches as opposed to 2.5 inches.
• In regions where warm-season grasses are soon to be entering dormancy, there will be ample opportunity in spring and the next growing season to bring surfaces back to a suitable level through regular renovation practices.
• Use large efficient mowers which will allow you to effectively manage large turf areas with the added benefit of reducing fuel costs.
• Where practicable, maintain surfaces with similar machines. This may mean temporarily changing the shape of surfaces or potentially maintaining multiple areas at one height.
• Reliability of machinery comes hand in hand with preventative maintenance. Ensure a regular maintenance regime remains in place as per your machinery operator manual.
• Minimise downtime by notifying your maintenance department early of faults or damage before it worsens.
• Plan measures to reduce the possibility of touching contaminated surfaces. Set up a transfer system – drive into a depot and enter the tractor cab without the need to be in contact with other personnel. On return to the depot, park up the tractor and enter your own vehicle to leave the depot. This eliminates the need to occupy communal vehicles which would typically carry or tow smaller mowers from site-to-site.

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Trimax unveils the ultimate lift system for increased efficiency

Trimax unveils the ultimate lift system for increased efficiency

Daring to push the boundaries and develop new innovative ways of working, Trimax are once again setting a new standard with the launch of their revolutionary new lift system.

Introducing the Multi-LIFT System – the ultimate in functionality and safety.

Available on both the Snake and Pegasus models, the Multi-LIFT System offers various lift functions for maximum productivity.

  • Individual-LIFT – for mowing in tight areas or past obstacles, either of the side decks can be lifted independently.
  •  Bi-LIFT – ideal for narrow gateways and driveways, Bi-LIFT offers rear deck mowing only.
  • Quik-LIFT – to traverse paths or for tight turns, all three decks can be raised slightly with the PTO still engaged
  • Transport Mode – lifts all three decks for road transport

MLS includes electric unlock as standard and can be easily operated from within the tractor cab by pressing a button on the LED controller.

Equipped with sensors and Drive Protect features the mower decks are prevented from lifting whilst the PTO is engaged. This protects machinery components, prolongs life span, and significantly reduces downtime.

The new MLS system also includes timed blade wind-down for bystander safety, ensuring decks cannot be lifted in unsafe conditions.

CE compliant and exceeding relevant ISO standards, customers can rest assured they are in safe hands with the latest Trimax innovations.

For more information or to see the MLS System in action, call Trimax on +44 (0)1933 652235.

Auto Belt Tensioners Reduce Snake Maintenance

Auto Belt Tensioners Reduce Snake Maintenance

Trimax Mowing Systems have introduced an auto belt tensioning system for the Snake rotary mower, designed to improve performance and cut downtime.

The system ensures that the correct belt tension is always applied during operation thus improving drive to the spindles.

Now there is no risk of fitting the belts in the incorrect configuration due to the design of the idler arm, and no need to keep checking that belts are tensioned correctly.

Customers are assured this new development will boost productivity and ensure a top-quality cut for which the Snake has become renowned.

Not only is this new system fitted to all new Snake models, it is also available as a retrofittable kit allowing existing customers to reap the same benefits. Only basic hand tools and a power drill are all that is required to perform this upgrade

Caroline Shaw, European Marketing Manager at Trimax commented: “We’re very excited to launch this new system for the Snake. It is a popular machine which is transforming green areas around the world. As with all new innovations, the auto belt tension system underwent rigorous testing – 100,000,000 cycles to be precise!”

Trimax Steadfast Spindles Require No Regular Maintenance

Trimax Steadfast Spindles Require No Regular Maintenance

As part of an ongoing development programme, Trimax Mowing Systems have developed a new version of the blade spindle assembly. The new spindle features a sealed bearing system that requires no regular maintenance.

The spindles have been tested in both the laboratory and on selected machines running in rigorous operating conditions. Trimax are confident the new spindles will continue to deliver the outstanding reliability for which the original spindles are renowned, with the added benefit of reduced downtime and maintenance costs.

For existing customers who are currently using the greased spindles, no worries, these new spindles are retrofittable! Simply replace the current spindle with the new SteadFAST Sealed one and remove the grease line to ensure grease is not accidently pumped into the spindle going forward. Easy peasy.

For more information, please watch the video below or give us a call!