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by T H WHITE on January 1, 2019

Thatchers, the well known cider maker based at Myrtle Farm in Sandford, Somerset, has purchased a Spider ILD01 remote controlled mower.

The new mower will be used around the ever-expanding cider mill and adjoining orchards to maintain the premises to the highest standards.

Commenting on the new mower, Neil Day, operations director at Thatchers, said: “We were founded on this site in 1904 and the current managing director, Martin Thatcher, is the fourth generation of the family to head the company.

“Under Martin’s stewardship the business has grown substantially and we have had to increase the infrastructure here – most notably the production facilities and warehousing. As a rural company with an international profile, we are considerate about our impact on the environment and keeping our buildings as unobtrusive as possible.

“For example, to construct our new jubilee building we excavated below ground level, which enabled us to lower the roofline. The result was that we now have grass banks to maintain, so we needed a mower that could help us do that. I tasked our maintenance technician, Ed Young, to review the market.

“Searching the internet, I found various videos of Spider mowers and their tracked competitors. The tracked mowers appeared too aggressive on the turf, and then I reviewed the Spider website. I sent an enquiry to Spider’s UK Sales Manager, Nick Penn and a demo was quickly arranged here at Myrtle Farm. I was very impressed, as was Neil, and we virtually placed our order ‘on the spot’.

“We have many visitors to Myrtle Farm, including our biennial open day which attracts thousands of people every time. It’s important that we keep the premises in pristine condition all year round and the Spider is now integral to our grounds maintenance regime.”

For full details of Spider mowers or to find your nearest dealer, please contact T H WHITE Machinery Imports on 01264 811260.

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