David Paisley proprietor of nationwide contracting company Pennine Environmental Solutions says he attributes the growth of his business to the acquisition, almost four years ago, of his 59hp, 4 cylinder, diesel powered, hydrostatic drive Reform Metrac H5X.

'We really had no specific work for the H5X when we took the decision to buy it but the range of service provision and capabilities it has given us has resulted in sustained business growth and means we now have grounds maintenance contracts nationwide, including Wrexham, Carlisle, Hastings and along the M25,' he said.

'Our work level increased to the point where we took the decision recently to add a second Reform, a new 70hp turbo charged hydrostatic drive Metrac H7SX model.

'The Reforms are the mainstay of our fleet for work such as maintenance with mulching devices, parks maintenance with a sickle mower and grass vacuum, autumn maintenance with a leaf vacuum, mowing safely on river and highway bank slopes and forestry work with a winch and trailer'

Simon Richard, UK Agent for the Reform bank tractor and Muthing flail ranges, said: 'The Metrac with Muthing flail, is a critically safe machine; manoeuvrable, versatile and well-suited to working on slopes and for the widest range of grounds maintenance tasks.

'We are seeing an increase in demand based on their multi-functionality and lifetime cost benefits. The balanced weight distribution and crab steer function are the ideal combination to enable the operator to work safely at angles of up to 45 degrees'