Winner of SALTEX ‘heart’ Competition announced

The winner of the SALTEX ‘heart’ competition has been revealed as Paul Woolley, proprietor of Diligentis – a garden maintenance business operating in South Staffordshire.

Overwhelmed by support from the industry, the SALTEX 2015 image – a heart formed of a blade of grass prompted industry professionals and volunteers to publicly show their support to the industry and SALTEX by forming a heart shape with their hands. As the photos begun to flood in, show organisers decided to run a competition for everyone who submitted a photo.

In doing so, SALTEX partnered with Etesia UK – a company that specialises in building high quality ride-on and pedestrian rotary mowers. Paul’s winning photo landed him one of the company’s newest models complete with a rear roller kit, worth nearly £1,500.

The PRO 46 PHCS has a 46cm cutting width and offers extreme versatility with the ability to cut, collect and mulch without the need for an accessory, and when Paul saw the competition announced in an email – he didn’t think twice about entering.

“We were interested because we were running an older Etesia Pro 46 which we have had for three years and thought that it would be good to get another one on-board to improve our operations. We looked at ideas to take a good photograph and we tried to think outside the box.

“At the time we were working on a manor house in South Staffordshire, which had a lot of coloured maple leaves across its lawn. So we formed a heart with the maple leaves using a rake. My business partner Howard Medlicott then positioned himself in the centre of the heart and I climbed a tree to take the photograph.”

Paul, who established Diligentis five years ago, has been presented with his prize by his local Etesia dealer – Burrows Grass Machinery, and believes that the new mower will enable him to add yet another string to his bow.

“I’m over the moon with the new mower – It cuts well in the wet and the new roller on the back now allows us to offer customers stripes on their lawn too.”

Both Paul and his business partner Howard – who has attended SALTEX for the last 15 years, were also pleased to see SALTEX move to the NEC, Birmingham in November.

“We both attended SALTEX this year and thought it was a fantastic exhibition. Firstly, you are not affected by the weather and secondly it is now situated centrally in the country – which makes it more accessible for everyone. The previous event at Windsor seemed to be very spread out and a bit sparse but at the NEC it was nice and compact meaning that you could see everything you wanted to.

“We went to look at what was out there on the market, to get advice and I got a lot of information that I wouldn’t have been able to get from anywhere else. It’s also a much better time of year being in November because work is a bit quieter.

“Overall, it’s two big ticks from us for SALTEX moving to the NEC.”

SALTEX 2016 will be held at the NEC, Birmingham on 2 and 3 November 2016.

Pellenc announces battery updates

Pellenc has announced a host of new features for their new range of batteries ensuring a quiet, powerful, low vibration and low emission operation for users. Pellenc is sold exclusively in the UK by Etesia UK.

There are 18 tools available in Pellenc’s battery-powered range so there’s a tool to cover every landscaping need. From chainsaws, pole saws and hedge cutters to grass strimmers, brushcutters and the new Rasion mower.

With no more starting problems, no more filling of a petrol tank; your old machinery will belong in the past with the light, odourless and noise-free Pellenc battery-powered tools.

Pellenc’s zero emission concept offers a full range of truly professional handheld power tools which are powerful, silent and emission-free thanks to the lithium-ion technology and ‘brushless’ electric motors which are patented to the company.

Updates include:

  • Even more power from the 700p battery. 752wh and 2.5kw of power
  • Even lighter 700p battery. The new battery weighs just 5.2kgs
  • Longer hibernation period. All four batteries in the range will now hibernate for up to two years when not in use
  • Longer sleep mode. All four batteries in the range will now go into ‘sleep’ mode for ten days before switching to hibernation mode. Previously it was three days

All Pellenc batteries and tools come complete with a three year commercial warranty as standard – the first manufacturer to offer this on battery-powered tools.

Customers can now purchase Pellenc tools through Etesia’s finance partner.

For further information, please contact Etesia UK on 01295 680120 or visit to view your nearest Pellenc stockist.

Etesia announces New finance options

Etesia UK announces finance options

Etesia UK has announced affordable lease and hire purchase finance options to allow its customers flexibility when purchasing new Etesia and Pellenc machinery.

Designed to give buyers the power to enjoy their Etesia and/or Pellenc machinery straight away, the easy payment plans are designed to help customers buy or lease the most up-to-date machines that they want without compromising cash flow.

Through Etesia’s finance partners, Timali Finance, they are now able to offer customers a range of finance products, allowing them to spread the capital outlay over three years or less.

Not only will they offer some of the most competitive rates around, but they will also tailor each package to suit your individual budget requirements.

All Etesia and Pellenc machines come with a commercial three year warranty ensuring that during the finance period, customers will have full peace of mind.

If a three year lease package was chosen, there are then four options available to customers after the three year period is over:

Return. Return the products at no extra cost.

Retain. Continue leasing the products.

Renew. Start a new lease agreement with new products.

Recycle. Purchase the products for a nominal fee.

To illustrate, a Pellenc Excelion 2000 ‘Cow-handle’ Brushcutter (with tapcut head), Pellenc Airion Blower, Pellenc Helion Hedgecutter + 75cm cutting blade with a Pellenc ULB110 (1100 Battery) to power all of the tools leased over three years, would cost approx £32.44 per week which is less than most operators would spend on petrol in a week.

You could not only protect the environment by using battery-powered tools, but also protect your finances.

After the three year period, simply choose one of the Return, Retain, Renew or Recycle options.

Commenting on the launch of the Etesia finance options Les Malin, Operations Director for Etesia UK said: “We have looked at the best way to help our customers with the purchase of new machinery. There are plenty of good finance companies in the market but we wanted to offer our customers something different and with some added value.”

To discuss finance options in more detail please call George on 01371 870 815. Alternatively, call Etesia UK on 01295 680 120 or email to request a free finance leaflet.

For further information, please contact Etesia UK on 01295 680120 or visit You can also follow Etesia on Twitter @EtesiaUK for much more news, reviews and insightful views.