Mint Green Re-power Kit

This week, we sent out a newly refurbished roller; in a striking mint green! This was part of an Auto-Roller ‘Re-power’ kit, designed to update existing machines with a new Hatz Diesel engine, fully hydrostatic drive and power steering system.

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Wellington School Re-Power, Shot-Blast, Re-Spray

Wellington School have treated themselves to an early Christmas Present, they have invested in an Auto-Roller Re-Power Kit! Not only did they decide their roller needed painting they also had it painted in the Schools Uniform colours!

When the machine arrived, we checked the serial plate and were able to track it back to March 1981 when it was originally sold to Somerset College of Art.

We fitted this Re-Power kit on-site but we also supply a ‘fit yourself kit’ which takes around 1-2 days to install. The kit fits all makes and models of Auto-Roller from 1948 onwards! With the many years of manufacturing experience, we have been able to design the repower kit to complement the Auto-Roller design in keeping with the ‘Rolls Royce’ of Rollers!

Wellington School 1981 Cricket Roller
Before

Newly Re-powered Auto-Roller Cricket Roller
After

Customer Comments

Our roller was very old and worn out. We didn't know if it would start from one day to the next, and as a result, rolling during the cricket season became a job that no one looked forward too!! Autoguide have carried out a complete overhaul of the roller (including new engine, bearings etc.) and the machine is like new. With power steering and hydrostatic drive it will be a race to see which of the ground staff can get on it first this cricket season. The roller has also been resprayed to school colours to an extremely high standard. We couldn't be happier with it and the communication with Autoguide throughout has been superb.  

Graham Cox

Wellington School Head Groundsman

For more details visit the RE-POWER KIT section of the Web-Site.

Wondering why we aren’t at Saltex…?

After many years of exhibiting at Windsor Racecourse for the well-known Saltex show, I guess you are wondering why we are not attending the new location of the NEC? For over 20 years, Autoguide have enjoyed exhibiting on the racecourse, sun, rain or shine (Not sure how the organisers managed it, but we were very lucky with the weather!)

Not only will we miss the Ice creams but we feel the show will miss the ‘ground care’ side now that the show is indoors! During these years of exhibiting, we have been awarded many Gold and Silver awards for stand presentation, and we didn’t feel it would be the same inside an arena! (There isn’t much preparation, grass to mow or holes to dig!)
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Guidelines for Rolling in Cricket

Following the publication of ‘Guidelines for Rolling in Cricket’ we are pleased to announce that one of our precision rolls was used during the tests.

4ft Bath CC- Gordon Gillx800

On the publication of this document, we can confirm that the weight and size of our Auto-roller is in fact in line with the findings of this research.

 

Model DOW kg MWF@DOW MPW MWF & Max Weight
4ft 1800 750 500 960
3ft 1350 750 370 960

DOW = weight of unballasted roller with 1/2 tank of fuel and average operator
MPW = maximum practical weight of water & antifreeze which can be added
MWF = mass/width factor

The Cranfield university report is available here

50 not out!

Ian Smith’s work colleagues thought he was a little mad for thinking that the 50 year old Autoroller would be worth salvaging…but he proved them wrong.

The well used, slightly rusty roller was brought along to Autoguide workshop where it received a complete overhaul. 

A week or so after Ian, head grounds man for St Albans School, had dropped off the lacklustre machine, Autoguide had shot blasted the body work, given the old roller a fresh coat of paint, installed a new repower kit and re-aligned the rear roller.

“If I could book the same service for my body when I am 50 in 3 years time that would be great!” was Ian’s reaction when he first saw the roller out of the workshop.

Let’s hope that St Albans get another 50 years from their sturdy Autoroller!

For more information on the Re-Power Kit, general servicing and even roller hire during a service, please contact us or phone on 01380 850885.