Roll Up – Roll Up! Book in your Auto-Roller’s Annual Service

New for 2022!

Over the past few years we have noticed that some of your lovely Auto-Rollers need a bit more TLC than our standard service offers.

This year we are offering 2 types of service:

  • Our Basic Service at our usual price of £395*
  • Our new Premium Service at £525* - this is inclusive of additional labour and oil to carry out a hydraulic oil change

We are also aware that some clubs/schools/organisations have incredibly handy people working on their grounds and maintaining their equipment, therefore we would like to offer a 'Seasonal Essentials Kit' that may help with any interim maintenance throughout the season.

Seasonal Essentials Kit - £65*

  • Chain Lubricant x 1
  • Spill Mats x 3
  • Flexi Funnel x 1
  • Grease Gun x 1
  • Grease x 2
  • Gloves Latex x 2 pairs
  • Gloves Nitrile Coated x 2 pairs

*all prices are excluding VAT, mileage over 100 miles from SN11 0PS to be charged at £1.50 per mile - supplied items are subject to postage costs.

Don't leave it to that all important cricket match to realise that your Auto-Roller needs its well earned yearly service.

 

Our Basic Service includes:

  • Engine service filters change
  • Coolant check and test (water cooled engines)
  • Engine oil change
  • Hydraulic return filter change
  • Check all lubricants and oils
  • Lubricate and adjust main drive chain
  • Full system checks

Our Premium Service includes:

  • All that is included within our standard service
  • Plus an hydraulic oil change - inclusive of additional labour and hydraulic oil

Book now through the form below or contact us for further details.

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Edgbaston – Gold 4ft Roller

Auto-Roller – the world famous cricket roller is celebrating its 100 year anniversary, the first design finalised in 1921, manufactured and delivered all over the world ever since. An iconic design that still continues to be the choice of the world’s top groundsmen, from village cricket clubs to international grounds.
As part of our centenary celebrations we are offering to paint our newly manufactured (and refurbished) rollers in gold, as well as returning back to the original front plaque on all of our rollers. We were delighted that Edgbaston chose to have their new roller in gold and are the first ground in the UK to have received one.
Gary Barwell is a pleasure to work with, we enjoyed meeting the fantastic grounds team who work incredibly hard to keep the grounds pitch perfect.

edgbaston gold roller

It was a privilege to able to retake a photo of the same member of the team 20 years on, first on Edgbaston’s blue roller (only recently refurbished) and then on their new gold roller 20 years later.

Edgbaston have been a long standing customer of ours and we love nothing more than to see our Auto-Rollers at home on the grounds.
There is a beauty in the heritage of our Auto-Rollers, we are very proud of the prestige and design that has evolved over the years. We hold a book of serial numbers dating back to the 1940s, some rollers are still continuing to roll with our re-power kits, bringing the more mature rollers back to life.

Please don't hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions about our cricket roller range.

Find out how you can fund a new roller too.

2020 Winter Service Offer

Complete Auto-Roller Service for £395 *

Don't leave it to that all important cricket match to realise that your Auto-Roller needs its well earned yearly service.

*all prices are excluding VAT. Additional travel charges may apply.

Service includes:

  • Engine service filters change
  • Coolant check and test (water cooled engines)
  • Engine oil change
  • Hydraulic return filter change
  • Check all lubricants and oils
  • Lubricate and adjust main drive chain
  • Full system checks

Book now through the form below or contact us for further details.

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Wickford Cricket Club – 4ft Roller

"Can't go wrong with a Auto-Roller. First class service and a first class product."

Danny Rouse, Wickford Cricket Club

When speaking to Wickford Cricket club earlier this year, they were willing candidates to add to our ever growing rainbow of rollers! In addition to pink and mint green, we have now added cherry red as another unique finished roller.

When he received the roller, Daniel Rouse (Chairman and Head Groundsman) said he was "like a kid at Christmas".

We're always interested to hear about how all our customers secured funding for their rollers. Please get in contact if you would like to share your story to help out other clubs.

Ormskirk Cricket Club – Re-Power Kit

Ormskirk Cricket Club first contacted us in 2016, enquiring about an Auto-Roller Re-Power Kit. We were happy to supply them with a quote and were contacted again last year when they were beginning to put the funding in place.

At the beginning of this year, the purchase of a Re-Power kit was approved by the committee. We received the old roller from Ormskirk and began the process of shot-blasting and re-spraying the roller, plus fitting the new kit at our workshop here in Wiltshire.

Within a few weeks, the roller (looking almost like a new machine!) was ready to go back home to Ormskirk, just in time for the start of the season!

Before

After

We are happy to hear that the club are delighted with the results, and we hope they get many years of use out of the overhauled roller!

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Menai Bridge Cricket Club – 4ft Auto-Roller

Back in October, Menai Bridge Cricket Club contacted us when they wanted to replace their old Auto-Roller. Head groundsman, Keith, was kind enough to let us in on how they found the process with applying for grants and purchasing the Auto-Roller.

Menai Bridge Cricket Club is situated on the Isle of Anglesey in North West Wales. Nestled in the beautiful scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, the club boasts a fantastic community spirit combined with majestic views.

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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.