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History

The History of SISIS

Since 1932 the world’s finest grounds staff, greenkeepers and gardeners have been choosing SISIS. The reason more people trust SISIS, is that like our users, we have always refused to compromise on quality.

This commitment explains why even today every part of every machine is designed and built with pride in Derbyshire incorporating only the finest materials and assembled by our team of engineers.

Investment in the SISIS brand continues to be at the heart of everything we do. State-of-the- art facilities, high productivity manufacturing, training facilities for staff and customers, latest production systems, exhibitions, educational seminars and of course new products.

Our continuous journey will see the next generation of SISIS equipment launched in 2023. A range of battery powered, no compromise alternatives to our petrol machines, with super low CO2 footprint and developed working with industry experts will help everyone towards the carbon neutral goal.

- Ian Howard, Managing Director

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Timeline

The History of SISIS

  • 1932

    The Start and early years

    The realisation that by putting holes in the ground encouraged better grass growth was the start of things for SISIS
    A simple hand fork and aerators on wheeled frames were the first products.

    In 1934, the first horse drawn aerator was sold to Doncaster Racecourse.

    1938 saw the development of the Trulevel roller which had three rollers following each other, overriding hollows to give a true surface.

  • 1957

    Rotorake and Contra Rotation – Principle

    Innovations continued with the production of the first rotorake scarifier. The rotorake included the patented contra-rotation principle which is a series of blades rotating at high speed in the opposite direction to that of a conventional cylinder mower, pushing fibre away from the surface rather than into the surface.

    It was developed following research at the Sports Turf Research Institute.

  • 1963

    Re-seeding sports areas

    Saw the launch of the SISIS Contravator and Lospred.

    The Contravator used strong contra rotating blades to cut grooves into the surface and the Lospred, utilising a system of twin neoprene rollers, dispensed the seed directly into the grooves with great accuracy ensuring the playing surface was preserved and germination was rapid.

  • 1970’s

    Innovation Continues

    The Autocrat was the first independently powered vertical action aerator to be launched in the UK in 1971.

    New products continued with the Truline in 1972 which was developed in conjunction with a groundsman. It was a continuous belt system that gave a clear pained line.

    1975 was the launch of a tractor mounted scarifier, called the Veemo. Produced for fast effective scarification of golf fairways, the Veemo has gone on to become a popular machine used across the world at golf clubs, sports clubs and public parks.

  • 1980’s

    The Hydromain and Quadraplay

    Specifically designed for the use on golf tees and greens, the Hydromain, produced in 1980 was the first comprehensive turf maintenance system. Highly manoeuvrable with a unique weight transfer system it used a range of various implements.

    Later in the decade, the Quadraplay was introduced. It was a natural progression to develop a system that used a combination of implements ensuring multiple tasks could be carried out and a faster work rate.

    The Quadraplay has gone on to become a staple piece of equipment in a ground teams fleet of machinery.

  • 2000's

    Aeration with a Difference

    The new millennium saw no let up in innovation and new products that continued to help ground professionals in pursuit of their desired surfaces.

    The Rotorake 600 with its contra rotating principle was developed as a heavy duty deep scarifier and linear aerator.

    The Javelin Aer-aid system was developed to allow air to be injected directly into the root zone to speed up the aeration process, move air uniformly throughout the root zone for complete aeration, reduce compaction and increase water infiltration rates amongst the benefits.

  • 2011

    Acquired by the Howardson Group

    SISIS was acquired by the Howardson Group to sit alongside Dennis Mowers, thus providing the groundcare industry with a truly comprehensive range of British manufactured products.

    Later on in the year saw SISIS leave its long time home in Macclesfield and move to Kirk Langley to join up with the rest of the Howardson Group.

  • 2014

    The Flexi400

    Due to initial request and demand from the USA, this towed interchangeable roller or brush unit was designed for fast and effective coverage of golf fairways and sports grounds.

    Fitted with floating heads to allow it to follow ground contours, it is ideal for the removal of dew, striping for improved presentation, lifting grasses prior to cutting or brushing in top dressings.

  • 2022

    Built with 90 years experience

    SISIS celebrated 90 years of innovation and cutting edge ideas that has enabled them to build a reputation world wide for quality of product and service and helping grounds professionals to achieve their desired surface.

    Our continuous journey will ensure the next range of product innovations are never far away.