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Daytona International Speedway, the home of the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR, is using a Spider ILD02 remote-controlled slope mower on the steep sided banks of the world-renowned motor racing circuit in Florida.


The Spider mower, built by the Dvorak company in the Czech Republic and distributed by Orlando-based Slope Care LLC, is just one of the tools the Speedway has employed over the years to keep the grass in place and growing on the steep surface outside the turns at Daytona. The high banks are one of the bigger challenges for the grounds maintenance team that spends all year keeping the Speedway turf groomed and green. Other issues include drought, pestilence and water restrictions that govern how much water they can use to keep the grass looking good.


Jason Griffith, Head of Facility Grounds team said,

“The Spider ILD02 has an integrated winch which allows it to be operated on banks up to 60 degrees and ground anchor. One of my team, Emory Renfroe, manufactured a special frame attachment for a tractor, which acts as a mobile ground anchor, allowing the machine to track across the slopes with the operator manoeuvering it with his remote-control unit.


“With four mulching blades, the mower definitely makes the task easier on the high banks and the grass is a lot healthier than before. To keep the grass looking fresh we mow the grass in three different directions; a new one every third time it is mowed, never the same direction twice. It makes it look better and kind of puts things in perspective. It takes four days for us to mow the entire surface.”


Andrew Gurtis, Senior Vice President of Operations is equally impressed stating,

“The Spider mower has performed admirably in the past 8 years, but we’ve worked it hard and it heeded replacing.”


Stephen Tews is the Sales Manager at Slope Care in Orlando and he was responsible for the negotiations that has resulted in a new Spider 2 being delivered recently. He added,

“We recognise what an iconic brand Daytona is, not only to NASCAR, but also to world motor racing in general, and we felt it would be a great marketing tool if we could have an association with the Speedway. We entered into negotiations with the Daytona management team, which resulted in us having 14 minutes of exposure on the digital screens around the stadium at the recent Coke Zero Sugar 400 weekend in July. We featured our Mow-na Lisa video, which shows a Spider mower cutting a giant portrait of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting onto a hillside in the Czech Republic. The entire weekend was a great success.”


About Daytona

In addition to NASCAR, the track also hosts races of ARCA, AMA Superbike, USCC, SCCA, and Motocross. The track features multiple layouts including the primary 2.5-mile (4.0 km) high-speed tri-oval, a 3.56-mile (5.73 km) sports car course, a 2.95-mile (4.75 km) motorcycle course, and a 1,320-foot (400 m) karting and motorcycle flat-track. The track's 180-acre (73 ha) infield includes the 29-acre (12 ha) Lake Lloyd, which has hosted powerboat racing. The speedway is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation.

The track was built in 1959 by NASCAR founder William "Bill" France, Sr. to host racing that was held at the former Daytona Beach Road Course. His banked design permitted higher speeds and gave fans a better view of the cars. Lights were installed around the track in 1998, and today it is the third-largest single lit outdoor sports facility in the USA. The speedway has been renovated three times, with the infield renovated in 2004 and the track repaved in 1978 and 2010.

The latest renovation project (Daytona Rising) began on July 5, 2013 and was completed in January 2016, at a cost of US $400 million, placing emphasis on improving spectator experience with five expanded and redesigned entrances, as well as wider and more comfortable seating with more restrooms and concession stands. After the renovations were completed, the track's spectator capacity was increased to 101,000 permanent seats with the ability to take this to 125,000, if required.



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The portrait, on a grass canvas measuring 200 metres x 250 metres with a gradient of 45 degrees, was created over a period of three days: two days of detailed surveying and one day mowing, using the company's Spider 1 and Spider 2 mowers. It was filmed by the creative motion picture and digital agency, Mustard, based in Prague.

Using their professional film crew equipped with the latest drone technology, the video shows how this remarkable feat was created. A scale drawing of the famous portrait was used to transfer reference points to the hillside using laser surveying technology and then the skilled Spider operators, including the company's Managing Director, Lubomir Dvorak, mowed the 50,000 square metre image taking direction from the video producer.


Pavlina Novakova, International Marketing Manager explained how the project was developed:

"We wanted to make a video to raise the profile of our product range and our company on a global stage. The germ of an idea was put forward at one of our regular marketing meetings and was gradually developed over a timescale of six months. We looked for an iconic image that would be recognized around the globe and decided on Leonardo da Vinci's most famous work. Not only was da Vinci a great artist, but he was also an exceptional engineer. That connection dovetailed perfectly with the innovative technology in our Spider mowers."

"We realised that it would require professional help, so we contacted Cream, a creative communications agency, also based in Prague who, along with Mustard, took the project forward."

"First, we had to find a suitable location, obtain permission from the landowner and then wait for the perfect weather conditions. We did consider doing it close to a motorway, but this would have removed the element of surprise for the campaign, as we were convinced many people would take photographs of the completed image and post it on social media before the official launch."

"We are delighted with the finished video and are hoping it will go viral. So many people were involved in the production and it was a great experience for all of us at Spider to be part of it."

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When I received an invitation to attend a Spider trip, my initial reaction was one of ‘no thanks’, as my senses immediately led my thoughts to that of the eight-legged variety. After a little research, I was excited at the opportunity to delve deeper into this unique radio controlled slope mower and off I went to the Spider headquarters in the Czech Republic.

Having never visited this country before, I expected to find a few ornate castles, cheap beer and long
stories about its history, along with a modest factory facility for The Dvořák machinery division who
manufacture the revolutionary Spider. What I didn’t expect was to approach a very modern, beautiful
and breath-taking factory, built in 2014, following the success and vision of its founder and owner
Mr. Lubomír Dvořák. The facility is located in the heart of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands near the
Pohled village, and its architecture and surrounding water feature offer a sense of tranquillity and
communion with nature. The initial Spider concept was developed in 2004 by Lubomír, who had the idea and vision to change people’s approach to mowing difficult areas, whilst creating a new niche market... and the Spider was born. The understanding and forward thinking from Lubomír meant he would design a machine unrivalled by any other competitor (due to its strong patented chassis design), and gain success and appreciation from consumers and specialists around the Globe by being the first remote controlled mower to maintain hillsides.

Jump forward thirteen years and it appears the infrastructure and experience of the new UK
importer T H WHITE, along with the pioneering design characteristics of the machine, explains why
Spider is set to take Blighty by storm and cement its position, not only in the municipal market, but also
in golf, local authorities, railways, sports grounds, parks and motorways, to name but a few.
What makes Spider so special? The patented drive system, also known as the Dance step,
together with constant 4-wheel drive, ensures fantastic manoeuvrability of the mower in all
terrains, great climbing ability and gentle treatment of grass even in wet or soft terrain. The dancing
step makes the mowers very stable, allowing omnidirectional mowing and unlimited continuous
turning of all the wheels in full extent of 360o. Due to the intended use, on steep hillsides and on
weakened terrains, the mowers have a light-weight structure which means low fuel consumption, low
emissions, high mowing efficiency and easy handling during transportation and servicing. The ability to
control the mower remotely allows the operator to stay away from the working area, away from noise
and vibrations, and removes all risk when mowing on hillsides and in dangerous areas.
The unique drive system allows the mowers to work on extremely steep slopes with an incline
up to 40o. The integrated hydraulic winch then increases the climbing ability to an incredible 55o
which sometimes cannot even be walked on.The mowers are available in three sizes which
differ in mowing width, cutting height, enginepower, number of blades and available accessories.


Pohled, Czech Republic (July 2017) Slope Care LLC, the Orlando-based distributor of Spider remote controlled mowers from Czech manufacturer, Dvorak, will be exhibiting some exciting new products on booth 7188 at GIE Expo in Louisville, KY, in October.

The Spider 3Rider is a unique ride-on mower, when the slope becomes too extreme, the operator demounts from the mower and continues to control it by remote control from a safe position away from the machine.

Without wanting to give too much away at present, this unique mower can be seen in more detail by visiting the booth and talking to the senior executives from both Slope Care and Dvorak, who will be able to explain the many new features and benefits of this new concept.

Also occupying the booth will be the Spider ILD01 and Spider ILD02 remote-controlled mowers, both featuring the patented drive system known as the Dancing Step. This 4-wheel drive and 4-wheel steering system ensures superb manoeuvrability on all terrains, great climbing ability and gentle treatment of turf, even in wet or soft terrain. The mowers can work on extremely steep slopes with an incline up to 40 degrees and with the integrated hydraulic winch this is increased to 55 degrees. Both mowers will be demonstrating their unique climbing abilities on our Outdoor Demo Area.

Also look out for the Spider ILD02 with snow blade attachment; ideal for customers in the northern states and providing a further application for this unique mower.




Agency using radio-controlled machine on steep hillsides

ALBANY - Motorists along Route 85 or Brevator Street in Albany haven't been hallucinating if they've recently seen what looks like a self-propelled robotic lawn mower creeping along some of the steep hillsides near the Harriman State Office Building Campus.




The state Office of General Services' remote-controlled Spider Mower is in its second season of duty at the campus.

"People do stop", OGS spokeswoman Heather Groll said, explaining that motorists who have seen the machine from the Brevator Street area have pulled over to watch the 718-pound aluminum mower do its thing.


The squat yellow-and-black unit - which resembles a fax machine crossed with a Mars lander - is used primarily on steep hillsides that pose dangers to regular push or riding mowers, which pose a risk of flipping over on such terrain.

About the size of a ATV but much squatter with a low center of gravity, the all-wheel drive and all-wheel-steering machine is controlled with a joystick device that looks like an Xbox controller. For those who might worry about the device going rogue, it's programmed to shut off if the signal goes down.

In addition to keeping people off steep hillsides, the mower can chew through weed patches up to 8 feet high.

That'˜s a real advantage given seasonal concerns about tick-borne illness that landscapers can be exposed to in such an environment. The mower can also chop through a sapling up to 1 inch in diameter.

Groll said the Spider Mower was developed in the Czech Republic, where a bridge engineer had long puzzled over how to mow hard-to-reach areas such as bridge footings at the bottom of a slope.

Rather than steering the entire machine, the articulated wheels pivot below the mower'˜s deck. It uses a Kawasaki motor, and there'˜s a built-in winch for extra steep terrain.

These mower also can be used on dam embankments and ski slopes.

Syracuse and Fordham universities have purchased the machines according to the company's website.

Homeowners who have read this far wondering if the unit might be just right for their suburban lawns should be ready for some sticker shock: At a price of $49,000, the cost of the Spider could cover a lifetime of conventional mowers.

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Contractors working for the province are embracing technology and are now using robotic mowers to trim the grass in green spaces along Alberta’s roadways.

Carmacks bought two of the big, yellow spider slope mowers for $47,000 and crews are using them to tackle the grass along a portion of Stoney Trail and Anthony Henday Drive in Edmonton.

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The spider mower reaches a top speed of 8 kilometers an hour and can climb slopes as steep as 55 degrees.A company in Airdrie supplies the technology and crews say they actually make things safer for road crews.

“Safety was the main concern and especially with all the hills, the new overpasses that we have with some steep slopes, it was the perfect fit,” said Jason Curcio from NB Equipment. “Instead of having three or four or five people with trimmers on a steep slope trimming by hand there’s still the risk of slipping down the hill, rolling your ankle, it’s all gone with the spider mower.”

“These things are worth their weight in gold for the efficiency and above all the safety of our employees,” said Phillip Mendive, Carmack’s Operations Manager.The industrial sized mower is easy to use and is operated using a remote control.

“It looks like a big ticket item. It looks like a bit of a gimmick possibly if you're just driving by and you see this mower climbing a hill with nobody near it but it's very safe, efficient and it just does a great job cutting," said Curcio.

The City of Calgary, Parks Canada, and Heritage Park have also taken the spider for a test drive.


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Pohled, Czech Republic (3 May 2017) As part of their new global sales and marketing initiative, Dvorak, the manufacturer of Spider remote-controlled slope mowers, has appointed two new distributors in Canada - J & S Performance and Distribution and UniForce Distribution Inc.