Robert Tomlinson has a long history in the lawn care machinery.He joined Overland Machinery Ltd, a John Deere dealer in 1978 as a agricultural engineer and after four years became parts manager. Three years later he moved to the position of salesman, specialising in groundcare equipment. The thirteen years spent with Overlands this provided Robert with a vast knowledge of John Deere machinery. This equipped him with all the skills necessary to found his own company, Tomlinson Groundcare, in February of 1991 to sell John Deere Horticultural Equipment.Along with wife Karen, Robert established the business operating in just one workshop, the adjoining office, and a section of what is now the grinding shed.The company specialised in John Deere equipment, but also dealt in Hayter, Beaver, Allen and McConnel. By March of that year, they expanded the workforce to include Geoff Martin, a service techincian also from Overlands, to deal with an increasing workload. Ray Wells joined the company three months later.1992 - The premises expanded into extra building, and the remainder of the grinding shed.Further development included the acquisition of a showroom towards the end of 1992, about the time at which John Deere introduced the 455 lawn tractor and the selling of diesel machines escalated rapidly. With a good reputation for diesel tractors the company prospered and was able to expand further.1999 - By this year six people were employed by Tomlinson Groundcare and the premises were extended to their current situation, minus the recently obtained parts store. After the fire of 1999,an extension was constructed at the rear of the showroomand two offices were refurbished. Following this the company started to become fully computerised, and went live in October of 2000. Customer and Stock information are now all stored on a computer system, and the company makes good use of a range of online services including banking, parts ordering, machine orders, service problems and warranty.2004 saw the launch of the Tomlinson Groundcare website and a rise in the number of staff up to seven permanent members and a further two part-time workers.2005 a new larger purpose built workshop was erected to help accomodate the increased work load and larger machinery.2007 saw the addition of another sales representative to make three and also an apprentice fitter.2008 John Deere introduced the 2720 & 5020 to the compact tractor range and the XUV 850D Utility vehicle2009 John Deere launches the 3036E hydrostatic tractor2009 saw the building of a purpose built showroom to replace the old chicken shed that was used as the mower showroom
2009 Tomlinson Groundcare appointed AL-KO dealers which will provide a greater choice of lawn mowers and log splitters for our customers
2010 Tomlinson Groundcare appointed Mitox Power Product dealers providing good quality garden power tools at a reasonable price
2011 John Deere Relaunched range of X100 Series Ride-on Lawnmowers to include Rear Collecting versions
2012 John Deere Launches the New E5 Tango Autonomous Lawn Mower
Tomlinson Groundcare offers a range of branded equipment from the following manufacturers like Al-ko, Billy Goat, Blec, Charterhouse, Dennis, Dickies, Dragone, DR Power Products, Echo, Enduramaxx, Etesia, Fuel Box,GreenChem, Graden, HME, John Deere, Keep A Level, Kersten, Kilworth, Logic, Marolin, McConnell, Mitox, Pellenc, Portek, Progressive, Redexim, Roberine, SCH, Sisis, Sovema, Stocks AG, Teagle, Team, Tomlin, Warwick and Weibang, and have built up a large customers base including over 2000 domestic customers, 25 golf courses and 10 councils. We also a stockist for Aspen Fuel, GreenChem AdBlue and FuelBox red diesel.