At October’s Green Industry and Equipment Expo, GT AirInject unveiled the Air2HP portable aerifier tool. The Air2HP was designed to “revolutionize the way turf facilities ease compaction, increase drainage and aerify,” according to the company. Made for use on sports fields, golf courses and other applications, the Air2HP is a counterpart to the company’s Air2G2 aerification machine. A handheld device that uses a single probe to inject air beneath the surface of the turf, the Air2HP fractures compacted soil as far as 40 inches beneath the surface, the company says. The Air2HP requires an external air compressor (135psi/1 hp/3 gal/2.4 scfm at 90 psi min.) or may be used in conjunction with the Air2G2.
Specialized turf equipment distributor STEC Equipment recently released its ATC Surface Cleaner for synthetic turf. According to the company, ATC 1400/2000 has been developed to maintain artificial turfgrass “simply and effectively for indoor or outdoor use.” ATC synthetic cleaner is towed across the surface, scooping up trash from the surface while collecting debris in mesh baskets. The machine is equipped with three tools designed to achieve a clean and well-dressed surface without debris or unwanted particles. Its vibrating screen sifts infill material and leaves a groomed finish, according to the company. ATC synthetic cleaner comes in two working widths and can easily be towed by a small lawn tractor, ATV or golf cart.
ABI (Absolute Attachments, Inc.) recently launched the ABI Force, a new infield groomer that “redefines safety and playability for baseball and softball infields,” according to the company. The ABI Force is a zero-turn, stand-up, self-propelled machine with features designed specifically for infields. It features a patented, mid-mount spring system that hydraulically provides downward force for multiple attachments to address different applications. “When the mid-mount spring system is combined with ABI’s patent-pending VibraFlex attachment, operators can apply the perfect amount of force to break up surface tension as deep or as shallow as an infield needs. This leaves a perfectly consistent 0.5-inch playing surface with no surprises hidden underneath,” said Kevin Keigely, ABI CEO.
Jacobsen and Textron Specialized Vehicles will combine their operations by the close of 2017. The marriage of the two companies will allow them to better serve their shared customers and operate more efficiently through a common supply chain and efficiencies of scale in manufacturing and back-office operations. “The combination of Textron Specialized Vehicles and Jacobsen will be nimble, optimally sized, and well equipped to meet the evolving needs of our customers,” said Kevin Holleran, president and CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles. Jacobsen’s operations in Charlotte, North Carolina, will relocate to Textron Specialized Vehicles facilities in Augusta, Georgia, with the first phase of relocation expected to be completed by the end of March.