Tasked with delivering reliability and efficiency for both contracting and self-drive hire, a Deep Tine Aerator (DTA) from GKB Machines has so far ticked every box for Cleveland Land Services in Teesside. Purchased to replace another aerator in the summer of 2021, the robust versatility of the 2.1m DTA has seen it well used on a variety of projects and sports surfaces including football, racecourses and golf course fairways.
Cleveland Land Services have earned a reputation for industry-leading innovation and outstanding customer service across their three divisions - CLS Landscape & Earthworks, CLS Sports and CLS Selfdrive - providing a high-standard of completion on all projects, undertaken nationwide, for over 50 years. With an equipment bank spanning the group, it was the task of Andrew Willis, General Manager of the Selfdrive division, to find the replacement for a well-utilised aerator on their hire fleet.
He explains, "We had a good look at the alternatives and, following a demonstration of the DTA 210 from local dealers Russells, decided that the price, the build quality and the specification of the DTA was a great fit for us. With a range of operators and applications, we could tell this would be capable of delivering any and every task we put it on."
The DTA 210 combines a 2.1m working width and maximum working depth of up to 40cm (16") making it an excellent solution for large and/or heavy compacted applications. One of a range of deep tine aerators from GKB, the DTA features hydraulic height adjustment and a range of tine options for complete versatility - making it a popular choice with contractors.
"We've been using it on our own contracting work, primarily football pitch maintenance, and when not used internally it's been on hire with a whole host of turf managers who all find the machine incredibly efficient and simple to operate." Andrew continues, "One thing we really noticed was how smooth the DTA runs. There isn't the typical 'bouncing' you get with some brands."
The DTA was the first GKB machine purchased by Cleveland Land Services, more recently joined by an SPM 400 topdresser. "This is another fantastic piece of kit - high capacity and high productivity which is just what we need to ensure jobs get completed on time, and to a high spec." He adds, "The support from GKB and Russells is also brilliant, quickly answering any questions we have and providing valuable advice to keep everything ticking along as it should."