Sports turf and land drainage contractors, AMS Contracting, needed a secondary drainage machine that could work at 1m and 0.5 spacings and got that and more with the Koro® TopDrain® 1000, supplied through Campey Turf Care Systems.
The West Sussex based company work on projects throughout the United Kingdom and had been using other secondary drainage machines, but customer demand for 1m spacing led them to consider the TopDrain® 1000.
Secondary drainage is a relatively quick and affordable drainage solution that can be implemented with minimal disruption to a surface. Because the TopDrain® creates open channels up to 260mm in depth to the primary drainage, it can be an extremely important tool for pitches because it offers a quick response to rainfall which often reduces postponements or areas being unusable.
Ben Taylor, Product Specialist for Campeys accompanied Ashley Strange with his brother Myles, co-owners and managers of AMS Contracting, to view the machine in action at the Imants factory in Holland. Both were very impressed with the high-quality engineering of the TopDrain® and could see it was exactly what they were looking for.
"We found that not all of our clients wanted or needed 0.5m spacing, so we wanted to find a solution to offer them," Ashley explained. "There were some factors away from spacing like the build quality, labour time and availability of the machine that were high on our list and after seeing it at the Imants factory, we were sure it was what we needed. Everything from the engineering to the quality of the paintwork was impressive and we placed the order there and then.
"We had quite a few pitches to get through in early Spring so a quick turnaround time for us was essential and Campey had the machine with us a week after we viewed it in Holland.
"Now, we've already used the TopDrain® on cricket and football pitches which has gone very well, and it will soon be working on some rugby pitches. It's dealt really well with tough compacted surfaces and because it's fully operated from the cab the labour time when using it compared to our other machines has been significantly reduced.
"It's very easy to set up and changing the spacing to suit what each of our clients want is quick and easy because you don't have to remove any parts, which can be time consuming on other machines. Wearing parts are quick to change as well, and whenever we've needed replacements, we've received them the next day from Campey which has been great."
The TopDrain® provides a complete one-pass surface drainage system. It trenches, removes spoil and injects sand before re-compacting the surface in one pass. Its operation reduces material costs and labour with faster processing and less surface contamination than conventional methods. The process creates a sand grid that is designed to complement existing drainage and has been very successful on a number of sports pitches.
To watch a video that demonstrates how the unique one pass operation works, visit www.campeyturfcare.com.