0 New Wiedenmann gets straight to the point at Surrey's West Hill GC

Within 48 hours of delivery the team at West Hill Golf Club, Surrey had used their new Wiedenmann Terra Spike to aerate over 1.5 hectares of greens to a handsome 21 cm deep with very favourable results

West Hill GCCourse manager, Ben Edwards, who welcomed the XP 210 machine, said he fully anticipated the deep tine aerator to be very capable but was instantly delighted with its speed, neatness and quality of work.

The XP 210 is Wiedenmann UK's widest and deepest machine in its fleet of ten Terra Spikes. West Hill targeted it specifically to deal with a long standing panning issue. "We've Bagshot Sand which pans out quite hard right across the course," said Ben Edwards, "The Wiedenmann is the only machine that works comfortably at the level we require. We need to get way down to 20-21cm to break it up but with this machine we're really confident it will start to improve immediately; by around October when we get lots of moisture I'm hoping to see a huge difference. It's amazingly clean for such a big machine."

"We'll use the XP literally everywhere. We've started off with 20 mm tines in a 200 mm square hole pattern for the tees, approaches and fairways and will change to pencil tines next time we do the greens. We've paired it to our John Deere M series tractor which works well with the 2.1m width of the aerator wider than the tractor span so there are no issues with tyres backing over ground we've just completed. We'll use it as much as possible and when the ground conditions are right; it's going to be very busy."

For more information, visit www.wiedenmann.co.uk.

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