Head of Grounds, Bob Carder, has claimed that his Sisis Multitiner tractor-mounted drum-type aerator keeps the turf "nice, clear and breathable" on the playing fields at the Stamford Endowed Schools in Lincolnshire.
The Stamford Endowed Schools are situated in one of the finest historic market towns in the heart of England and comprise of a junior school, a high school for girls and a school for boys.
Each School benefits from its own site and a wide array of sports is catered for across the school's vast playing fields. Rugby pitches, football pitches, hockey pitches, tennis courts, cricket squares and two synthetic surfaces are all frequently played on and with close to 2,000 pupils across the three schools, Bob and his six members of staff certainly have their work cut out.
With such heavy usage, Bob adheres to an intense aeration programme to keep the playing surfaces at Stamford Endowed in the best possible condition. Aeration is important to improve drainage, reduce turf compaction and thatch build up and he believes his SISIS Multitiner offers the perfect solution to keep up with the rigorous demands of maintaining healthy turf on some particularly complicated surfaces.
"We have to spike because we've got 38% clay content on the 1st and 2nd team rugby pitch - hence why we've gone for the SISIS Multitiner 1.8m. Before this, we had a different machine which was 1.6 metres with not so many tines on it. When we had a demo of the Multitiner I was instantly impressed with the width of it and the fact that it goes so much deeper than our old machine. Health and safety played a big part in it as well - the Multitiner is far safer than the other machine because it is all enclosed. It also puts in around 50 more holes per pass in comparison to our previous one."
The Sisis Multitiner 1.8m is a tractor mounted drum-type aerator which is ideally suited to a range of applications from sports field maintenance, lawns and amenities. It has three drums with independent rotation and its interchangeable tines with a maximum depth of 100mm ensure excellent turf care when the time comes to aerate.
It has also been designed for low maintenance, something which Bob is particularly fond of. "The Multitiner is basically maintenance free - a bit of greasing here and there. The case comes off so you can replace the tines easily. With the interchangeable tines you can put whatever you want in there."
"We normally use the Multitiner two or three days a week right through until the end of January and sometimes into February - just to keep the top of the surface open and to keep the moisture away. It lets the light in and keeps the ground clean, clear and breathable."
"It's a good, quick machine to use, it's steady and quiet, and provides an excellent finish - for presentation purposes it's a great piece of kit.
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