The versatile XD6 deep fast aerator has a 1.6 metre working width, and combines excellent productivity with a depth down to 275 mm. Despite its robust construction it is also readily portable, another consideration when it came to this particular purchase. Making full use of economies of scale, both courses now share the Terra Spike XD6, each course following its own maintenance programme and adhering to its joint custody timetable.
Course Manager for both sites, Pete Tulk, who has a committed team of five at each location, says it was the combination of speed and productivity which made it an easy choice:
"Principally we bought it to aerate the fairways and greens. When we borrowed the other XD6 my team worked late into the evenings but we got all the fairways at Long Sutton done in just a week. "The XD6 totally meets our needs. The tines stay in place and you don't need to worry about them coming out. They lock in and are simple to change. We've already got 12 mm and 20 mm diameter tines and are about to receive a set of hollow cores," he enthuses.
"The hydraulic depth control feature, Quick Set Depth, is exceptional - when you travel on to harder ground and you want to 'work' the ground up a bit, just one quick adjustment and you are off again. It's got so many good points - it's just right for us."
Rikki Bown, sales specialist from Somerset dealers, Rochford Garden Machinery at Wincanton, who sold the aerator said: "We added the Wiedenmann franchise last summer and it was just what we needed to add value to our product line."
Caption: Keeping it in the family. Two idyllic south Somerset golf courses which share a brand new Wiedenmann Terra Spike XD6 and family connection are Long Sutton GC and the Orchardleigh GC, Frome. Left to right: Rikki Bown (sales, Rochford Garden Machinery) Peter Holloway (director), Graham Holloway (director), Pete Tulk (course manager).