• Removing organic debris from semisynthetic
• Modern fraize mowing on warmseason grasses.
• Tungsten-tipped blades for increased durability.
Universe® rotor International Publication Number WO2013/027005
• Accurate planning of surface down
to 50mm deep.
• Unrivalled surface hygiene for a clean, smooth surface.
• Tungsten faced blades for increased durability & reduced down-time.
Terraplane® rotor N2008947
• Original digging blade for fraize
mowing & surface removal.
• Suitable in lower quality turf areas. • Ideal for stripping prior to re-turfing.
• For conventional scarifying & verticutting.
• Available with 2mm or 3mm tungsten
• Includes adjustable brush strips for increased surface hygiene.
|Overall / transport width||1.60m||1.80m||2.55m||2.95m|
|Approx weight *||670kg||800kg||1,130kg||1,420kg|
|Working depth||0 to 50 mm||0 to 50 mm||0 to 50 mm||0 to 50 mm|
|Elevator discharge height||Approx 1.50m||Approx 1.50m||Approx 2.00m||Approx 2.00m|
|Recommended tractor||35-50hp||45 - 65hp||70 - 90hp||90 - 120hp|
|Tractor mounting||Cat 1,3-pt linkage with optional off-set. Cat 2, 3-pt linkage||Creep speed gearbox or hydrostatic drive 540 PTO drive|
|Tractor requirements||2 x double acting spool valves - 30L/min 2 x double acting spool valves - 40L/min|
|Operating speed||0 - 2kph Digging, Terraplane® & Universe® Rotors. 0 - 6kph Scarifying & Brush Rotors|
|No. of Blades||40||52||64||80|
|No. of Blades||36||45||60||75|
|No. of Blades||120||150||200||250|
|3mm Tipped Blades||Optional||Optional||Optional||Optional|
|2mm Tipped Blades||Optional||Optional||Not recommended||Not recommended|
|No. of Blades||70||88||112||148|
|Blue Spiral Brush||Optional||Optional||Optional||Optional|
|Yellow Flap Brush||Optional||Optional||Optional||N/A|
Most warm-season grasses are prone to the rapid accumulation of thatch in the sward. Conventional verticutting and scarifying only removes around 7 – 10% of the surface matter, and unless done on a regular basis cannot keep up with the accumulation of thatch. A radical approach is to remove all the organic build-up in one pass. The unique feature of the “Universe® Rotor” is that it can be set accurately to leave rhizomes and stolens in place, thus eliminating the need to re-sprigging.
Once exposed to sunlight by removal of the canopy, re-generation is rapid, often with full recovery in 3 – 4 weeks. Removing the thatch and organic debris minimizes water retention at the surface, ensuring that any available water passes directly to the rootzone. In transitional zones, “Universe® Fraize Mowing” is used to speed up the transition from winter grasses to warm season grasses. The Universe® Rotor will take out the cool season grass and any organic build – up, leaving rhizomes and stolens in place. By removing the compaction for water and nutrient, and exposing them to light, the transition period is dramatically reduced.
The original concept of the Universe® Rotor was for removing the organic build-up from the surface of the semi-synthetic, natural turf pitches that are now common in professional stadiums around the world. The Universe® Rotor achieves excellent surface hygiene without damaging the exposed synthetic fibres, often in one pass!
Fraize mowing with the new Terraplane® Rotor now forms the platform of the renovation practice for the majority of Premiership and Football League Clubs, as well as other established sporting venues like The All England Lawn Tennis Association’s Wimbledon tennis courts. “Koro-ing” removes all unwanted organic matter, and reduces Poa-Annua to a minimal level, leaving the surface flat, level and even. Follow-up renovation includes decompaction and top-dressing, before over-seeding, sprigging or sodding.
Koro by Imants Field Topmakers fitted with Digging Rotors have been used to good effect in Japan, following the nuclear reactor tragedy at Fukoshima in 2011. The surfaces of hundreds of sports fields, parks and other grassland areas have been removed and decontaminated material buried. The accuracy of the Koro machines has meant that a critical depth setting can be maintained resulting in fast regeneration without the need for resprigging or sodding.
Koro by Imants Field Topmakers can be used for conventional scarifying or verticutting, conveying the excess thatch into an adjacent trailer or truck. The extra collection capacity is far more efficient than an integrated hopper and greatly increases productivity, especially if two or more trailers can be utilized. The Scarifying Rotor can be fitted with either 3mm tungstentipped blades for fairways & sports fields, or 1.5mm blades on the FTM1200 & FTM1500 models for finer turf. Integrated, adjustable brush strips are fitted to improve collection and surface hygiene. A mid-mounted, anti-scalping roller is available for undulating ground.
The conveyor and elevator belts on the latest FTM2000 and FTM2500 models are now 40% wider, thus increasing capacity and therefore improving productivity dramatically.
Turf Matters catch up with Campey Turf Care and Premier Pitches at SALTEX 2017. Richard Campey and Carl Pass discus how the KORO FTM takes turf care to the next level.
SALTEX is the UK’s national event for grounds care, sports surfaces, amenities, estates and green space management. From turf care and specialist machinery to landscaping and playgrounds.