AFC Bournemouth grounds manager recommends Toro aerator

AFC Bournemouth’s newly renovated pitch has just been nominated as one of the top three in the Championship by sports turf consultancy STRI, and grounds manager James Lathwell said this is thanks, in part, to the club’s Toro ProCore aerator, according to Toro.

AFC grounds manager James Lathwell and the Toro ProCore
AFC grounds manager James Lathwell and the Toro ProCore

The turf maintenance equipment company said Lathwell loaned a ProCore 648 prior to the Goldsands Stadium pitch renovation last summer and has now made the decision to purchase one.

"We trialled the Toro ProCore from Lely UK at a time when we were having issues with the old pitch. Last season’s heavy rainfall meant we were really battling with the elements, but the ProCore kept the football ground playable throughout wet periods and saved fixtures," he said.

He added that the machine is quick. "We used to allow a day to aerate the pitch, now we only need 3-4 hours. This is a huge time-saver considering we aerate after every home game. We’ve also found it’s very quick to change the tines, taking just 15 minutes."

Designed as a two-step process, the ProCore’s new Titan QuickChange tine head provides increased flexibility when tines need to be changed and dramatically reduces the time spent on tine change-out.

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