Charterhouse Rink 1520

Don't be fooled by the somewhat basic appearance of this top dresser. What the Charterhouse Rink 1520 lacks in looks it more than makes up for in strength of construction and, most importantly, in accuracy of application. Yet it's very uncomplicated.

The 1520 model is the second-largest top dresser offered by Charterhouse Turf Machinery of Haslemere, Surrey. It has a capacity of two cubic metres — it will take two to 2.5 tonnes of sand in one go. Designed for sports field or fairway use, this dresser is of robust welded-steel construction. It's strong and durable but it's versatile too.
Operation is strikingly simple. There is one set of levers for direction and speed of the belts. The large, continuous loop-guided belt delivers the top-dressing material to the full-width brush applicator for a smooth, even spread up to 12mm in thickness in one pass. The brush can rotate in both directions and gives accurate application because of its precise metering of the material and good scattering.
The spread thickness is controlled by the speed of the belt and by the gate, which is easy to adjust. Standard drop spread width is 1.4m, but the working width can be increased. This is not just a rear-brush discharge dresser, it will spin too. Bolt-on twin spinner applicators give this machine a throwing capability of nine metres.
"The Rink gives terrific accuracy. I'd have one tomorrow if I had the money," says one of our testers. "As a drop spreader it takes longer to cover the field but I think the results are worth waiting for. And it's nice and easy to adjust it from fine to heavy dressing."
The Rink 1520 is fully hydraulically driven from the tractor's power take off and requires 25 litres/minute. There is an optional auxiliary tank and pump kit if needed. The tyres are the large, low-ground pressure flotation type and leave no marking on the turf during the test.
Smaller machines are available from the Rink range of equipment, still with the same features but more lightweight for golf green applications.


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