The new machine, which was delivered by Jim Clarke Machinery, will be used by Richards and his team of grounds staff on the football, rugby and lacrosse pitches for end-of-season renovations and the cricket wickets.
The SISIS Rotorake TM1000 is a tractor-mounted heavy duty scarifier and linear aerator which removes and controls thatch on fine and other quality turf.
Boasting first class sports facilities, Shrewsbury School’s U15A cricket team have recently secured a place in the finals of the National ESCA/ECB U15 T20 cricket competition and Richards and his team are paying particular attention to the cricket squares to ensure a quality team play on a superior surface.
"We are starting our autumn renovations on our cricket squares and have decided to fraise mow the surface to remove the organic matter. To do this we’ve been using the SISIS TM1000 with the fraise mowing reel," said Richards.
He added: "We purchased the SISIS TM1000 because of its versatility and its ability to do different tasks. Our previous scarifier was one dimensional. One of the big plus points with the SISIS TM1000 is the interchangeable reels. We can quickly change the fraise mowing reel to a scarifying reel to a verticut reel which makes it a much more versatile machine than any other scarifying machine on the market."