It’s a deep slitter, and Sisis says that it is good for use on fine or outfield turf. It is definitely deep and superbly clean in its slitting action. There is virtually no surface marking — certainly no tyre marks are left in the soft conditions of our test site.
For ease of use, and to comply with EU lifting regulations, the patented design uses a cantilever system, rather than expensive hydraulics, to lift the kit out for work. One tester finds that minimal effort is needed to pull the Autoslit out of the ground. “For a big machine, this is quite manoeuvrable,” he says.
The angle of the tines and the spiral design of the tine shaft assist penetration and give maximum underground cultivation with the minimum of surface disturbance. Because the knives spiral outwards, the Autoslit doesn’t pull one way or the other. What’s more, it has a rear smoothing-roller; so it stripes. This is important where presentation counts.
But it is the speed of the Autoslit that is impressive. We use it in tick-over for a quick, smooth walk. You don’t need to rev it; anything higher than tick-over and you need to run with this machine.
“It’s fast,” says a tester. “You could nip onto a pitch, treat a bad area and leave it looking nicely striped.”
We also like the Autoslit because it is affordable. Okay, it’s not got hydraulics, but the cantilever system works exceptionally well. And you get to choose the tines — heavy-duty tines for use on outfields and situations where a wider slit is required, or sharpened tines for fine turf and quality outfield turf. Both penetrate to a depth of 152mm.
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