It may be called the Dart, but don’t expect it to dart along at an exceptional pace. In fact, it’s quite a bit slower than the Autocore — a bowling green will take about an hour longer with this one. But where this machine does come into its own is in its simplicity and ease of use.
The Dart takes the workings of Autocore and reduces them down. Gone is the camshaft. In its place, there are chain and belt drives to the individual units. This makes it quieter and lighter. It’s perfect for bowls clubs and facilities maintained by the members, especially older members.
“It is so easy to use,” says one tester. “It turns beautifully and it works right into the corners — no problems at all.”
The Dart features an “Easy Lift” system. The machine is designed for easy handling and easy use. And Sisis has thought about comfort; the handles adjust via a hand-turning nut. All controls, including the balanced depth control, are adjustable from the operating position. Adjusting the working depth is as simple as clicking a lever. And there is a good choice of tines to go with this machine, including tapered solid, pencil, hollow coring, 10mm diameter hollow and chisel tines.
But while it is easy to use — and we reckon Grandpa would love a go with this — the Dart still does a fine job. Penetration and withdraw are clean and the tyres leave no marking during the test.
Sisis has also thought about maintenance. This machine requires minimal care and the bearings are sealed. This should prove to be a hassle-free investment for use on bowling greens, tennis courts and cricket squares.
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