Thornton launches new grooming machine

Machinery designed for maintaining synthetic sports surfaces will be on display at an increasing number of stands at IoG Saltex.

Thornton is using the show to introduce its TG3 Grooming Machine, which is specifically designed for rubber filled surfaces. The machine comes in two sizes, enabling it to be used even on relatively small five-a-side pitches, where access is limited.

The kit is tractor-mounted and has special tines to allow decompaction of the rubber, to aid drainage and level the surface. It also has special levelling bars to maintain the correct surface level and brushes to maintain the appearance of the pitch.

New on Eric Hunter’s stand is the French manufactured YVMO artificial turf sweeper.  The machine will sweep, collect, roll and brush sand and rubber crumb filled artificial surfaces.  At the front is a removable spring tine unit to decompact pitches.  A rear-view mirror allows the operator to monitor work while working at a forward speed of 5.6km/hr.

The 1.4m-wide YVMO has a minimum power requirement of 18hp and is three-point linkage mounted.

Offering groundsmen a new, cost effective solution for cleaning and maintaining sand and rubber infill synthetic sports surfaces, Charterhouse Turf Machinery is highlighting the Verti-Top Vac.

Part of the growing range of synthetic turf maintenance equipment from Charterhouse, the Verti-Top Vac is tractor mounted to enable more regular use to improve playing quality and prolong the life of what can be a substantial investment.

The Verti-Top Vac uses a large rotary brush to sweep the surface and collect material from within the carpet.  The material is then placed on an oscillating sieve to separate debris from the infill, which is then returned and brushed into the surface.  Large pieces of debris are deposited into a hopper while lighter pieces such as hair and skin are collected into a bag on top of the hopper.  Adjustable tines at the front of the machine loosen and decompact the surface ahead of the brush for optimum cleaning.

The Kersten stand is also offering a wide range of artificial sports maintenance machines for clearing and presenting sand and rubber filled surfaces.

Kersten boasts that its latest machines have been deliberately designed to damp down vibrations, allowing workers to use them for a full eight hour shift.

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