Bradford City sees fewer injuries after buying new aerator says head groundsman

Bradford City Football Club has bought a SISIS Javelin Aer-Aid 1500 tractor mounted aerator and says player injuries have dropped as a result.

SISIS Javelin Aer-Aid 1500 tractor in action
SISIS Javelin Aer-Aid 1500 tractor in action

Head groundsman Mick Doyle said he chose the Sisis machine after sourcing aerator recommendations from other grounds staff.

Following a demonstration he placed an order through a local dealer.

The Javelin Aer-Aid 1500 injects air into the root zone at a fast working rate, creating thousands of fissures. It features a cam trigger mechanism which expels air at the bottom of the tine penetration, leading to reduced compaction and a healthier root growth.

Sisis says the air injection tines are designed to use the maximum air available from the compressor and that surface disturbance is also kept to a minimum.

The 10mm diameter ‘tipped’ tines are spaced at 75mm (3ins) with depth of penetration infinitely variable to a maximum of 127mm (5ins).

Doyle, groundsman at the club for the past six years said: "Since we’ve been using this machine, we’ve also noticed less injuries to players’ lower backs and lower legs.

"I use the machine before our home matches because I can reduce compaction and with so little surface disturbance, it means it can be played on straight away which is great."

The Javelin Aer-Aid 1500 has a working width of 1.5 meters and can be powered by compact tractor as little as 30hp which keeps weight on the surface to a minimum. Used at the correct speed and depth, it can aerate a typical football pitch in just 3 - 3.5 hours.

Doyle added: "I’ve found it so simple to use. You can go at fast speed or slow speed in most weather conditions and all you need to do is wash it off after you use it. Hand on badge, and heart, I would recommend this machine to anyone looking to improve their surface."

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