Plymouth Argyle FC makes Wiedenmann signing

Plymouth Argyle FC head groundsman Colin Wheatcroft has halved the time he spends working on the pitch after introducing a Wiedenmann Terra Spike GXi 6 aerator.

Wiedenmann Terra Spike GXi 9 aerator at work on Plymouth Argyle FC's pitch - photo: Plymouth Argyle FC
Wiedenmann Terra Spike GXi 9 aerator at work on Plymouth Argyle FC's pitch - photo: Plymouth Argyle FC

 We did the whole pitch in less than three hours.  We couldn’t believe its speed.  That was why we bought it and instantly it was fast, Wheatcroft said. 

With our previous equipment we were taking between six and seven hours every Friday and it was hard work.  It virtually took a whole day.  Now we are taking just over two and a half hours and we have got time to do other things.  It’s wonderful.  There are so many demands on the pitch and saving so much time is making a real difference.

Wheatcroft also believes the speed of the tines results in a cleaner hole and the overall condition of the pitch has improved.

Our pitch here at Plymouth gets a lot of rain.  Historically it always has.  It can be sunny across the rest of Devon but its raining here.  Even in a few short weeks I’ve noticed an improvement in our rootzones.  Growth seems so much stronger. 

It’s also helping our training ground, Wheatcroft said.  The lads that work with me are also really pleased because the aerator is simple to run.  It manoeuvres much more readily and there are absolutely no problems with vibration in the tractor.

Wiedenmann will include the model in its range at IoG Saltex on 2-4 September.

 


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