The British manufacturer, EarthQuake Turfcare, has introduced a wider version of its acclaimed Tremor rotary decompactor. Known as the Tremor 220, the new model has a working width of 2.2m (86.7in) and can work to a maximum depth of 350mm (13.8in).
Requiring a four-wheel drive tractor in the 85hp to 100hp class, the new Tremor 220 is a heavy-duty machine suitable for contractors, turf managers, greenkeepers and ground staff needing to treat compaction quickly and effectively across larger expanses of regularly-used sports, leisure and amenity turf.
Like the smaller, 1.55m wide Tremor 155, the new T220 machine uses a set of rotating tapered knives to break-up and alleviate compaction to depth. Laid out in a scroll pattern, the Tremor 220’s hardened steel knives have a sharp leading edge designed to cut cleanly through the turf. As each knife moves sequentially downwards into the soil below, its wedge shape creates a lateral wave-like action within the ground which extends sideways across the full working width from the surface down to the required working depth, as set by the operator. A major advantage of the machine’s lateral soil-moving action is the virtual absence of surface ‘heave‘, enabling treated areas to be restored to normal use with little or no delay.
The soil movement produced by the Tremor’s knives shatters compaction, opening up natural cracks and fissures to depth, allowing the free movement of air, water and nutrients essential for healthy and vigorous grass growth. The resulting improvement in drainage also helps maintain optimum conditions at the surface, particularly beneficial on high-use playing surfaces during the winter and early spring, and during periods of high or heavy rainfall.
For safe and effective operation, the Tremor 220 must be used behind a suitably powered four-wheel drive tractor fitted with a creep speed gearbox capable of producing forward speeds within the range from 0.25 – 1 mph at a power take-off speed of 540rpm. Tractor front-end weights will also be required to counterbalance the machine when it is raised from the ground during transport or when manoeuvring at the end of a pass.
Designed, developed and built at EarthQuake Turfcare’s manufacturing facility at Hixon, Staffordshire, the new Tremor 220 is priced at £15,500.
EarthQuake TurfcareTel: 01889 271509