Launched recently at Saltex, the AFT Sandbander quickly installs 25mm wide drainage slits, filling them at the same time with consolidated sand up to a depth of 250mm. The unique blade design and fast oscillation creates minimal heave and permits even moist sand to be used. This is seen as the ideal tool for rapid drainage of excess surface water to free draining subsoil or existing drainage systems.
Using sand, rather than gravel ensures that essential moisture levels are retained in the root zones and that no harmful spills can damage mowers or players. Designed for tractors from 20hp, it works safely on sensitive areas such as golf and bowling greens. If required, the Sandbander can also be used with gravel or similar backfilling materials. The machine has been designed for use in both moist and very moist soils.
Commenting on this, the latest machinery launch from the well renowned AFT Trenchers stable, sales manager Nigel Wilson said, “The new Sandbander was extensively tested by both contractors and golf course managers and the initial response has been most encouraging. These tests were undertaken in both the U.K. and Europe with the first pre-production series sold within weeks and we are confident that the recent wet weather will further assist to make this launch our most successful to date.”