Classen, a Schiller Grounds Care brand of commercial and residential turf-care equipment, has introduced a new stand-on aerator, the Classen PRO SA30 Stand-Aer. Classen’s “PRO” product line targets professional landscapers and rental centers.
The manufacturer says the machine’s durable components, speed and ergonomic controls make it a good choice for professional landscaping applications, from residential jobs to golf courses.
Classen says the unit was designed to provide added protection for parts that are subject to wear. For example, a cover for the chains decreases dirt and debris buildup, and the Stand-Aer’s automatic chain tensioner reduces the likelihood of slippage and popping, the company says. The machine “virtually eliminates the hassle of chain maintenance, a common problem in the industry,” the manufacturer says in a news release on the SA30 Stand-Aer.
Classen says the unit also features its “Hydra-Cool” system, which feeds a circuit of coolant to the unit’s transaxles to prevent the drive system from overheating.
With a 5-gallon fuel tank, the Stand-Aer is powered by a 15-horsepower Kawasaki engine, with transport speeds as high as 7.4 miles per hour. Classen says the machine has true zero-turn capability, enabling contractors to work close to shrubs and trees.
The Stand-Aer also features a core depth stop that sets the maximum depth for the tines. Operators can use the manufacturer’s pin-setting system to select a depth between 2 to 5 inches.
Classen says the operator platform is equipped with vibration absorbers. Operators can also flip up and lock the platform in place to convert the unit into a walk-behind aerator for working on a slope.
Because of its high tine density, the unit produces 10 percent more holes per square foot than competitive models, according to Classen. Moreover, the Stand-Aer enhances efficiency in each pass, the company says, because its tines raise and lower 27 percent faster than those of competitive units.
The manufacturer says the design also eases maintenance. To access the chain for greasing, for instance, simply remove the top panel by unscrewing a knob. Integrated rear jack stands lift the unit 2 inches for tine maintenance and cleaning.
Lifting and locking the platform in place shortens the unit’s 5-foot-9-1/2-inch length by 9 inches to decrease the amount of space needed for storing or transporting on a trailer.
Classen says the heavy-duty machine weighs 1,235 pounds and its tines easily penetrate hard clay or compacted soils.