Classen unveils new aerator; Billy Goat talks aerator technology

Classen says its new compact aerator, the TA18, is easy to maneuver and transport. Photo: ClassenClassen says its new compact aerator, the TA18, is easy to maneuver and transport.
Photo: Classen

Classen, a commercial and residential turf-care equipment brand of Schiller Grounds Care Inc., recently debuted the TA18, calling it one of the most compact aerators in its class.

In addition to its steerable tine bank, the new product features even weight distribution, the manufacturer says, making it easy to maneuver in tight spaces and enabling the machine to aerate at up to 4.2 miles per hour.

The TA18 is 27.2 inches wide and its 46-inch-long aerator passes easily through narrow gates, the company says. The compact size also works with the unit’s steerable tine bank to enhance maneuverability around trees, shrubs and hardscapes and make end-of-row turning easier.

The compact aerator’s foldable handle cuts transport size in half, reducing the length to 37.7 inches and height to about 2 feet.

The TA18 is powered by a Honda GX-120 engine and has five banks of tine wheels. Classen notes that competitive models have only four banks of tine wheels.

The company says it mounted the TA18’s drive sprocket in the center of the unit to simplify maintenance and cleaning.

For more details on the new aerator, visit the Classen website here.

Billy Goat issues white paper

Billy Goat’s AE1300H allows aeration in reverse. Photo: Billy Goat IndustriesBilly Goat’s AE1300H allows aeration in reverse.
Photo: Billy Goat Industries

To help landscape contractors better understand differences in aerator technology – particularly drum versus cam-driven reciprocating style – Billy Goat Industries Inc. has produced a white paper titled “Aerator Technology: Changing the Way Landscapers Determine the Best Machine for the Most Productivity.”

The document is free and can be downloaded from the “Goat Notes” portion of the company’s website.

Billy Goat recently launched a hydro-drive, hydro-tine reciprocating aerator. The company says it reached out to landscapers during the development and testing of the product and received solid advice on desired features.

Founded in 1967 as a subsidiary of Clipper Manufacturing, Billy Goat Industries became independent in 1969. In May 2015, the company was acquired by Briggs & Stratton Corp.

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