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13 Oct 2022

How to identify the Wiedenmann Terra Spike aerator for you

How to identify the Wiedenmann Terra Spike aerator for you
The extra fast Terra Spike XF can aerate a full size pitch in around 3 hrs
Wiedenmann’s Terra Spike brand markets no fewer than 11 machines so there is quite literally an aerator to suit everyone. But who buys what? According to the Weidenmann UK sales team, the starting point generally depends on the answer to two questions; a) what do you want to achieve? and b) what size is the tractor? The filtering process then moves to factors like required depth, speed, size of site, versatility and budget concluding normally with a match of one or two Wiedenmann aerators that often can be demonstrated in situ.

Mostly purchasers have already identified they have issues with compaction or thatch or a combination of both. 

Solid tining is the traditional route to resolve compaction. Usually clients volunteer where their specific problems lie, typically somewhere in the range of 100 mm to 300 mm below the surface.  As Wiedenmann Terra Spikes operate down from a very competent 210 mm to a handsome 400 mm, most machines remain in the frame. If thatch is severe then perhaps the aerator’s focus will be hollow coring. Depth here wouldn’t be as big as a concern as thatch normally occurs in the top 50 mm of the soil layer but a faster machine could be favoured as it produces optimal hollow coring results.

Early recognition of the tractor employed is essential because obviously the larger the aerator the more hp is required. Tractors from approximately 18 hp to 60 hp can all accommodate one or more aerators. Importantly, the aerator’s working width should be slightly wider than the tractor wheel span, preventing issues with tyres tracking over newly tined ground. Wiedenmann’s fleet goes from working widths of 1.35 m right the way up to 2.1 m, so contractors, or those with considerable territory to cover, like estate managers, might start by looking at the widest machines first.

The name badges attached to the Terra Spike fleet give a clue to each area of machine speciality - the extra fast XF, the extra deep XD, the extra penetrative XP while the ‘G’ prefix on the GXi relates to its suitability to greens and fine turf areas. The newest machine, the SL 6, is named so because it is super light.

All Terra Spike aerators have easy to operate controls for depth and heave settings that are tool free. Changing tines takes less than 15 minutes. By using a variety of tines in combination, soil decompaction and soil exchange can be done cost effectively using only one machine.

An excellent anti-vibration system significantly reduces any vibration through the tractor to the operator. Another advantage a Wiedenmann delivers is the consistently regular hole pattern and clean finish.  Wiedenmann machines prove daily that aeration can be done quickly and effortlessly without leaving tell tale signs.

Versatility is the key with all the Terra Spikes, the  GXi, XF, the XD and the XP models in particular, have “access all areas” status so can be seen widely on golf courses, municipal sites and club pitches, capable of serious decompaction and promoting gaseous exchange far below the surface.