infield machine ...........

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by tweezerbeak, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. tweezerbeak

    tweezerbeak LawnSite Member
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    what are you guys using to groom the infields and what type of teeth or grading bar blade???nail drag??straight tines or spoon type????
     
  2. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This one from Kromer is the best one I have used. It is mounted on the back of a Toro Workman and uses the Workman's hydraulics - so there is down pressure. It leaves a great finish and can work the infield material in a variety of ways. Each of the three tools (spring steel tines, leveling bar, and broom) can be adjusted separately for different affects, making it easy to adjust for different levels of moisture, firmness, etc. Some days you want to gouge to speed up drying or to incorporate new material, other days you just need to groom between games.

    It goes through a couple sets of brooms a year and a set of the tines at a park that has six heavily used ballfields.
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  3. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I was going to post the Kromer as well.

    We're located not too far from the company here in MN, decent people to work with as well.
     
  4. jmoore16135

    jmoore16135 LawnSite Member
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    We use the Toro Infield Pro and John Deere Bunker rakes. The are dedicated machines for grooming infields, so that might not fit your needs. I have seen great results with the Kromer type groomers. When the conditions are right the look of a broomed infield can't be beat.
     
  5. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I was lucky to have the use of a borrowed Infield Pro (+ plow on front) last fall on a baseball field I rebuilt. Man, I would love to own one of those. I am working on a softball field right now where I could use it, come to think of it.

    For the day to day I think the Kromer does a great job with less potential to tear things up. It's a lot quicker getting from one field to another too. But the Infield Pro does a great job moving dirt around and is probably a better choice for smaller fields (youth) because it turns so well.
     
  6. RD 12

    RD 12 LawnSite Member
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    What kind of budget are you on?
     
  7. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Pretty conservative right now. Are you selling one?
     
  8. RD 12

    RD 12 LawnSite Member
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    No, but I have seen a few home made one that work just as well.
     
  9. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
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    We use a piece called Sand Pro. basically a 3 wheeled ATV type thing with the same grooming tools shown above.
     
  10. packey

    packey LawnSite Senior Member
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    I understand you are on a budget. So my suggestion is geered toward a limited budget. this is what I used to use while working with a school district. We built to separate drags one was simply a 6 x 4 carpets used for finishing and the other was a pipe triangle we built and welded teeth on made from rebar. Our infields looked and played no different than anyone elses.
     

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