Posted March 22, 2016

New Compact Aerator from Classen

Classen introduces the TA18 compact aerator, featuring a compact body, steerable tine bank and even weight distribution. The aerator, the company says, is the most compact in its class and is a productive choice for DIY and landscape contractor customers.

ta 18 claasen aeratorThe TA18 can maneuver through tight spaces and aerate at a speed of up to 4.2 mph. It is easy "to transport and to navigate around landscaping — all while increasing productivity,” said Bruno Quanquin, Classen vice president of sales and marketing.

At 27.2 inches wide, the 46-inch-long aerator fits into tight spaces and through narrow gates. The compact size also works with the unit’s steerable tine bank to maneuver around trees, shrubs and hardscapes and makes end-of-the-row turning easier. A foldable handle cuts transport size in half, reducing the length to 37.7 inches long and height to about 2 feet tall. 

Its high speed, powered by a Honda GX-20 engine, allows operators to aerate large, open areas quickly. Because it has five banks of tine wheels, instead of the more common four banks, the extra tine wheel and tight tine placement helps the machine pull 15 percent more holes for faster results. 

Its evenly distributed weight helps provide ample coring ability in turf soils and provides stability on hills, slopes and inclines. The aerator features two ergonomically shaped, removable weights placed at the front and top of the unit that are easier for operators to remove. Removing the weights makes the TA18 one of the lightest aerators on the market -- 209 pounds– for easier lifting. Integrated lift handles and built in tie-downs ease lifting and secure the unit in transport.

Classen designed the TA18 for simple operation, incorporating easy to reach operation controls that lower and engage the tines. The controls’ foam grips cover the handles, making it more comfortable to operate with less fatigue than other small aerator units. The center-mounted drive sprocket provides easy-access, simplifying maintenance and cleaning. This  minimizes downtime at the rental center, which contributes to high utilization.