Fitz-Thors Engineering would like to congratulate G2turftools on recently being awarded a patent for their 84″ turfplaner™ with autograde™ and autodepth™. Fitz-Thors Engineering aided with the design and optimization of the cutting head for G2turftools. We performed analysis to optimize the cutting head design and minimize deflection that would affect the shape of the planed surface. More pictures and videos of the turfplaner™ can be found at G2turftools’ website. Keep reading for the official press release with further details on the turfplaner™.
ATHENS, Alabama. — October 15, 2013 — g2 turftools, inc., a turf equipment manufacturer, announced today the US Patent Office has awarded the company a Patent on the 84″ turfplaner™ with autograde™ and autodepth™, US Patent Number 8,555,992 on October 15, 2013. g2 turftools, inc. anticipates receiving additional patents in Canada and Mexico.
The turfplaner™ consists of a frame mounted cutting head that is capable of removing up to 2″ x 84″ of turf, soil or both in a single pass with average production rates of 4,000 square feet per hour. The 110 carbide insert teeth are easily removed and can be sharpened multiple times. Spoils are removed and transported to waiting trailers by a series of high speed conveyors powered by two independent hydraulic motors. The turfplaner™ can be operated in any of three modes, Manual, autograde™, or Laser. Manual mode includes autodepth™ to ensure consistent cutting depth, while autograde™ ensures consistent grades on existing surfaces such as ball fields. autograde™ uses built in sensors to sense the ground elevation and automatically adjust the cutting head to maintain a predetermined elevation relationship with the existing ground. autodepth™ uses built in sensors to maintain the cutting head automatically at a predetermined height with the relationship to the rear roller of the turfplaner and the rear tires of the tow tractor. In addition to the three modes, it can also be operated with any combination of the three. For example, when removing a lip on a baseball field you can operate with one side in autograde™ and the other on Laser or one side on Laser and the other on Manual. With thirteen different combinations of operation, the g2 turftools 84″ turfplaner™ can be used to smooth almost any surface.
About g2 turftools, inc. g2 turftools is a company dedicated to providing precision turf equipment for sports fields and golf courses. Its mission is to provide experienced quality turf managers with high quality products that make their jobs more cost effective and help them establish a new level of playability and aesthetically beautiful turf.
Our equipment has been designed and developed by an experienced sports field contractor. Pro Rain, owned by Eric Merkt and Clellon Downs, started building and maintaining athletic fields in 1997. They needed a better way of keeping the fields smooth and playable, so they developed a turfroller to use instead of the bulky asphalt rollers used by most athletic field managers. The turffloat was also developed to replace the drag mat that was used to break up aerification cores and to fill in low spots. The problem with a drag mat is that it only broke up the cores and followed the contours of the field. The turffloat not only gets rid of the cores, but fills in the low spots without creating a high spot on one side. The turfplaner was developed to offer a more cost effective way of renovating athletic field surfaces.