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ProCore 648, The Toro Company, Bloomington, Minn.

The Toro ProCore 648 aerator positions the wheels within the coring path of the machine, which eliminates both running over the freshly aerated turf and extra cleanup work. Complete aeration of 18 average size greens in about 7 hours with the 48-inch aeration swath. Aerate to a depth of 4 inches to relieve compaction, improve root growth and enhance overall turf health. Variable hole spacing and a wide variety of tines allow customization to specific aeration requirements. The ProCore 648 also features a TrueCore system, the industry’s first automatic ground following system that compensates for ground undulations maintaining consistent coring depth.

This project was a collaborative effort of more than 30 people. There was a great deal of customer research conducted to determine what problems existed with the current machines on the market and where the inefficiencies occur within the entire aeration process. Utilizing Toro’s Center for Advanced Turf Technology (CATT), the team initially mocked up a prototype, based on the need for better performance and higher productivity, and took it to various golf courses for performance testing and feedback. Then, they repeated the process and coupled that with a rigorous testing program. Ultimately they had refined the aerator to the current level.

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