Over the last 20 years, the need to provide players with safer and more attractive fields at every level has taken on new meaning for grounds managers, coaches and park managers. This concern is being driven by a number of important factors; among them are the increase in the number of injuries, peer pressure, aesthetics and certainly liability. Judicial court systems are starting to transfer responsibility from players bearing “implied risk” for participating in sports to grounds managers for lack of adherence to “accepted standards”.
Safer fields has become a top priority at Smithco, too. Smithco manufactures 7 different models of infield groomers to fit almost any need or budget and to handle the day to day maintenance of your fields. And no one else offers the range and quality of implements. But no purchasing decision should be made without fully understanding the needs and objectives of your program.
First, it’s important to understand that this is a “Grooming System” not a renovation tool. Ideally it should be used on a daily (or regular) basis to keep fields in safe, playable condition. Fields don’t become “bad” overnight, and it can be difficult to create a “perfect” surface after a few days of grooming. Often, an athletic complex has received less than satisfactory attention for a considerable period of time.
Although dramatic changes and improvements can be brought about with Smithco infield groomers, it’s usually better to accomplish small improvements every day over a period of several weeks. It’s easier on the equipment, as well as giving the operators and supervisors time to gauge the results and implement additional efforts that may be required. At the end of that time, your fields should be in great shape.
Smithco products are designed to make infields, base paths and warning tracks consistently smooth, level and attractive while providing the surface with enough give to help prevent injuries from falls, slides or even bad hops.
Working with end users, consulting industry professionals and through constant experimentation and research, Smithco has developed its Athletic Field Conditioner System. It consists of four components: 1. Tractor 2. Front Attachments 3. Center Attachments 4. Rear Attachment
All of our Groomers have center mounted scarifiers to help make infields, base paths and warning tracks consistently smooth, level and attractive while providing the surface with enough give to help prevent injuries from falls, slides or even bad hops.
Center mounted is important. It’s where most of the machine’s weight is available to help dig into hard surfaces. And every Smithco Infield Groomer offers you a center mounted scarifier.