BILLY GOAT AIRS IT OUT
New aerator offers variable speed, hole patterns
BY JACK BURKE
Billy Goat Industries, the Lee’s Summit, Mo., maker of land- scaping equipment, has
expanded its line of aeration products
with the introduction of a hydrostatic-drive, 30 in., self-propelled model.
The AE1300H, dubbed the “One
and Done” aerator by the company,
is designed to allow an operator to
complete aerating a quarter acre in
as little as 15 minutes. The machine,
which was unveiled at the GIE+EXPO
show in Louisville, Ky., offers variable aeration density, which enables
an operator to punch anywhere from
eight holes per sq.ft. to 48 holes per
sq.ft. The unit creates two to 10 times
more holes in a single pass compared
to similar size drum models and can
be operated in forward or reverse.
The AE1300H, which will be avail-
able in spring 2015, offers in-ground
steering, which improves machine
maneuverability because no lifting
is required to make turns, said Will
Coates, president and CEO of Billy
Goat. The ability to make turns with-
out lifting means there is little or no
turf repair and no wear and tear on
the operator when compared to drum
aerators, Coates said. He added
that the machine’s patent-pending
Flextech arms are designed to pro-
vide flexible limb reciprocating action,
which drives plug depths up to two
times that of drums, even in dry soil.
The Flextech arms work with the
machine’s lighter front end to help dis-
sipate shocks to the machine during
operation, the company said.
In addition, since the condition or
type of soil is a nonissue with the
AE1300H, aerations can be completed on schedule and without interruption, saving time and increasing
productivity, Coates said.
The aerator is powered by a GX390
Honda OHV gasoline engine rated 13
hp. The air-cooled engine has a bore
and stroke of 88 x 64 mm. The engine
drives an Eaton motor, a Hydro-Gear
drive and a 12 cc variable displacement pump. The aerator can travel up
to 4. 3 mph.
The drive controls are designed to
allow feathering the speed in both forward and reverse, which maximizes
productivity and minimizes operator
fatigue, the company said. The aerator incorporates eight tines, compared
with up to 42 tines on a standard 26
in. drum aerator. The fewer tines help
reduce cost and service time, Coates
said. The AE1300H weighs 520 lb.
and is 46 in. tall, 34. 5 in. wide and 67
in. long. The unit has 15 in. tires and a
35 in. wheelbase designed to accommodate slopes of up to 20 percent.
Billy Goat, which recently acquired
the Plugr brand of reciprocating
aerators from SourceOne of Lincoln,
Neb., developed the AE1300H on its
own, Coates said. The new machine
enables Billy Goat to offer a comprehensive line of reciprocating aerators, he said. The company now
has machines with widths of 18, 25
and 30 in. dp
Billy Goat Industries has developed a 30 in., self-propelled,
variable-speed aerator. The AE1300H is powered by a 13 hp
GX390 Honda OHV gasoline engine.