Classen showed its TA18 Steerable Compact Aerator at The Rental Show, featuring a compact body, a steerable tine bank and even weight distribution, which makes it highly productive for homeowners and landscapers since it can easily maneuver through tight spaces and aerate at a speed of up to 4.2 mph.

“The TA18 is one of the most compact aerators in its class, making it easy to transport and to navigate around landscaping — all while increasing productivity,” said Bruno Quanquin, Classen vice president of sales and marketing.

The machine is 27.2 inches wide, and 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 facilitates end-of-the-row turning. A foldable handle cuts the transport size in half, reducing the length to 37.7 inches long and height to about two feet tall.

In addition to aerating close to obstacles, its high speed allows operators to aerate large, open areas quickly. With a Honda GX120 engine, the TA18 achieves speeds as fast as 4.2 mph.

The TA18 features five tine wheels. The extra tine wheel and tight tine placement helps the TA18 pull 15 percent more holes. 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. The TA18 features rounded weights, easy for operators to remove. Removing the weights makes the TA18 one of the lightest aerators on the market — only 214 pounds — so it’s easier to lift. Integrated lift handles and built in tie-downs ease lifting and secure the unit in transport.

Classen designed the TA18 for simple operation by 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. 

Classen mounted the TA18’s drive sprocket in the center of the unit for easy access.

Classen backs the TA18 Steerable Compact Aerator with a two-year rental and commercial warranty.