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SourceOne Lends Expertise to Aerator Redesign

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PLUGRís former PL800 Pro 30" Aerator featured a tubular structure.
PLUGR's former PL800 Pro 30" Aerator featured a tubular structure.
When PLUGR needed help streamlining its walk-behind aerator product line, it trusted SourceOne to tackle the challenge.

Design Engineer Chad Essink redesigned the line of turf aerators to enhance productivity and functionality through a unibody construction. The improvements increase user satisfaction, ease of operation and maintenance, as well as reduce overall manufacturing costs.

“We took their prototype and turned it into something we could easily and cost-effectively fabricate,” Essink said. “Our goal was to simplify the design and improve the product’ s function and reliability.”

The new design replaces the previous tubular structure with a simple laser cut sheet metal body that has an easy to remove cover for ease of maintenance. One model also features adjustable speed control, an industry first, that allows the user to choose the best option for the terrain.

“This project is a great example of SourceOne’s ability to turn a customer’s rough prototype into a manufacturable product,” Essink said.

Nate Antons, PLUGR’s National Sales Manager, was pleased with the end result and the redesign process.

“We really like the way the entire product line features a similar look and style,” he said. “It looks streamlined, and one product design flows well to the next.”

Antons also appreciates the knowledge and experience SourceOne employees brought to the redesign.

“SourceOne was detail-oriented throughout the entire design process,” he said. “They kept our customer in mind the entire time, which is a quality we really value.”

PLUGR’s redesigned line of walk-behind aerators features a sleek and compact design that increases user functionality and is more cost-effective to manufacture.
PLUGR's redesigned line of walk-behind aerators features a sleek and compact design that increases user functionality and is more cost-effective to manufacture.