Site Development

The Laser-Grader® can be used for several different types of site work applications,

Tennis Courts and Tracks

The Laser-Grader® is ideal for close tolerance grading, which makes it the right technology for grading tennis courts and running tracks. It is perfect for fine grading all of the layers for clay, fast-dry, and asphalt tennis courts. Clay and fast-dry courts must have the gravel base as precise as possible so the following layer of stone dust (also called "fines" in some parts of the country) and the layer of fast-dry will each have a uniform depth. It is much easier to maintain the correct degree of slope for the courts if each layer has been laser-graded.

Both asphalt tennis courts and running tracks benefit from laser-grading in the same way. A properly laser-graded sub-surface will enable the paver to put down an even layer of asphalt. This will reduce the chance of cracks, puddles and wavy lane lines. The smoother and more uniform the surface of the tennis court or track, the less chance of injury to the athletes.

Athletic Fields

The Laser-Grader® Model 106-6WD is utilized for renovations and new construction of both synthetic and natural grass sports fields throughout the country at levels ranging from high school fields to the professional sports team venues. Laser grading is the answer to many of the problems associated with non-uniformity, uneven surfaces and drainage issues. The Laser-Grader® is suitable for a variety of different playing fields including soccer, football, La cross, baseball and bowling greens. The Laser-Grader® is often used to prepare the subsurface prior to laying sod, and also to prepare the aggregate base and fines prior to rolling out synthetic carpet. This state of the art combination will accurately finish your field to the desired pitch or pitches to create a smooth, attractive playing surface.

Concrete Floor or Pad Preparation

The Laser-Grader® was designed with the building slab in mind. Typically, when commercial buildings are constructed, the site work is started, but the steel walls and roof often seem to move a little faster than the preparation of the sub-grade, resulting in limited access for a larger motor grader to get inside the building. The Laser-Grader® will fine grade to +/- 1/8" accuracy when using 3/4 processed material (or smaller), making it one of the most accurate finishing tools on the market today. This tolerance will not only result in uniformity throughout the concrete pour, but will also save on the concrete. If you can get the rough grade to within +/- 1 - 2 inches, you can take the majority of your crew to your next job, and leave a Laser-Grader®, a skid steer, and a few operators there to finish up. Not only will you save on labor costs, but you will see an increase in job productivity, an increase in material yields and you will have a perfect uniform sub grade. Since your X & Y Axis will be precise, this will allow you to focus on the Z axis, and ensure your concrete supplier is pouring the correct amount of mix.

Equestrian Arenas

Equestrian arenas and riding rings require precise finish grading to ensure separation between the footing and the subsurface material. The Laser-Grader® can be set to grade of each layer of the desired plane or planes in the arena. If the plans call for a uniform 2 or 3 inches of material, the transmitter can be raised to ensure the exact slopes will be maintained, as well as the exact desired amount of material in between the footing and the base.

The Laser-Grader® is also ideal for contractors who provide arena maintenance and fine grading services. Over time a great deal of the footing is pushed to the outside of the arena exposing the base material and disrupting the drainage achieved by the precise slope at the site. The Laser-Grader® is regularly used for routine grading maintenance of both indoor and outdoor riding arenas.

Ice Rinks

The Laser-Grader® can be used for both sand and concrete ice rinks. When ice rinks are being constructed it is very important that the fine grading is precise. If the rink is not perfectly level the ice will be thicker in some places, causing hard and/or soft spots in the ice and making it extremely hard to maintain the proper ice conditions for hockey or figure skating. The Laser-Grader® can consistently accomplish close tolerance grading to +/- 1/8”. Whether it is the sand over the heating pipes or the sand over the freezing pipes, the Laser-Grader® will grade to the same strict tolerance. Because the Laser-Grader® weights only 3,300 pounds, it will not damage the plumbing used to maintain the ice surfaces.

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