IR MVP – Chapter 5 – VibraFlex & Profile Attachments

But first, I’d like to give you an overview of the VibraFlex drag and the profile blades for the Infield Rascal MVP. Now on this Infield Rascal MVP, we had the VibraFlex attachment that’s mounted. We call this the VibraFlex attachment because the action it offers to your surface. This technology was designed to conjunction with Grant McKnight and DuraEdge. So we know we got it right.

Now when daily grooming an infield, it is critical that you produce the exact results you want, regardless of the condition of the ground. The VibraFlex attachment allows you to get these results.

Now, instead of using a homemade nail board which gouges the infield when wet and hops around on top when the ground is too hard, the VibraFlex tines flex with the condition of the infield and vibrate side to side, literally dancing across the infield to properly shatter surface tension. So with the controls of the Infield Rascal MVP, this action produces a beautiful, consistent mixture of your soil or conditioner at the exact depth that you desire. So that’s the VibraFlex attachment. And I’ll get into more detail in just a moment.

Now let’s talk about the biggie. One attachment of ABI infield groomers that has the whole industry buzzing and our competitors scrambling. Let’s talk about the profile blade attachment. ABI has invented the way to manage one of the most difficult conditions in infield maintenance; the compacted subsurface.

Your infields are always in great condition when the first game of the season is played. But after the rain, games, and the wear and tear of hundreds of ballplayers, the subsurface becomes hard as a rock. And the problem is that it’s not even consistently hard. The infield is so compacted and hard, the balls bounce in all directions and bounce hot. No one wants to see a player get hit in the face because the ball doesn’t bounce true. So all ground keepers want to relieve this compaction at least once or twice per year. But how do you do it without tearing up the infield and having to get a laser box out and put it back to grade?

The ABI patent pending profile blade attachment is the way. For light renovation, the profile blade will renovate to ballfield by slicing through the profile of your infield at any desired depth between half an inch to three inches. This depth depends on the structure of the soil layers. These blades will slice through the subsurface without displacing the material. They simply lift and release the infield skin without pushing it around like attachments they have rippers or loosening teeth. Now these other attachments will changed the grade of your infield and will require a skilled operator with specific equipment to set it back to grade.

These profile blades effectively loosen a compacted infield, allowing air and moisture to get back into the mix. Now, when you reset the infield, it will be as firm as needed while still having a light cushion and perfectly consistent depth. And by using the profile blades and the VibraFlex attachments to lightly renovate, you can now decompact and reset your infield in just a few hours.

An additional benefit to the profile blades is that they cut weeds and grass at the root level to remove creeping grasses from infields and warning tracks as well, as removing lip buildup along the outfield edges. The VibraFlex drag, profile blades, and the scarifiers or ripping teeth frames, all slide into these receiving pockets and are connected with these bent pins and linchpins. Each pocket has four different depths and positions which allow you to set the mid-mount attachment at your desired depth. For example, if you wanted to use the ripping teeth for some gravel parking lot maintenance, you could set them to go as deep as five to seven inches. Earlier, I made a big deal out of the stabilizing wheels, giving you control of the ground engaging attachments, well not only do the stabilizing wheels you control, but the Infield Rascal MVP has an adjustable turnbuckle at the top of the frame. This allows me to adjust the angle in which the attachments make contact with the ground. This is critical because there may be times in conditions when you want the Rascal attachments to pitch forward or backward for a more aggressive or passive contact with your infield. This adjustment also makes the variance and hitch heights of multiple tow vehicles a non issue, as with so many of our competitors.

Now, right behind the adjustable turnbuckle is a manual jack, that’s used to adjust the ground contact angle of the finish or grading rake. This feature is an incredible differentiator when it comes to other infield groomers. There’s a term used in the world marketing, hence the term purple cow, a purple cow is a feature or benefit that nobody has. It’s completely unique, and although there are a lot of unique features with a line of ABI infield groomers, the pivoting finish and grading rake is the ultimate purple cow for the Infield Rascal MVP. You won’t find this feature function on any other infield groomer guaranteed.

But this rake is made up a half inch abrasive, resistant steel. It comes in one foot replaceable sections. This pivoting rake has five very important functions. The first is that in the pulverizing position, it leaves a beautifully smooth and level surface on a recreational infield that consists of a high sand content.

Secondly, it will break up clumps of material during a light renovation or regrading job. And the third function is that with the help of the turnbuckle, it will pivot 90 degrees and give you a grading blade that will cut material from the high spots, drop it into the low spots with ease. Regrading around home plate without tearing up your clay foundation is now possible.

Now, if you purchased the electric actuator to replace the crank jack that controls the wheels, you could literally move dirt from highs to lows while on the move. It’s simply incredible.

The fourth function, again in the grading position is that this rake works like a landscape or york rake, and has the ability to pull off loose vegetation and debris. Finally, this rig is durable enough because it’s made with abrasive resistant steel that’s found in the beds of dump trucks to finish off a gravel road or a parking lot. Now, do you see why we can clearly say that they Infield Rascal MVP performs on and off the field?

Finally, on the angle arm, where the finish or grading rake is attached are two quick attach connectors. These i-bolts enable the quick and easy connection of all the finishing attachments for the MVP. When you want to transport your Infield Rascal MVP from place to place, simply lift the finish attachment off the ground and set it on the included attachment carrier.