ECHO Robotics unveiled its new TM-2000 Autonomous Turf Mower at the Sports Turf Managers Association 2019 Conference and Expo in Phoenix.
The mower created a buzz at the event, winning the event’s annual “Innovative Award.”
The TM-2000 can handle up to five acres of turf efficiently and quietly while also finely mulching clippings to promote turf health. Since the unit can be remotely commanded while monitoring performance via a web platform and mobile app, sports turf managers can put their time and labor toward issues requiring direct attention. It can also be scheduled to operate around field usage and watering cycles while the emissions-free operation keeps energy costs eight times lower than traditional turf maintenance tools.
“As sports turf managers are tasked with more duties and greater responsibility, time becomes their most precious commodity,” said Kim Heck, CAE, CEO of STMA. “The TM-2000 allows sports turf managers to save time, money and resources.”
The “Innovative Awards Program” recognizes STMA commercial company members who’ve developed a product, service, equipment or technology that substantially enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of the sports turf manager, makes the playing surfaces safer, and/or more playable for athletes. Chosen by STMA’s Innovative Awards Task Group, entries are evaluated on a wide range of qualities, including whether they fill a need, are creative, save time and resources, are cutting-edge, make a task easier or more productive, improve quality, protect the environment and improve efficiency.
“At ECHO, we pride ourselves on creating revolutionary high-performance products,” said Joe Fahey, vice president of ECHO Robotics. “We’re honored to play a part in the enhancement of the sports turf industry and want to thank the Sports Turf Managers Association for this prestigious award.”