LAKE ZURICH, Ill. (January 24, 2019) — ECHO Robotics unveiled their all-new TM-2000 Autonomous Turf Mower at the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) 2019 Conference and Expo in Phoenix. Attendees can visit booth #149 on January 24-25 to see the self-driving, self-charging and self-sufficient mower in action.
The TM-2000 is unique in that it 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 that actually require their 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,” says 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 or not 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.
For more than 40 years, ECHO Incorporated has been a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of professional-grade, hand-held outdoor power equipment. The TM-2000 is one example of a long line of breakthrough technologies introduced by the company.
“At ECHO, we pride ourselves on creating revolutionary high-performance products,” says 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.”