HARVESTER TESTIMONIALS

World’s best slab harvester.Brandon Chambley, Sod Atlanta, Georgia
We have been in this game for 36 years, from hand cutters to a new FireFly, and everything else in between. This is a great industry, but the biggest hassle for farmers across the world is harvesting, and it looks like FireFly has cracked the nut in that regard, well and truly. That nut cracker is made up of many pieces: reliability, simplicity, ease of service, operator comfort, factory backup, and above all, productivity.

We witness regularly a 3:1 increase in productivity over our other auto machines, and that is a huge one for us—less people, less gear in the field, less fuel etc—just more productivity per dollar invested. The thing that attracted us to FireFly’s product initially was that the whole process has been attacked from a different angle, a whole new platform of technology, advanced design functions, indestructible construction techniques, but above all of that, these guys actually care about how your machines perform. The other thing is, it stays in the paddock all day working. I think our operator is going to start getting his mail diverted to a letterbox in the thing, he nearly sleeps in it.Lynn Davidson, Managing Director of Jimboomba Turf, QLD Australia

Here at Woerner Turf our harvest hours run from 5 a.m. until way after dark or until we get finished! Which ever comes first. It helps morale to know every morning that you’ve got this ProSlab ready and waiting. As long as I’ve got my operators and my lift drivers we’re in business. I mean let’s be honest, it’s all about getting a quality product to your customer as quickly as possible. And nothing I’ve ran even competes with the FireFly harvester. I’ve been in the turf business going on 16 years and I’ve never run an automatic harvester that is as easy to operate, maintain, or train someone to run as the ProSlab 155.

As far as the machine goes I love the visibility. Just turn on those lights early in the morning or when the sun goes down, and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Comfortable chair, great a/c, great heater, and user friendly controls! Now this is a machine, and all machines are going to break down. There’s no need to worry. Just pick up your phone and give the FireFly Team a call and you will find someone who can help you. These machines are FireFly’s babies and they never stop caring for them. Whether it’s a simple software update or simply stopping in to check to see how things are going, FireFly’s service to their customers goes on long, long, long after the sale.Zach Foy, Woerner Turf, Alabama

With a shifting customer base, we decided to change from hand-stacked rolls to automated slabs, and the FireFly seemed like the best machine for that. The stacker is very smooth and consistent, making a nice square pallet that is a lot more stable for transport. It’s easy to adjust to varying conditions and soil strengths. It has great visibility. We appreciate the service that FireFly provides, both remotely and in person.Brent Redman, Buchanan Turf, NSW Australia
The benefit of having a smart machine like a FireFly is that it produces the turf in a much more efficient manner from a labor standpoint and also from a production amount of grass we are taking out of the field. As an end user of FireFly’s equipment, I don’t know a lot about how it works, but it works, and that’s what’s important.Lindy Murff, Murff Turf Farms, Texas
The ProSlab 155 makes it easier to cut our grass so that we can deliver it to our customers even quicker!William Gavranovich, Jr., All Seasons Turf Grass, Texas
The FireFly harvester shows up to work on time, ready to work. It’s reliable. A customer told me that we had the best looking grass he’d ever seen, because it was so neatly stacked. The machine’s easy to maintain. When I make a phone call, the staff at FireFly knows their machine. That saves a lot of down time. The ProSlab is also easy to operate. I love that I can get something done on the weekends, when I’m just a one man operation.Kyonil McKee, Production Manager, Wilderness Turf, Louisiana
The secret weapon of FireFly is that the cutter head outperforms everybody else. The yield off this machine is about 3:1 compared to the other automated harvesters that we have, plus the hand-stacks. Also, the cab is quiet and comfortable. You can spend the whole day in there. None of my operators have come back complaining that they’re tired out or have a crick in their neck. Another thing I love is the fuel economy. We’re averaging probably 1-2 gallons per hour less over the competitor.Brandon Chambley, Farm Manager, Sod Atlanta, Georgia
We’re very concerned with labor, and what that looks like in the future. It’s getting very, very difficult to find good help, and that was one of the reasons we chose to invest in automation for our sod harvesting. By doing so, it’s a one man operation, with the hopes of making us much, much more efficient.Eric Hjort, Tater Farms, Florida
Comfortable to operate and great visibility! Nothing quite like a FireFly! The FireFly ProSlab 155 stacks perfect pallets all day long.Woerner Turf, Alabama

Two ProSlabs

PARTS TESTIMONIALS

FireFly is saving me lots of money. Their depth control units run quieter and cut better. I am completely satisfied.Daniel Weertz, Blue Valley Sod, Minnesota
The depth control is tremendous. It made it cut like a new machine. We’re not having to mess with it at all. The biggest thing is the bushings. They don’t wear out. FireFly’s sensors are more durable.Jim Keeven, SelecTurf, Missouri
FireFly’s hydraulic depth control system has worked well for different conditions and everything is holding together well. Now we have a lot more consistency. There is no more vibration in the head. It holds position better, so we can get a better cut.Kurt Schwieder, Idaho Sod, Idaho
The greaseless bushing pins on the FireFly parts are definitely better. Definitely!Les Phillips, Phillips Turf Farms, Utah
The FireFly flipper ladder holds up much better than the original.Steve Chont, Waltz Green Acres, Michigan
The FireFly Rollup Arms are definitely an upgrade. Their simple design is built to last.Gary Turner, Turner Turf Farms, Utah
I’ve had a lot less problems since I got the FireFly sensors.Curtis Blasingame, AG Sod, California

Articles and Mentions

4/26/2017: FireFly Automatix ProSlab 155 turf harvester wins Utah Innovation Award

3/27/2017: FireFly’s ProSlab 155 named finalist for Utah Innovation Awards

1/25/2017: FireFly Automatix wins the 2017 Entrepreneur Excellence Award (Northfront Entrepreneur Alliance)

11/22/2016: This self-propelled turf harvester makes your turf farm more productive (Interesting Engineering)

11/17/2016: This machine scoops up perfect slabs of lawn (Insider)

10/25/2016: FireFly Automatix named fastest growing company in Utah (Ogden Standard Examiner)

10/18/2016: FireFly Automatix, Inc: Fastest Growing Company in Utah According to MountainWest Capital Network
“During a time when Utah continues to break all economic indicators as one of the hottest growth states in the country, we’re very pleased to honor Firefly Automatix, Inc. as this year’s fastest growing company in Utah.”
Utah 100

9/7/2016: MountainWest Capital Network releases Utah 100 fastest growing companies

7/4/2016: FireFly Equipment ProSlab-155 (eQuipTellsIt)
“At FireFly Equipment, the diverse team of engineers and turf farmers strikes the perfect balance between industry insight and innovation.”

6/2/2016: Five keys to mechatronic success (Mechatronic Tips by Design World)
“..the entire engineering team at FireFly has decades of design, test, design for reliability and manufacturing process expertise, which has resulted in what is one of the most reliable products in agricultural equipment.”

4/13/2016: Mechatronic Developments Enable Smart Turf Equipment (Automation World)
“a highly optimized system”

OEM Off Highway cover4/8/2016: Automation Turns the Hardest Job into the Easiest (OEM Off-Highway cover story)
“FireFly optimized the operator experience by integrating the latest computing technology into the harvester. Its Intelligent Digital Control system features an interface with a simplified design and intuitive controls to make machine operation as easy as possible.”

4/6/2016: Automation in Agriculture—how FireFly’s turf harvesting machine ups productivity (Control Design)
“Bringing a high-end control system, programming and mechanical design to FireFly’s automated turf harvesting machine proves technology and automation work well in agriculture applications. Not only is the FireFly ProSlab 155 more efficient and productive compared to what was originally available in industry, it also connects to the Internet of Things (IoT) to bring even more technology to the field.”

3/24/2016: A smart harvesting machine boosts productivity (Design Products & Applications)
“higher revenue and major cost savings for commercial farmers”

3/19/2016: A Harvest Factory on Wheels: Turf cutting technology makes wide footprint (Farm Journal)
“FireFly Equipment’s new ProSlab 155 turf harvester is at the vanguard of agricultural IoT application, aimed at increased precision and efficiency. The leap in efficiency, with less fuel consumption and faster harvest speeds, isn’t limited to turf growers. The technology has implications for the entire agricultural equipment industry, says Nick Butler, senior group manager, National Instruments (NI).”

3/17/2016: CompactRIO Enables FireFly Harvesters to Cut 20% Faster (OEM Off-Highway)

2/4/2016: WiFi Goes to the Farm: How CompactRIO Helps FireFly Equipment (NI Blogs)

2/4/2016: Smart Turf Harvesting Machine Boosts Productivity and Reduces Cost (National Instruments)
“FireFly Equipment, a maker of smart and efficient automated turf harvesting equipment, designed a revolutionary new turf harvesting machine, the ProSlab 155, which combines cutting-edge mechanical, electrical, and software systems based on the LabVIEW RIO architecture…The machine can consistently stack turf slabs over millions of cycles per year, which improves speed and reliability greatly.”

9/8/2015: Wheels: LabVIEW helps smart turf-harvesting machine boost productivity, reduces costs (Design Fax)

8/18/2015: Graphical Programming Allows Small Staff to Design Big Machine (Design News)
“a remarkable engineering achievement”

8/10/2015: Industrial-strength lawnmower stars at NIWeek (Control Design)
“You’ll never think about cutting the grass in quite the same way again.”

8/7/2015: National Instruments Lays Claim to Testing the Industrial Internet of Things (Digital Engineering)

8/5/2015: Ag-Tech Turf Cutter/Harvester depends on Zynq-based NI CompactRIO controller for precision parallel control loops (XILINK)

8/4/2015: LabVIEW speeds up turf harvesting machine (Automation.com)
“integrating the latest technology”

8/4/2015: Cutting Edge Tech, Robots, Sensors on Display at NI Week (Design World YouTube video)

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