Golf Course Management

APR 2019

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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54 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.19 Toro's Greensmaster 1000 Series of rev- olutionary fixed-head walk greens mowers has several patent-pending features and was designed to eliminate variability in the walk- mowing process by allowing operators of all sizes and skill levels to work in harmony with the machine. Ultimately, the desired result was to improve the operator experience and deliver the most consistent quality of cut and play - ability for golfers. Several operator-centric fea- tures have been integrated into the new line. For instance, the telescoping loop handle can be adjusted easily to accommodate operators of varying heights comfortably. The simple adjustment helps to deliver a more consistent cut while reducing operator fatigue. Handle isolation mounts give the cutting units consis - tent contact with the ground throughout the mowing process, eliminating even the slightest variability in the cutting height that can result from variations in handle pressure or differing operator strides. The new bail design combines safety and operational control. New operator controls, in conjunction with a shorter distance between the roller and drum, deliver signifi - cantly more precise handling in turns as well as more consistent performance on greens with modest undulations. Other features include Edge Series reels for a crisp, close, precise cut; an easy-to-reach knob for adjusting the clip rate; and flexibility to choose between eight-, 11- and 14-blade cutting units. Visit Toro, www.toro.com . Ring in the new Shiny and bright. Large and small. Intriguing and interesting. The wide spectrum of new products to check out at the 2019 Golf Industry Show provides a little bit of everything. Because of space limitations, some products that were launched at GIS will be showcased in the Product News section in future issues of GCM. John Deere Golf showcased four new reel mowers: 2700 and 2750 PrecisionCut Tri - plex Mowers and the 2700 and 2750 E-Cut Hybrid Triplex Mowers, all designed to pro - vide premium cut quality, improved grass- catcher accessibility and reduced operating costs. Using the passcode-protected TechCon - trol system, managers and technicians can input commands, controlling nearly every - thing regarding the operator's performance, including frequency of clip, turn speed, clean- up pass speed and speed of raising or lowering the cutting units. The frequency of clip can be programmed by altering parameters on mow - ing speed, reel speed and number of blades on the reel — an industry exclusive on the hydrau - lic models, available on the hybrid units. Once programmed, the settings cannot be changed by the operator and automatically adjust with ground speed, ensuring uniformity. Clean Up Pass Mode is a preset operating mode that the operator can engage to automatically reduce mowing speed on perimeter passes to increase accuracy for less scalping/missed grass. Adjust - able turn speed allows the superintendent to control how fast the operator can turn, mini - mizing chances of turf damage. Eco Mode electronically controls engine speed to conserve fuel (saving up to 30 percent). Another change on 2700 and 2750 models: improvements to the steering column, which features two points of adjustment — the column and steering wheel — and requires no tools. John Deere also revealed the two latest additions to the 6000A Series: 6080A and 6500A E-Cut Hybrid Fairway Mowers, featuring high-performance electric reel drive, reducing potential hydrau - lic leak points to ensure productivity and per- formance. By removing all hydraulics from the reel circuit, the risk of hydraulic leaks has been reduced by over 90 percent. In addition, the hybrid system is powered exclusively by an alternator, which offers consistent performance without additional batteries to maintain. Visit John Deere Golf, www.johndeere.com/golf . Cushman's Hauler 800 ELiTE electric utility vehicle is powered by Samsung SDI lithium technology. Capitalizing on the proven technology of E-Z-GO ELiTE vehicles, re - leased in 2017, the Hauler 800 ELiTE offers zero-maintenance batteries with increased range and energy efficiency. The Hauler 800 ELiTE series maximizes space and functional - ity, with an ergonomic dash offering plenty of storage for clipboards, radios and other tools, and a flexible bed that can be customized to securely carry the equipment and materi - als needed for the task at hand. Backed by a five-year battery warranty and offering up to 900 pounds of towing capacity and faster re - charge times, Hauler 800 ELiTE vehicles have the reliability and performance needed by su - perintendents. Hauler 800 ELiTE vehicles are equipped with zero-maintenance lithium bat - teries that don't require watering, terminal post checkups or cleaning like traditional lead-acid batteries. This means that Hauler 800 ELiTE NEW PRODUCTS

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