Golf Course Management

OCT 2014

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

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46 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.14 Power equipment like snow blowers, power washers, generators and lawnmowers are built to do a specifc job and, in most cases, they do it well. But when a piece of equipment doesn't perform as it should — or not at all — it not only impacts how safely, effciently and quickly you can do your job, but it can also impact your bottom line. That's why proper engine maintenance and on- and off-season preparation are crucial. Without this attention, the engine's performance could be diminished and its lifespan drastically reduced, which means you'll be spending more time and money on repairs or replacements. And when your equipment is out of commission, it also means projects on the golf course start running behind schedule. But make regular engine maintenance a habit and the reverse is true; machines run at peak perfor - mance, engines last longer, and the potential for injuries and costly damage to components is reduced. loose or damaged due to vibrations or fuctuations in temperature. Operating equipment with loose or bro - ken fasteners could result in serious damage to the engine and operator. Clean air is crucial to the engine's effciency. To make sure it's getting enough, check the air flter and replace it if it's dirty. Also replace a foam flter that has torn or shrunk so contaminants don't get into the engine. Even more vital to engine effciency is fuel. If it hasn't been treated with a stabilizer, it degrades and becomes stale. Stale fuel causes residue buildup that can plug the carburetor and prevent the engine from Get fired up Before you fre up the engine at the start of a sea - son, make sure it's ready. Inspect the engine on a stable, fat surface in a well-ventilated area away from ignition sources. Check all components to make sure they are clean, in good condition and frmly in place, including the spark plugs, muffer and fuel cap. Also be sure wires and fuel hoses are intact and in good condi - tion. Damaged fuel hoses can allow fuel to escape, which increases the risk of fre when they are near a hot engine. Tighten or replace bolts that might have become Replace a dirty, shrunken or torn air flter to ensure the engine gets enough air to run effciently. Photos courtesy of Subaru Industrial Power

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