Golf Course Management

JAN 2017

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152 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.17 The Cat D3K2 Mulcher from Caterpillar combines the solid foundation of the D3K2 dozer with the rugged Cat HM518 mulcher to take on a mix of small- to medium-diameter material in a variety of applications, including right-of-way construction/maintenance, site development and tree management. Available with either a conventional long undercarriage or a low-ground-pressure undercarriage, the new model works efficiently in soft conditions, on slopes and in rough terrain. For added utility, the mulcher can be removed and replaced with an optional Cat VPAT (variable pitch/angle/tilt) blade. The width of the HM518 mulcher, featuring a 72-inch-wide drum, is matched to the operating width of the D3K2 for optimum efficiency and productivity. Finished debris size depends on the type of material being processed and time allowed for multiple passes. User safety and comfort were priori- ties in the mulcher's design, the company says, with the pressurized cab — with 360-degree visibility — fitted with screens and poly-carb windows for added protection on the job. The pressure gauge mounted to the mulcher frame allows the operator to easily monitor mulcher performance, and the hydraulically adjustable push guard and hydrauli- cally operated front hood supply a further measure of safety. An air-suspension seat with seat-mounted controls reduces operator fatigue. Contact Caterpillar, www.cat.com. Ditch Witch introduced the construction-grade SK1050 mini skid-steer , ideal for a variety of demanding landscape, hardscape and irrigation jobs. Equipped with a 37-hp, Tier-4 Yanmar diesel engine, the unit directs 30 horsepower to the attachment, giving operators the power to tackle an assortment of challenging tasks with more productive use of hydraulic attachments, including trenchers and augers. The attachment horse- power combined with 15-gpm auxiliary flow and 3625 psi leads to quicker job-site cycle times, the company says, making crews more efficient and decreasing overall labor costs. With a hinge-pin height of 83 inches (2.1 meters), the SK1050 enables efficient and flexible loading and unloading at a wide range of dump sites. The machine's 1,057-pound-rated operating capacity provides operators with exceptional stability in an array of soils for effective maneuverability while carrying heavy loads. Enhanced lift capacity ensures the machine can withstand maximum weight at maximum height. The operator station includes a spring-supported, 74-inch platform for enhanced comfort during long work hours. An easy-to-use auxiliary control pedal gives operators the ability to maintain hydraulic flow to the attachment while freeing their hands to control depth and ground speed. The machine's LCD display includes programming upgrades that offer visibility into all engine diagnostics and performance. Contact Ditch Witch, www. ditchwitch.com. United Turf Alliance has added the fluazinam- based ArmorTech Rotator fungicide to its line of professional turf management products. ArmorTech Rotator is notable for its fungicidal efficacy on major golf course diseases, including dollar spot and 11 other turf pathogens. As a new source of the active ingredient fluazi- nam, ArmorTech Rotator gives golf course superintendents in the U.S. an important additional tool for rotating chem- istries, which is essential for managing turf disease resis- tance. Offering excellent application flexibility, ArmorTech Rotator Fungicide can be used as a rotational partner for chlorothalonil and in combination with systemic fungicides, the company says. The product is labeled for use on golf (product news) The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has awarded the John Deere 9009A TerrainCut rotary rough mower an AE50 Award. The AE50 celebrates the year's most innovative designs in engineering products as chosen by a panel of international engineer- ing experts. This is the second consecutive AE50 win for the John Deere A model family of fairway, rough, and trim and surrounds mowers. Launched in early 2016, the John Deere 9009A maximizes both productivity and cut quality while giving turf managers more control of performance on the course. Its five-gang, 27-inch (68.58-cm) indepen- dent rotary deck mower with a 9-foot (2.7-meter) cutting width provides all-day productivity, which is necessary for golf course rough mowing. The AE50 awards program is sponsored by the ASABE's magazine, Resource: Engineering & Technology for a Sustainable World, to emphasize the role of new products and systems in bringing advanced technology to the marketplace. These engineering developments help farmers, food processors and equipment manufacturers cut costs, enhance qual- ity and increase profits. 2016 marked the fifth time John Deere golf products have been recognized in the AE50. Additional information about the AE50 Awards can be found at www.asabe.org. For more on the 9009A, contact John Deere, www.johndeere.com/golf. Innovation HONORS Cat D3K2 Mulcher

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