Golf Course Management

JUL 2017

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74 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.17 ASV introduced the Posi-Track RT-30 compact track loader , a heavy-duty com- mercial machine in a small package. The radial lift loader is the industry's smallest sit-on model yet, and it features the same productivity-enhancing qualities as larger ASV machines, including highly efficient hydraulics and cooling systems as well as best-in-class low-ground pressure. The RT-30 is a safer, more productive alternative to walk-behind and sit-on mini skid steer loaders. The unit's size makes it ideal for contractors, rental centers and homeowners looking for a commercial-quality compact machine for landscaping, snow removal and construction work in tight spaces. The 3,600-pound RT-30 is 48 inches wide and has an 8.4-foot lift height. Its size and 10 inches of ground clearance minimize risk of property damage and damage to the machine while working in hard-to-reach areas, whether clearing snow from sidewalks, moving through alleys, or completing landscaping or construction work in high-density environments. The RT-30's industrial diesel engine supplies more torque than the smaller gasoline or diesel engines common in mini skid steer loaders, the company says. Visit ASV, www.positrack.com. The DCB412 mower/vehicle charger from DeWalt is compatible with all 40V MAX outdoor power equipment batteries and provides convenient mobile charging for landscapers. It can be hooked up to a truck or strapped to a mower to charge on the go, and includes a truck power input, mower battery connection and mower mount, allowing it to be attached in a variety of orientations to make the battery secure and accessible. The charger includes automatic shut-off (which prevents excessive discharge of the mower or vehicle's battery) along with an LED indicator that diagnoses battery charge status, shows whether the battery needs to be replaced or is too hot or too cold to use, and alerts the user to power line problems. Visit DeWalt, www.dewalt.com. In the recently launched Green Cast Field Insights blog , Syngenta experts from across the country share timely, in-the-field updates on a range of topics across the turf, landscape and ornamental markets, such as current pest issues and recommended control solu- tions. "Syngenta has one of the largest sales teams in the field who are helping our customers solve problems every day," says Tripp Trotter, head of marketing for turf and ornamentals at Syngenta. "We hope the new Field Insights blog will be a valuable resource for making their extensive knowledge easily accessible." Karl Danneberger, Ph.D., profes- sor in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at Ohio State University, serves as an academic resource for the blog. To read the latest posts, visit www.greencastonline. com/fieldinsightsblog. OnGolf announced that McConnell Golf is implementing the second-generation of the company's cloud-based performance optimization software, known as OnLink , on all 13 of its courses in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. After successfully using OnGolf at its flagship property, Raleigh (N.C.) Country Club, for the past year, McConnell Golf decided to employ the latest version of the platform on the rest of its courses. "OnLink will help us validate the needed resources in manpower and equipment that it takes to maintain our facilities at the highest level," says Michael Shoun, vice president of agronomy at McConnell Golf. "It will also help us to better control inventories of chemical and fertilizer materials and equipment parts, and allow us to have them available when needed." OnLink helps optimize day-to-day operations by consolidating all the core products and solutions every course needs and operates — including labor manage- ment, nutrient and pesticide management, water and energy outputs, and weather monitoring — in one platform with alerts and real-time, actionable analytics. Visit OnGolf, www.ongolfusa.com. Michelin Tweel Technologies introduced the Michelin X Tweel Turf tire for golf carts. Michelin calls it the first-of-its-kind airless radial golf cart tire-wheel assembly, and it replaces the standard 18X8.5N10 front and rear tire and wheel for golf carts. For owners and operators, the tire offers a fix for expensive and inconvenient ASV Posi-Track RT-30 Rain Bird Golf unveiled new central control software, Version 8, for its entire irrigation central control product line, including Cirrus, Nimbus II, Stratus II and Stratus LT. Golf course superintendents can now enjoy improved mapping capabilities, an enhanced user interface, features that give them greater control over their irrigation systems, and optional add-ons at no additional cost. To ensure the best possible remote user experience, Rain Bird has also updated its popular Mobile Interface (MI) product to Version 4.5. Both the interface and Version 8 operate on the Windows 10 platform. Every Rain Bird golf irrigation product is engineered with timeless compatibility in mind, meaning the new central control software will work with any previously installed Rain Bird Golf products as well as with future Rain Bird Golf technologies. Visit Rain Bird, www.rainbird.com. 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