Golf Course Management

JUL 2017

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07.17 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 75 downtime associated with flat tires while also outfitting a vehicle for use in industrial, construction, utility or other rugged-surface conditions. The four-bolt pattern is designed for gas- or electric-powered golf carts. Because the X Tweel Turf has no air, it cannot go flat, and it eliminates the need to maintain air pressure. The tire is constructed with high-strength poly-resin spokes that carry the load and create suspension-like characteristics for the golf cart. The structure absorbs impact and reduces bounce for improved operator comfort. It boasts a durable, multidirectional tread that furnishes excellent traction and a long wear life. The X Tweel Turf has a maximum speed of 25 mph and a maximum load of 705 pounds. Visit Michelin, www. michelintweel.com. The TurfEx MS4500 topdresser has a capacity of 1.4 cubic yards and features fully electric operation and precision spreading. It can be used to spread standard top- dressing sand for golf courses, crumb rubber for synthetic turf fields, and a variety of other bulk materials, including compost and soil conditioners. The MS4500's heavy-duty polyethylene construction eliminates the corrosion and maintenance concerns associated with similar steel-built models while also rendering the unit up to 40 percent lighter. The topdresser has large flotation tires and exerts only 18 psi when fully loaded, permitting safe operation on delicate surfaces such as golf greens. The lightweight construction also lessens fuel consumption for the towing vehicle. The MS4500 is completely electric-powered — without hydraulics or gas engines — which cancels out the possibility of hydraulic fluid leaks that can burn grasses and greens; ensures quieter operation compared with gasoline engine or hydraulic-powered models; and further reduces weight, maintenance requirements and fuel consumption. Visit TurfEx, www.turfexproducts.com. Michelin X Tweel Turf tire Power PLAY Caterpillar has expanded the Cat RP portable generators line with the RP12000 E. The new generator fills out the top of the series, delivering 12 kilowatts of running power and new features to meet the specific needs of contractors and DIY enthusiasts as well as supply emergency home backup power. The RP12000 E has a larger frame to house a 670-cc V-twin engine, which has a fully pressurized oil system and produces up to 15 kilowatts of surge power, allowing it to handle more equipment and heavy loads. The all-copper generator delivers clean power with less than 5 percent total harmonic distortion, which is suitable for sensitive electronics and tools. Engineers also included a low-idle mode option, which optimizes fuel consumption and reduces noise levels and engine wear. With runtimes over 11 hours (at 50 percent load), users will be able to work an entire day without needing to refuel. The RP12000 E is constructed of solid 32-millimeter steel, treated and coated to prevent corrosion and rust. Visit Caterpillar, www.cat.com/12kw. TurfEx MS4500

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