Golf Course Management

FEB 2018

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60 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.18 In with the new Nearly three decades after the idea was conceived, Toro introduces the Outcross 9060, a machine the company believes is in a category all its own. Ben Street refuses to take credit for what could be the next big thing in the golf course man- agement industry. As a youngster in Norwood Young America, Minn. — approximately 35 miles from where he is currently employed — Street put his imagination to work after completing his chores on the farm, using his favorite Legos. "I would dream up an idea and think about how I could build it with the parts I had," Street says. As time went on and Street entered the workforce, those ideas took hold at Toro, where he has worked since 1985. A research and development senior principle design engineer, Street revels in consumer interaction. "One of my techniques is to go out and observe how people do their job or how they use their equipment," Street says. "One obvious clue is when you see something a customer has built. This indicates a need that no one is meeting, for either cost or performance reasons." Armed with diagrams and drawings, Street floated one of those ideas in 1989. "Toro pro - duced aerators and three-point-mounted products, and some of our distributors really struggled to demonstrate them properly," he says, "so I thought I'd like to provide a machine that wasn't an ag tractor but would run those implements really well on sensitive turf." Howard Richman AT THE TURN The evolution of a product: From early-concept renderings (left) to 2018, the Toro Outcross 9060 — which the company considers a unique machine for superintendents and turf managers — has been in Toro's pipeline for years. Images and photos courtesy of Toro (equipment)

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