Golf Course Management

FEB 2018

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62 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.18 Street repeatedly pitched the idea to Toro management. "They'd always come back to me saying we couldn't compete with an ag tractor. The idea just kind of incubated for a long time." Finally, though, Street's idea has hatched. Toro's Outcross 9060 — a two-seat, mul - tipurpose, built-for-turf machine with four- wheel steering that was designed to allow superintendents to do a lot: deep-tine aerate, spread seed, mow grass, remove snow, haul more than two tons, and tow more than three times its own weight — was unveiled in proto - type form as "Project Delta" at the 2017 Golf Industry Show in Orlando. Its name chosen from thousands of sug - gestions that were submitted in a contest (see "The name game," Page 66), the Out - cross checks in at 5,100 pounds, and was de- signed to combine the best parts of a tractor (although this is not technically a tractor, the company emphasizes) and a heavy-duty utility vehicle. It is expected to be available this sum - mer, and Toro suggests superintendents con- tact their local distributor for information on pricing and availability, and to request a dem - onstration. Now if only someone could devise a cat - egory for it. After all, it is entering into un- charted territory — a place with no track re- cord — because there may not be anything like it out there. Essentially, Toro is reaching into its past to create what it hopes is a revolutionary product for use by its customers. One hundred years ago this year, Toro introduced its first product built specifically for golf, a power fairway roller based on a Bull tractor frame. That was one year before Toro collaborated with The Minikahda Club of Minneapolis in the development of a trac - tor called The Toro Standard Golf Machine, which launched the mechanical-mowing era. It was the first product built with the spe - cific capability of mowing huge swaths of turf on golf courses, thus replacing horse-drawn equipment. Other courses quickly followed Minikahda's lead. The genesis of the 9060 — the Outcross is the first in the 9000 series of products and incorporates a 60-hp engine, thus the 9060 model number — may have started with Street, but the fascinating, nearly three-de - cades-in-the-making project has the finger- prints of engineers, software experts, turf managers and superintendents all over it. Noah Wahl, a product marketing manager for Toro who was 5 when Street originally pro - Toro's Outcross 9060 features numerous attachment options that allow the operator to do many things, such as spreading seed, deep-tine aeration, and mowing grass. "They'd always come back to me saying we couldn't compete with an ag tractor. The idea just kind of incubated for a long time." — Ben Street

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