Golf Course Management

APR 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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54 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.18 EQUIPMENT Hey, what's the big idea? John Shaw, CGCS, has one. Shaw had been searching for ways to elimi - nate time and surface disruption during aera- tion. "Really, it's always been on my mind," says Shaw, a 27-year association member at Val - ley Brook Country Club in McMurray, Pa. "In wet weather, during times that we were forced to follow a schedule, I felt as if we were doing a good job 60 percent of the time, but were leav - ing 40 percent unfulfilled." Not anymore. Consider this happy ending a dream fulfilled — and a classic case of a super - intendent solving a problem that can help other superintendents with the same issue. Shaw in - vented CoreMax48, which is a machine at- tachment for the ProCore 648. It is designed to collect aeration cores before they touch playing surfaces. Other benefits include leaving behind clean holes that are ready for topdressing; al - lowing up to 30 percent more sand to be deliv- ered to open core sites; the ability for immedi- ate use after heavy rain; and the elimination of hole bridging. It attaches directly to and walks in tandem with the aerator. Shaw has done demonstrations for other superintendents. Their reactions have made this journey worthwhile. "To see them get excited is really cool," says Shaw, who isn't plan- ning on leaving his post as a superintendent to be a full-time inventor. That is a major reason he partnered with SynaTek to distribute his product. "I'm a superintendent and I still want to be a superintendent, but I'm not done (with other ideas) yet," Shaw says. Visit SynaTek, www.turfmeetstechnology.com . Divine inventions Whether it was a piece of equipment or turf inputs, the 2018 Golf Industry Show was a new product wonderland. One of them was even designed by a Certified Golf Course Superintendent. Because of space limitations, some products that were unveiled at GIS will be showcased in upcoming Product News sections in GCM. John Deere introduced additional fairway mower options with the John Deere 6080A, 6500A and 6700A PrecisionCut fairway mowers that will be available in 2019. The 6080A, 6500A and 6700A models leverage all the fairway mower technologies from the John Deere A model family of fairway, rough and trim, and surrounds mowers. The new A models were designed to be cost-effective while delivering a mower that can handle the rigors of fairway applications. These three models are fairway workhorses, with a 24.7-hp (18.4-kW) diesel engine, three-wheel smooth tire con - figurations and comfort features. These three models fall in line with existing John Deere A models, demonstrating exceptional cut quality, even on hills, thanks to standard LoadMatch. The innovative eHydro transmission elimi - nates linkages between the pedals and the hy- drostatic pump. All models feature hydraulic mow circuits and provide all-day mowing with various width-of-cut options. An 8-mph (12.9- kph) mowing speed allows operators to mow more area in less time. The 6080A, 6500A and 6700A models also provide several features aimed at increasing machine and operator uptime, including internal hydraulic wet disk brakes that eliminate linkage adjustments and grease points in the brake system. Visit John Deere, www.johndeere.com/golf . The Toro Co. is preparing to launch the Groundsmaster 1337 pull-behind rotary mower. It includes three contour-following cutting decks equipped with dual full rollers, the company says. The 12-foot (3.66-meter) width of cut, paired with height of cut adjust - ment from 0.5 inch to 4 inches (1.3 to 10.1 cm), offers productivity and versatility. It fea - tures Groundsmaster spindles with heavy-duty shafts and dual-tapered roller bearings. Like the Groundsmaster 5900 Series, the Grounds - master 1337 features bidirectional impact ab- sorption technology, which cushions and pro- tects individual cutting decks against damage from contact with obstacles while mowing. The decks fold up for transport. The unit fea - tures transport axles that have an integrated torsion spring, effectively serving as a suspen - sion system to eliminate bumps and jarring for a better operator experience. The model is compatible with the Toro Outcross 9060 (featured in the February issue of GCM), a two-seat, multipurpose machine with four- wheel steering that can deep-tine aerate, spread seed, mow grass, remove snow and haul more than 2 tons. The Groundsmaster 1337 pull- behind rotary mower is also compatible with many other tractor makes and models. Demo units will be available this summer, and Toro expects to begin shipping this fall. Visit Toro, www.toro.com . CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. San Antonio 2018

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