Golf Course Management

DEC 2012

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

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gcm extra After maintenance equipment is prepped, cleaned and stored, it should be checked periodically throughout the winter for freezing, cracking and any resulting fluid leaks. Photos courtesy of John Deere Golf Chill out A few simple steps for equipment winterization and storage will ensure machine longevity, time and cost savings, and peace of mind in the spring. Tracy Lanier 68 GCM December 2012 Whether you use your equipment through the winter months or store it, main- tenance overhauls are essential. Courses in most regions of the country experience a decrease in play with the change in weather, and equipment maintenance and use plans also adjust. With proper care and storage, superintendents can increase equip- ment product life and improve performance season after season. Winter prep checklist Regardless of your experience with equipment care, always consult the manufacturer's owner's manual for best practices for a specific piece of equipment. Once you've reviewed the manuals and have an idea of each item's needs, you'll be able to develop a routine to follow on a seasonal basis. Gene Westbrook, equipment manager at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., explains the winter precautions he and his crew take each year: "We generally start the process around October, and we start by treating our gas and diesel fuel with Swepco 503 gasoline and diesel improver. We go through each piece of equipment — service it, and make sure all damages are fixed, fluids are good, batteries are up to strength, and that there's no corrosion on battery cables or cracking in any of the hydraulic hoses."

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