The Proceeds from our upcoming Fundraiser is going towards a new Fairway mower for our course. Please read on to find out more about our current machinery and what we would like to purchase and why we need to do this.
Fairway Mower Replacement Q &A
I’ve been approached over the past few weeks by some of our members regarding our fairway mower replacement. I’d like to take this opportunity to relay the information I gave to them to you all. Hopefully this document answers most, if not all, of your questions. If not, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com & I’d be happy to discuss further.
Our fairway mowers are very new, aren’t they?
No, both our current fairway mowers were bought in 2007 when the bulk of our equipment arrived on a lease deal from John Deere. The majority of clubs purchase new fairway mowers after they reach 2,500 hours in service or are 5-7 years old. Ours have over 3,000 each and are into their 9th cutting season.
They still cut great though, don’t they?
Sadly no. Our mechanic John has done a super job of keeping both these machines going with limited resources. The rollers on one of the mowers are actually held in place by home-made shims that John manufactured from Batchelor’s Mushy pea tins!! The cutting cylinders have now reached the end of their life cycle and we won’t be able to sharpen them from the end of this season.
At the end of the 2012 season the rear roller brushes were removed as they had worn and needed replacing. The club couldn’t afford to replace them so opted instead to substitute in a scraper bar. Unfortunately the scraper does a poor job in comparison to the rear roller brush. As a result we have to blow fairways every Friday, which has the knock on effect of losing man hours to other important duties.
So what’s our options?
The course committee have been presented with several different options including costings and the pros and cons of each option. We have also been trialing some new fairway mowers over the past few weeks.
Pictures shown on the next two pages show the difference between cutting with/without rear roller brushes.
Mallow Practice fairway at 9am
12th fairway with clumpy grass at 7am