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Day One: Managing Quality of Cut for Profit and Industry Sustainability

Presentation Date:  Monday, December 16, 2013, 1:00PM EST

In this 60-minute introduction to Quality of Cut Week, Michael Morris, CGCS (Crystal Downs Country Club, Frankfort, MI) and Stephen Bernhard (Bernhard & Co, Rugby, England) tag-team to discuss quality of cut and its importance in today's challenging business environment.

Open to everyone. Free.    

Day Two, AM: John Deere

Presentation Date:  Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 10:00AM EST

Presenting for John Deere Golf is Bill Stone, Golf Product Specialist.

Topics include common causes of quality of cut issues and techniques to remedy them; cutting unit setup; roller selection (including proprietary MT rollers) for special situations; hybrid technology and FOC.

TurfNet members only.    


Day Two, PM: Jacobsen

Presentation Date:  Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 1:00PM EST

Presenting for Jacobsen are
— Chris Vernon, VP of Marketing and Product Management
— Lynn Westbrook, Product engineering manager
— Kurt Accetta, Manufacturing / Production Manager
— John Whittington, Distribution Center Manager
— Chris Fox, Product Manager for greensmowers.

Topics include a brief history of the Jacobsen reel; geometry, angle of attack, behind center reel distance; manufacturing processes for reels & bedknives, and On the Greens: FOC, prism, blade sharpness.

TurfNet members only.    

Day Three: Foley/Neary

Presentation Date:  Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 1:00PM EST

Presenting for Foley/Neary is Jim Letourneau, President and COO of Foley United, River Falls, Wisconsin.

Topics include how grinding practices affect machinery life; best grinding techniques for new grass varieties, lower HOC and reel & traction technologies; minimize potential problems before they happen.

TurfNet members only.    


Day Four: Toro

Presentation Date:  Thursday, December 19, 2013, 1:00PM EST

Presenting for Toro are
— Edric Funk, Sr. Marketing Manager, Reelmaster Products
— Dr. Van Cline, Toro Center for Advanced Turf Technology
— Jerry Goman, Sr. Principal Design Engineer, Cutting Units
— Helmut Ullrich, Sr. Marketing Manager, Greensmaster Products

Topics include research studies related to the interaction between mowers and turf, the science behind cutting unit design, and how products are evolving to address the challenges faced by today’s turf and equipment managers.

Registration:   TurfNet members only.    

Day Five AM: Bernhard & Co.

Presentation Date:  Friday, December 20, 2013, 10:00AM EST

Presenting are Stephen Bernhard, executive chairman of Bernhard & Co., Ltd, Rugby, England, Chris Tritabaugh, Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, MN, and Michael Morris, CGCS, Crystal Downs Country Club, Frankfort, MI

Topics include best practices for ensuring maximum quality of grind and setup for optimum quality of cut; tips and tricks with rollers, groomers, etc. Chris and Mike relate their experiences transforming their reel maintenance operations to a sharp-first mindset.

TurfNet members only.    

Day Five PM: Baroness

Presentation Date:  Friday, December 20, 2013, 1:00PM EST

Presenting is Richard Lavine, CGCS, National Service Manager.

Topics include FOC and aftercut appearance; influence of reel diameter; extended bedbar and/or bedknife?; traction drum: dimpled or smooth?; and overall setup and maintenance.

Registration:   TurfNet members only.    


In this unprecedented webcast series, the major mower and grinder manufacturers will present 60-90 minutes of recommendations for optimizing quality of cut: selection, setup, adjustment, grinding, in-season maintenance, attachments... including explanation of proprietary engineering features as they relate to quality of cut.

30 minutes of audience Q&A follow each.

Peter McCormick will moderate all presentations.

All presentations are recorded and available for later on-demand viewing.

A special shoutout to Jim Letourneau of Foley United for suggesting the idea of "elevating the level and exposure of quality of cut training"... which we ran with and developed into Quality of Cut Week.

The Morris, McCormick & Bernhard introduction to TurfNet QOC Week on Monday is free and open to the public. The remaining presentations are for TurfNet members only. Not a member yet? Fix that here. Expired? Renewal instructions are here. (If you have had an account before, you're probably still in our system. Renewing will start you again as of today.)

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