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New Greensmaster 1000 series ups the ante in fixed-head walk greensmowers

New Greensmaster 1000 series ups the ante in fixed-head walk greensmowers

The all-new Toro Greensmaster 1000 Series of fixed-head walk greens mowers was designed to eliminate variability in the walk mowing process due to operator size and skill level. A telescoping loop handle can be adjusted to accommodate operators of varying heights, helping to deliver a more consistent cut while reducing operator fatigue. Handle isolation mounts give the cutting units consistent contact with the ground throughout the mowing process, eliminating any variability in the height-o

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Tru-Turf debuts electric roller: the RE50

Tru-Turf debuts electric roller: the RE50

Tru-Turf is introducing the RE50 electric turf roller at GIS2019.  The 48v electric motor is powered by either traditional lead acid or lithium ion batteries. Quick release accessories include slitting, spiking and brush attachments, all changeable in seconds with no tools. The RE50 incorporates Tru Turf's patented tri-roller smoothing heads that are fitted with hassle free, self cleaning nodules to eliminate dumping and debris impact. Heavy duty sealed bearings, rubber cushion mou

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

TurfNet's Hector Velazquez grabs Edwin Budding Award

TurfNet's Hector Velazquez grabs Edwin Budding Award

No big surprise since it was announced prior, but nonetheless TurfNet's own Hector Velazquez finally put his hands on the prize as he received the Edwin Budding Award from GCSAA. The Edwin Budding Award, named for the inventor of the reel lawn mower, is given annually to an equipment manager or related innovator, technician, educator or engineer who has made a significant impact in the golf and turf business. Hector (c) with Darren Davis, CGCS (l), outgoing president of GCSAA.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Toro Irrigation updates Lynx to v7.0

Toro Irrigation updates Lynx to v7.0

The latest Lynx 7.0 Central Control system update from Toro has improved monitoring functionality and enhanced diagnostic capabilities. This is the 14th update since Lynx was introduced in 2010. Lynx 7.0 now has seamless compatibility with Lynx Smart Modules, and can automatically identify individual smart modules after the initial installation process. The new system also has runtime controls to the second and measures inputs to 1/100th of an inch for precise control. All new Toro hardware

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Frost Services: Kubota/Ninja GPS sprayer

Frost Services: Kubota/Ninja GPS sprayer

Stop by Booth 1131 and speak to Ken Rost of Frost Services about the new Kubota/Ninja sprayer package being displayed at GIS2019.  Mounted on a Kubota RTV-X1140 4WD utility vehicle, the Ninja sprayer has 200 gallon elliptical tank with drain sump 20’ Electric X-fold boom Stainless steel hydraulic centrifugal pump 15 gallon tank rinse system Titan hose reel with 100′ of 5/8′ hose and gun Blue LED spray lighting system Controls include

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Hunter Giveaway: 20 new TTS-800 rotors

Hunter Giveaway: 20 new TTS-800 rotors

Hunter Golf is giving away 20 of their new TTS-800 series golf rotors, total value $8,000.  Stop by booth #1638 to enter to win. TTS-800 Series rotors utilize high-torque gear drives to mitigate the challenges of reclaimed water use or poor water quality. An extra-large, fast-access flange compartment easily accommodates wire connections and other components. Total Top Serviceability (TTS) means leave your shovel in the truck. TTS-800 series rotors include Exclusive Press

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

New at Toro: Electric TriFlex greensmowers

New at Toro: Electric TriFlex greensmowers

Toro has jumped into the all-electric triplex greensmower market with the introduction of the Toro Greensmaster eTriFlex Series. The new eTriFlex has no hydraulic fluid and utilizes all-electric components for traction, steering, lift and cutting units. The two new all-electric Greensmaster eTriFlex models are built on the TriFlex platform and include: The Greensmaster eTriFlex 3360, powered by a Kawasaki engine/generator The Greensmaster eTriFlex 3370, powered by a lithium-i

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

New at Baroness: LM551 fairway mower

New at Baroness: LM551 fairway mower

Baroness is highlighting their new LM551 contour-following mid-weight fairway mower at GIS2019.  Fully configurable to meet the needs of any golf course, the LM551 five-plex has traditional 22" cutting units but with a forward/backward slide function on the rear units along with a unique tension support and down pressure features to increase contour-following on undulating surfaces.. A choice of 5" or 6.4" reels is available. Each cutting unit has the option of 9 or 7 blades and can be fitt

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Generat10n Turf is the buzzword at BASF

Generat10n Turf is the buzzword at BASF

BASF is celebrating ten years of Intrinsic brand fungicides and launching "the next generation of groundbreaking science" at GIS2019.  Dubbed Generat10n Turf, the festivities in Booth 1939 include:  breakfast tacos from 10-11AM on Wednesday a panel discussion at 11:00 Wednesday on Exploring New Fungicide Technology with Drs Rick Latin, Bruce Martin, Jim Kerns and Kathie Kalmowitz - and hosted by none other than the ubiquitous PAT JONES at 1:00 Wednesday, a panel discussion

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Not to be outdone: TurfNet is 25!

Not to be outdone: TurfNet is 25!

While Toro and Turfco celebrate their centennial anniversaries in the golf turf business, why not note the 25th anniversary of the perhaps more improbable success story: TurfNet? You'll have to catch Jon Kiger or John Reitman on the fly at the trade show, as they have places to go and people to see. Maybe you can buttonhole one or the other for a souvenir TurfNet25 coaster from last night's Beer & Pretzel Gala (our 23rd) at the Half Door Brewery. Read about TurfNet at 25 here. 

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Toro celebrates 100 years in golf turf

Toro celebrates 100 years in golf turf

There must have been something in the water (or the grass) in the Twin Cities 100 years ago for the Cities to spawn two major players in the turf industry, The Toro Company of Minneapolis and National Mower Company/Turfco of St. Paul (see Turfco 100). Toro was actually founded in 1914 but spent the first five years of its existence manufacturing engines for the Bull Tractor Company and other tractor and truck companies, and developing the first Toro-designed piece of farm equipment – the po

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Turfco and the Kinkead family celebrate 100 years in the turf business

Turfco and the Kinkead family celebrate 100 years in the turf business

Stop by Booth 1629 and say hey to George and Scott Kinkead, the third generation of the Kinkead family to lead a family business in the turf industry. With a lineage that started with the National Mower Company of St. Paul, Minnesota 100 years ago, George (president, right in the photo) and Scott (EVP) continue the family tradition of innovation, leadership and service to the golf turf industry. National Mower was founded by George and Scott's grandfather, Robert S. Kinkead, shortly after W

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Tech: Reboots, Tests, and Lessons Learned

Tech: Reboots, Tests, and Lessons Learned

I haven’t delved into technology posts lately on this blog, instead focusing on career topics. It’s been due to not having enough time to offer quality advice in a field that constantly changes. Why, you might ask? Well, I have been working for the last 18 months on a new project for the industry that occupied any free time I had. And it’s finally done, at least version 1.  I don’t usually speak directly on this blog about our products, but I think this service is beneficial to both your op

Matt Leverich

Matt Leverich

What Golf Can Really Do

What Golf Can Really Do

Amy Bockerstette. I am 128% confident that you do not know that name. So, stop right now and hit this link. Do not read on until you have. Period. As soon as your eyes dry, I appreciate you reading on. As many thousands of us prepare to roll into San Diego for the 2019 GIS, there is one thing that is very clear to me...Golf Does Great Things. Of that, there is not a question in my mind. Lets take the video you just watched and do a little deconstruction. Amy, gifted with Down Syndrome

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

Turning Over a New Leaf

Turning Over a New Leaf

My official title here at Drury University is Assistant Director of Facilities – Grounds. I much prefer to call myself the Head Groundskeeper. I believe this job title says something about my philosophy of grounds management. Including 'Groundskeeper' in my title reminds me, and more importantly my crew, that I am to some extent like my team. We are all focused on “keeping the grounds”. Unfortunately, sometimes a rift can develop between us. The crew and I can have differing opinions on how well

Joseph Fearn

Joseph Fearn

Force Multiplication Through Cross-Training

Force Multiplication Through Cross-Training

In what will surely be our last outburst of serious ranting, Rockbottum Country Club offers a Skeletal Golf Theory segment on a tried and true method for adapting to economic changes. It's like Judge Smails said, "I've sentenced boys younger than you to the gas chamber.  Didn't want to, but I felt I owed it to them." I didn't want to do this film, but I felt I owed it to you.  

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

Do The GIS, Don't Let The GIS Do You

Do The GIS, Don't Let The GIS Do You

You are going to see all kinds of "Tips and Tricks" for doing the Golf Industry Show. Most of them all the same. Because, hey... its a trade show. And in one form or another, all trade shows follow a certain pattern. You wanna read about having a plan, getting there early, drinking lots of water, fine. It's out there. I have a different take on things. And herein, you are gonna get some info that you probably won't see anywhere else, in the more PC world of doing the GIS.  1. Leave Your Clo

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

In Turn...

In Turn...

With each turn of a new year, it can be a helpful exercise to both reflect on the year that was and ponder the time ahead. I’ve never been a huge fan of the resolution thing and hopefully most of us have figured out that approach doesn’t really work anyway. Most resolutions fail principally because they start from a place of deficiency; the idea that something is inherently wrong with us and we just need to buckle down and fix it.  What if instead we simply reflected on our strengths and so

Paul MacCormack

Paul MacCormack

Depression: I Guess You Have To Be There

Depression: I Guess You Have To Be There

There has been a ton of talk lately about Mental Health. That's good. While I am not being on the overused phrase "Creating Awareness", I also know that most people will never get or understand the topic. They should count their blessings. I have never been shy about writing and speaking about myself. A certain lack of filter, perhaps. Sometimes, a cry for help. Sadly, a need for attention, in hard moments. Often, a simple therapeutic technique to talk about the hardest things. But mostly I

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

Why Are You Doing This?

Why Are You Doing This?

Do you remember the real reason you got into the golf course business? I frequently ask that question and the answers can range from positive outbursts of Pavlovian Pollyanna-isms to covert confessions of discomfiture.  “I don’t know”, is usually followed by nervous laughter.  The recently graduated will go into interrogation mode, searching for the “correct” answer, as if their career is at stake.  A few admit it was to play more golf, while others claim it was the appeal of the science. 

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson: Prophecies for the Next Decade of Golf (REQUIRED LISTENING)

Randy Wilson: Prophecies for the Next Decade of Golf (REQUIRED LISTENING)

Time for the last and final "Rockbottum Prophecies for the Next Decade of Golf". This is required listening for all those with a stake in the future of golf. Also... ANTIGOLF protesters show up to riot and protest at Rockbottum CC... The gang figures out what's been digging up #13 green and organizes a posse of vigilantes to hunt it down, Momma handles a customer complaint in a new way and Booferd resists Third Wave Feminism by telling Momma that dishwashing is woman

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

Forest Therapy

Forest Therapy

Our favorite method for suppressing "The Noise" is Forest Therapy.  You can practice Forest Therapy with a simple, short hike, or go on an epic adventure lasting several days.  At Rockbottum Country Club, we self-medicate with Forest Therapy when we've had too much holiday feasting or too much family togetherness or too much screen time. We just grab a pellet rifle or a slingshot and go into the forest for some big game squirrel hunting.   It's similar to raccoon hunting; if you come h

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

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