Category Archives: Equipment

Training Is The Best Reward

In the high season, one of our jobs is to examine the mowers to ensure they are doing what they are supposed to. We are looking for quality of cut issues. Since appearance is everything, this is very important; mowers are the number-one job. Photo courtesy Warren Wybenga

By Molly Doyle

In 1990, Warren Wybenga answered a job ad for the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club to work on the grounds crew. Since then, he has completed a small engine apprenticeship to become an equipment technician and worked at two golf clubs before settling down at Donalda Club in Toronto. He has never looked back. Wynbenga did not think he would love his job so much; now, he gets to provide training to his own apprentices, which he is quickly finding very rewarding and has become a favourite part of what he does.

The 43-year-old sat down with Canadian Groundskeeper to explain he is not quite ready for retirement, but when the day comes, he hopes to still be at Donalda.

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An Ounce of Prevention: Choose wisely

To extend the life of turf equipment, it is important to select quality equipment powered by reliable, well-crafted engines. Photo courtesy Kohler Engines

By Scott Mack

Of course, the best way to extend the life of turf equipment is to select quality equipment in the first place. Turf professionals should always seek out equipment powered by reliable, well-crafted engines. They should choose an engine manufacturer that has earned a reputation for standing behind its equipment and is dedicated to serving as a partner to today’s busy turf professionals.

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For the Love of the Game

Photo courtesy Deanna Dougan

By Molly Doyle

A little more than two decades ago, a love of turf and playing golf made Deanna Dougan’s decision to become a superintendent an easy one. During that time, she has helped design and create the additional nine holes at River Valley Golf and Country Club in St. Mary’s, Ont., and even had llamas as caddies on the course. She loves her job so much that she quit her own lawn care business to get back to maintaining the greens, where she also tries to get in a round or two of golf every week on her own course so she can ensure the members are playing in the best condition possible. The 48-year-old Dougan sat down with Canadian Groundskeeper to serve notice she has no immediate plans to retire, and River Valley will be her home away from home for years to come.

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An Ounce of Prevention: Communication is key

Turf professionals looking to stay on top of engine care should follow manufacturer maintenance schedules, which outline the frequency of care procedures for specific engine models. Photo courtesy Kohler Engines

By Scott Mack

Although not technically a maintenance procedure, one final recommendation is to ensure there is an open line of communication between the individuals responsible for fixing equipment and the people who use it on a regular basis. Turf professionals should consider establishing a process to enable these groups to share feedback about how specific machines are operating in the field. This can go a long way toward ensuring a small issue today does not develop into a more serious—and much more costly—issue over time.

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An Ounce of Prevention: A new option

Equipment operators should become familiar with different fuel types and their impact on engine performance, and ensure any gasoline being pumped is approved for use in their specific engine model. Photo courtesy Kohler Engines

By Scott Mack

One new option for turf professionals looking to avoid carburetor maintenance issues is to select equipment with electronic fuel-injected (EFI) engines. Since they do not have a carburetor, they eliminate the related hassles. Additionally, fuel within an EFI engine is sealed off from the air so it will not evaporate while in storage.

Another important factor behind the rapid acceptance of EFI engines has been the enhanced fuel efficiency they provide. For example, a line of proprietary equipment using a closed-loop system has been demonstrated to help save end-users up to 25 per cent in fuel when compared to one of the company’s carbureted engines under comparable load conditions. This means turf professionals can save up to US$600 per engine in annual operating costs.

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