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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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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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An Ounce of Prevention: Seasonal considerations

Outdoor power equipment should get special attention at the end of each season, including changing the oil and removing dirt and debris. Photo courtesy Kohler Engines


By Scott Mack

All outdoor power equipment should get some special attention at the end of each season. An oil change must be performed to ensure clean oil is coating the engine while it is being stored. Many turf professionals do not realize that part of the byproduct of engine combustion includes acid and water. Adding 29.6 mL (1 oz) of fresh oil to each cylinder and rotating the engine are recommended to help protect the cast iron lining against water condensation and its corrosive properties.

Any loose clippings and dirt should also be removed from equipment at the end of each season. Most dirt can easily be removed with soap and water, but a wire brush may be helpful; a putty knife can even be used to carefully scrape away ground-in debris from the underside of equipment. It is not uncommon for rodents to nest in dirty machines while in storage, so turf professionals should not make it easy for them.

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An Ounce of Prevention: Overlooked maintenance

When caring for turf equipment, it is important to make regular, informal inspections. Photo courtesy Kohler Engines


By Scott Mack

When it comes to caring for turf equipment, there are several basic procedures that tend to get overlooked. One of these is the importance of regular, informal equipment inspections. At the end of each day, it is a good idea to simply take a walk around each piece of machinery to look for anything out of the ordinary, and to examine the tires, fuel cap, and external cables. If anything appears to be loose or out of place, the issue should be fixed immediately. Additionally, turf professionals should be sure to look for any significant buildup of dirt or debris on the engine, especially near the air intake screen, radiator, or cooling areas. Keeping these parts clean is simple, but incredibly important to overall engine performance.

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