|A fairway mower with reels removed, ready for a complete check over|
During the season, each morning starts with an assortment of mowers and equipment serviced, adjusted, and fueled up to get the course ready for a new day. Most of the equipment goes out almost every day. Each piece is critical to the preparation of the course. If one piece is broken down, the whole system of course set up can be delayed, resulting in a course not prepared as expected by the golfer.
While it is nearly impossible to avoid equipment break down, we can manage it to get the most out of our machines. The work to assure the most reliable equipment is ongoing. The mechanic checks and adjusts equipment every day, but in the winter is when the real maintenance happens. During those cold windy days, the shop is humming.
Every single piece of equipment is pressure washed and brought into the mechanics bay for a complete service. Each machine needs to be evaluated, serviced, and repaired as needed. The fairway mower in the picture above will be looked at for frame wear, bearing and seal failure and have all filters and fluids changed according to the service manuals. The reels will be completely torn down, with new bed knives, and in the case of this one below, a new cutting reel to replace the worn one.
After repair, each reel is set up on a grinder. Both the bed knife and reel are sharpened to the point where they cut paper. The equipment is put back together and records updated.
All this is so important to keeping us up and running during the season. Some of our equipment is out for hours every day. The Rough Unit for instance, has 887 hours logged on it this season. The machine ran 8 hours a day for 112 days this year. That is equivalent to putting 53,000 miles on your car, in one year! Imagine how quick your car would wear out without good solid maintenance!
My next post will address some of the planning that happens over winter to make everything come together over the season.
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