New TORO sand Pro machines tackle bunkers and beyond
By Lucy Ohsten
Toro is introducing a new generation of Sand Pro bunker rakes that make it easier than ever to maintain world-class bunkers. They are joined by a new range of attachments that also enable the machines to tackle landscape maintenance jobs all across the golf course.
The new Sand Pro 5040 and 3040 - which join the existing 2020 model - are fitted with a powerful 18hp Briggs & Stratton engine, and a three-wheel series/parallel drive system for optimum traction that allows them to efficiently maintain all types and sizes of bunkers, including those with steep faces and uneven contours.
Unlike the 2020, both models feature the added benefit of power steering, and there has been a small increase in transport speed to 10mph to enable the operator to move more quickly between jobs. The Sand Pro 5040 has a 7.5in ground clearance and the Sand Pro 3040 a 6in.
Many of the attachments for the Sand Pros are new, whereas others have been redesigned to make them easier to attach and remove. For bunker repair and maintenance, there is a selection of rugged attachments such as a spring rake, tooth rake, spikers of various widths, a manual or hydraulic blade, a variety of mats, a finish grader and leveling bar. They are designed to minimise manual work and produce the finest landscapes and bunkers.
Attachments for other landscaping tasks include a rear broom, utility box, debris blower and weeder/cultivator.
Redesigned ergonomics provide the operator with a more comfortable seating position, easier access to all controls and a full view of the job at hand. The new design includes step-through seating that makes it easy to get on and off the seat from either side of the machine, as well as the addition of console storage.
All models have foot pedal controls, forward and reverse, a Quick-Attach System (QAS) for the front and rear hydraulics, mid-mount capability for several of the attachments and an optional light kit to help extend the work day.
Toro commercial turf maintenance products are distributed throughout mainland UK by Lely (UK) Limited, St Neots, Cambridgeshire (tel: 01480 226800), and in all of Ireland by Lely Ireland Limited, Kilboggin, Nurney, Co. Kildare (tel: 00 353 (0)45 526170).
Photo caption: The new Toro Sand Pro 3040 (pictured) is one of two new bunker machines being launched which can also be fitted with a new range of attachments for landscaping jobs around the golf course.
Toro Commercial Products at BTME 2006
Stand No. M12