New customer Padeswood and Buckley Golf Club in Flintshire North Wales has chosen Toro for the first time as it makes a concerted effort to reduce machinery downtime.
Having spent, last year alone, £20,000 on maintenance and lease equipment due to breakdowns, Padeswood and Buckley has brought in Toro to eliminate these expenses and ensure the smooth running of the course.
Stuart Mason, who recently took over as head greenkeeper, tells us why Toro is the solution to their downtime dilemma: "I've used Toro in the past and it lives up to its reputation for reliability and longevity - you only have to look at the high resale value of Toros to confirm that fact."
The Toro fleet replaces and upgrades the club's main line machinery. Joining a new Greensmaster TriFlex 3420-H are three more machines including a Reelmaster 3575-D fairway mower, and Stuart goes into detail about some of the benefits he's noticing:
"The 3575-D is good because the three wheels are quicker on the turn and kinder on turf than four-wheel machines. One of the main issues we want to avoid is mowers being out on the course when golfers are, and the speed of this mower will help enormously with that.
"The best thing about our Reelmaster 3100-D fairway mower is that the operator is placed safely away from the trickiest of edges, which the sidewinder units can cut accurately. We have recently started working with Durabunker to reconstruct our bunkers across the course by revetting them with artificial turf. The 3100-D mower will be able to keep the turf around the new bunkers neat without causing any damage."
Stuart is also looking forward to fewer trips to the shed to refill the sprayer thanks to the Workman HDX utility vehicle complete with a Multi Pro sprayer. He explains: "Before we had a 200 litre tank, now we have almost four times that capacity with the 757 litre tank of the Multi Pro. This will make a big difference to our overall spraying routine. Another great thing about the HDX is its versatility - we don't just operate it as a sprayer but a topdresser and truck too."
Glyn Hughes of Major Owen advised Stuart on which machines would be the best to help eliminate downtime and ensure the smooth running of the course. Stuart says: "Glyn really helped with our decision, he was at the club so often that he was basically on the payroll! I've known him for a long time and it's great to be working with Major Owen again as we can always trust them to deliver great service."
With a new Toro fleet, and Major Owen to rely on, Stuart is nothing but positive about the club's future: "We demonstrated a variety of machines on the market and Toro came out on top for quality and high performance, so I'm confident we'll be able to rely on the new fleet.
"Reliable, quality machines will make it far easier to maintain the course to a high standard for our members. Already the team is over the moon that there are no more morning jumpstarts! And now downtime is no longer a dilemma, I foresee 2018 being far smoother for the greenkeeping team here at Padeswood."