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Advice for Local Outdoor Power Equipment Dealers From a 37-yr Industry Veteran

Here at Kenney Machinery, we’re incredibly proud of our hard-working employees whose passion for their jobs drives our success as a company.  To help our customers get to know the people who work day in and day out to make us one of the best turf equipment distributors in the region, we like to periodically put the spotlight on Kenney Machinery employees so they can share their knowledge and experience. This month we’re featuring Merle Yockey, a Kenney Machinery sales representative who works with local Toro dealers.  Merle has worked in the turf equipment industry for an incredible 37 years,
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How to Maintain a Natural Grass Athletic Field (Infographic)

It’s no secret among turf management professionals that it isn’t easy to properly maintain a natural grass athletic field.  Athletic turf managers not only have the usual challenges faced by any turf professional such as adverse weather conditions and tight budgets, they also face unique difficulties such as coordinating turf maintenance with busy practice schedules and dealing with multiple types of users who may have competing interests (in the case of facilities who serve both amateur and professional athletes). The good news is that through careful planning and a systematic approach, these challenges are not insurmountable.  The first step in
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Genuine Toro Parts: Toro Hydraulic Filters

When your business depends on turf equipment as part of its normal operations, it’s essential that the equipment stays in peak operating condition, and that any downtime is minimized. Hydraulic systems are often one of the functional components of turf equipment, and any kind of failure in the hydraulic system is likely to cause significant downtime. Historically, the vast majority of hydraulic system failures have been attributable to contamination of the oil, and this contamination typically occurs when there is some kind of failure or deficiency with the hydraulic filters being used. This is one very clear example of why
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How Does a Toro Groundsmaster Compare to an Indy Car?

It’s Memorial Day weekend 2016, and for the Indianapolis-based Kenney Machinery Corporation, that means it’s time for the 100th running of the Indy 500 auto race. For anyone who lives in the city of Indianapolis, this race and all the pageantry and tradition that surrounds it is a source of great civic pride.  We at the Kenney Corporation are especially proud that a division of our company, Landtech Design, was involved in a $90 million project to upgrade the Indianpolis Motor Speedway, including a new roundabout and pedestrian plaza outside turn 1. We’re also proud of the fact that the
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Customer of the Month: The Sagamore Club of Noblesville IN

Starting this month, Kenney Machinery Corporation will be honoring one of our customers each month as the “customer of the month”. This customer will be highlighted in an article on our blog, featured on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and promoted in our monthly email newsletter. The customer of the month for February is The Sagamore Club of Noblesville, IN, which is one of the newest golf courses in the greater Indianapolis metropolitan area. Despite its young age, the club is already setting a new high standard for both course design and customer service. In 2004, Golf Digest named it
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Tax Benefits of Turf Equipment Purchases

It’s that time of year again—the time when your accountant lets you know how much you’re going to owe in taxes to Uncle Sam. If your accountant is worth the money you pay him, one of the questions he’ll be asking you is whether or not you qualify for any section 179 tax deductions for 2015. In order to help you impress your accountant by actually knowing what the heck he’s talking about when he asks you that question, we’ve prepared a few FAQs about section 179 and the possible tax benefits of turf equipment purchases. What is a Section
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Indiana High School Football State Finalists Play on Toro Turf

The Indiana High School Athletic Association 2015 football state finals are coming up on November 27th and 28th, and while the championship games will be played on the artificial FieldTurf surface at Lucas Oil Stadium, many of the teams in the finals play their home games on fields that are maintained at least in part by Toro turf equipment. While we are certainly not claiming that there is a direct correlation between a high school football team’s use of Toro equipment to maintain their field and the likelihood that they will make it to the state championship game, we think
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Would Your Maintenance Shop Pass an OSHA Inspection?

Imagine yourself in the following situation. You’re in the middle of a normal work day when a stranger walks up to you and introduces himself as your friendly neighborhood OSHA inspector. He says that his office recently got a complaint from one of your technicians, and as a result he’s there to inspect your turf equipment maintenance shop. Which of the following thoughts goes through your head?   “I’m glad we just reviewed OSHA inspection protocol at our last monthly safety meeting. We should be in good shape.” “Oh, crap. We haven’t reviewed our safety procedures in at least a
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Hiring Mistakes to Avoid

Kenney Machinery is dedicated to helping our clients prosper. Hiring the right people plays a major role in the success of your business. But first, you have to navigate the tricky territory of job interviews and employee on-boarding. We recently came across an article entitled “Five Hiring Mistakes to Avoid” on the Golf Course Industry website that speaks to these subjects. The article raises awareness of the increase in employment-related litigation cases that have risen since the economic downturn. Here are some of our takeaways from the article: When interviewing a potential candidate, be mindful of the Federal Laws  that
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