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Four Reasons to Perform Routine Maintenance on Turf Equipment

As a turf maintenance professional, you have a lot of responsibility. Whether you’re getting the field ready for the big game or making sure the course is up to par (pun intended), you depend on the performance of your turf maintenance equipment to get the job done. In order for turf equipment to be reliable, it needs to be maintained properly. But setting up a maintenance program for your fleet is no easy task. Here are four reasons why creating a program to perform routine maintenance on turf equipment is more than worth the effort required. For all of your
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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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What Are the Benefits of Turf Aeration?

Keeping athletic fields and golf courses green and lush is a big job no matter where you live in the country. One of the most important steps you can take for the health of the grass on golf courses and athletic fields is to aerate. What is Aeration? Aeration is the process of the soil taking in oxygen from its surrounding areas and letting out carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This occurs organically but can be helped along mechanically as well with Kenney’s line of Toro turf equipment. Aeration helps create a healthy lawn and can be especially beneficial for
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Pros and Cons of Turf Equipment Rental

When it comes to maintaining your golf course, sports field, campus or park, having the right equipment to do the job is critical. However, purchasing and maintaining turf equipment can get very expensive and might not be an option, especially for smaller facilities. One possible alternative that can save money in the short term is renting turf equipment. There are advantages and disadvantages to turf equipment rental, and depending on your situation it might not be the best option. In order to help you decide if this is the best option, we examine the pros and cons of renting. Pros
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Five Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Used Turf Equipment

Buying used turf equipment such as mowers, sprayers and UTVs can be a great way to save money, but if you’re not careful you could end up with the turf version of a “hangar queen.” Avoiding the following mistakes when  purchasing pre-owned turf equipment will help make sure you get your money’s worth. Do Your Research Before Buying Never buy a piece of pre-owned turf equipment without doing your research first. If the maintenance records for the piece of equipment are available, review them to make sure it has been properly maintained. Also, look at photos and videos of the
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Five Reasons to use Toro myTurf Pro Fleet Management Software

Does your company have stacks of thick binders for every model and machine in your fleet? How about antiquated spreadsheets to keep track of hours, parts and maintenance costs? These fleet management tools are cumbersome and inefficient at best. Fortunately, the Toro myTurf Pro fleet management software provides a better solution if you care about your fleet, your staff’s welfare and its maintenance. Here are five benefits of enrolling in the Toro myTurf Pro management system for your business. 1. Track Operating Hours Tracking operating hours on every piece of equipment in your fleet probably takes hours of transposing figures
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Busting Frequency of Clip Myths

When it comes to good turf management, sometimes having all the facts makes a big difference. Recently, a study done by Michigan State University helped dispel some myths about how important Frequency of Clip is to turf health. FOC is defined as the distance between “clips” (the smaller the FOC number, the greater the number of clips). As it turns out, the study found that FOC had no impact in three important metrics: green speed, disease or amount of clippings collected. The two-year study, which began in 2012, was designed to investigate the effect of three different FOCs. The researchers
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Year-end Sale on Toro Siteworks Systems Products

Toro is having a year-end sale on selected Siteworks Systems equipment, including the Toro Dingo. Not only can you save over $1,000 on the initial purchase price of these products, you can also get financing at 0% APR for 42 months. Here are the details: SAVE $1,250 ON: Dingo® 320D, & 323 (models 22318, 22337CP) Dingo TX427 Narrow & Wide (models 22321, 22322) Dingo TX525 Narrow & Wide (models 22323, 22324) TRX 16, 20 & 26 (models 22972, 22973, 22974) STX 26 & 38 (models 23208, 23212 & 23214) MB TX2500 Tracked Mud Buggy (model 68138) SAVE $1,500 ON: Dingo
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Thatch and Mat in Turf Management

To properly manage your turf, one of the key components to keeping it healthy and vibrant is the management of thatch and mat. Understanding what thatch and mat is – as well as how it’s useful in turf management – will help you combat potential problems that often arise. Here we’ll outline methods of controlling thatch and mat to ensure that you’ll have the best quality turf around. Definition of Thatch and Mat When we talk about thatch, we’re referring to a layer of partially decomposed organic matter between the green shoot tissue and the soil surface. Let’s break that
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Kenney Machinery Participates in First Annual STMA Demo Day at Victory Field

The Indiana Sports Turf Managers Association held their first demo day at Victory Field on July 17th, and Kenney Machinery was there with all of the latest equipment from Toro for attendees to try out in person. Equipment available for demonstration included the ProCore 648, Workman GTX, and the Dingo Compact Utility Loader. The event was well attended, with many of the attendees coming from schools in the area. Victory field was a great venue for the event, and with the weather cooperating, all in all it was a very successful first demo day for the Indiana Sports Turf Managers
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