I was asked on Wednesday to help out at my old course to blow their irrigation . I'm a good choice since I spent a lot of time there running almost all the approach sprinklers and was pretty much in charge of irrigation and drainage there in the past . I did do up a nice flow manager program also . The Old super and his youngest son (Ben ) and I managed to get the remainder of the course blown out in a day . Went along very smoothly . We sent Ben ahead of us and put in the blow out coupler we have at the greens,and opening section valves , then it was just a matter of hitting each head down the line getting tee's and greens as we went . I was quit surprised on how well my old Super ( Brian ) knew his course irrigation wise . There are well over 500 heads and I bet you he knew where 98 % of them where . It was great to be in my old stomping grounds for the day .
Monday, October 31, 2011
Up here in Canada we blow out the irrigation lines with air in the fall to prevent lines from breaking during the freezing weather . I have lots of Irrigation knowledge and was asked by the assistant to give him a hand today. At this course we rent a couple of smaller compressors and hook them in locations at the top of the course to push the water out down the hills . While we are waiting for delivery of the compressor we will go around key areas top & bottom of hills and pull foot valves out of sprinkler , this way gravity will take care of a lot of areas and speeds things up . Will also open the blow out valves . Our pumping station is near the top of the course . It takes a full day to blow out all the holes but we rent them for 2 days to give the greens and tee's and low areas an extra boost of air . Before we start up we shut off blow out valves and replace sprinkler foot valves . When we are all done the blow outs are left halve open same as the section valves . That way when the ground heats up in the spring it won't build up pressure and break things .
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Left side bent in at least 2 inches .
Also bent front frame and bumper in.
Left front area also bent in .
As a new tech do not be surprised at damaged equipment being put away like this with no mention . It use to bother me a lot but now look at it as job security . I do a walk around equipment in the mornings and point out anything like this to the superintendent . It's up to the super to deal with staff, It is our job to get equipment repaired and put back out in service .
This was a fairly new machine < 200 hrs. Apparently the new staff member panicked after sliding and loosing steering and hit the gas instead of the brake .
Mounting bracket breaks of cleanly right on the weld .
This happened last season (2010 ) A member was going down a hill on a cart path coming of a tee and caught a large rock hidden under some Plants . The older gentleman suffered some serious injuries and made out ok . It was in an area of the course where the ambulance couldn't get to . I cleaned out the large dump trailer and hooked it up to the tractor and hauled the paramedic's to the site .Then brought the gentlemen and paramedics back to the ambulance . It was a pretty exciting day seeing a couple of police cars racing up the fairways . Cart made out ok after the roll over . The acid damage is permanent but the cart works ok after topping the batteries up with acid and doing some repairs to the front end .
Thursday, October 27, 2011
I like to relief grind all my reels in the off season, because I can . In the summer season I can give them a light spin as needed . With the relief grind it really helps speed things up to get my cut back quickly . We set up for spin grind first then set them up again for relief grinding after wards . This is the time to double or triple check your adjustments before spin grinding . The more accurate you are the quicker the set up . If I get some down time I'll do a more detail pic's etc . for setting reels up on grinder . Here is what relief grinding looks and sounds like .
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I riveted some tabs for the cover piece to go on exposed throttle cable .
Had some scraps from the box build on the truck .
Cushman rear brakes . Remove the cotter pin and nut.
The hub will sometimes come off easy .
Pick with Wheel cylinder removed . If you have bolts for the new ones and the the ones on the machine are rusted badly just chisel them off .
Original problem was under the floor pan the debris builds up and rots the brake line going to the rear wheel . You can splice in a new piece to the master cylinder or replace the whole line . I had a real good time trying to free up the bleeders to get the air out after wards . I managed to get them loose with out snapping them off , The bleeders were pretty badly chewed up . I had to get new ones later .
Made a little stand to hold things in place .
Removed cover , chains, check guides etc .( Left side )There is a small collar with a pin through it on the reel shaft against the bearing .
I put a couple of screw drivers in drums so I can get the nut off the drum .Your going to need a long deep socket or make one up by cutting a socket in half and weld a piece of tubing in between . I think they where 1- 1/8 or 1- 1/16 Th .
Starting with #2 because the reel has some end play . I serviced the engine first , plugs, air filter , oil change , fuel stabilizer , oil in cylinder and leave at TDC or BDC so valves are closed clean fuel bowl and run carb dry after shutting valve off . . Spent the rest of the day taking the cutting unit apart . The other 3 units will get regular service and will pull gear case side to check chain and guide wear .
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Last winter I made an area to keep all the saws in one place . I also marked each shelf / drilled holes for spare files and handles / also wrote information for chain size , file size . Keeps it a little more organized and helps the guys from using the wrong file sometimes .
The problem : loader bucket wider than carts .
The fix : Build a hopper that the loader dumps into to narrow it down for the carts saving on over spills into the yard .
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Last machine sold just before the holidays . Just waiting for new gear to come in and we will have some old units to sell again soon .