Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Links at Brunello 3rd season

Another great season here at the Links at Brunello .
Course just gets better and better ...maturing well .
Great team effort to produce a fine golfing experience .

#9 from the back tee

#16 green 

 The beast will soon be getting her tracks for ski grooming season . Won't be long now .  

My home made wings got a good work out this year . 
Throwing a few of my favorite Twitter Pics . You techs out there if your not on twitter or golftechs your missing out . Lots of reel time help vie Private messaging or open forum .The choice is up to you .  I've asked about grinder issue in the wee hours AM and received help an resolve from another part of the world ! CRAZY!!

This season I committed to grinding units  verses backlapping and front facing bedknives .Light and quick touch up grinds .  With the exception of being in a pinch I'd use the onboard backlap on our 7500s and 2500 units occasionally .

 Yep I made that . Came in very handy . Did you know that there can be up to .010" difference from bench set verses mow position as in picture above . No kidding ! even readjust cut this way to .Once the weights on the bearings it can go from no contact to slight contact . All colors and makes .

Ah yes !!! mister stripy . This guy was leaving a weird line on the tees . Checking for square and found that the drum bearings had let go .  

Had a little boo boo with a major front end rebuild . Came out good as new . Lol my alignment machine . Works great for me so far . 

Vacuum testing the bottom end of a few trimmers to see if they were worth the rebuild . My rule of thumbover 50% of worth it becomes a parts machine .  

 Haven't had a chance to try it but would defiantly work out in a pinch.

Near end of season . fuel treat what ever not going back out and finding nooks and crannies for them . 

I keep my low HOC mowers close and warm . The 5800 will make a home on the heated side of shop for the off season soon . 

 Sneaking a few spring jobs in while waiting for equipment to be done for season . 
No such thing as down time keep thinking of what can get you ahead in this season or next . 

Night cart barn . All disconnected and shut down .See you in the spring . Will have to make notes for better care to the batteries . Carts looked fantastic while getting them ready . Nice job !

Getting a few more customer grinds in . I like Buddies 1600 it has the Kawasaki engine . Nice ! 

 Joel hammered out the coring on the fairways 

It takes the entire team to get it done . These are the cream of the crop voted by their peers for 2017.

 Life is short be kind and understanding to your staff .
Explain and or teach them a better way . Most have no idea about when where why or how when their new to the business . 

Leave the thinning of the heard to your superintendent lol.
 Which I am blessed to know he has my back .
I've been very fortunate to have work at great clubs .

Hope every one winters well 

Will be gearing up and getting ready for our winter wonderland season . 


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

John Deere Park Brake adjustment

Operators manual and service CD have no mention of adjustments that can be made other than pedal neutral so traction pedals don't bind on application . 
One of my operators mentioned that his machine wouldn't hold with the park brake anymore . 
I check the linings and they seemed to have plenty of wear left in them .Checking in the parts book the brakes are only available as an assembly ? Asking the dealer about this they said there is a brake service kit available for $150 dollars CHEAPER ? Guys on the tech site showed the assembly to be 233.XX$ US . So for 143.00 $ Canadian (kit) a side you can rebuild your park brake . Another example of absurd pricing . (This is not a JD thing all colors do it ) so when ordering parts always ask how much no matter what it is . To me this pricing is way out of line and the brake pads should be available.  

After taking a closer look at the brake I could see were an adjustment could be made .

In this area I'm pointing to there are washers and shims for the actuator . Maybe the shims are available because there is a break down of individual parts for purchase .  

Taking a few shims out and replacing it with a washer 

few picks of parts . keep track of how they go back together

First attempt I didn't take shims out and it was snug on disc . Taking 2 a side out did the trick . 

As good as new holds well on slops now . 

Sometimes in this field you have to figure it out yourself . When the park brake pads are worn down to far i'll be resurfacing them myself if the hardware looks good .

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Shop made mulching deck for JD 7400

We currently are running JD 8800 and 7400's . Very pleased with the 8800 but the 7400 cuts good put leaves a lot of clumping grass behind . Oh  "A NOTE OF CAUTION ON THIS UNIT IF YOU HAVE YOUR FOOT ON THE TRACTION AND YOU HIT THE PTO THE MACHINE WILL LAUNCH AT MACH 1 A GOOD 50 FEET .Only GOD CAN HELP YOU IF SOMEONES IN THE WAY OR YOU FACING A POND !!!!! "
I did price up the actual deck mulch kit but found the price a bit steep $$$.$$ for what it was . So I made some from a few old bedknives .

Took a toro bedknife and basically snapped the harden steel off about an 1.5" on both ends . The right side was pretty much a 90 degree angle the other side has a steeper angle . They welded up nicely . 

zip tied the top 

and used the original bedknife bolt hole for the side 

Pretty much the same after cut appearance as our 8800 . 90% improvement around out Tee decks . Tends to drop the clippings on cart path but the pro force Toro blowers will make quick work on the clean up .

Its amazing what you can make from scrapped bedknives !!!!
Cost of material = a little mig wire and an hours time to do all 3 . 
Its a keeper . 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Toro greensmaster 1600 squaring drum to reel and belt adjustment

Some don't see it .But cuts like this can drive me nuts . 

A while back while doing a morning drive around checking cuts I noticed a 4 " area on outside of drum not getting cut ?I did Square the reel to drum to find out later that a drum bearing had let go . 

Bearing replacement was easy and straight forward .

Invest in a bench plate . get the biggest one you can afford . Not used a lot but in this situation is the perfect tool for an accurate job . 

26" mower just fits . I strap the front down to hold reel on 1/4 gauge bar .

Front face of bedknive should contact front of bar as in picture above . We are squaring the actual reel to the rear drum drives .

In this case the adjustments are made on the right hand drum belt side . Remove cover.

Loosen 4 bolts through gear openings . You may need a pry bar to have drum fully seat on bench plate before and during tightening bolts back up . There is a 10 mm spec tolerance  for drum gap . Double check afterwards before reassembling . 

While your already here you might as well check the drum belts . Mine are checked every oil change . Guys that tend to snap them on and off will usually snap the left drum belt . 

Drum belt

Loosen back side of idler gear . By turning the front nut the camber in bolt will adjust the belt . 

Belt should deflect 1/4" at 4 to 5 pounds pressure .

Monday, July 31, 2017

JD TX Park brake adjustment

Park brake adjustment .

if your lever is all the way up and you can't get it to hold you may have to adjust on the caliper.

Back cable adjuster till it's completely loose .

 Go to the rear caliper (also check pads are in spec before proceeding )
remove nut and helper spring.

Turn the actuator in the direction that brakes are applied till it stops . Reinstall arm back to the closet position towards rear of machine . Reinstall nut and spring 

Go back to brake lever adjuster and adjust till it just contacts on first click . Wheels should lock up good by the 3rd click .

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Back up ball picker

Part of our job is problem solving . Last season we had an issue with the ball picker (primary old fairway unit ) of course its during the time I'm off for a my 4 day long week end vacation with my kids and grandkids .
The cart staff have an MDX to transport range balls . Last winter during ball picker service I ordered extra mounts to install on machine . This way if I'm not round they can drop the wings on the 5 gang picker and use the MDX .

It was an older machine and came with a push bar already so install was quick and easy . We wanted it to be safe for the staff to use on the range so was asked to build a cage for it too . 
This way the range didn't have to close for picking .

Welding up some sturdy mounts to build on .  

Fair amount of work to get it to this point .

Now with a solid level base it was easy to weld the rest in place . 

Lots of pics at different stages . My answer to the tailgate falling open (bumpy ride) dumping a load of range ball issue .

Filling in with 3/4 mesh .

Left a large window opening .

Built a flip up cage for when its not needed . It makes your eye go pretty buggy if you don't .

Heavy duty straps hold it in easily

Made a bracket for front screen to flip onto to keep it from bouncing around .
Save a few dollars with a plywood roof and also keeps the sun off them .

Shown here almost done . Only a removable door left and filling in a few gaps . Turned out great . Staff really like it