Terry Buchen, CGCS, MG, is president of Golf Agronomy International. He’s a 41-year, life member of the GCSAA. He can be reached at 757-561-7777 or terrybuchen@earthlink.net.

Rotary Spreader Transport Mounting

The 2012 Andersons Model 2000 rotary spreader is easily transported on the front bumper framework of a 2014 Club Car Carryall 500 turf vehicle. Two 5-inch long 13mm (1/2-inch) diameter Verti-Drain solid aerifier tines are welded onto the 13-inch, Jacobsen 3400 used bed knife, which are placed on either side of the spreader’s lever rod to protect it, where the bed knife is welded onto the spreader handle’s framework. The two L-shaped 13mm rods are 7 inches long and are bent into a 90-degree angle – which are also welded to the bed knife – that are placed over the turf vehicle’s front bumper ready for transport. The recycled parts were painted a flat black to match the spreader’s paint scheme. The recycled and other materials were in inventory at no cost. It took about 45 minutes to fabricate. Ryan McCulley is the equipment manager at the Westhampton Country Club in Westhampton Beach, Long Island, N.Y. Jay Glover is the superintendent.

Sprayer Storage Box

This Jacobsen DS-175 (175-gallon tank) sprayer applies chemicals to the greens, tees and fairways at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan, where Masaru Shimizu is the manager (chief greenkeeper) of the course administration department. Shimizu will be hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Golf Tournament on the East Course at this 36-hole venue founded in 1929. The two storage boxes use Japanese cypress wood and veneered boards where all the pieces are screwed together that are protected with brown-colored waterproof paint. There is an opening in all four corners for drainage through the bottom. The sprayer did not come equipped with a passenger seat, so the storage boxes slide into place perfectly. Fungicides, fertilizers, hoses, measuring cups and a scale are conveniently stored for the operator’s use. It cost approximately 3,000 Japanese yen ($30) for materials and it took about two hours to build. Yoshinori Ozawa, building management, is the former carpenter who built it.