Equipment Backstops

Old full-size wooden pallets are recycled by cutting them to size to keep maintenance equipment from backing into and damaging the equipment storage area walls. This Toro Groundsmaster Series Rotary Mower’s back wheels rest against the pallet that was cut in half to keep the tires and engine bay away from the particle board walls. The pallet sizes vary depending on how much of an extension there is of the equipment’s rear body and wheels from the wall such as turf vehicles with overhanging beds requiring the pallets to be deeper from the walls. The pallets were already in inventory and it took about a minute to cut them to the desired depth. Rob Fisher, superintendent at the Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club in Powell, Ohio, came up with another great idea.

Portable Pump Trailer

Recycled 2002 Toro TransPro 100 Greens Mower Trailer was transformed to carry a Honda 2-inch Trash Pump ($800), with a 15-foot long and 2-inch diameter suction hose and 25-foot long and 2-inch diameter discharge hose. A Barracuda ½-horsepower electric submersible utility pump ($100), with a 25-foot and 1½-inch diameter discharge hose sits atop a recycled wooden storage box with the trash pump stored underneath it. A Sportsman Storage Trunk (plastic, $20) measuring 31 inches by 14 inches by 12 inches is fitted into a custom recyced wooden frame mounted to the trailer’s tongue for additional storage for discharge hoses, fittings and tools. Everything was painted with two coats of Sherwin-Williams Exterior High Gloss with Primer ($30) with painted black colored wheels. It took about five hours to build the woodwork and paint. Fisher keeps his great ideas coming.

Terry Buchen, CGCS, MG, is president of Golf Agronomy International. He’s a 51-year, life member of the GCSAA. He can be reached at 757-561-7777 or