Recycled used Toro 5410 bedknives were used by first “taking” them together and then permanently welding them in place. 3/8-inch by 3-inch bolts were welded into the screw holes. The rack was bolted to two 1-inch by 6-inch boards that were attached to the metal wall studs with 1.5-inch self-tappers. The used bedknife in the center was added for support. The rack dimensions are 22 inches wide by 26 inches tall and the new bedknives can be hung or placed horizontally on the bolts. Bob Pruneau, equipment manager, at The Links at Brunello in Timberlea, Nova Scotia, Canada, designed and built the rack. Chris Wallace is the superintendent. It took about a half-hour to build, and the parts and supplies were in inventory.
“Frankie,” as he is affectionately known, was one of many Lesco Oscillating Fans used at the Carolina Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C., when Matthew Wharton, CGCS, MG, took over in 2005. All of the fans were replaced with 50-inch Turf Breeze Fans except for one. Kenneth Bailey, Jr., former equipment manager, took the one remaining Lesco Fan in 2010-11 and installed a new hardwired oscillating motor, cut down the mounting pole to a manageable size, welded some angle iron at the base and bolted it to an old Smithco Green’s Mower Trailer left over from days gone by. Bailey then used green-colored paint supplied by Turf Breeze so it matched all of the other fans. “Frankie” is used during high humidity on certain greens that have microclimates. It is powered by a North Star 2700 PG Portable Generator on the other end of a green from where the Turf Breeze Fans are mounted. The parts cost about $150 and the labor time was just under two hours.