Monday, June 15, 2015

Fairway Dew drag rack

Recently we had our fairway dew drag system fail . Chris gave the go ahead to see what I can come up with . Had to be gender friendly so anyone could go out and dew drag the fairways . 
Cut pieces of 1.5 tube stock . I went with 20 Ft. length in total.. 


Laid out the center section on scissor lift . I wound up cutting the hitch shaft at a 30 degree angle offset  to get it higher off the ground . 


  


Welding up brackets and home made hinges to get a trial version made for tomorrow .


There is a nice square tube mid section to run the square stock through on the TX running chains midway out to pull frame for support . The mid bar can stay on the gator . I'm using pins to hold them on the gator end ,on the pull bar the chains are  welded on . 


 Fold up. ....pin in.....throw the rope in the back and drive to the next fairway or across the bridges .Added some end caps incase they drag in a few areas on the course.



Tried it out knocking some clumps down . Worked pretty well . The true test will be tomorrow .Lots of factors to deal with , I'm sure there will be a dew drag rack 1.1 soon . LOL. A good starting point .


Home made  hinge


The plate dead centre of picture I added to offset the force on the bar while it's pulling .I will take the pressure off the hinge .




Chain directly welded to pull frame


Just wrapped the rope over the end and zip tied it then capped it with 3" elbows we had from irrigation stock .


Chain from pull bar is pined to mid framing of the TX gator . Convenient hole for the bar to go through .











After the first time out I also added these plate to keep it from rocking back and forth in transit .







Ready for paint .


Another picture of mid frame pin .




Looks pretty good all done .






















Officially Day 1 here at The Links at Brunello . The crew are doing a great  job staying ahead of play for their morning duties . A bit of a learning curve having had the course to them selves for so long .

Quit a few weeks running it and made a few alterations .Running strong a few dings and bends ,,,but still goes out daily now with no issues .

Also Made Golf Course  Industry Magazine .

Sweet !!!!

Check out Travels with Terry in This months Golf Course Industry Magazine .

http://www.golfcourseindustry.com/digital/201509/index.html 
http://www.golfcourseindustry.com/article/gci0915-golf-course-equipment-ideas-sept
 

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