One of the great features that we are enjoying about the new mowers is the programmable frequency of clip. Frequency of Clip is better explained in this YouTube video Frequency of Clip Animation than I could do.
Over the past several weeks we have been double cutting the greens (mowing the green twice either in different directions or up and back the same pass) to provide the quality putting surface that we need to provide. This week we started adjusting the FOC on the mowers to determine which would be the best operation for us to do, double cut the greens at a particular FOC or single cut at a lower FOC while still getting the same quality of cut and removing the proper desired amount of clippings.
|FOC 0.07 (left) vs. FOC 0.10 (right)|
The photo above shows clippings removed from two greens which are very similar in size, #7 and #18. They were mowed with the same mower and by the same operator the only difference was #7 was double cut, or mowed in two different directions, with the FOC set at 0.10 and #18 was single cut with the FOC set at 0.07.
|FOC 0.07 (front) vs. FOC 0.10 (back)|
The programmable FOC gives us the flexibility to change the amount of grass removed from the greens quickly without having to change gears or sprockets or fittings as we would have to on other models. Saving the additional time and wear and tear on the greens surrounds is another added benefit that is very important to our operation.
We are excited about what other great features we will be able to enjoy with the new mowers and how they will help our guests enjoy the golf course better.