For several weeks we have been trying to come up with a way to use our CocoMat without running the risk of someone getting an hernia from lifting it. I think we came up with a good alternative.
We have a Toro SandPro that we no longer use which will serve perfectly for this purpose. We replaced the normal knobby tires with "slicks" so there would be no tread to damage the greens surface and removed the spring tine rakes that were on it.
Next we built a frame system out of 3" PVC pipe that we had at the golf course maintenance facility, to which the CocoMat was then secured to using 1/2" bolts and eyebolts.
The CocoMat frame was then secured to the SandPro by chains. It took some time to adjust them and find the right point to place them to get the desired lift for transport and slack for dragging, but we got there.
|Drag mat lifted up for transport|
|Plenty of clearance above the ground for transport|
Here is a video of our mechanic, Steve Bloom, trying out the new drag mat.
This was truly a team effort and that is why I love the guys that work on the golf course maintenance staff at The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay.