The company’s grant for the Environmental Institute for Golf will help further turfgrass research at local universities. Toro has also upgraded its GreensPro® greens roller with the all-new GreensPro 1240, and introduced the new 100-inch cutting deck as an option for the popular Groundsmaster® 360 mower models.
The Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) has received a $50,000 grant from The Toro Foundation to continue its support of Rounds 4 Research and help further turfgrass research at local universities. Toro donated $50,000 to the EIFG’s Rounds 4 Research in 2013 as well.
Rounds 4 Research is a program designed to address a critical shortage in turfgrass research funding by auctioning donated rounds of golf online. It is administered by the EIFG and presented in partnership with Toro. The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). A majority of the proceeds are distributed to participating GCSAA chapters and turfgrass foundations to fund turfgrass research at local universities.
“Toro continues to validate the importance of research with this second substantial commitment to Rounds 4 Research,” said EIFG CEO Rhett Evans. “Thanks in large part to Toro, Rounds 4 Research allows GCSAA chapters and turfgrass foundations to participate as fundraising partners and direct the proceeds to specific projects that will have the most significant impact in their local areas.”
Since launching in July 2012, Rounds 4 Research has raised nearly $175,000 for turfgrass research. The next auctions are June 9-22 and August 1-10, 2014.
In other Toro news, the company has upgraded its GreensPro® greens roller with the all-new GreensPro 1240. This new model features a number of operator-friendly enhancements and improved mechanical components, making it simple to use and durable.
The GreensPro’s independent, articulating smoothing heads follow undulations, preserving natural contours on the green while delivering a perfectly smooth putting surface. Unlike any other roller available, the smoothing heads overlap, providing consistent roll across the swath of the machine. The smoothing rollers are split so each end can rotate independently to avoid scuffing the turf while turning.
The GreensPro 1240 features dual-direction seat adjustment and tilt steering to fit most any operator. The new transport system features a QuickLatch coupler, making transportation from green to green quick and simple.
“Golf courses are often measured by the quality of their greens,” said Jeremy Opsahl, cultivation and specialty products marketing manager at Toro. “The GreensPro 1240 is the perfect tool to quickly create the smooth, fast putting surfaces golfers desire, while preserving the green’s natural contours.”
The Toro Company also announced the availability of a brand-new 100-inch cutting deck as an option for the popular Groundsmaster® 360 mower models. Launched in 2010, the Toro Groundsmaster 360 maximizes productivity by combining the agility of a zero-turn riding mower with the flexibility of an out-front rotary mower.
Using Quad Steer all-wheel steering, with the added control of a steering wheel, the Groundsmaster 360 offers unprecedented maneuverability and versatility unlike any other rotary mower. Designed with large-area mowing in mind, the Groundsmaster 360 with the 100-inch cutting deck provides a versatile solution for both wide-area mowing and trimming in one machine.
The three-section deck incorporates two side wing decks that articulate up and down, up to 15 degrees, to follow contours of the terrain, making quick work of any mowing job. The wing decks raise for transport, allowing the mower to fit easily onto trailers. The center deck is 51 inches wide with each wing deck 25 inches wide.
Powered by a 36 hp Kubota® 1505 4-cylinder diesel engine, the Groundsmaster 360 comes in either 2WD or 4WD models to go places (subject to slope limitations) inaccessible to most other large-area riding mowers.
“The 100-inch cutting deck will simply save crews time and money,” said Kevin Conry, senior marketing manager for Groundsmaster rotaries. “In addition to this new deck, Toro also offers a Pro Force debris blower and several different snow removal attachments that mount to the front of the machine with Toro’s patented Quick Attach System, giving an unprecedented level of versatility and year-round functionality to the Groundsmaster 360.”
The 100-inch cutting deck will be available in April 2014.
For more information on the GreensPro 1240, Groundsmaster 360 with 100-inch cutting deck, or for other Toro machines and products, visit www.toro.com. To learn more about Toro, or to find your local Toro distributor, visit www.toro.com/locator.