Don't cheat - no scrolling down! Have a look at the first photo and see if you can guess what we are working on this week. (Click on the photo to zoom in.)
If you guessed that we are doing winter maintenance on our fairway mowers then you are correct! Above, you see the parts for an individual cutting unit waiting for new bearings and reassembly.
The second and third photos are of a completed cutting unit. Above you will see the mower as it would appear mowing a fairway. Below, we took a photo of the bottom of the mower where the turf is cut.
Each year we must replace all the bearings in each cutting unit. When the bearings become worn we are unable to attain precise quality and height of cut.
We have three fairway mowers and each has five cutting units. Each cutting unit has 10 bearings that must be replaced. Above, technician John Phillips is replacing the bearings and seals in a roller. Below, the fairway units are lined up in various stages of service. These mowers are expensive and the parts are as well. Each mower will require more than $1700 in parts and fluids.