August 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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www.spor 42 // August 2017 Utility task vehicles (UTV) and turf work ST: How are industry professionals using UTVs? And how has the UTV market changed to better fi t their needs? WE BELIEVE THAT THE LANDSCAPE INDUSTRY is con- tinuing to diversify in how they use their UTVs. We see a large number looking for lighter-duty UTVs, often with turf tires, to han- dle simple jobs. They are looking to step up from a small, electric, golf-cart-type of UTV without spending the money for a high-end, fast UTV. At American LandMaster, we market the LS350 to this market. We also see the industry utilizing a higher-end 4-wheel- drive vehicle for larger projects. Typically this is a 600cc or higher engine. The vehicles typically have 4- wheel drive with locking dif- ferentials to create all the power and traction needed. At American LandMaster, we market our LS550 and LS670 to this demographic. — Eric Hall, marketing director, American LandMaster LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS ARE UTILIZING utility ve- hicles to effi ciently transport passengers, supplies and tools to and from the jobsite. These machines help them get to their work more quickly than ever before, and are economical to run and operate. Generally, professionals are spending more time in their ma- chines, so manufactures like Bobcat Company have added com- fort features such as improved visibility, ergonomic controls, easier entry/exit and comfortable seating. Some utility vehicles can now be confi gured with factory-installed cab heat and air conditioning for added comfort. Advancements in drivetrain technology has also led to many manufacturers producing more versatile utility vehicles with larger payload and towing capacities, as well as higher power and performance. Utility vehicles are also fl exible in terms of where they can go. For instance, Bobcat utility vehicles have three drive mode selection options turf mode, two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive to match varying ground conditions. In turf mode, each wheel spins independently, allowing for minimal ground disturbance on turf, pavement and other hard-packed surfaces. Two-wheel drive allows both rear wheels to receive equal torque and spin for added traction on gravel roads, soggy trails and soft pasture. Four-wheel drive allows the machine to easily navigate in shallow streams, travel in snow-covered paths and pull trailers. — Chris Austinson, utility vehicle product specialist, Bobcat Company Photo provided by John Deere

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