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 43 August 2017 // UTILITY VEHICLES ARE TRULY the Swiss Army knives of any commercial fl eet, covering duties ranging from hauling tools, ma- terials and people, to plowing snow or maintaining properties with sprayer and spreader attachments. Our focus is to create vehicles that are as fl exible as possible so they can be adapted to whatever job is at hand, while maximizing crew safety, comfort and ease of operation. — Tom Mielke, utility vehicle product manager, Cub Cadet PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPERS ARE DISCOVERING the advanced functionality that UTVs offer. As landscapers expand their business offerings, the need to effi ciently mobilize equipment has increased. UTVs, such as the Cushman lineup, are moving away from the "one-size-fi ts-all" model and are allowing users to custom- ize their vehicles to fi t specifi c needs. New UTVs come with extensive accessory options to help workers transport trimmers and edgers, leaf blowers, hoses and bags of fertilizer — all while towing a mower from point A to point B. Companies are increasing the capacity of cargo beds, and offering hydraulic power bed options to make hauling mulch or dirt easier and safer for the land- scaper. And, unlike a truck, UTVs are more nimble and lighter weight, enabling operators to move heavy loads to a variety of places with less potential damage to the grounds that they work hard to maintain. Landscapers are seeing greater ROI on UTV purchases due to increased productivity. The cost savings that UTVs deliver are also being seen from improved vehicle mileage. Manufacturers are rolling out effi cient gas or electric models. Our Hauler PRO has an im- pressive 50-mile range and a quiet, powerful 72-volt AC drivetrain, resulting in stamina that few gas vehicles can match. Cushman is seeing a growing demand for improved ride quality, passenger comfort and safety. Larger space in the operator area, for example, allows crews to enter and exit the vehicle more easily. So, not only is the functionality of the UTV increased, but the ride is safer and more enjoyable. — Raven Honsaker, director of product strategy and development for Textron Specialized Vehicles (Cushman) UTILITY VEHICLES ARE A POPULAR OPTION in the land- scape market, allowing professional landscapers to use machines to tackle a variety of tasks throughout the day. From moving crews, tools and materials to using machines to perform jobs such as salt spreading, spraying fertilizer or snow removal using a front blade, utility vehicles provide landscape contractors with a productive and effi cient tool. We are seeing more and more landscapers diversifying their businesses, taking on new jobs to increase revenue throughout the year. The utility vehicle market has continued to shift to keep up with the changes and provide customers with the tools they need to complete jobs. From offering new features to improve occupant comfort or machine performance to introducing new attachments that offer additional capabilities to operators, we are constantly striv- ing to keep up with the changing market. — Mark Davey, marketing manager, Gator utility vehicles, John Deere Photo provided by Kubota

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