January 2018

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 51 January 2018 // With a product so simple that a novice operator can use it, the Outcross has addressed many end users' concerns regarding ease of use. For example, the Outcross features parameters that can be confi gurated by the manager so operators of all skill levels are able to complete complex tasks with ease. Turf managers can set and save the parameters of each attachment the way they like it and never have to worry about it again. Multiple modes of operation are available to give fl exibility depending on the attachment. Meanwhile, the hydrostatic drive system's automatic shifting keeps the learning curve low. The new machine even offers remote control functionality allowing the operator to dismount and use the remote to position the machine and adjust the three-point hitch to connect with different implements and attachments from an ideal vantage point. According to Turnbull, "the simple controls of the Outcross mean less time training and more time doing." This translates to increased productivity when it really matters. Turf friendly One of the most important features of the Outcross for our professional customers was that it needed to be gentle on turf. Tractors have historically been very unforgiving on turfgrass, potentially negating all the TLC that grounds managers put into their fi elds daily. Toro's answer is a balanced chassis with four-wheel steering functionality in conjunction with four-wheel drive. All four wheels turn and spin individually at a rate determined by the machine's ground speed and angle of turn. This helps reduce the over or under-spinning and scuffi ng that can occur with traditional machines. The Outcross is compatible with third- party attachments as well as most Toro proprietary attachments. Other key specifi cations of the Outcross include an optional cargo bed with capacity in excess of two tons and the capacity to lift a fully loaded pallet of fertilizer with the loader. Additionally, the second seat means that transporting work crew, tools and material can happen effi ciently in one trip, with one machine. In terms of power, the Outcross is driven by a 60-hp Yanmar Tier 4 Final diesel engine and can reach transport speeds over 20 mph on- and off-road. Another participant at the SF&G Forum in Bloomington, Scott Stevens, CEFP, CSFM, MBA, sports turf manager at Elon University in North Carolina noted the real value for his operation would be the versatility of the Outcross. "When we fi rst saw 'Project Delta' a lot of members in my group were questioning what it was: a compact tractor? A utility vehicle? This new revolutionary machine, the Outcross as it has now come to be known, combines both compact tractor and utility vehicle. Sports turf complexes no longer need to purchase both different types of equipment with this do-it-all machine. You can attach all sorts of implements that you would normally need to use with a tractor, yet still use this like a utility vehicle with cargo bed and dual seats. The Outcross is truly quite versatile." Maximum versatility and year-round functionality was important to Toro from the early stages of product development. According to Bergsten, the current iteration of the Outcross has stayed true to the initial vision of the machine. "Since the beginning, we've wanted to create a machine that brings a new level of ease, versatility, and effi ciency to turf maintenance operations, and we believe we've done that with the Outcross," he said. "When you boil it all down, turf managers everywhere are being asked to do more with less and this is the tool to help them do that." /ST/

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