Irrigation Technician’s Vehicle

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April 10, 2017
Terry Buchen

This 2010 Toro 3300D Workman has a hydraulic dump bed. The irrigation pipe rack ($30) measures 6 feet by 4 feet using 1 ½-inch by 1 ½-inch tubular steel that is held in place in the stake pockets. A used cab is placed over the top of the operator’s head for portions of the 20-foot sections of PVC pipe to rest on, which are held in place with bungee cords or tie-downs. The tool boxes ($100) on either side were acquired at Tractor Supply are held in place with bolts drilled into the bed rail and they hold power tools, hand tools, a variety of pipe fittings and spare irrigation head parts. Two short 8-inch diameter PVC pipes are mounted to the pipe rack for transporting shovels, valve keys, hand tools and rakes. Brake lights came standard and Napa brand flashers ($20) were added. A 100 inverter ($80) was installed in the cab for an electric sump pump and to charge the batteries for power tools. It took about five hours to put together.

Robert Smith is the equipment manager at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Matt Shaffer is the retiring director of golf course operations and Paul B. Latshaw, CGCS, has taken his place.




Trash Pump Trailer

Three types of square tubing bar stock were used to build the trailer. The tongue is 30 inches long and the tires and rims were from an old Toro triplex greens mower – a 5/8-inch diameter rod was used for the axle. The trailer is 50 inches by 14 ½ inches, with the expanded 1-inch wire mesh floor measures 14 ½ inches by 22 inches.

The box measures 18 inches long by 8 inches wide by 10 inches high. It is made from sheet metal and it stores the collapsible discharge hose. The green-colored suction hose hangs on 1-inch square tubing. The trash pump is bolted in place. It was purchased used from United Rentals and all the trailer materials were welded together. It took about six hours to piece together and build from recycled parts and materials. Brad Twidwell, superintendent, at the Cape Girardeau (Mo.) Country Club is creative in his many equipment ideas.