Globetrotting consulting agronomist Terry Buchen visits many golf courses annually with his digital camera in hand. He shares helpful ideas relating to maintenance equipment from the golf course superintendents he visits — as well as a few ideas of his own — with timely photos and captions that explore the changing world of golf course management.


Modified Sprayer

This 2010 Toro Multi Pro 1250 Spray Pro was donated to the River Bend Golf Club in Ormond Beach, Florida, and was turned into a flatbed hauler. The sprayer tank, booms and control wiring system were removed, the battery tray relocated, the angle iron cut to length, the uprights and stringers mig-welded, the plywood cut to fit and secured with hardware. It hauls fertilizer and grass seed bags with ease. It cost about $100 for materials and took about eight hours total labor time. Scott Fabulich, golf course superintendent, and Steve Michalowski, equipment manager, showed off their many talents.

Custom Trailer

This lightweight and sturdy trailer’s axles, wheels and tires were acquired from Northern Tool. The majority of the framework is built using 1½-inch square tubing with 2-inch by 4-inch square tubing at each end, all welded together. The floor, side boards, tailgate and shelf use ½-inch thick marine grade plywood screwed together in place. The hitch is made from 4-inch by 4-inch square tubing, with a telescoping jack stand with a conventional trailer ball hitch, hooked-up to a Kawasaki Mule 610 4WD vehicle. The five 6-inch diameter PVC vertical pipes are secured to the tubing with screws and they hold plenty of hand and pruning tools. Round metal rings are welded to each side so bungee cords can hold things in place. The shelf holds bathroom cleaning agents and irrigation parts and supplies. The Rubbermaid trash cans empty trash from the swimming pool and other recreational areas. The material and parts list includes: two 60-inch pieces of 2-inch iron for left and right sides, two 48-inch pieces of 2-inch angle iron for bottom brackets, four 14-inch pieces of 2-inch angle for upright posts, one 4-inch by 8-inch and ¾-inch thick marine grade plywood, and eight ¼-inch by 20 bolts and nuts. I spotted this custom-built trailer last summer in a housing community while visiting McCall, Idaho.

Terry Buchen, CGCS, MG, is president of Golf Agronomy International. He’s a 51-year, life member of the GCSAA. He can be reached at 757-561-7777 or