St Andrews, Scotland: St Andrews Links has strengthened its partnership with Toro by bringing in two of the brand’s all-new all-electric eTriFlex 3370 greensmowers, and a further six eTriFlex 3360 hybrid greensmowers.
Of the machines which arrived in July, St Andrews Links’ Director of Greenkeeping Sandy Reid said: “Toro’s new eTriFlex machines, now being used on the Old Course, have again pushed the boundaries and are, in my opinion, unrivalled. The quality of cut is as to be expected from Toro, outstanding, whilst their ability to follow the contours and intricate shapes with consummate ease is breathtaking.
“They are an operator’s dream to use and maintain, and by using electric motors instead of hydraulic components, it gives us the ultimate peace of mind. Our environmental impact has also been reduced through fuel and oil savings whilst there is virtually no noise pollution whatsoever.”
It wasn’t just the machines’ environmental credentials that appealed to Reid. “We were due to change our fleet but decided to upgrade the model due to the innovation and environmental impact of these new mowers. But this was only part of it. Advancement in how the computer controls cut quality and machine manoeuvrability, no hydraulic oil leaks and noise reduction were all factors that were just as important to us,” he added.
With the industry’s first lithium-ion battery powered ride-on greensmower and a ream of patented or patent-pending features bringing a host of benefits and solutions for greenkeepers, the eTriFlex 3370 incorporates features that will revolutionise the market, says Toro, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Toro’s innovation in this machine brings game-changing benefits to the industry. As the quietest ride-on greensmower, greenkeepers can hear the wildlife while working for the first time. Messy maintenance is no more and the combination of Toro’s ‘radius dependent speed system’ and ‘lift-in-turn’ cutting unit levelling feature virtually eliminates ‘Triplex-Ring’.
The machines were supplied by Reesink UK, the sole Toro distributor in the UK for golf and sports fields equipment and irrigation products.
Managing Director David Cole said: “The eTriFlex series sets a new industry standard for what all-electric and hybrid greensmowers should be, so it is no surprise that the ‘Home of Golf’ has embraced the latest technical innovation.”
Toro has been St Andrews Links’ preferred provider for more than 18 years, and through the current partnership will be used to maintain all seven courses for years to come.
Reid said: “The Toro Company has always led the way in technology, research and innovation regarding golf course machinery. Over many years we have been fortunate to use the very best of equipment for maintaining the Links at St Andrews through our partnership with them.”