Saturday, May 21, 2011

A Tribute to a Workhorse

The sun is peeking from behind the clouds this morning, and should give us a wonderful start to the Victoria Day long weekend.  I know all of us here at The Saw are excited at the chance to see the sun today, as it appears as though the Greater Camlachie area managed to miss a beautiful day yesterday, as we were under a think blanket of fog off of Lake Huron.

As I have stated over the past week through this blog and twitter, our turf is growing at an incredible rate. In fact, it is growing so fast, we have not had the ability to keep up with keeping it mowed to its normal appearance.  Throw in the fact that we have had a couple of days with heavy rainfalls hindering our ability to cut anything at all, and it leaves us with the problem of having some hay to bale.......

And of course, if it wasn't hard enough to keep up with the rough with our two main rough mowers, we had this happen........

Although a picture like this truly does not show the extent of the damage, what I can tell you, is that this pony has run its final leg. 

After 8 and a half years of service, the Groundsmaster 4500-d, will be laid to rest.  This machine has put in near 4000 hours of service, in some of the toughest operating conditions a mower can handle. Of course, this has been one of the toughest Spring's this machine has ever seen, and unfortunately, it simply could not handle the added stress.  Although tempermental, and at times one of the moodiest machines I have ever run, it certainly fulfilled its purpose. 

It is very unfortunate for us to lose this machine at a time like this; when it is all we can do to stay on top of the quick growing grass.  Fortunately, our friends over at Podolinsky Farm Equipment in Petrolia have generously loaned us a unit to get us through these times.  My hat is off to you Pod's.....thank you!

For the time being, this mower will be a hazard on the course until we can figure out a way to get off of the course.  Fortunately it is in a somewhat out of play area between 16 and 18.

In the meantime, we will keep chugging along, trying to clean up the rough.  Of course, if you have any spare goats laying around, please feel free to bring them out to help with the standing hay......

Of course if you have any questions, you can reach me at


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