A range of specialist tools are available from John Deere to aid management of fine turf. These tools can be ordered in a convenient storage box as a full set.
These are the tools that are included in the Golf tool set, all of them can also be ordered separately using the part numbers shown:
Accu-Gage is a precision measuring instrument for making highly accurate height-of-cut adjustments on greens mowers or other precision mowers. By incorporating a dial or digital indicator with the unique adjusting bar, highly accurate measurements can be made at the cutting edge of the bedknife (to 0.01 mm), virtually eliminating operator error in both setting of the adjustment bar and the mower.
The analogue Accu-Gage can be zeroed by rotating the dial – full instructions how to do this are provided.
The Accu-Gage Digital can be switched between imperial and metric units using a button on the front of the gauge. There is also a button to zero the gauge and one for on/off. As illustrated in the picture to the left, a magnet holds the tool to the bedknife, making it even more convenient to make adjustments. Nevertheless, it is not recommended to rely on the magnet like this – much better to have the unit upside down on a bench! Battery life for the guage is around 12 months, depending on the amount of use. A spare battery (type CR2032) is included.
The Accu-Gage is packed in a solid, lockable carrying case.
After setting the base bar across the rollers of your mower, simply depress the indicator rod on the gauge and hook the button on the bedknife. The exact height of cut can then be measured on the display.measured on the display.
Groomer-Gage is a precision measuring instrument for accurately setting the desired grooming depth of the groomer.
In addition, the Groomer-Gage will protect the driveline of your groomers from overload caused by setting the groomers too deep. Groomer discs are not manufactured to the same high tolerance as the cutting cylinder and significant high spots can exist on the bank of discs. This high spot then translates to the deepest grooming depth. If this is not allowed for when setting up the groomers the driveline will be overloaded when in work – this will significantly reduce the service life of the driveline. The Groomer-Gage is packed in a solid, lockable carrying case.
Feeler gauges are used to accurately set the cutting cylinder to bedknife clearance on cylinder mowers. This adjustment is vital to ensure a good quality of cut. Also, if the two parts are set too close then they will make contact, leading to rapid wear of the bedknife and cutting cylinder and overloading the drive system. These special feeler gauges can help prevent injury to the operator. The feeler gauges are 30cm long, so hands and fingers can be kept away from cutting surfaces. The length also aids access for hard to reach places. Two thicknesses of feeler gauge are available – 0.001” and 0.002” – to help operators adjust John Deere cutting cylinders as recommended in the operator’s manual.
This kit contains two tools to help the professional greenkeeper accurately measure the height of grass. Details about the tools and how to use them are provided below.
TurfChek Ι incorporates a prism to observe the grass height on a flat surface such as a green. The true cutting height of different mowers (and different units on a triple) can be measured. Applications of nutrients, temperature changes and precipitation can be observed and grass height measured for rate of growth. It is mainly used to evaluate greens mower cutting performance to find the difference between the bench height and the actual cutting height. Due to its magnification the prism can also be used to check the quality of cut, for example if the mower is ripping the grass as opposed to cutting.
TurfChek ΙΙ provides a quick and simple way to measure the length of cut and the consistency of cut for longer areas of grass.
The tool has two extended points and four saw tooth sections on the active side. Force the two extended points in to the ground until the four saw tooth sections are touching the soil surface. The blunt end of the saw tooth design forms the base line of the measurement scale. They make contact with the lowest level of thatch. The scale is shown in both metric and imperial. This is a simple tool to use which can help you to maintain the height of cut on a day to day basis.