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Primo Maxx offers opportunity to save fairway mowing

12.32pm 10th July 2020 - Courses

Greenkeepers and turf advisors can now find out the potential time and cost savings for individual courses using Primo Maxx II to reduce mowing requirements on fairways.

The Primo Maxx Cost Calculator uses a club’s current costs and routine of fairway cutting, to give an instant answer for its potential savings from a reduced frequency of mowing.

An independent survey of management on a range of golf courses revealed the average time taken to mow fairways was 11 man hours for each cut. For courses cutting fairways three times per week, the use of Primo Maxx II to eliminate one cut per week through the season could see potential machinery cost savings of over £3,000 per year, along with more than £5,000 value of labour input – which could be better utilsed for more valuable roles.

The calculator allows users to input their own costs for labour – for operating and machinery maintenance – the cost of fuel, repairs and mower depreciation.

Syngenta Technical Manager, Glenn Kirby, highlighted fairways are the largest areas of playing surface on the golf course, and for many take the greatest amount of labour to cut and manage. 

He said: “The calculator enables club’s to look more closely at techniques to reduce labour or lift turf quality. This allows labour to be redirected to other areas as well as reducing maintenance costs and extending the life of machinery. 

“We have seen from the results of the STRI Lockdown Trial that there is real potential for lower intensity turf management, whilst retaining turf quality and playability,” Kirby reported. “Primo Maxx II is integral to reducing workloads and managing costs.” The STRI trials showed an average 35% reduction in turf growth from the treatment programmes.

Kirby pointed out that using the calculator can demonstrate Primo Maxx II use to reduce mowing will also lower the wear and tear on machines and potentially extend their working life.

“These are hidden costs that are rarely looked at, but can make a significant difference to the financial challenges golf clubs face. At a time when budgets are under pressure, it’s an important exercise to look at the impact of Primo Maxx II, to see how if it can it can help reduce long-term running costs for the club, and help reallocate of labour to higher priority areas whilst maintaining quality,” he added.

“Combined with the depreciation from an average seven-year operating life of fairways mowers, the reduction in mowing by a typical 25% to 33% per week through the growing season offered substantial savings. Experience of greenkeepers who regularly use Primo Maxx II on fairways repeatedly shows that the clean cut and tight sward helps with ball lie and playability. The Primo Maxx Calculator is a really useful tool to assess potential savings and to communicate with the Club for budgets and investment.”

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