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New Toro Rake-O-Vac vacuum rake at RiverClub!

New Toro vacuum rake (Rake-O-Vac) beggars beleaf collects circa 100m³ of leaves per day at River Club.

The new Toro Rake-O-Vac vacuum rake is raking in compliments from all and sundry! Recently delivered to the prestigious River Club Golf Club in Sandton, Gauteng, it has, according to course manager Frikkie Potgieter “made a huge difference to the cleanliness of the course.

With the new Toro Rake-O-Vac at River Club golf club (l-r) Lucky Phago (Greenkeeper), Stephen Mangold (Toro National Sales Manager), Lionel van Wyk (Workshop Manager), and Frikkie Potgieter (Course Manager)
With the new Toro Rake-O-Vac at River Club golf club (l-r) Lucky Phago (Greenkeeper), Stephen Mangold (Toro National Sales Manager), Lionel van Wyk (Workshop Manager), and Frikkie Potgieter (Course Manager)

At this time of the year especially we have a problem with leaves as we have so many trees on the course. The Rake-O-vac easily collects 20 – 30 loads of leaves and other debris per day and the difference it makes to the condition of the course is huge,” he says.

Toro’s national sales manager, Smith Power Equipment’s (SPE) Stephen Mangold says that this is one of the most efficient vacuum rake machines ever produced by Toro. “Importantly this model is not PTO-powered. It has its own 23hp engine that gives it plenty of power to clean debris from the most difficult ground conditions. It also runs more quietly and smoothly than its predecessors,” he says.

Rake-o-vac Toro Engine Drive Rake
Rake-o-vac Toro Engine Drive Rake

He adds that the Toro Rake-O-Vac has more than 500 brushes and these, in conjunction with its spring-loaded flex tip reel, provides exceptional sweeping performance especially with leaves and even difficult to handle pine needles.

The Toro Rake-O-Vac’s large 3.63m³ hopper provides plenty of capacity for cleaning up large areas like golf courses, parks and estates. “In spite of this its design is compact and it is manoeuvrable enough to pick up debris from even the tightest of spaces,” Mangold says.

One of the most important features of this machine is its rugged impeller fan which pulverises the leaves and debris saving space in the hopper. “Importantly the airflow in the hopper minimises dust by directing it back to the ground thus not creating any disturbance for golfers, adjacent houses or anything else,” Mangold says.

Toro Rake-o-vac works best with Kubota
Toro Rake-o-vac works best with Kubota

Potgieter says that the Toro Rake-O-Vac is an important addition to River Club’s Toro fleet. “River Club is one of the finest golf courses in the country and for this it owes a lot to the Toro team and their equipment,” he says.

Stephen Mangold has long been part of the Smith Turf team, and his experience in the turf business and specifically the golf industry goes back to 1970. He talks toGolf Industry SA.
Stephen Mangold has long been part of the Smith Turf team, and his experience in the turf business and specifically the golf industry goes back to 1970.

In the 21 years that Mangold has worked with River Club they have used nothing but Toro equipment. “We deeply value our relationship with this great club and look forward to many years of mutually beneficial business,” Mangold concluded.

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This article was featured in the Landscape SA – July Aug 2017.

Contact Stephan Mangold on email: stephen@smithpower.co.za or 082 882 6935 or 011 284 2000.

For more information please contact Smith Power Equipment on 011 284 2000.