When it comes to the maintenance, we cannot compare a typical lawn or park with a golf course. Whether it is about area size or perfection in work, golf courses require more attention as compared to any other turf. This is not just about turf maintenance but also the overall look of around 70 hectares of land. No other sport occupies such a huge land mass. Therefore, high maintenance cost is also one of the reasons why golf is so expensive. Just for turf maintenance, you need around 7-8 different types of equipment. Mower is of course the most important equipment but you cannot choose any random model because of the following requirements:-
- High precision in cutting grass
- Adequate comfort for user
- Powerful engine to work faster
- Feasible design to serve multiple purposes
In order to get all these features, you have to invest in more than one mower. For different types of areas including tee box, fairway, greens, rough and hazards, two kinds of mowing equipment are necessary i.e.
- Reel mower
- Rotary mower
Let’s elaborate on both of these equipment in detail.
Reel mower is the most commonly available equipment we can see at homes and lawns. The basic version of the mower is manually operated and capable of handling domestic tasks. A set of blades is equipped in front of a reel mower that revolve horizontally for trimming grass. As we move the mower forward, blades cut down the tips of grass according to your pre specified height.
The advanced versions of reel mowers are specifically designed for areas of golf course where you need high precision. Instead of manual operation, a powerful engine is equipped to work faster with multiple sets of blades. The largest real movers are available with up to 11 sets of different reels. However, the options of customising them in 3, 5,7 and 9 numbers are also available.
Each reel comes with 7, 9 or 11 sets of blades. We need golf course mowers with reel blades for working in areas like tee box and fairway. They can work efficiently at the lowest possible profile but consume a lot of time. Also, there is a high risk of getting damaged due to small pebbles in the ground. Therefore, we cannot use a reel mower everywhere.
Where reel mowers can’t work feasibly, rotary mowers can serve the purpose. Unlike the reel mower model, this kind of mower comes with blades that work like a chopper. Exactly opposite to the reel blades, rotary blades work vertically. You can equip multiple rotary blades at a time to occupy the maximum possible area. These golf mowers work faster than reel blades but cannot give you results as satisfactory as reel mowers. You cannot trim grass from low height with these blades otherwise they damage the roots. However, the models are perfectly suitable for areas like roughs and greens. They work faster and are also more durable.
While searching for golf course mowers, make sure that you have enough budget to buy both of these models.
Honda Will Return To Formula 1 as An Aston Martin Engine Supplier 2026.
Honda will return to Formula 1 in a formal role from 2026 as an engine supplier to Aston Martin. Aston Martin team. The company officially quit F1 in the year 2021; however, its engines are utilized by both Red Bull teams and are known as Hondas by 2023.
Honda announced on Wednesday that the F1’s goal of reaching carbon neutrality in 2030 had been a “key factor” behind its decision to return to F1 officially.
The new rules in 2026 are expected to enhance the electrical efficiency of F1 engines.
The body governing the sport, the FIA, requires the mark to use biodegradable synthetic fuels simultaneously.
Honda Racing Corporation president Koji Watanabe has stated: “In pursuit of its aim of achieving carbon neutrality before 2030, beginning in 2026, the FIA will require to use 100percent carbon neutral fuel, and electric power will increase dramatically by 3x the amount of the regulations currently in place.
“With this massive increase in power generated by electricity, it is clear that the most critical factor in winning in F1 is a small, powerful, light and efficient motor that has a battery with high performance that can be swiftly managing the power of a high output and energy management technology.
“We believe this know-how gained from this new challenge has the potential to be applied directly to a future mass-production electric vehicle.”
What’s the reason behind Honda’s shift in strategy?
F1 has used hybrid engines since 2014. However, the new regulations will result in significant changes to their layout.
Most significant is the elimination of the MGU-H element of the hybrid system, which recuperates energy from the turbo. It also increases a substantial percentage of hybrid power that is included in the engine’s power output.
Watanabe told reporters: “Currently, the electrical energy is 20% or less compared to the internal combustion engine.
“But the new regulations require about 50% or more electrification, which moves even further toward electrification, and the technology for electrification will be helpful for us in producing vehicles in the future.
Carbon-neutral fuels, as well as their integration in the engine, the engineer said, “match with Honda’s direction.”
Watanabe stated that expanding the F1 cost cap to engine covers was also an element in his decision, as it would have made “long-term and continuous participation in F1 easier”.