Friday, February 26, 2016

Equipment Manager's Utility Vehicle

With less than ideal conditions outside this winter, we have focused on refurbishing several pieces of equipment while working inside.  One of the more exciting projects has been repurposing an older utility vehicle into a multi purpose vehicle dedicated for use with our Equipment Manager, Aaron Brown.

We started out with an older John Deere ProGator utility vehicle and stripped it down to its frame.  As a testament to the quality of this machine, very little work was needed to the frame or any of the major mechanical components.  Most of the work that was necessary was cosmetic in addition to some small repairs.
Stripping the ProGator

ProGator stripped down to make repairs.

To improve the vehicle, we sprayed a polyurethane bed liner on the floor board, bumper, and the bed.  This material is very durable and better than the paint that originally came on the machine.  We also removed all the cowlings and made some minor repairs due to some cracks.  After the repairs, we painted the entire vehicle.

Drilling a new support for one of the cowlings.

Putting the newly painted and repaired cowling back on the machine.

After paint, we added new seats and applied new decals.  Additionally, we built a custom bumper to mount a 10,000 lb. winch which will be used to pull out equipment that gets stuck.  We also, added a generator, air compressor and retractable hose, welder, tool box, and a removable vise.

The new machine is equipped with a portable welder.

The new machine is also equipped with a generator and air compressor.
Dedicated course vehicle for HFCC Equipment Manager, Aaron Brown.
The new vehicle will be used to make minor repairs to equipment in the field and for small construction projects where a generator and air compressor are necessary.  It was important that we made this machine look as new and as professional as possible so that it would represent the Club in the best manner possible. This vehicle will serve Highlands Falls for many years to come and at a fraction of the cost of a new one. 

New bumper with 10,000 lb. winch.

The finished product.

The finished product.