Those of you familiar with the 1999 film “Office Space” can recall the infamous “Jump to Conclusions” mat. The mat was the brilliant idea of Tom Smykowski, the disgruntled and paranoid Initech employee. Tom came up with his own invention after being inspired by the creator of the pet rock. After all, that guy made like a million dollars.
The GCSAA trade show is a great place to see the latest and greatest in turf equipment and tools. And while there were many new products, some of the best inventions come from turf managers themselves. Inventions can be as simple as improving an existing product through modification. For example, a Superintendent in California modified his Buffalo blower in order to create a misting system which he could use to syringe greens. The full article with a list of the parts used for the modification can be read here.
I want to hear about your best invention or tool/equipment modification. Images with a description can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments are also welcome.