Denver Golf Reduces Fuel Consumption and Pollution with New Fleet of Mowers
In an effort to catch up on deferred capital equipment purchases, Denver Parks and Recreation’s Golf Division recently made a significant investment in a fleet of Jacobsen, turf maintenance equipment. The fleet, which includes mowers, fairway mowers, rough mowers, trim mowers and utility vehicles, will be used on Denver’s seven municipal golf courses and throughout several of the departments parks and green spaces.
Pamela C. Smith, Esq. CGCS Director of Agronomy for Denver Parks and Recreation says the decision to invest in Jacobsen mowers was both environmental and financial. “Not only were we looking to do the right thing environmentally, we also wanted to reduce costs,” said Smith. “Because of the advanced technology of the Jacobsen mowers, we were able to meet both objectives.”
Denver Parks and Recreation initiated the effort with the support of the Denver Purchasing Division that cumulated in a competitive Request for Proposal process that led to selecting Jacobsen products as the best value. Denver Parks and Recreation estimated the eight Jacobsen 322 ECLIPSE hybrid greens mowers will reduce fuel costs by $11,502 over five years. Fuel savings come from an innovative hybrid engine which is only found in Jacobsen products.
The new equipment meets Tier 4 emission standards, which reduce particulate matter by 37% and NOx (smog) by 40%. Some initial calculation show that non-routine maintenance and deferred repairs and labor would be reduced by more than $250,000 over five years.
“In addition to maintenance and labor costs, we estimated that simply buying an entire fleet at the same time will save us hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Smith. “When you add up all the savings we will get from this investment, we’re looking at well over a half a million dollars over five years.”
“We’re very pleased to welcome Denver Parks and Recreation into the Jacobsen family of customers,” said David Withers, President of Jacobsen. “After conducting thorough research and analysis, Denver Parks and Recreation realized that Jacobsen mowers offer the technology, reliability and performance that they need to reach their goals.”