Toro Receives Patent For Bi-Directional Shock Absorbers
The Toro Company was recently issued a U.S. Patent for its bi-directional shock absorbers implemented on the Groundsmaster 4000-D.
Toro engineers Rex Bergsten and Daniel Peterson developed the shock absorbers that ultimately help limit damage to the machine and provide greater protection for operators. Each side-cutting unit can pivot about a vertical axis relative to the traction frame when impact shocks occur on the outer sides of the cutting units. The shock absorber cushions and absorbs such impact shocks and resists the pivoting motion of the side cutting units, in a bi-directional fashion. It functions during forward or reverse motion of the traction frame.
“Obstacles are part of the job when mowing a golf course, park or business," said John Wright, Toro's director of marketing for commercial products. “While mowing, operators may inadvertently hit some obstacle, and the bi-directional shock absorber will absorb the impact of the bump.”