There are several options for brushes that can be utilized to improve the look and health of your greens.
Brushes will be best used when the desire is to stand the grass plant up vertical prior to cutting by the reel and to increase the appearance of the mower stripe on the green.
The brush will not remove or slice plant material like the blades of our Greens Tender Conditioner (GTC). Therefore, the use of both attachments may be the best combination, depending on the greens and turf type.
Out-front push brush
The out-front push brush is the perfect option to those customers who want to brush their greens to help the grass stand up prior to cutting, while keeping the front and rear drum in the closest set-up for ground following.
The brush can be adjusted to increase or decrease contact with the green and also the angle of the brush. This can help with the changing conditions on the green during the growing season. The brush also contains more bristles that enable the brush to make more grass stand up across the entire mowing width of the machine. When the brush is not in use, it is easily moved into a raised position to allow mowing without using the brush.
Standard rotary turf brush
The standard rotary turf brush is used on walk and riding greens mowers that use the QA5 cutting unit. This brush has an exclusive helix design for mounting the bristles, similar to the blades of a reel in the cutting unit. This helix pattern of the bristles creates a more consistent turf engagement across the cutting width of the reel than straight-rowed brushes.
The helix design improves the ability of the brush to stand up the grass plant without having to increase brush depth, while promoting improved striping and quality. The standard brush, with fewer bristles, will be less aggressive then the dense turf (DT) brush. The standard brush if for cool-season grasses, but can also be used in warm-season turf varieties.
Rotary DT brush
Closeup view of rotary DT brush
Exclusive helix bristle mounting design maximizes turf engagement and ability to stand the grass plant up for cutting. The benefits include improved ball roll, reduced lateral growth, and increased striping for excellent after-cut appearance.
The DT brush increases the bristle count compared to the standard brush, making it more aggressive and ideal for dense turf varieties of warm season grasses. The helix pattern of the bristles creates a more consistent turf engagement across the cutting width of the reel than straight-rowed brushes. The helix design improves the ability of the brush to stand up the grass plant without having to increase brush depth, while promoting improved striping and consistent cut quality.
Additionally, all rotary brushes use our gear-driven, counter-rotating drive system. The counter rotation of the brush improves the performance of the brush by rotating the brush in the opposite direction of travel, increasing the ability of the brush to stand up the grass for cutting. This system can be turned on/off as well as raised and lowered, so you can easily choose how and when to use the brush. The counter-rotating system has been used by John Deere for over 20 years and is proven to help produce championship cut quality on some of the best courses on earth.