Starting my career at the age of 17 at a local golf course built in the 1930s, Toro has been a household name from the start – from the 690 sprinkler heads installed in 1977 to the comfy Groundsmaster 4100 that cuts what the 690’s grew. Now 17 years later, and seeing Toro equipment come and go, takes me back to a more simple time in my life. Years have passed, and now owning five Toro machines myself, I might have an addiction. My collection includes an old 1953 Whirlwind, which is still in operation (purchased from a garage sale for $20…so dependable), a 1990 Reelmaster 450-D that’s falling apart after decades of service, a 1950 Sportlawn that I bought at an auction and partially restored, an old greensmower that I don’t know much about, and I cannot forget the reliable 2000 Wheelhorse lawn tractor. Toro has always been the superior manufacturer with its dealers, parts support and service. Toro is an important part of my life – both professionally and personally. Here is to the next 100 years!