New Tucker Groomer Arrives at WMRR
By Larry Gomes
White Mt. Ridge Runners
August 22. 2012
The clubs new 2013 Tucker 2000 rubber tracked groomer arrived via flatbed truck on August 21st and was inspected carefully by club members Mike Roy and Scott Riendieu before they handed over the 6-figure check paying for the new rig.
The new groomer was the result of over 2 years of planning and negotiating with state agencies, groomer dealers and banks.
The club had applied for an RTP grant in 2010 in the hope that a new groomer and drag could be purchased in 2011. But lack of state funding prevented that from happening, so the club purchased a new Mogul Master drag in 2011 and then applied to "hold over" the remaining RTP funds until this year.
Luckily the club made the cut and received a GIA grant for the new groomer. Meanwhile negotiations from 2011 had to be done all over again in 2012 to determine an updated trade-in value of the clubs old 2002 Tucker. Applications for bank financing also had to be redone.
Finally the paperwork was finished and the club was able to take delivery of the new Tucker. This particular machine had been ordered as a factory demo and came with an extended cab with a storage area behind the seats. But it did not include some of the more popular upgrades like tilt steering and passenger high-back seat. In the end, it met our needs and saved about $20k over ordering a brand new model with all the extras.
After the purchase was approved by the Bureau of Trails, the club decided to pay for an optional dual rear camera system to be installed in the new machine. This camera system gives excellent visibility of the drag and also of the hitch.
For operators who are out on their own, this feature is essential since the engine box completely blocks the view of the hitch area making it just about impossible to hook up the drag if it gets pulled off during a run.
This new groomer now brings the clubs groomer fleet up to date and should provide many years of trouble free operation. In addition to the Tucker, the club also runs a 2007 Pisten Bully Trail Bully as their primary groomers, both with 9' wide drags. A 1982 Pisten Bully 200 with an 8' drag is used as a backup groomer and also for the clubs narrower trails on Cates Hill.
The club has a 5-year loan for their share of the new Tucker costs and so paying that loan off will be the priority over the next few years.
Many thanks go out to all the club members who waded through the sea of paperwork to get the funding for this new groomer in place.
Front view of the new Tucker. This model included a pre-wired winch which will be very useful on a couple of our trails in icy conditions.
Back view of the new Tucker. One camera is located on top of the engine box and the other just above the hitch. The winch can be used on the back as well as the front of the machine.