THE 2009 Melbourne Cup carnival has come and gone for another year.
But there's another major race that immediately follows.
With an eerie silence around Flemington on the Sunday of the last designated meeting of the Spring carnival, devoid of punters and club members, Mick McMahon, his son Damien and their team of eager workers arrive with four semi-trailers loaded with Kubota L series tractors each fitted with turf renovation equipment.
The task for this team of men and machines is to completely renovate the entire race track in one day.
Mick says with such time limits he cannot afford breakdowns in the tractor fleet when the pressure is on.
"Over the years I have found Kubota tractors to be the best suited to my type of work," he said.
"I require tractors that can work all day undertaking heavy turf renovation work without having to refuel, good efficient cabins where my operators can work in comfort on the hottest of days and tractors with outstanding reliability, to ensure the job gets done."
Mick has a total fleet of 15 Kubota tractors made up of two Kubota M series and 13 Kubota L30 and L40 series tractors.
Kubota L series tractors feature fuel efficient Kubota diesel engines incorporating Kubota's industry leading three vortex combustion system (E TVCS).
These large displacement engines create high power output and power take-off (PTO) torque required for this type of turf work, along with cleaner emissions and less vibrations.
The newer Kubota L40 series tractors have the latest in hydrostatic transmissions, HST Plus, which makes operating a tractor simple while delivering maximum performance.
Kubota's HST Plus has four innovative functions that create a new dimension of performance and ease of operation.