This time of year get’s us thinking about winter storage. If you’ve got lawn equipment like a mower or 2-cycle hand tools you need to winterize your equipment before storing it. A few simple steps will go a long way to making sure your equipment is ready to roll next spring. Here are some tips from our in-shop experts:
Our surrounding municipal areas have various programs for leaf collection. These programs start right about now and end around Thanksgiving. If you’re on the front end of leaf collection participating in a community program or working your own lawn, you’re likely moving heaps of leaves. Want to get rid of your leaves before these programs stop? We’ve got some equipment in our shop that will help you do it faster. You want to save time and stress on your back, right? See how one of our equipment experts saves time on his weekend work:
It might sound crazy to be thinking about cold weather in early August, but getting your fall lawn care planned out now means you can sit back and relax when the leaves turn and football is on the TV. You’ve got a lot of options when it comes to aerating and re-seeding your lawn, so we thought we’d try and help you decide which is best for you.
Late August and early September are the best times of the year to aerate and re-seed your lawn because the temperature is just right and the moisture level is perfect for seed germination. If you do a little prep now, your grass is going to thank you later by coming back green and healthy next spring.
There are three common things that you can do to get your lawn in top shape right now: aeration, overseeding and top-dressing. Each method has its own benefits and when they’re combined the results are top-notch. Continue reading
There are two types of maintenance repairs in the equipment business – preventative and reactive – and the difference between the two is the difference between a profitable shop and a money drain. According to a Construction Equipment study if your maintenance/repair costs are 15% or more of the replacement value of your fleet you’re losing money! Preventative maintenance helps keep a shop efficient by reducing emergency breakdowns (and the labor costs associated with it) and by giving you the ability to plan ahead for major repairs. Whether you’ve got one machine or one hundred you should be following a maintenance schedule, plain and simple – whether it’s in house or with your local dealer. Here’s are a few key tips we’ve gathered over the years running our own shop: Continue reading
The Kubota Kommander mower line debuted last year to give homeowners a commercial-grade mower at an entry-level price. It’s the kind of mower for people who love their lawn and their mower. It’s got some bells and whistles, sure (and you gotta admit those headlights are pretty cool), but at its core the Kommander is built like a Kubota, which means it’s well-designed, quality-built and has years of dependability behind it. The Toro Titan might be popular, but it just doesn’t measure up to the Kommander when you take a hard look at each machine. Check it out:
It’s time to get your mower up and running, but before you send it out into the field you’d better get it in the shop. If your mower has been sitting all winter it’s going to need tuning up and our $99 maintenance inspection is an easy way to get a complete check of your machine. We’ll look the whole thing over and give you a checklist of what needs to be repaired or replaced. It’s a great way find out if your mower is ready to go or needs a little TLC before the mowing season.
Check out what’s included in the inspection (hint, it’s a lot):
It’s time to breakout the lawn and tree equipment that’s been hibernating in your garage the past six months. All those pieces you forgot about this winter – mowers, trimmers, chain saws – need to be unthawed and prepped for the upcoming season. Now is also a great time to review safety measures for operating equipment. It’s good practice to go over these each year because no matter how much experience you have equipment features change all the time and it’s just not worth the risk of injury to you or your operators.
Tree Care Industry Magazine has an article in this month’s issue on chain saw safety, which any saw operator knows is a number one priority. Chain saws are dangerous things in the hands of an inexperienced operator so they’ve got a few tips to remember next time you fire up your saw. The article covers the essentials: kickback, proper operating and starting techniques and a review of newer safety features that come standard on saws. It’s good stuff so check it out:
Stihl or Echo fan? You don’t have to choose with us because we carry both lines between our three Chicagoland stores. Give us a call and we’ll be glad to show you what each line has to offer. Continue reading
With spring here it’s time to take another look at mower blades. Mowing with dull blades gives a poor-quality cut, which is something neither you or your customers want. If you’re doing spring maintenance on your mower a blade inspection should absolutely be included. Now here’s some advice on what to look for and what to do about a dull blade:
This recent snow combined with higher temps has left us a little soggy today, and with rain in tomorrow’s forecast there’s potential for flooding. The frozen ground is going to have a hard time absorbing all that water so water pumps are going to be a life saver if that water finds its way into your job site (or basement). We’ve got trusty water pumps in stock for sale and for rent with brands like Honda and Wacker, and they range in size from 1 to 4 inches so you’ve got options depending on the job size.
The end of January means the end of Honda’s extended warranty offer on the HS520 snow blower. Any new, non-commercial* snow blower purchased before January 31, 2014 will receive an additional TWO years of warranty coverage. That’s on top of Honda’s standard two-year warranty so you’ll be getting a full FOUR years of peace of mind. Confidence in the product is something Honda owners are used to, but the extended coverage makes it that much easier to plow snow without worry.
Stop into any of our Chicagoland locations and pick up a snow blower today!
*Commercial accounts not eligible for extended warranty