Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Home News John Deere's spring mowing tips

John Deere's spring mowing tips

Supplier News

With spring mowing season around the corner, here are some tips for commercial mowers.

| March 12, 2014

Spring mowing season is around the corner. Now is the time for contractors to evaluate their fleet to ensure minimal down time and a successful business season. Make sure your readers mow in the know with some of these essential mower maintenance tips from John Deere.

Quick Tune-up:
Tighten nuts and bolts, replace filters, check for belt fraying and replace as needed. Check the safety shields and guards. Look for missing parts and plugs and replace them.

Tires: Check tire pressure and examine treads for wear.

Fuel: Add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank to prevent separation that can lead to corrosion. After adding the stabilizer, run the engine for five minutes to let it settle in.

Blades: Many contractors should be checking blades regularly. Make sure blades are sharpened and replace any that may have logged too many hours. It’s important to check blade balance for even cut.

Height-of-Cut: Revisit the height-of-cut on all your equipment. This is one of the most important aspects of machine prep.

Manuals and Technology: Whether you’ve used an iPad or print manual to log maintenance schedules and any issues form last season, read through them to see what is preventable this year and what can be improved on. Make sure equipment operator manuals are readily available and give them a quick read through to refresh on safety and other troubleshooting information. Share with your colleagues as well.

Daily Checklist: Create a daily checklist for your service crew and operators. Encourage equipment cleaning, blade checks/ sharpening as needed, and lubricating the pulleys and spindles.

Top news

The paper trail

What do you do when an employee asks to be fired? Jason Cupp, former business owner and now growth consultant, shares HR horror stories and talks with editor Chuck Bowen about the importance of documentation.

Survey reveals latest landscape trends

ASLA found landscape architects expected native plants to have the highest consumer demand.

Ruppert Landscape promotes branch manager

The position is a direct result of a new branch opening in Washington, D.C.

Committed to quality

Generations of owners at Toms Creek Nursery & Landscaping have stayed true to their family roots.

Immigration and the green industry

Craig Regelbrugge shares his predictions for immigration reform and how it will affect the green industry.

x