Friday, May 29, 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

No-shows to show-offs

After a miserable few years, David Alexander talks with Lawn & Landscape about what he and his team had to do to improve the operations and company morale at TruGreen.

Exmark unveils Vantage S-Series Propane rider

New Kohler EFI propane powerplant can reduce fuel expenditures by up to 40 percent.

Green industry pioneer Matt Shooner passes away

The founder of Focal Point Communications sought to grow the industry.

In hindsight

We asked some Top 100 company leaders about decisions they’d want to do over, and some choices they made that they wouldn’t change.

Breaking into The Big Easy

Mullin Landscape Associates began as a modest design/build outfit working on projects as New Orleans slowly recovered from Hurricane Katrina. Today, the full-service firm has the reputation and resources to make an even bigger impact.

x