Archive for the 'Mower blades' Category

Here is my lawn care operation daily checklist.

Does your lawn care business have a checklist of things to do to your mowing equipment at the end of each day? Keeping processes structured and consistent will help you improve your operation. Maintaining your equipment will minimize down time and help you increase profits. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, [...]

Adjusting my mower governor to get more power?

You probably have found it happen to you many times. You will be out mowing and depending on the current conditions, your mower might bog down and cause you to have to mow an area twice to get the lawn to look descent. What is causing this? Could you simply adjust the mower’s governor setting [...]

Blueing the lawn mowing blade when sharpening.

Keeping your lawn mowing blades sharp can cut back on the time you spend mowing a yard. With a properly sharpened blade, you may be able to make one pass on a lawn where you might need to make multiple passes when the mower blade is dull. If you spread that time savings out across [...]

Are these lawn mower blades sharp enough?

Most new lawn care business owners can’t tell what a properly sharpened mowing blade looks like. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we learn that if you can’t tell what a blade is supposed to look like sharpened, you will never be able to properly sharpen your blades. Here we see [...]

Why should you bag grass clippings?

Some lawn care customers can be real picky about what they want. That can translate into more work for you. If you find yourself spending a lot of time bagging grass clippings, take a moment and think why you are doing it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear the [...]

Beginner lawn care business mistakes to avoid.

Here are a few tips from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on how to improve your mowing operation by streamlining the time spent at each customer’s property. As a business owner, you need to be as productive as possible and knowing which services yield the biggest bang for the buck and which don’t can [...]

Should you sanitize your lawn mower between jobs?

Sanitizing your lawn care equipment between mowing jobs tends to be something you don’t normally do unless you are specifically asked by a client to do so or you decide to use it as a way to stand out from competitors. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear a few [...]

What’s the real difference in commercial lawn care equipment?

There is a step a new lawn care business owner takes when they go from using their own home mowing equipment, to needing more productivity from their mower with less down time. That is when they start looking around and either wanting a larger cutting deck, or more engine power, or maybe a commercial grade [...]

How to make extra money sharpening lawn mower blades.

There are many opportunities you can jump on to not only increase your revenues but to meet new customers by offering them one service and later upselling them on another. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur needed his mowing blades sharpened and could not find anyone to do it. [...]

Should I replace my mower spindle bearings?

As soon as you buy that new lawn mower, it begins to wear itself apart. Different parts of the mower will fail at different times. The more knowledge you have on how to diagnose and repair these issues, the more money you can save and the faster you can move ahead. Here is a great [...]

Do you bag or mulch lawns you mow?

When you mow a lawn, your mower clips off the top of the grass and the clippings are left. Some service providers will mulch the clippings while others will bag the clippings. There are pros and cons to each method. Which one you choose to perform will depend on a bunch of factors like your [...]

Unbalanced lawn mower blades can cause big problems.

You might not think an unbalanced lawn mower blade could cause damage to your mower but as you will see from this topic on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, anything out of balance that is spinning over a thousand times a minute can cause big problems. In this discussion we see how an unbalanced [...]

How to negotiate when purchasing lawn care equipment.

There are certain times of the year when it is better for a consumer to purchase a product than other times. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we will see when the best time is to purchase lawn care equipment and also how to go about getting the lowest price you [...]

Being obsessed about your own lawn care business.

Are you a stickler for high quality when it comes to lawn care? Do you find you need to perform a perfect mowing each and every time? If a job is not completed up to your standards, do you go back and redo it or do you just pass it by and work on it [...]

How to prevent spreading weeds from one customer to the next.

Some lawn care customers might have quite a few weeds on their property that you don’t want to spread to your other customers. Or you might be specifically asked by a customer what your weed propagation prevention method is. If you find yourself in such a situation, consider these options shared with us on the [...]

What should you do with grass clippings?

If you are new to the lawn care industry, you may find yourself in a situation where you are unsure of what to do with all those grass clippings you create from mowing your customer’s lawns. Should you bag them? Should you rake them up? Should you pile them in a corner of the customer’s [...]

Lawn winterization marketing plan.

If you are looking for a lawn winterization marketing plan, here is a suggestion from a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. With a little altering, you might be able to make this plan fit perfectly for you.
He wrote “In an effort to re-design my business and for next year I have been [...]

Lawn care bid example: Two acres of grass, two feet tall.

A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was asked to bid on a job that included mowing two acres of property with grass that was two feet high. Such jobs can go from being relatively simple and straight forwards, to absolute disastrous mine fields of unforeseen obstacles, all ready to destroy your brand [...]

How often should you change your mower blades?

The sharper your mower blades are, the better the cut. But how often should you be sharpening your mower blades? Daily? Weekly? Every two weeks? I asked the members on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum how often they sharpen their mower blades. Understandably, I got a lot of varied responses but the benefit to [...]

An easy way to change ztr mower blades.

ZTR mowers can be really heavy and they are tough to get underneath in a way that provides you enough room to get the blades off. That was the topic that came up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. A member asked “Does anyone have a simple way of changing their ztr mower blades? [...]