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lawnboy858
04-02-2008, 10:46 PM
Here are some pictures of my setup for 2008.

New equipment for this year is the Redmax edger, Toro OCDC, and the toolbox in the front. I plan on adding a Toro walk behind soon.

I also took some pictures of my first cut of the year. Feel free to comment.


http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/Lawn%20Mowing/0402081801.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/Lawn%20Mowing/0402081801a.jpg

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http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/Lawn%20Mowing/0402081805a.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/Lawn%20Mowing/0402081805.jpg

Some Stripes:

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/Lawn%20Mowing/0402081940a.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/Lawn%20Mowing/0402081940.jpg

bjlawnman
04-02-2008, 10:56 PM
Very Nice...

RWS
04-02-2008, 11:29 PM
Nice set up, good luck this year.

02DURAMAX
04-02-2008, 11:46 PM
Very Nice Setup..Good Luck in 2008!!

S man
04-03-2008, 12:10 AM
Nice setup! Love the toro rider.

mhussey
04-03-2008, 07:24 AM
What size motor is that?

Also, did you buy that roller from Harrison Specialty off Ebay? If so, how do you like it?

Where did you buy the powered OCDC?

Sorry for all the questions, but these are things for my want list this year.

Very nice setup indeed. I am looking for a Toro walk behind too, but need a larger trailer first.

Thanks,

Matt

KrayzKajun
04-03-2008, 08:00 AM
nice setuP!

D & J Lawn Care
04-03-2008, 08:04 AM
Looks good man just get you some truck magnets

flhntr
04-03-2008, 08:06 AM
nice set up. like them stripes. hope you have a awesome year

lawnboy858
04-03-2008, 03:49 PM
What size motor is that?

Also, did you buy that roller from Harrison Specialty off Ebay? If so, how do you like it?

Where did you buy the powered OCDC?

Sorry for all the questions, but these are things for my want list this year.

Very nice setup indeed. I am looking for a Toro walk behind too, but need a larger trailer first.

Thanks,

Matt

The Motor is a 23 hp Kawasaki. It has plenty of power, I have never had a problem with it.

I bought the the Striping Roller from Harrison Specialties last season. It was a very good investment. It adds great definition to your stripes, and makes them stick on yards for weeks.

Here are some pictures of my lawns with the striping kit:

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/Lawn%20Mowing/0720071554d.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/0730071144b.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/0908071639.jpg

Had a little too much free time::rolleyes:

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/Lawn%20Mowing/0730071026.jpg

Here is my lawn cut without the roller:

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/IMG_1653.jpg


The OCDC is made by Toro. I bought it from my dealer. It is powered from a cable. You can adjust it from fully open, to half way open, and of course closed. I used it yesterday and i was very impressed. When closed, your clippings aren't going anywhere.

The only negative with this particular Toro model, is your discharge chute has to be down to utilize the flap. Otherwise, it works great.

It's funny you mention you might need a bigger trailer. With a walk behind on my trailer, I will have about 5" to spare. It's going to be a tight fit.

I am going to look into larger trailers at some point when I get some free time. Probably something in the 12 foot range.

Thanks for all the comments! If you have anymore questions just keep them coming. I hope you all have a great season.

Matt

DK lawn care
04-03-2008, 08:33 PM
Is ur roller adjusted by bolts?

lawnboy858
04-03-2008, 09:38 PM
Yes, it can be adjusted by about 5 or 6 increments.

deere615
04-03-2008, 09:59 PM
Nice mower/equipment. Stripes look nice especially the zigzags:)

ch973934
04-03-2008, 10:29 PM
Dude I'm jealous, you have green grass, that looks mid-season!

Haha! Nice set-up, and good luck this year!

CH

ALarsh
04-03-2008, 11:04 PM
How do you feel about the quality of that roller? Does it looks pretty heavy duty and able to hold up for a long time?

mhussey
04-04-2008, 07:32 AM
Adam,

I have looked at them quite a few times. They look to made very well. They have a close resemblance of the York roller for Exmark. Looks like Harrison has just adapted some brackets for the Turbo Force. I think I'm going to order one. They also make them for your larger Z-Masters.



Good looking stuff lawnboy! Hey do you also have a different user name or something? Seems like I remember someone else by the name of Matt that had a Toro almost like mine.

lawnboy858
04-04-2008, 11:20 PM
How do you feel about the quality of that roller? Does it looks pretty heavy duty and able to hold up for a long time?

Yes they are pretty solid. The roller is fully steel, and the bearings are sealed.

Here is the link to their E-bay storefront:
http://stores.ebay.com/Harrison-Specialties_Turf-Stripers_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ9QQftidZ2QQtZkm


Mhussey:

No, I have always had this user name. I remember talking to you a while back about our Z masters.

Also, tonight I picked up my first walk behind tonight. It runs and cuts well. I drove it around a little when I got home to get more familiar with it, and then cleaned it up.

Tomorrow I am going to re-grease all of the grease points, change the oil, the air filter, and the oil filter.

I'll try to get some pictures up later this weekend.

Matt

lifetree
04-05-2008, 04:28 AM
Your equipment list says it's 2005 Toro Z453, however, the deflector looks like it doesn't have any grass stains on it ... please explain ??

lawnboy858
04-05-2008, 02:41 PM
The Toro OCDC I had put on is part of a new deflector.

The pictures were taken before it had cut any grass.

Hope this clears it up.

Matt

MOWEMJEFF
04-06-2008, 07:50 AM
Dude I'm jealous, you have green grass, that looks mid-season!

Haha! Nice set-up, and good luck this year!

CH

I know right...I dont know about you but can it just be May already I've spent waaayyyyyy too much time on this site the past month, I just wanna work.

MOWEMJEFF
04-06-2008, 07:52 AM
p.s....nice stripes, I like the zig zags free advertising right there!

lifetree
04-06-2008, 07:59 AM
The Toro OCDC I had put on is part of a new deflector.

The pictures were taken before it had cut any grass.

Hope this clears it up.

Matt

Yes, thanks !!

lawnboy858
04-06-2008, 10:58 AM
p.s....nice stripes, I like the zig zags free advertising right there!

Thanks,

Now that you mention it... The day I mowed my lawn, I walked out of my garage and saw this LCO truck drive up and stop right in front of my house.

I kept watching out of curiosity. He rolled down his window and took a picture of my yard continued down the street. Also, It caught the attention of many people on my street.

I'll probably do that pattern again this year when I have some free time.


In other news,

I completely went over the walk behind yesterday. I changed the oil, oil filter, air filter, re-greased the entire unit, and also repainted the trim side of the deck. It looks awesome.

Here are the pictures:

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/0405081459b.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/0405081459a.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/0405081459.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/0405081447a.jpg

mjlcare
04-06-2008, 11:14 AM
what did you use to paint it and did you do any prep before doing so.

thanks looking to spruce mine up

lawnboy858
04-06-2008, 12:34 PM
what did you use to paint it and did you do any prep before doing so.

thanks looking to spruce mine up


Toro touch up paint. I repainted the trim side of my Z too.

It does a nice job.

MOWEMJEFF
04-07-2008, 12:10 AM
Take off the caster arm wheels and paint those things white and that thing will look brand new....I think I might have to do that to my mowers while I wait for the snow to melt.:dizzy:

lawnboy858
04-07-2008, 09:40 PM
Mabye at the end of the season.

I don't see the point in repainting the caster wheel rims, because they will just get dirty again on the first couple of cuts.

That is a good idea though.

Matt

MOWEMJEFF
04-07-2008, 11:13 PM
hopefully the only thing ill be painting this year is my profit column green!!!!!!!:drinkup:

lawnboy858
04-10-2008, 06:54 AM
That is what I am hoping for as well.

Good luck this season.

Matt

S man
04-15-2008, 11:19 PM
Nice job on the w/b. How do you like the pistol grips?

lawnboy858
04-16-2008, 06:05 PM
Thanks.

The pistol grips take a little time to get used to but once you get the hang of them they are easy to operate.

If it was my main mower I would go Tbar, but it is just for places I can't get with my Z such as hills, gates, ect.

lawnboy858
04-30-2008, 09:13 PM
Here are some updated equipment photos from today.

Extensive Pictures of my mowers, trimmer, blowers, trailer, supplies, the yard, and some of my dog. I maintain my equipment with FLUID FILM.

I got pictures of everything together with a high quality camera, not my camera phone I usually take photos with.

Enjoy

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/IMG_2234.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/IMG_2235.jpg

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deere615
04-30-2008, 10:03 PM
Nice pictures, stripes look good too

DillonsLawnCare
04-30-2008, 10:06 PM
nice looking stuff matt!!! if i were you, id take that discharge chute off of the walkbehind, cause mine had the same exact metal one and it just got in the way. just my two little pennies. nice stripes. maybe i can make some of those with the ZTR i looking at!!

dillon

nice mower!

MysticLandscape
04-30-2008, 10:31 PM
Must be nice to have time to keep your stuff that clean...

lawnboy858
04-30-2008, 10:59 PM
nice looking stuff matt!!! if i were you, id take that discharge chute off of the walkbehind, cause mine had the same exact metal one and it just got in the way. just my two little pennies. nice stripes. maybe i can make some of those with the ZTR i looking at!!

dillon

nice mower!

I'm not a big fan of taking off my discharge chute. It takes away my option to put it down if I'm mowing around people. I am big on safety, and especially around others. But when I'm going for good clipping dispersal all i have to do is bungie it up. It's in that position 95% of the time.

Just so you know, my Zmaster didn't stripe that well out of the box. They were ok, but they only stayed visible for a day or two. If you want defined stripes like mine you need a stripe kit.

Toro doesn't sell one for the Z400 series so you'll have to buy one from someone like Harrison specialties sells on eBay. If i remember right it was only about 169.00.

Must be nice to have time to keep your stuff that clean...

It is nice, but it takes a little extra time at the end of the week. I usually just take it to a car wash and spray off everything with high pressure soap and water. I usually spend 5 minutes. It's right down the street from the Kroger where I get my gas.

I have a friend that works there, so I usually get the time for free which is nice.

Thanks for the comments,

Matt

lawnboy858
05-18-2008, 07:55 PM
I just upgraded to a 6x12 trailer from my old 5x10. Now I can fit my "new to me" walkbehind on it. Big increase in productivity.

I transfered my Green touch trimmer and blower racks over to the new one.

Here are some pictures from my camera phone, let me know what you think:

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/0518081820.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/0518081838a.jpg

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MysticLandscape
05-18-2008, 08:15 PM
Be careful power washing it. Water an electrial dont mix well.

lifetree
05-18-2008, 08:44 PM
... if i were you, id take that discharge chute off of the walkbehind, cause mine had the same exact metal one and it just got in the way ...

Sorry, but i have to say that discharge chutes are hardly thing that get in the way ... I find that they serve a very useful purpose, such as deflecting pieces of metal that could go flying at someone or something !!

lifetree
05-18-2008, 08:47 PM
Be careful power washing it. Water an electrial dont mix well.

Good advice ... also, pressure washing could do damage to the equipment, like blowing out the spindles or causing water to get inside to form rust !!

S man
05-19-2008, 12:05 AM
Nice stuff! How do you like the 2401s trimmer? I have the 2601s and it's awsome. also very nice lawns. I wish mine were like that. Also does that 2600 handheld blower have power? Does it get heavy holding it for a long time?

lawnboy858
11-13-2008, 08:10 PM
Here are some updated pictures of my equipment at the final stretch of the season:
New additions: I bought a side catcher for the proline which I have used, but don't have pictures of yet. It works great! Also, tonight I purchased a two bin bagger for the Z. Ill get some pictures up once I get it installed. It should be here next week.

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/1101081614a.jpg

The Jeep

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/1101081609b.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/1101081609.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/1101081610.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Soccermaniac124/1101081614b.jpg

Let me know what you think.

STIHL GUY
11-13-2008, 10:04 PM
nice setup

lawnboy858
11-13-2008, 10:14 PM
thanks how do you like your wb side catcher?

Wojomower125
11-13-2008, 10:23 PM
nice set up
what happened to your rims on your trailer?
and how do you like the hand held blower? does it have power and get heavy at times?

lawnboy858
11-14-2008, 05:17 PM
nice set up
what happened to your rims on your trailer?
and how do you like the hand held blower? does it have power and get heavy at times?

One of them broke off, so the other one had to go as well.

The handheld blower is nice. It was heavy at first but once you use it for a month or to, its easy to handle. I am impressed with the big power from a hand held blower. You can buy a bagging attachment for it which I've heard good things about.

Deere Boy

The funny thing is I never actually used that blower. It just sat on my trimmer rack as a backup trimmer lol. It was a POS compared to the redmax.

I stole the Z for 6300.

Matt

JosephLawnCare
11-14-2008, 05:22 PM
Nice simple rig. I like that. So, what do you do with the stuff that you bag? I know you don't put it in the back of the jeep?, or do you?

lawnboy858
11-15-2008, 01:39 PM
Nice simple rig. I like that. So, what do you do with the stuff that you bag? I know you don't put it in the back of the jeep?, or do you?

Thanks. Right now I've been dumping it in the woods, with my customers permission of course. All of the properties I cut have woods to dump the clippings and leaves in.

I have thought about the back of the jeep though, lol.:laugh: