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Old 02-01-2013, 04:40 PM
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You made your dealer's day, him selling with snow on the ground. This is the time to get the best deals for sure.
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Sprinkler Buddy View Post
You made your dealer's day, him selling with snow on the ground. This is the time to get the best deals for sure.
Yeah, we paid them in cash. The sales guy sold us the baggers for $150 when they buy them for $170, and the dealer got mad at the sales guy for that, but when he gave her the 10k in cash, she forgot all about it.

Originally Posted by ed2hess
So you are going to drive out to the field and start mowing without doing a complete inspection of the equipment. The lowest level guy at the dealer puts these things together....and some are shipped without oil. At a minimum grease the unit. And don't you break in your new motors, or do you just go flat out mowing. Need to break in without load at low and high rpm for several hours. But I guess that is just old thinking.
Nah, our they don't do that. We break them in on the first day, then the oil gets changed and bearings re-greased.

Originally Posted by TriCityLawnCareLLC
I do understand your reasoning-it does become a drag to move things. I know for us, the bigger obstacles we will go through before we mow and move them.
dog toys and what not, we can usually reach down or use the extended grabbers to move.

The bagging while the blades are on is the exact reason I won't let me employees run a mower with no safety-it's not the only reason but it's the reason that turned the light bulb on for me as to why the safety features are so important.This past fall we were on the last property of the day and i was using a lesco hydro walk-behind that lost the safety features when the motor was swapped out. We rarely rarely use this mower but for whatever reason (that i can't remember) we were using it along with a rider to bag the grass on this property. I noticed the grass was getting clogged in the accelerator and so i (without thinking to disengage the blades-idk how this happened, but it did) i took the catcher of and put my hand near the discharge shoot to get the clogged grass out. By the time i realized what had happened it was too late. My hand went into the blade. NOW it was by divine intervention and divine intervention only that i didn't lose any fingers. I was wearing gloves and somehow that protected my hand. It was swollen, black and blue and nasty looking for a while- I was lucky, not everyone get that chance.

Anyhow, I've had the Lesco on CL for sale all winter, if a machine doesn't have safety features, I don't want it. The ways you could get hurt (by not having safety features) are unique and limitless, you never what or how it can happen. We all have those day (as did I) where we simply make a mistake.

It sounds like you've done this for a while now, but please be careful. Once you or an employee gets hurt you'll always play the "if only i hadn't..." game. Best of luck to yah man!
Yeah we're careful, you just can't be stupid about **** like that. We are required to shut off the blades when we dump the bag.
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