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Old 02-10-2013, 06:01 AM
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Good Lord, I couldn't even write a list. It must be 50+ extra items. Some of mine are:

ear plugs
tire plugs, glue, reamer and installation tool
rain coat
safety vest
spare spark plugs
a basic tool kit
Vise Grips
trash bags
a saw
bottle jack
large, long screw driver
Wasp killer
measuring wheel
tape measure
2 different kinds of gloves
towing straps
tie down straps
12 volt air compressor
4 way lug wrench

There's a whole bunch of stuff. I can't remember everything but it takes up an entire trailer mounted tool box, behind the seat of my truck and my glove compartment.

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Old 02-10-2013, 09:00 AM
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Leave the magic air in a can home and carry tire plugs, air tank, and a small electric air pump. Take a small roll of kevlar ribbon rope to wrap on the tires to get em back on bead. And carry quick start and fuses.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:48 AM
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Extra weedwacker string always lol
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:45 AM
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personally I try I carry as little as I can. only what I need for the days work.

the few extra things I have are basically a tool box that I filled with only the tools I would need to fix minor problems with my equipment. I do have a few extra tie downs. but that's about it.

I'm sure some of the stuff I carry some would consider extra but I don't. like trimmer line. I always have two 8' sections in my pocket. a med kit.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:57 AM
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along with much stated before I make sure i have extra belts for every machine in the trailer. also carry a roll of toilet paper (life saver)
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:25 PM
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I know some of this stuff has been mentioned but here we go:

Fire extinguisher (its come in hand more than once)
Safety triangles (DOT)
Tire plug kit
Fix a flat
First aid kit
Rain jacket and baseball hat
Long jumper cables to reach equipment
Safety vests
Spark plugs and extra parts for handhelds
Tire iron
Tow strap
Spare truck/trailer lights and fuses
Grease guns and extra lubricants (in lawn trailer)
Hydraulic fluid (when I have the skid or mini ex)
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:41 PM
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I carry most of what has been mentioned. Some items are n/a for me (e.g. irrigation supplies). I also don't carry tire repair kits, or compressed air.

I do carry three tool boxes of tools. These are most of all my tools. All the hand tools mentioned are covered in some of these lists. The one I don't see mentioned is a magnetic grabber. I have used it a few times to get something metal from an unreachable place. But, sockets, hammers, wrenches, Vice Grips, screw drivers, hack saw, and all that kind of stuff are in my boxes.

The one thing I don't see mentioned is a pull-along. I have one, plus four lengths of chain and a 50 ft length of cable (rolled tight). I have used these multiple times to get my ZTR unstuck. I work myself, so can't rely on others to help.

Last season, I did not have to make any trip back home to get something to make a minor repair. The year before, I needed one trip home to get a spare deck-belt idler for my ZTR. But, for the most part, any minor repairs are made in the field, by myself.

Vice Grips are my best friend! Last season, I had a kill-switch wire break. A small Vice Grip was used to hold the ends together to finish the day, putting on a new connector end that evening. VG have been used often to solve a problem with temporary fix. I have a small one, two medium sized ones, one large one, and one with large, open jaws -- all in the tool boxes.
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:02 AM
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I carry most of what's been mentioned, plus ...

I don't carry just a few mechanical tools, I carry my entire 4-drawer portable toolbox.
It's enough to fix most of the basics, and a few to several not so basic repairs.
But as a rule if it's going to take much more than an hour, home I go.

4-5 of the most common spark plugs.
3-4 of the most common belts.
Starting Fluid
Quart of engine oil, 2.5 gallon container of 50 / 50 ethylene-glycol / water.
Brake fluid, P/S fluid, wd-40.

Unfortunately, no matter what I do...
a) I don't have enough space to carry everything I would like...
b) Still stuff breaks, and sure as day light I don't have it on me.

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Old 02-15-2013, 07:47 AM
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in my little head I don't carry all that stuff because if its gonna take me more than 20 min to do the repair I'm either gonna finish the day with my backup mower or go home and repair it.

most of the stuff you guys carry in your trucks I don't even keep in my shop. if a belt breaks or I need a new spark plug I'm left using my back up mower until I get one. about the only thing I keep in my truck for mowers is oil and tools to tighten nuts and bolts that come loose.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:58 AM
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Change your shirt and socks half way through the day and then hope nothing breaks.

There is an Old Blue Chair for each and every one of us, we just have to find it.

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BOSS 8'2" Power V
Hustler X-one 60" 3 bin bagger
Toro Proline 36" wb w/t-bar controls
Toro 22"
Shindaiwa T254, Echo trimmers, chainsaws, pole hedge trimmer, pole saw, hedge trimmer
Shindaiwa 633 and Echo 760LN
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