Few Basic Questions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jmart90, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. Jmart90

    Jmart90 LawnSite Member
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    So i'm new to the business, I've been mowing lawns for years now, but only now starting to take it serious. So with serious lawn care, comes serious equipment.

    Now, I've decided on an all Stihl handheld line up, but still working out the specifics, like, what is they're best whipper snipper, chain saw, hedge trimmer, and BP Blower (with that said, I see a whole lotta numbers I don't get when researching these things, that's why i need some expert advice. For instance:

    I'm looking at the "Stihl FS 56 RC-E" And under power there is "KW/HP" I take it the HP is horse power, but what does the "KW" stand for, and what is considered good?

    Sorry if this is all incoherent but as I said, I'm new.

    Also, How much could I expect to pay for This In american or canadian $, cause I cannot find the price info I need on that.

    Thanks for any help.

    -Jeff

    ALSO: When mowing, is there any advantage to mulching/leaving the clippings? or is it always best to pick them up/bag them??
     
  2. Lawn Spa

    Lawn Spa LawnSite Member
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    If your machine is in good condition and blades are sharp, regular mowing should be fine...for a great cut you can cross cut.

    More important is deck height...you have to find the sweet spot.

    I Don't bag unless it's a deal breaker not to...and they pay more for that.
     
  3. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    bagging is really only required for warm season turf, cool season turf is best mowed at correct hieght for turf/region and correct frequency . mulched or discharged.
     
  4. CapitalLawnGroup

    CapitalLawnGroup LawnSite Member
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    It is actually better to leave clippings of what you cut on the ground as they act as a natural source of nitrogen and cut back the amount of fert you will need to use by up to 20%
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  5. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    KW is the metric measurement equivalent to hp.
     
  6. GLlawncare

    GLlawncare LawnSite Member
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    If you are doing this full time, skip that trimmer and step up to a commercial 4-mix hybrid. I have an FS 130 R, but you'd be fine with the FS 90R, plus you can put attachments on the ends of the shafts on these.
     
  7. go commercial- dont go cheap
     
  8. Jmart90

    Jmart90 LawnSite Member
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    ok ok, so what would the best line of hand helds be? I want something that will last me as long as possible and need little maintenance, I chose stihl cause at work most of our gear is old stihl and it's still running first pull everytime.

    And this isn't "full time" what I'm doing this upcoming season is working for a local landscaping company and doing my lawn care services on the side, then hoping to grow to gain more and more clients, and I also offer small landscaping projects, such as walk ways, and flower beds, and patio's etc. And hoping to expand until I'm able to live off just my company and then go to full time.

    Does that sound smart? or no?
     
  9. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    Stihl but by the stuff that is mostly orange and not gray to keep it simple.
     
  10. Bluffman

    Bluffman LawnSite Member
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    At the risk of sounding like an old man giving advice, (I turned 50 this summer) I will say that though I torment myself every time I part with a buck and agonize over what is practical vs. necessary, I have never once regretted buying and paying for quality in equipment and tools. I happen to be a loyal Stihl customer but probably all the commercial rated products from Echo, Redmax, Shindaiwa etc...are good and dependable. You'll find on this forum allot of advice and product bashing but take much of it with a grain of salt. Anyone stating any of the products I listed are junk or crap are giving you their opinion and theirs only. Shop around and buy what feels right and is priced right. Use this forum for advice as you're doing now and don't buy into the product bashing. Also, developing a good relationship with a local dealer will be beneficial for years to come. Good luck.
     

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