GLS's Equipment

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by GLS, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Merit has the same active ingredient (Imidacloprid).

    We feel that our non-irrigated lawns will not benefit from additional fertilizer during the stressful summer months. It just isn't needed.

    We have found the snapshot to work pretty well. Way back in the day we used treflan (similar to preen but more active ingredient), but it doesn't control very many weeds. Snapshot will control a lot of weeds including broadleaves. We apply the snapshot beneath the mulch to keep it from breaking down in the direct sun (it needs watered soon after application).
     
  2. stuntmanlogan

    stuntmanlogan LawnSite Senior Member
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    Every thing's looking good. What kind of lights do you have on the f.250, and how hard were they to install? The ones bellow the tailgate.
     
  3. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks. They are Whelen lin3 LED lightheads. They just barely squeezed in there. They weren't too hard to install there.
     
  4. APLUS LAWN CARE

    APLUS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from North Missouri
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    Everything looks great!
     
  5. T Scapes

    T Scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
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    you guys do awesome work and inspire me i think ive been through ur thread a couple of times any plans on a skidsteer anytime soon
     
  6. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks. I appreciate all of the compliments.

    We have no plans of purchasing a skid loader. Most of our work is smaller in scale. The miniskid and the tractor suit our needs very well. The only thing we are not capable of for the most part is lifting full pallets of material such as retaining wall block. When such a project arrives, we rent (mini-excavator too). We simply cannot justify it. Hell, we have enough toys as it is! Skid loader (or track loader) would be nice to own, we just can't justify it.
     
  7. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We've been running a different set of tracks on our miniskid for over a month now.

    We bought our ditch witch sk650 with the factory narrow (180mm) aggressive pattern. We do a lot of work that involves transporting and/or working on existing lawns. We found these tracks to be much to aggressive. Even driving in a straight line would leave dents from the lugs. Turns had to be very wide to prevent skuffing (plywood for the sharp turns).

    We went on the hunt for turf friendly tracks. We were looking for something more along the lines of a dingo style track (smooth). The least aggressive track would could find for this machine is made by Prowler Manufacturing. It is their "diamondback" pattern.

    We went ahead and ordered a set in the wide option (230mm) to lower ground pressure. We had to widen the undercarriage of the machine, which was not too difficult of a task.

    The new tracks are VERY turf friendly. There are not "lug dents", only laid over grass. To my surprise, one can make a sharp turn on established turf without damage.

    You might think with such a gentle track pattern, traction would be in issue in some circumstances. We have found these tracks to have excellent traction. Perhaps not quite as good as aggressive tracks in some instances, but we have not had a problem.

    I would highly recommend these tracks.

    The only concern is longevity, but only time/use will tell.


    PAVEMENT VIBRATION: We had hopes that these tracks would reduce the horrible vibration/chatter when operating on pavement. These do not solve the problem. We believe this comes from the grooves in the tracks (the ones that allow the sprocket to grab) as they roll under the rollers.


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    Widening the undercarriage:
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    Excellent traction while digging up a steep slope:
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  8. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Rented a soil cultivator for a job. Works pretty darn good, but I think the soil was a tad wet for it to work perfectly.

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    Also bought a catcher for the WB

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  9. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Tight squeeze here

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  10. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hows that toro walkbehind working out for you ? I dont think my accelerator catcher was ever that shiny ...lol Do you guys bag alot ?
     

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