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LCO "Tips and Tricks"

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Sprinkler Buddy, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,187

    Thought it would help others out by sharing some of our tricks of the trade.

    I'll start it off with one of my favorite tricks.

    "Those annoying mole mounds that love to dull our blades."

    With blades disengaged lower deck to 2", drive over them centered on your mower deck. Spreads the dirt out nicely, light rain and it's all gone. Don't forget to raise your deck back up before continuing mowing. lol

    Let's here your "Tips and Tricks"
  2. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,025

    Have 2 extra trimmer line spools in your toolbox and ready to go. There's nothing more annoying than having to stop halfway thru trimming a yard to respool. So frustrating...
  3. MTenterprises

    MTenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    Better yet, keep a spool in your cargo pocket of your pants Bc you WILL run out of spool on the other side of a pond on your largest account and have to walk 300 yards to the truck...:dizzy:

    Here's one- keep a large 5 gal blue water jug on the truck to fill your backpack sprayer on the fly instead of looking for a spout. :usflag:
  4. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,358

    If your blower craps the bed or you run out of gas in it then you can finish blowing down the driveways and sidewalks and parking lots with your string trimmer. Let out a bunch more line than usual and this will make for a nice little makeshift tornado/blower!(this really is not an effective way of blowing down however can work well in a pinch just to finish up)
  5. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Baton Rouge, La
    Posts: 1,233

    This is gonna be good
  6. firewoosh

    firewoosh LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    I like to keep a few water bottles, clearly marked of course, with Pre measured amounts of weed killer so that you don't have to take time to measure it out whenever you have to refill out on the route. It is also nice to keep a detailed list of all of your equipments model numbers, serial numbers, belt part numbers, exact oil type per machine and so on in your truck. It really helps when you have a break down and you need to call around for the nearest parts. It is also helpful for when you aren't there and your help needs to top off fluids or calls with a problem. Having all the info at the shop in the files is where all original paperwork should be, but having the basic info on your route can really help in a crunch. I went as far as to laminate my equipment sheets in the work truck lol
  7. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 554

    after you edge a driveway and then you mow and you compact the dirt with your tires on the driveway and the blower cant get it, always carry a broom.

    some people edge after they mow, but i dont. the first thing i do is edge.
  8. MTenterprises

    MTenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    The broom is an excellent idea. Why didn't I think of that? ! Needed one today for some stubborn Clover that had stuck like glue to a drive and the blower didn't get 100% of it. A push broom is on my list today. Thanks! !
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  9. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,358

    You made me think of another tip by mentioning the broom... If you have a tilt up deck on your mower, it is super helpful to have one of those little 6 in. ice scrapers for scraping the grass off the bottom of the deck...
  10. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,010

    What's an ice scraper?

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