LCO "Tips and Tricks"

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

  1. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
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    I fitted a couple of gas struts to the tailgate, was only $40 aussie for the struts and made up/welded brackets for nothing. lift 100kg with 1 finger

    speed feed heads are excellent, saves a couple minutes per day easily from the manual feed heads.

    if you do the edging after mowing, you will save time as your only edging whats necessary, also you will achieve the same level of trimming as your cut height with mower.
     
  2. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm sure the veterans here already know this, but when blowing clippings near a garage door, aim the nozzle up a couple of feet and pointed at the door. The clippings will blow away from the door rather than under it.
     
  3. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    Keep a spare edger blade on the truck and a flat head shovel, comes in handy when you pick up a new account that hasn't been edged in awhile. Then put the 1/2 wore out blade back on. A good edger blade saves time and headaches.
     
  4. Isenberg Lawn Care

    Isenberg Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    If you mow heavily thick grass, raise the deck 1/2 inch and mow over it again the other direction to cut up and disperse clippings better so they disappear, works great with my stander and saves your back from emptying the metal bagger!
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  5. dstifel

    dstifel LawnSite Senior Member
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    Might be a rookie question but I've always used a weed eater to edge, last year i got a stick edger. Basically once the blade starts to get rounded off is it done or is there a way of sharpening them?
     
  6. Sprinkler Buddy

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

    You don't sharpen them, you'll know you need to change the blade, it doesn't cut well when it gets too short.

    Edging with weed eater does work well after it has been done the first time and your just doing routine maintenance. Weed eater doesn't work to effective cutting the sod off driveways after it has been neglected for some time. Its to hard to find the edge of the driveway or sidewalk and you'll eat a spool of line up before you know it on the tough stuff. Keeping a good uniform straight line is also difficult with the weed eater if it hasn't been done for awhile.
     
  7. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Posts: 2,570

    I don't know if it's a tip or not, but teach your guys how to trim and walk at the same time. I had a college guy last year for who knows what reason couldn't seem to trim and keep a walking pace. It was walk two steps, stop, trim, walk two steps, stop trim.... He really killed productivity. If you're not constantly moving and mowing/trimming, you're costing time and money.
     
  8. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 554

    tell your men when they are trimming to not keep it revved up to the max the whole time they are trimming. itll tear up faster. i told my guy when hes trimming to never keep it at a constant rpm. Always pump the trigger. Its hard to explain just in words though...but im sure yall know what im saying.
     
  9. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    I was taught the exact opposite lol.
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  10. THIESSENS TLC

    THIESSENS TLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 759

    I usually keep my RPMS the same, never had a problem either. Trimmer still runs great....
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