Mower and Equipment Maintenance

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bbahun, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. bbahun

    bbahun LawnSite Member
    Posts: 31

    How much is everyone paying to have their mowers and equipment serviced. Do you do it yourself, pay a dealer, have a employee do it? I am trying to determine what is best. When things get busy I don't want to let the maintenance get away from me. Also how often are you guys changing oil, filters, sharpening blades?
     
  2. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    We service our mowers ourself. It would cost a fortune to have a dealer service them. You would be better off doing it yourself or having a trusted employee do it. Anything is cheaper than paying a dealer upwards of $60 hour just for labor. We change our oil every 100 hours and filters every 200. Pretty much whatever the manual calls for.
     
  3. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 875

    I would suggest you do it yourself. There is nothing like knowing the job is done right. :usflag:
     
  4. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,513

    Amen. Done right. Not skimped on either.
     
  5. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,846

    Always myself - keep an excell spread sheet that keeps track of hrs, when I change oil, filters, grease, blades etc. etc.
     
  6. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,267


    Would you happen to have a sample of your excel sheet I could use?I am alway looking for better ways to keep track of my records.
     
  7. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    $12 an hr.
    Retired New Holland mechanic and he gets me all the part I need at cost :clapping: and 1 more benefit is he works at any hrs I need him. Drop off trac or mower at 10:00 PM and there ready at 5:00 AM all serviced and ready to roll.

    But he's payed more than he charges payup
     
  8. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,410

    Damn Mac, wher did u find that pic of my ol lady:hammerhead:
     
  9. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    When she was holding on tight :laugh: :laugh:
     
  10. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,410

    Damn, another 20 bucks shot to hell :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :laugh:
     

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