Some things I have done...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bull, Apr 9, 2005.

  1. Bull

    Bull LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 308

    Here are just a few things I have done this year to make me a little more efficient, safe and happier.

    1) Built a device to slip over my blades while removing them for sharpening, leaves both hands free and feels safer.

    2) I usually back my walk behind to the back of my trailer, tilt it backwards so that cleaning the deck is easier. This gives more clearance on the front end. I have a piece of chain about 18" long mounted on my gate that I hook over the handle on my mower to make sure it never falls back down while I'm cleaning it out or changing blades.

    3) Mounted my hedge trimmer on the top rail of my trailer. The Stihl has a hole molded into the bottom part of the handle. With the trimmer sitting on the angle iron rail of my trailer I drilled a hole through the angle and now a master lock goes right through there. The blade portion stays in place using a heavy duty tie wrap.

    4) Bought a pair of chaps to use while trimming. Keeps 90% of the grass of of my legs / pants and no more dinged legs, grass in shoes, etc.

    5) Bought a new Echo 651 trimmer which is awesome. Saves a lot of time over my smaller one.

    6) Measured off enough trimmer line to refill my spool while away from the truck. I coiled it up and wrapped a little electrical tape around it to keep it together. Then I pulled off the spark plug wire, slipped it through the coil of line and placed it back on the spark plug.

    You know sometimes little things just make you feel better.
  2. Bull

    Bull LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 308

    Great ideas Bull. I think I may implement a few of those myself.
  3. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    Those ARE some pretty slick ideas there....
  4. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
    from gone
    Posts: 859

    When re-loading my echo trimmer I pull 2 arm-lengths off of the reel. This fills the spool to the right amount every time. No need to measure! Thanks for the ideas... especially the walk-behind and blade change deal.
  5. Bull

    Bull LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 308

    I meant to say 651 blower by Echo not trimmer. As one of my helpers used to say "My Bad".
  6. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,487

    Great idea with the trimmer line. Thanks for sharing your ideas.
  7. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,619

    Hustler dealers sells a blade block for $10 - $13. Search for blade block in Hustler forum and they have a picture of one.
  8. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 851

    AWESOME ideas.... some of them are so simple you just sit and think "why have I not been doing that before....... Love the line around the spark plug. Going to set it up right now.
  9. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,128

    When I get a new spool of line I spend an hour or so, cutting the line up to the proper length I need to re-fill my trimmer spool. When I get it all cut up and into individual wrapped up spools I put two pieces of duct tape around the spools to keep them together and hang them on one of my empty trimmer racks. Every time I take my trimmer out of the rack I grap a replacement spool in case it runs out while I am out trimming. This has saved me alot of time by not having to walk back to my truck every time I run out of line. I guess I just take what you do Bull, one step further and go ahead and cut up alot of line ahead of time.

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