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Tips & Tricks

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by ubirajara83, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. ubirajara83

    ubirajara83 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 172

    Does any one have any cool tricks or tips on lawn maintenance that youve learned along the way. I learned this the other day, if you have a weed sprayer that sprays too wide and dont have a smaller tip you can cut the top of a water bottle and put the the drinking spout through the wand so that the cut out round part keeps the spray from spraying too far. Or if you have to blow a long way ride your mower with the blower. Let Us know if you have any cool tricks we can learn.
  2. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,624

    On those stupid Blintz 5 gallon gas cans. If you punch a hole with a screwdrive in the top of it, it makes a great air hole. Put a golf tee in it and when your filling up, pull out the tee and the gas comes out 10 times faster.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    This is how I've been measuring out the string to put on my linetrimmer spools, keeping in mind I use the thinner .080 stuff so this won't work with .095 because you'll have too much string.

    However, a minor adjustment in end location should do it, same goes for longer outfits (due to crew cabs or bigger trailers).

    My method was used with a '86 D-250 with a 12-foot trailer.

    What to do:
    Tie one end of the string to the gate latch of the trailer, and walk with the spool to the front bumper of the truck as the string unwinds.
    Once at front bumper, snip!
    Yup, correct length every time.

    For echos, it's ready to be spooled as is.
    For stihl's, you fold it in half and cut again (as you need two lengths).
    dunno about other brands.
  4. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,435

    If you go out and get one of those Craftsman Mechanic Sets. Make sure you got the right size sockets and wrenchs for blades. That set only goes up 1" but a Toro 325 with a 72" deck takes a 1 1/8in socket or Kubota ZD21 takes a 30mm socket.

    Also put Anti sieze on those bolts that hold the blades on if your mower is going to sit for a while. Had to use a air tool to get the blades off ended up sheering a bolt off to get it out. Speaking of that if the shoot is coming off the left side its usally backwards threaded. Yeah pulled that one to years ago when I was new in the business.
  5. jdramr4

    jdramr4 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    Always carry extra line in your pocket because you always run out when your away from the truck.
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    LOL. For measuring string, I just measure out 30 to 36 ft. That is 5 or 6 full armlengths (both arms) for me (6 ft. tall). For the gas cans, one of the best places to poke a vent hole is underneath the handle and toward the back. Gas never splashes or seeps back and under there. :)
  7. ubirajara83

    ubirajara83 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 172

    Thats a good one I hate when that happens
  8. Tn Lawn Man

    Tn Lawn Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    Best time and grime saver I ever spent money on was this type of gas can. No spills and no fooling around with gas caps. In and out real quick.


  9. ubirajara83

    ubirajara83 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 172

    where did u get it
  10. Tn Lawn Man

    Tn Lawn Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

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