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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by qualitylawnmanagement, May 8, 2006.
How do you guys trade your guys to use the ztr's? I'am having a hard time training my guys.
I bring them to their house and let them loose, not my problem if they tear up thier own lawn. Also I showed them the training video that came with my walker.
A foreman does it with them after hours.
First place they start is on a wide open parking lot to get the idea of how to make a K/Y turn. Then they move to the grass area. They're also taught the importance of using the foot assist, deck lift for areas where scalping may be an issue as well.
I think I might just let them drove it in the parking lot tomorrow. Mystic that is a good idea, let them tear up there yard. I might let them mow there houses this weekend if I have time.
Carry a big stick,and know how to use it!With ZTR or walk behinds we have them start in rough areas that people don't care a lot about.An empty
parking lot is good too.We start them out slow and work em into it slowly .
Sometimes I have work I need done on the property so they do my stuff
I live in a cul de sac, so I let them start there. I also set out buckets or other ojects and have them try to run around them as close as possible without moving them. Then I let them cut my yard, 18K and their own.
I start them out on customer lawns that I have good relationships with so If they tear it up, I wont loose them.
I have also checked on them from time to time. When pressed for time, even good mowers will forget to K turn.
This is my second year and the first season I have turned a crew loose without my direct supervision. I have found that my new mower has been easier to train than my guys with multiple years of experiance, bad habits are hard to break, ie 0 turns, trimming too low, trimming edges at / angles, etc.