Are you Mr. Clean?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BrianK10, Jan 16, 2004.

  1. BrianK10

    BrianK10 LawnSite Senior Member
    from usa
    Messages: 252

    Hey All.

    Just curious as to how clean you keep all of your equpiment (trucks, trailers, mowers, even trimmers and blowers) on a regular basis during the mowing season. I know its as much as a pain for you as it is for me, but I personally believe that clean equipment does make your company in general look better and more professional. What do you guys think? Am I a nutcase or do any of you try to keep up on the appearance of all your equipment?

  2. AuburnGuy

    AuburnGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    Since I have a full time job I don't have a lot of extra time it is more difficult. But I i'm going from a 4x8 to a 6x12 trailer this year. That should make it a lot easier to just go by one of those car was machines once a week and rinse everything off while its on the trailer. I could not do that with everything piled in that 4x8 trailer.
  3. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    My equipment stays pretty dirty, but it is kept in top notch mechanical shape. We blow it off at the end of every day and pressure wash it monthly. Simply do not have the time to hand wash mowers and tractors. Our trucks are kept shiny though. We have them washed and waxed on a regular basis.
  4. WeatherMan

    WeatherMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 692

    Every Day when my crews pull in the mowers and trimmers must be cleaned off before they go home, and on Fridays the Truck Trailer and mowers get a good wash. and wax once a month.
    This just helps promote our company as professional. and makes the equipment last much longer
  5. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Everything get power washed once a week. Its a lot easier spotting a small oil leak on clean equipment that on equipments that has grass and dirt 1/2 thick covering it up. Its just part of the pm

  6. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    they won't like you very much down at teh car wash. the grass and mud will clog their drainage system. buy a pressure washer and do it at home or the shop.
  7. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    I try to keep everything as clean as possible.
    I am doing this easier than a lot of people because I am fairly small now, but want to get into good habits for when I do grow.
    I think it helps with the overall first impression of the company image as you pull up, and are seen by everyone who walks by.
  8. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,410

    Mac said it better than me. I wish to keep my equipment clean and plan to again. My problem is that I had a cheapo gas powered power washer and I used to wash my stuff fairly often but the power washer messed up . I ordered new parts and tried to rebuild the thing with no luck and gave up on it. I plan to buy a better one this comming season. Anyone know of a decent mid priced power washer out there? What do u use?
  9. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,266

    I try to clean the big stuff once a week. Smaller equipment, I.E. trimmers, blowers, when they start to look a little grimey.
  10. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    The trucks ussually get washed once a week. The mahines just get blow off at the end of each day. I dont see any point in washing machines when after 15 minutes of use they will look the same again.

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