Equipment List

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by sdwally, Jun 9, 2001.

  1. sdwally

    sdwally LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    By request of Mr. Ziffel.

    Qty. Make Model
    11 Excel Hustler 400/440/4500/4600 Rangewings
    Rotary mowers. Age 2 to 14 years. Units cover alot of
    ground. Mulching kits draw too much HP from unit.
    Engines reliable. Rangewing frame mounts have to be
    reinforced. Hydrostats, wheel motors, hydro deck motors
    on rangewing expensive!!!! Seal kit for deck motors

    2 Excel Hustler 400 Bac-Vacs
    Rotary mowers with grass catcher. Age 11 years. Grass
    plugs tube and blower if really damp.

    4 Toro Reelmaster 216 triplexs
    Reel mowers used for trimming. Age 13 & 14 years. Too
    slow!!! Pain to work on!

    0 Toro Super Pro triplex reel mowers.
    Retired. Parts to hard to get some discontinued. Had
    to fabricate parts occasionally. Mow at warp speed,
    nothing comes close. Had 21 units as front line
    trimmers until 1998.

    9 John Deere 2653A triplex reel mowers
    Reel mowers used for trimming. 2 year warranty complete
    unit. Great machines. Out perform Toro 2400? at demo.
    Toro unit stalled trying to keep up with JD mowing up a

    6 Toro 335D/3500D triplex mowers
    Reel mowers. Age 7 to 10 years. Good units. Peugot
    engine parts expensive. Toro no long makes unit like
    this. All three reels work indepent of each other and
    the left and right reels fold up 90 degrees to allow
    access to tight places.

    3 Steiner 2X4 Turf Unit with reels or rotary decks.
    Age 12 years. New distributor $850.00! Units are good
    backups, a bit slow. Reel design very poor. Rotary
    deck good. Belt drive pto system is so so.

    1 Jacobsen HR-15 rotary decks, have run flail decks
    16 foot mowing width, cover ground fast. Would buy more
    of these units if still available. Age 14 years. Unit
    rolled once and still runs strong.

    3 Toro 322D/325D 72" Rotary
    Crappy power train, rubber disks used on drive shaft.
    Rear axle problems on rough terrain. Used at cemetery,
    life span 4 to 5 years. One unit has a Protrim attachment
    to trim head stones.

    1 Toro 223D 52" rotary
    drive train worse than 325D. When the rubber disks go the
    drive shaft damages other components.

    1 Toro 455D 126" rotary
    Age 2 years. Unit seem to be a good unit. I personally
    don't care for all the component on the deck. Deck ends
    fold up.

    1 Jacobsen Turfcat T528D 96"? rotary 4WD
    Age 2 years. A fair amount of warranty work. Great traction
    on hill sides. Seem to be of lighter construction compared
    with Toro units. Had spindle shaft on the motor mount on the
    rear axle last week. Unit mows at the cemetery.

    3 Jacobsen Turfcat T422D with 60" flails
    Age ?. Used as a trimmer for renovation. Good units.
    Lacking HP for running flails with 0" ground clearence.

    2 Toro 345 with 60" flails
    Age ? Found out parts are hard to get for the Continetal
    engine. Have been good units.

    1 Toro 345 with 72" side discharge
    Age ? Used for mowing weeds in small areas.

    1 Yazoo 20HP 72" side discharge
    Age 7 years. Used for weed abatement in small areas.

    4 Olathe 48 sweepers
    Ready for retirement. One unit has a top dresser attachment
    that is use on a frisbee golf area. Chain drive axles out-
    dated. Engines are tired.

    5 Olathe 48HL sweepers
    Units are about 12 years old. Rough riding, no suspension.
    Good units. Onan engines last.

    7 Toro Rac-O-Vac sweepers
    Age 1 to ? Great units. Cover large areas. New units are
    refitted to be towed on the road. Convert to a 2" ball hitch,
    31x10.50R15 M/S tires and rims, tail lights, and license

    1 Ryan GA30 Aerator
    Age ?. Good ride on unit for small areas. Needs a lock
    to hold up tines when in storage.

    1 Toro 880 Aerator
    Age 5 years. Good unit in really small areas.

    8 Alamo Flail mowers, tractor mounted 3pt
    Age ? Used for renovation. Straight and hook knivies. Run
    subsurface. Covers large areas fast.

    3 Woods B106 rotary brush mowers, 3pt tractor mount
    Great heavy duty brush mowers. Used for weed abatement.

    9 Herd 1200C Fertilizer spreaders, 3pt tractor mount
    Good units. Would perfer stainless steel hoppers. Problems
    will corrosion if not cleaned out well.

    4 Olathe 1660HL sweepers, tractor tow behind
    3 units PTO driven, 1 unit with engine. Great units for
    large areas when renovating. Large hoppers that lift 10'+ to
    dump in 9' high side dump trucks. No longer available. No
    one makes anything that lifts that high. Will build new units
    from scratch when the time comes.

    This is more less all of our heavy turf equipment. We also have equipment for baseball infield maintenence, digging, trenching, tree maintenence, trailers, and etc.
    Our crews also has units that are owned and maintained by Equipment Division, due to the initial purchase price. These include

    6 or 8 Toro 450D/4500D 5 gang reel mowers
    Covers areas fast. Good units.

    7 or 8 Ransomes Mark 5? 7 gang reel mowers, tractor mounted
    Covers large areas fast. Huge 10" 8 blade reels. Usually
    about 2 outrigger arms a year(clipping trees and fences).
    The reels are the English version, not the American version;
    ergo part lead times tend to be long(sometimes 2 months).
    Gearbox on reels don't hold up to impacts(tent stakes). When
    these come up for replacement, there has been discussion
    about replacing them with 5 gang units.

    Trucks vary in size. New ones are Fords: F150, F250, F350. Will be getting an F450 for a shop truck. Also Frieghtliners to tow the 7 gang units.

    Trailers are Ziemans, built to our specs and needs. Also have Walton trailers.

    Like I said earlier, this is our heavy turf equipment. This does not include irrigation, pesticide application, playground maintenence, tree maintenence, and other types of equipment used and owned by our division. My shop also occassionally work on other equipment owned by other units and divisions which include scooters, lawn tractors, pumps for pools and fountains to name a few.
  2. Jason Pallas

    Jason Pallas LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,335

    Holy crap! When I first started reading this list I thought it was for a privately owned company! With 450 residential accounts here in the Detroit area, all of a sudden I started to feel real small (almost like the 17 year kid I once was - mowing lawns out of the trunk of a 1972 Buick Century with a Craftsman mower). I was relieved to see it was for the City of San Diego. That's a lot of heavy duty equipment.
  3. Mr.Ziffel

    Mr.Ziffel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    Clay, thanks for your extensive list of equipment. Most of it sounds too big for most of us on this forum but your experience and knowledge of this type of machinery should be invaluable. Thanks for sharing with us. Will M>
  4. crawford_darrel

    crawford_darrel LawnSite Member
    from NE Iowa
    Messages: 29

    Thanks for the tip. you were right on the money about my hydralic problem. I am thanking you for your time to help me out! dlc
  5. sdwally

    sdwally LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    The Olathe 48HL is still manufactured by Toro, if you have a part number you should be able to order thru Toro. Some parts on the older machines have been disconitinued, but I believe the pumps are basically the same. If you do not have a parts manual, post another reply with model and serial number and I can check our manuals for you.

    Another option would be contacting a local company that specializes in hydraulic pump and motor repairs, as they may be able to get parts or rebuild the pump for you.

    We have not had any major issues with our pumps, but have had to upgrade the engine since the Onan engine model that fit the unit are no longer available. We upgraded 3 units to Kohler CH27s I believe. Part of that upgrade required us to fabricate new flywheel adapters to bolt up to the pump.
  6. dandkoutsidemaintenance

    dandkoutsidemaintenance LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I would like a contact number for the 4-Olathe 48 Sweepers.

    Thank you for your time,
    D & K Outside Maintenance
  7. sdwally

    sdwally LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    Last edited: Apr 20, 2009
  8. dandkoutsidemaintenance

    dandkoutsidemaintenance LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I'm looking for a rearend, axle drive for an old Olathe sweeper 48.

    Thank you,
    D & K Outside Maintenance
  9. sdwally

    sdwally LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    Those have been discontinued for quite awhile. Your only option is to find a used one or repair the axle the best you can depending on how bad it is. Even a used axle if you find one will need some work more than likely.
  10. Patti24

    Patti24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Hi Clay,
    From looking at your list of equipment I see that you are familiar with Olathe 48HL grass sweepers. I realize these haven't been made for quite awhile and that Toro took over and manufactures a similar model now.
    I would like to use an Olathe 48HL grass sweeper to pick up horse manure and I am wondering if it will be capable of doing so. What do you think? I am getting conflicting information- is it a sweeper & vacuum or just a sweeper?
    I'd appreciate any thoughts or comments. Thanks! Patti

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