Lawn Care Industry Improvments

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Wayne Landscaping, May 14, 2004.

  1. Wayne Landscaping

    Wayne Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    Lots of equipment manufactures watch this site and I think it’s time to give them a few suggestions. One issue that I feel is in dire need addressing is the need for alternative fuel options installed in mowers and trucks. Landscapers use an ample amount of gas and with gas rising to three dollars during the summer, we as an industry should push the equipment manufactures to create mowers, trucks, trimmers, etc. with alternative fuel engines in them. I don’t want to wait for the all the oil to dry up to act. Another issue is noise. I’m pretty sure that my customers don’t like having to be disrupted because this loud mower is mowing in their or next to their house. I would love to operate a mower quietly without ear protection safely. Other features that would be appealing on lawn mowers would be a deck that has a special solution that prevents grass from sticking to the mower, an electronic deck lift, and maybe someday, a commercial robotic mower that practically eliminates a company’s labor cost. Please reply with your ideas.
  2. J&R

    J&R LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    Buy a electric mower that will solve you gas and noise problems
  3. Wayne Landscaping

    Wayne Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    No, I'm not talking about a weak 21" plug-in mower. I'm talking about a nice John Deere 757 that takes soy bio-diesel and runs smooth without all the noise. It's not a problem for me, but i think the industry on the whole.
  4. barringtonbrothers

    barringtonbrothers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 579


    whew Im better sorry
  5. GeeVee

    GeeVee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    Any one for fly-by-wire?
  6. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    You might be able to quit the engine down some, but have you ever heard the sound of the deck on a Dixie Chopper with double blades?
  7. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Be careful what you wish for. You'll be without a job. As a side note several Universities are experimenting with bio-engineered grass that grows so slowly that it only needs cutting once or twice a year.
  8. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    Grassmechanic, being from your end of Michigan I am sure you know more than one or two people whos assembly line job has been replaced by a robot or machine.
    I often thought of the quieter exhaust also but concede that the gearing, belts, and blades produce quite a bit of nice noise when working. I got to see EricELMs Dixie Chopper which was a diesel with the doubles and it does sound like a Blackhawk helicopter when spinning.

    I'm thinking about natural lawncare. Gonna buy a trailer full of goats and strap crap bags on them to collect the fertilizer.
    Seriously, its a good topic and I am sure that eventually these companys will be pioneering new equipment. I have my own ideas but they are patented.
  9. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    What is soy bio-deisel? and where will we get it? I dont really beleive for a second that fuel is short on supply. If it was, dont you think the auto makers would be pushing electric cars? And not just the ones the government helps pay for to make the "far left wing radical nutcases" happy.
  10. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Bio-diesel is a mix of diesel fuel and soybean oil. Very little, if any mods are needed to use it in most currently available diesel engines. Unfortunately, there is not enough land on the planet to grow the soybeans needed to meet fuel consumption demands.

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