Performance Testing:

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Eric ELM, Jul 17, 2000.

  1. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    In Turf Magazine, there is another article about and they are wanting to know if any of us have any ideas on an equipment performance testing, what we would want them to report on. It says you can call them, email them, fax them, or post it on Jim's favorite forum, and he thinks we are doing a great job. <p>Here are some of my ideas:<br>Speed<br>Cut quality<br>Hill handling ability<br>Fuel usage<br>Comfort of the seats<br>How easy it would be to work on them if needed.<br>How easy the controls are to use.<br>Safety features<br>Warning features of low oil presure or over heating.<br>Oh, we have to have a report on how they STRIPE!! That is very important to me :)<p>Anyone have some ideas on what you would like them to report on?<p>
  2. yardsmith

    yardsmith LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 628

    I would like to see how fast they go while cutting, & how tall of grass you can knock down in one pass. These are semi-relevant to me, & nice to know what it CAN do if you need it to.<br>Definitely need to see which ones hold (across) a hillside the best.<br>Also which ones &quot;seem&quot; to be the easiest to operate, & ergonomic design features.<p>----------<br>Smitty ô¿ô<br>
  3. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    I would like them to tell about about reliability, cutting quality, speed, ease of use, etc.. I agree with Eric, striping quality would be nice too, my customers love those stripes. Also if they would have like a &quot;Value Machine&quot; for everyone who has to start somewhere in this biz. 80)
  4. My 44&quot; Toro with a 12.5hp with a stand on sulky will burn rubber<br>when doing 180 degree turns on the pavement.<p>That's sorta like performance testing.
  5. OP
    Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    I can do wheelies too, but I don't think they will do a report on that. <p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Eric@ELM&lt;/a&gt;<br>
  6. Chris

    Chris LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    How about some of the important stuff like:<p>Ease of routine maintenance; ie changing blades, access to grease fittings,fuel filters, and deck/drive belts.<p>Field reliability; how do they stand up to the daily treatment by the non-caring lawn gorilla - on & off the trailer, up & over the curb<p>How good is the cut, & how much production can the &quot;average&quot; worker be expected to get from the machine in a day.<p>Fast isn't always the answer; if the machine is down for breakage what difference does it make if it cuts grass at 25mph. Last of all I'd like to see some info on the factory's parts/dealer philosophy.
  7. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,261

    Check to see how Consumer Reports does their testing. ( Maybe theres a wheelie section)
  8. kenneybros

    kenneybros LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    Ive made an old ransomes 48 climb a light pole. Dont ask how i did that. Anyways I think that how rugged they are is very important. I would like to see how each mower stands up to some kinda abuse testing. I dont mean dropping them off the back of a truck but we all know those workers can be a little careless. Also those commercial mowers are so suck and they are hard to control so how well they stand up to running into a tree is also important. Ease of maintainence is also good to know.
  9. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,908

    When they get a list of items to evaluate they should contact the manufactures and get them to supply a variety of guys from here with the equipment to use for a typical one week period. This would be a true test of the different machines. We have guys here who do large commercial stuff right down to the guys who cut with &quot;lawnboys&quot; so finding the right guys to test them shouldn't be a problem. I don't think a writer can test drive a unit for a 1/2 hour then write a report on it, like they do for cars. But if some of the guys from here actually did the testing I would really listen to the results.
  10. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    On similar lines I think it would be very informative if a study was conducted of a large cross section of the small engine/commercial mower repair shops from around the country, detailing the frequency of problems with certain mowers as well as engine problems. <p>It would be nice to see specific problems after so many hours of running, so you have an idea of what may be in store for you.

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