1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Catch up on the conversation with Ken Hutcheson, President of U.S. Lawns, in the Franchising forum.

    Dismiss Notice

Whats the next big thing we need in lawncare.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dmc456, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. dmc456

    dmc456 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 384

    Didn't really see anything that was that innovative at the Expo.

    What is the next big thing that you want to see in the lawn business?

    Aerators, seeders, mowers, etc...???
  2. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    I want to see an irrigation controller that will self program based on needs that is sensor driven (not weather station) that is fool proof, simple to operate and affordable, less than $ 300 for a 6-12 station homeowner model. I made the mistake of jumping in too early on the fertigation bandwagon(15 years ago) and have done a lot of R&D at my expense for the fertigation companies. I don't want to make the same mistake again. So I wait patiently. IA is here this year (in Nov.) so I will see whats new.
  3. iluvscag

    iluvscag LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 743

    Ride on slit seeder.
  4. Scotts' Yard Care

    Scotts' Yard Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    Real progress in developing non chemical specific herbicides and insecticides.
  5. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,793

    well i have a buddy that helps with the big jobs and every time i ask him what we need he says MEXICANS LOTS OF MEXICANS:) :D I laugh every time
  6. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    I've been planning to build this for years but have never done it yet.
    I want to take the bin off my Walker GHS and mount a small wood chipper on the back. The grass and leaves would be sucked up and go thru the chipper chopping them into little bits. Then they would be "blown" back onto the lawn. If this machine was used every week in the fall I don't think a real leaf clean up would have to be done other than blowing out the beds. This machine would also work good for extreme growth in the spring. I don't understand why something like this isn't already available.
    Maybe this winter.
  7. Tight Angles

    Tight Angles LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    an edger that attaches to the mower so you can just ride up and down the sidewalk and street instead of walking.
  8. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    So as far as results go, how is this different than a really good twin-blade mulching machine?
  9. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    Grasshopper and i believe Walker has one too....
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    A self-propelled spreader would rule! Omg I can still feel myself pushing 100 pounds of chemical around... This would need a variable speed design of up to 7 mph, maybe 8 (Yeah because when the chute is wide open you gotta MOVE!)... On that note, some research into materials which do not corrode as quickly with today's fertilizers would be nice.

    FASTER, LIGHTER Wb's! 6+ mph is great in the turns but bs on large straight-aways, I want a Wb so fast it SCARES me to drive it. 300 pounds on my 48" is certainly not as bad as the old 500 pounders, but I want a Wb so LIGHT I can push it up the trailer ramp without a hernia. On that note, a slightly larger wheel-base for the rear tires ought to help improve the Wb's tendency to want to 2-wheel in the turns.

    A 6-speed Tecumseh transmission AND an improved Reverse drive.

    Better fuel-efficiency... The Wb isn't too bad but the backpack blowers eat a TON of fuel at WOT... Regardless, it all could use improvement.

    I think fuel-injection is in order... Carburetion is 20th century technology.

    MORE clip-on / quick-release parts AND get rid of the pita BS that's been around for 5 and 10 years such as the plastic deck bolts that strip all the time and cost 3 bucks each to replace.
    A GRAND nationwide advertising / informational campaign covering 'current labor rates.'

Share This Page