Category: Equipment

Belt vs Hydrostatic drive

Belt vs Hydrostatic drive. You’re looking to buy a walk behind mower.  Maybe it’s your first machine for home use or for business. Here’s a short article on buying a new machine.   My first real commercial mower was a 36″ belt drive Scag.  This was about twenty-five years ago.   I paid about $2,400 for [Continue]

Buying a new Mowing Machine

Buying a new mowing machine these days can be a little daunting.  For this article I’m  focusing on commercial machines. There are several makes, models and configurations.   You need to consider how the machine will be used.  Terrain, mowing conditions, hours of usage, crew size, and transporting the unit.  Some features you like on one make and [Continue]

Injection Control Pressure Sensor / ICP

Injection Control Pressure Sensor / ICP.    7.3 PSD The ICP sensor provides a feedback signal to indicate high oil pressure so the PCM can command the correct injector timing, pulse width and injection control pressure for proper fuel delivery. In time this sensor will need to be replaced.  Eventually oil will start to leak thought [Continue]

Replacing wiper blades

Sometimes it can be tricky to replace wiper blades especially on a truck.  Often times it’s easy to clip the new ones on yet for some reason it can be difficult to remove the old ones first. I have found that it can be easier to simply remove the wiper arm assembly to gain better [Continue]

Mower deck size and productivity

If your in the market for a new mowing machine your probably wondering what size machine to purchase.   There are a few things to consider.  If your a homeowner it’s a little simpler.  Size of lot, obstacles, landscaping, gate width, budget and perhaps terrain.  If your purchasing a machine for commercial use you need to [Continue]

Dressing your grinding wheel

A must have tool if your sharpening mower blades is a grinding wheel dressing tool.  It’s easy to use and only takes a few seconds to clean or dress your grinding wheel.  There also inexpensive, about $24 from Amazon. Why do you need one?  As you sharpen your mower blades the grinding wheel becomes compacted [Continue]

Small engine storage.

The seasons is coming to an end.  Here in the Smokey Mountain region about eighty percent of the leafs are down.  Most of us are still busy blowing leafs and mowing.  I would say by the end of the month most of us will be wrapping things up for this year.  Those up way north [Continue]

GIE EXPO 2013

The Green Industry Expo Is a great show to see the latest and greatest in new machinery and products.  Lawn, Landscape, garden, farm, greenhouse, or DIY homeowner.  Hundreds of exhibits each with a  representative you can learn more from.  By simply scanning your show badge you can receive more info via email or regular mail.  Not only can you speak [Continue]

Differential ratios 3.73, 4.10, 4.88…

Differential ratios  3.73, 4.10, 4.88… What’s your differential numbers?   3.55, 3.73, 4.10, 4.88.   Often times these numbers are overlooked when buying a truck.  However, depending on how you’re going to be using your rig you may want to take a closer look. These number reflect your towing capacity and will affect your fuel economy. [Continue]