Time to ‘Power up’

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Real Green is hosting a free webinar on how to take your maintenance business to the next level on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at noon EST.

During this educational event, Real Green Product Manager Mike Carden will discuss how the software can help you: set up and manage crews and equipment, create the ideal scheduling frequency, configure accurate labor hours and pricing, and build property inventories with measurement Assistant.

Can’t make it Wednesday at noon? No worries! A recording will be sent out to all who register in advance.

For more information, and a link to register, click here.

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Pricing a large leaf removal job.

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Hello everyone, I had a customer reach out that is in need of leaf removal. This job is much larger than I am used to, and I have no idea what to price it at. Here in Canada, there is large demand for this type of work, so I am hoping to capitalize on that.

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Leaf Removal Pricing – Sanity Check Please…

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I need a sanity check on leaf removal pricing please.

My normal mowing target is $75+ an hour.

For leaf removal, I've been "planning" on $65 an hour for me personally. $60 an hour for my wife/helper. My young kids help on occasion too. I'm "billing" them at $15 per hour… (Yes I pay them, I'm not a slave driver… LOL)

No fancy bagger mower, nor leaf vac. We blow into piles, and then rake into some very large Tyvek bags. (Freebies, used to line shipping crates for international…

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Design Literacy and Why It Matters for Your Brand

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Insights from Rachel Flores, Senior Graphic Designer: Design literacy is the ability to understand and discuss how something was created — and whether it’s a successful solution to the problem. I like to think of it as applying the scientific method to design. It begins with asking questions about something you observe, followed by research,…
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ECHO raises money for breast cancer research, debuts new products

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, ECHO Incorporated fundraised for Twisted Pink, a Louisville-based organization that provides better access to care for people living with metastatic breast cancer, during Equip Exposition in Louisville this month. In addition to raising money and awareness for the disease, ECHO also debuted four new gas chainsaws, a 56V battery push lawn mower and a Speed-Feed Trimmer Head.

Each year during the show, ECHO works with a carver from Bear Hollow Wood Carvers (BHWC), who spends three days at ECHO’s outdoor demo area, carving statues using ECHO’s chainsaws. These statues are then donated to a non-profit organization where they’ll be raffled off; this year, Jason Emmons from BHWC was carving for Twisted Pink.

Additionally, ECHO sold custom-made breast cancer tee-shirts at the outdoor demo area, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to Twisted Pink. On top of Equip Exposition activities, a $5,000 corporate donation to Twisted Pink will be donated from ECHO, and each year, the company fundraises for Susan G. Komen via an annual employee shirt sale.

During the show, ECHO also launched four new gas chainsaws, a 56V battery push lawn mower and a Speed-Feed® Trimmer Head.

  • CS-4010: Using a high-power 41.6cc 2-stroke engine and a dry weight of 9.4 lbs, the new CS- 4010 provides 13% more horsepower than the CS-400 and is ideal for cutting firewood and storm cleanup. Available Q4 2022.
  • CS-4920: Equipped with a high-power 50.2cc 2-stroke commercial-grade engine, this saw was built for the farmer, rancher, large landowner or landscaper. Available Q1 2023.
  • CS-2511TN & CS-2511PN: The two lightest gas-powered chainsaws in North America, featuring the new SpeedCut Nano 80TXL cutting system, a smaller chain chassis that is optimized for saws in the 1 to 3 horsepower range. Available Q2 2023.
  • DLM-2100: A push lawn mower for homeowners, the newest addition to ECHO’s eFORCE™ 56V Battery System. Available Q1 2023.
  • Speed-Feed® Trimmer Head: Contains a 25% capacity increase in trimmer line vs. Speed- Feed® 450 and 35% capacity increase in trimmer line vs. Speed-Feed® 400. Now available.

For more information, visit www.ECHO USA.com.

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Design software?

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I'm just going to go ahead and ask. Any of you guys like @hort101 or @Mitty87 using any kind of design software?

I hand drew up some sketches yesterday while doing an estimate and was showing them to my wife and brother (business parter brother) and he made the comment we should look into design software. And I don't disagree, but sheeeeeeesh it's expensive. Not that we mind spending money if it makes us money, but that kind of expense is right up…

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STIHL releases latest zero-turn mowers

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SITHL is releasing a new line of zero-turn mowers at EQUIP this week. One being the STIHL 500 Series. Equipped with commercial-grade Hydro-Gear ZT-3400 transaxles, these mowers offer a top forward speed of 10 mph and reverse speed of 5 mph, and the advanced four-wheel suspension system with mowing deck height compensation is designed to provide a comfortable ride and consistent cutting height. With four models to choose from—the STIHL RZ 552, STIHL RZ 552 K, STIHL RZ 560 and STIHL RZ 560 K—users can maintain property with the customized options and performance of the STIHL 500 Series.

“With a choice of a professional-grade 52” or 60” mowing deck and a Briggs & Stratton or Kawasaki carbureted engine, the STIHL 500 Series gives users the power options they need to efficiently mow multi-acre properties,” said Brian Manke, STIHL Inc. product manager. “On top of all that users will experience improved performance and a more comfortable ride on uneven surfaces with the adjustable rear suspension with shock absorbers.”

STIHL now offers various financing solutions on zero-turn mowers for ease of purchase. Qualifying customers can finance STIHL zero-turns with 0% and low APR programs, and all STIHL zero-turn mowers are backed with an up to 3-year limited warranty. As an added benefit to financing a zero-turn mower with a STIHL Dealer, customers can also include an unlimited number of STIHL handheld tools on the same purchase, giving them a convenient way to fulfill all their outdoor power equipment needs.

Key Standard Product Features

  • independent front suspension with mower deck height compensation features two control arms that connect to shock absorbers, ensuring wheels remain perpendicular to the ground to improve stability of the deck and provide a better ride quality.
  • large fuel capacity provides fuel coverage for large jobs and features a large opening for easy fueling. Plus, the fuel gauge is visible from the operator seat to monitor fuel level.
  • Roll Over Protection System (ROPS) features polyurethane blocks to prevent rattling while in motion and conveniently folds for easy storage and trailer transport between jobs.
  • allow for easy user maintenance and extend the life span of each spindle. 
  • two-belt mower drive system provides less strain and flex on the belts, allowing the belts to run cooler.
  • USB-A ports allow the user to charge mobile devices with 3.15 amps of power while on the job.
  • height is easily adjustable with a foot-operated cutting height adjustment. The lever raises and lowers the mower deck so the user can customize the cutting height.
  • deluxe seat with armrests is designed to provide a comfortable ride throughout the job.
  • conveniently keep drinks within reach.
  • flexible side rubber discharge chute allows grass clippings to be released to the side of the mower and out of the way of the cutting path.
  • flip-up floor pan provides convenient serviceability and cleaning of the mowing deck.
  • dual-function hour meter tracks both run time and hours of mowing time to assist users in keeping up with regular maintenance tasks.

     

    Also new from STIHL are the STIHL 700 Series and STIHL 900 Series zero-turn mowers provide professional users with the ultimate range of mowing solutions, boasting efficient operation, smooth cuts, durable components, and a comfortable ride designed to get the job done with less fatigue. Offering a total of 12 new models within the 700 and 900 Series, pros can choose from varying deck widths from 52”-72” across the range, as well as diverse high-performing engine options from fuel-efficient EFI engines to carbureted engines.

    Both the STIHL 700 and 900 Series include an advanced four-wheel suspension system with mowing deck height compensation, independent front suspension with upper and lower control arms, and rear suspension with shock absorbers. Powerful Hydro-Gear ZT transaxles deliver an efficient top-forward ground speed of 10 mph in the 700 Series and 12 mph in the 900 Series. Both professional series have a reverse speed of 5 mph, allowing the user maneuverability. 

    To help keep pros comfortable on the job, the 700 Series features a deluxe seat with armrests. However, the 900 Series offers superior comfort with a premium suspension seat providing an adjustable backrest, armrests and padding for comfort during longer professional jobs.

    “STIHL is thrilled to launch the two professional series of zero-turn mowers,” said Brian Manke, STIHL Inc. product manager. “With three distinct engine options and various mowing deck sizes, professionals can choose the ideal mower for even the most demanding landscaping jobs.”

     

    Additional Key Product Features:

    Both the STIHL 700 and 900 Series are equipped with the following key features and benefits: 

  • Engine options include Vanguard Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) engine, Kawasaki carbureted engine or Kawasaki EFI engine.
  • Four-wheel suspension system with independent front suspension and rear shock absorbers uses shock absorbers to help stabilize the machine for a consistent cutting height and a smooth, comfortable ride. Adjustable to suit your yard’s terrain.
  • Independent front suspension with mower deck height compensation features two control arms that connect to shock absorbers, ensuring wheels remain perpendicular to the ground throughout the range of travel.
  • The adjustable rear suspension with shock absorbers improves performance and comfort while mowing uneven surfaces.
  • The heavy-duty 8” and 10” cast iron, greaseable mower deck spindles, on the 700 and 900 Series, respectively, run cool and are easy to maintain. The 10” spindles are designed to ensure perfect belt alignment and the tightest fit between the pulley and spindle to ensure long service life.
  • The Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) engine provides fuel-efficient operation.
  • Efficient two-belt mower drive system results in less strain and flex on the belts, allowing the belts to run cooler and enabling a longer lifespan and less maintenance. 
  • Two USB-A ports allow the user to charge mobile devices with 3.15 amps of power while on the job.
  • Trailer hitch is compatible with multiple accessories to enhance capabilities.
  • Foot-operated cutting height adjustment easily raises and lowers the mower deck so the user can customize the cutting height.
  • Cup holders conveniently keep drinks within reach.
  • Flexible side rubber discharge chute allows grass clippings to be released to the side of the mower and out of the way of the cutting path.
  • Flip-up floor pan provides convenient serviceability and cleaning of the mowing deck.
  • Large fuel capacity provides fuel coverage for large jobs and features a large opening for easy fueling. Plus, the fuel gauge is visible from the operator seat to monitor fuel level.
  • The advanced Roll Over Protection System (ROPS) features polyurethane blocks to prevent rattling while in motion and conveniently folds for easy storage and trailer transport between jobs.
  • Dual-function hour meter tracks both run time and hours of mowing time to assist users in keeping up with regular maintenance tasks.

 

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Sowing A Perennial Flower Garden – Should I Cover Seeds With Mulch?

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Q: I read about sowing a perennial flower garden in

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Vanguard 40 HP EFI/ETC Fuel Usage

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I just finished measuring the exact fuel usage on a 72" Scag TT II equipped with a 40 hp Vanguard EFI/ETC engine.

These are the exact numbers: 8.7 gals ÷ 6 hrs = 1.45 gph

I found this amazing for that size engine. I actually looked for it to be in the 1.6 to 1.7 gph range based on all reports I've received from 72" mowers with the 37 hp Vanguard EFI engine. Evidently the electronic throttle control is helping more than I would have believed.

This is a new engine which is honestly not…

Vanguard 40 HP EFI/ETC Fuel Usage

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Forget sprinkler heads….its those STUPID invisible pet fences!

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Out with the Stinger WB today plugging away on lawns for the fall. Yep you guessed it, severed an invisible freaking dog fence. Owner told me about it beforehand, said to stay away from fence. I did…..not enough though. May have to comp the guy a future service or something, we'll see.

Anymore, I don't worry at all about sprinkler heads. Its those darn pet fences that are the worst. I'll bet, due to drier conditions, I wasn't pulling more than an inch to inch and a half plug…

Forget sprinkler heads….its those STUPID invisible pet fences!

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