Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??

John Deere GS30


Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 05-17-2011, 10:25 PM
Byron3243 Byron3243 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 33
Rep Power: 5
Byron3243 is on a distinguished road
Default John Deere GS30

I just bought a used GS30 in a 36 in. that is gear driven. I have never ran a walk behind before, always a ztr. Im hoping it will cut my trimming time down in small lawns. Any tricks or tips would be appreciated.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 05-19-2011, 04:48 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,603
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
What is the background story on why you decided to go with the walk behind vs the ztr's you have been comfortable with using?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-20-2011, 10:12 PM
Byron3243 Byron3243 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 33
Rep Power: 5
Byron3243 is on a distinguished road
Default

Well for one the price. I can buy a used walk behind much cheaper than a ztr. But the main reason is i have a few steep slopes and the walk behind is much safer. I also have a variaty of small lawns and big lawns and once i get comfortable with the walk behind i think i can b more effeciant doing smaller lawns with it, then use the ztr on larger ones. Third thing is I didnt have much more room on my trailer and didnt want to have to buy another one. The walk behind fits but a ztr wont.

I bought a 36" so i can get through walk through gates, before I had to push mow them. If I get to the point i really like it i will go buy a new 48" and just use the 36 where i have to get through gates.

Im off to a very bad start with it though. My guy was on it yest. and the clip that holds the front wheel on came off, not realizing it he popped the front end up the wheel came off and ran over it with the blades on. This machine has timmed blades on it and it came out of time. The blades started hitting each other and broke the timming belt. I have never seen blades tore up so bad.

To top all this off the john deere dealer had to order the parts including the blades. I thought it was very crappy they didnt have them in stock.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-21-2011, 07:00 AM
CCL CCL is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Tn.
Posts: 32
Rep Power: 4
CCL is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Byron3243 View Post
Well for one the price. I can buy a used walk behind much cheaper than a ztr. But the main reason is i have a few steep slopes and the walk behind is much safer. I also have a variaty of small lawns and big lawns and once i get comfortable with the walk behind i think i can b more effeciant doing smaller lawns with it, then use the ztr on larger ones. Third thing is I didnt have much more room on my trailer and didnt want to have to buy another one. The walk behind fits but a ztr wont.

I bought a 36" so i can get through walk through gates, before I had to push mow them. If I get to the point i really like it i will go buy a new 48" and just use the 36 where i have to get through gates.

Im off to a very bad start with it though. My guy was on it yest. and the clip that holds the front wheel on came off, not realizing it he popped the front end up the wheel came off and ran over it with the blades on. This machine has timmed blades on it and it came out of time. The blades started hitting each other and broke the timming belt. I have never seen blades tore up so bad.

To top all this off the john deere dealer had to order the parts including the blades. I thought it was very crappy they didnt have them in stock.
My helper did mine the same way.He hit a water meter and bent the blades and broke the belt.To me this is a bad design.I too bought mine only for small gated properties.That about the only time I use it.It cut my time in half vs the old push mower.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-21-2011, 10:15 PM
Byron3243 Byron3243 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 33
Rep Power: 5
Byron3243 is on a distinguished road
Default

Yea i dont like the design eather, and its another belt that you have to worry about. It wasnt really my helpers fault and didnt bother me to much until i went to john deere and they didnt have the parts in stock. That really irretated me. I called 3 dealerships and none kept them. I guess we just have to live and learn.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-21-2011, 10:37 PM
CCL CCL is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Tn.
Posts: 32
Rep Power: 4
CCL is on a distinguished road
Default

Well Its ironic.Mine jumped time I guess cause my blades are toast and I didn't hit anything.I also broke a drive belt on my DC..Got home I had a tree down in my front yard.Ughhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-23-2011, 05:39 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,603
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
This machine has timmed blades on it and it came out of time.
Is this because they cross over each other's path?

Quote:
Yea i dont like the design either
Do you not like the way the front wheel is attached or were you referring more to the timed blades?

How difficult is it to get them back into position?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-23-2011, 10:09 PM
Byron3243 Byron3243 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 33
Rep Power: 5
Byron3243 is on a distinguished road
Default

Yea the blades cross over in each others path. I dont understand why they would design it like that. Its not that hard to adjust back in time. lossen a couple bolts and adjust, then tighten them back
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-24-2011, 01:01 PM
CCL CCL is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Tn.
Posts: 32
Rep Power: 4
CCL is on a distinguished road
Default

My blades are shot.Bent all to heck.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 05-25-2011, 04:20 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,603
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Did it effect the spindles at all?

What do you feel the total cost in repairs to be to get it running again?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
John Deere Edger picframer General Talk 4 08-10-2010 05:50 AM
New John Deere 2305 on it's way B-2 Lawncare Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 8 07-10-2010 09:00 PM
John Deere 757 dhearn Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 1 03-23-2010 05:13 AM
New John Deere picframer Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 22 03-12-2009 04:44 AM
John Deere Equipment Cutrite Lawn Care Inc. Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 3 03-24-2008 06:22 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
Today 08:02 PM
by stevef1201
4 246
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 12:45 PM
Today 07:20 PM
by acrajchel
18 5,927
Billboards for marketing
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-16-2014 08:39 PM
Today 07:05 PM
by acrajchel
13 307
Contract or no contract?
TRV
Yesterday 09:18 PM
Today 06:56 PM
by Steve
2 62
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 06:42 PM
Today 06:51 PM
by acrajchel
5 1,197
Pics for website
tbtigers03
Today 05:40 PM
Today 06:48 PM
by acrajchel
2 25
New website
Chilehead
Yesterday 04:39 PM
Today 06:43 PM
by Steve
3 67
Belt dealer problem
googus
Today 08:45 AM
Today 06:36 PM
by Steve
2 47
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
Today 06:32 PM
by Steve
7 154
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
Today 06:28 PM
by acrajchel
15 402
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
Today 06:22 PM
by acrajchel
8 203
How to: Use Thumbtack...
acrajchel
11-17-2014 06:39 PM
Today 06:07 PM
by acrajchel
15 400
What is going on with...
biglee
11-14-2014 03:04 PM
Yesterday 02:50 PM
by biglee
40 853
My advice for new guys
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 09:32 AM
11-19-2014 01:47 PM
by biglee
10 403
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 02:23 PM
11-19-2014 12:39 PM
by acrajchel
28 1,771
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 10:19 PM
11-18-2014 04:24 PM
by acrajchel
14 1,387
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
10-24-2014 05:14 PM
11-17-2014 07:34 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,135
sod job
SGlawncare
10-30-2014 09:21 PM
11-17-2014 07:10 PM
by acrajchel
7 711
Customer wants me to...
Mr. Mow
11-09-2014 07:13 AM
11-17-2014 06:48 PM
by acrajchel
10 453
Hello!
Brian3137
11-11-2014 07:15 PM
11-17-2014 06:46 PM
by acrajchel
14 401
small biz in Phoenix,AZ
anthonyramos1
11-08-2014 09:35 PM
11-17-2014 05:59 PM
by acrajchel
2 272
Client won't pay...
WesleySnips
10-30-2014 03:53 PM
11-17-2014 05:37 PM
by acrajchel
22 1,289
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
11-17-2014 12:59 PM
by Steve
2 194
Need help on deciding a...
Brian3137
11-10-2014 06:32 PM
11-17-2014 12:44 PM
by Steve
12 461
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 10:51 PM
11-16-2014 07:54 AM
by stevef1201
8 1,531
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
11-16-2014 12:20 AM
by SGlawncare
172 13,804
So how do you guys...
Mr. Mow
10-26-2014 08:55 AM
11-15-2014 08:44 AM
by avetslawncare
14 1,643
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
11-13-2014 08:35 AM
by jrs.landscaping
81 31,670
The most dangerous part...
Steve
10-06-2014 03:45 PM
11-12-2014 05:05 PM
by stevef1201
14 1,617
A little hang up in snow...
stevef1201
11-08-2014 07:05 AM
11-12-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
4 370
Bi-weekly winter...
lxarth
11-04-2014 08:37 PM
11-12-2014 10:06 AM
by WesleySnips
9 570
taking first steps...
sizemorelawncare
11-10-2014 08:24 PM
11-11-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
1 261
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
11-11-2014 08:12 AM
by Just for Cuts
4 330
Business Cards
crieg122
10-25-2014 01:03 PM
11-11-2014 07:56 AM
by Just for Cuts
12 1,259
How the unregister?
alive101
11-04-2014 07:39 AM
11-10-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
4 556
Belt adjustment question
googus
11-05-2014 06:43 AM
11-10-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
5 459
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
11-10-2014 01:25 PM
by Steve
2 286
Podcast
Shark1611
11-07-2014 05:42 PM
11-10-2014 11:41 AM
by Steve
1 256
hi, from Minnesota
rjklohn
11-07-2014 02:21 AM
11-07-2014 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 270
New to snow plowing
SS.Lawncare
11-05-2014 04:00 PM
11-07-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
6 499
New Member
tonyap
11-05-2014 10:35 PM
11-07-2014 01:15 PM
by Steve
1 320
New to the business
jcurr33
11-05-2014 03:21 PM
11-07-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
1 366
Lines
Matther777
11-04-2014 02:19 PM
11-07-2014 12:54 PM
by Steve
1 407
hello, new to this site
tonyorwig
10-31-2014 10:49 PM
11-04-2014 02:24 PM
by tonyorwig
3 604
Aloha from Hawaii.
Gary R
11-02-2014 12:44 AM
11-03-2014 03:02 PM
by Steve
1 509
Pavers
crieg122
10-28-2014 03:49 PM
10-31-2014 01:49 PM
by Steve
6 818
Hi Steve From West...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 02:59 PM
10-31-2014 12:56 PM
by Steve
5 1,129
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 10:19 PM
10-31-2014 10:53 AM
by Max Wagner
30 3,241
Gie-review / What's new...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-25-2014 10:19 AM
10-31-2014 10:30 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
7 1,054
Business Name
sanchez5
10-29-2014 12:55 AM
10-31-2014 06:51 AM
by ringahding1
10 928
» Popular Tags
4wd aerocore apartment complex bark billy goat brushcutter bush charge christmas collections deliquentaccounts employee problems equipment rental estimate exmark ferris first truck foreman georgia gopherhaul gravely holiday how much to charge how to bid husqvarna hydraulic installation introduction jobs kawasaki landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing mowing mr dave mulch mulch price new business ordinance podcast push versus ride redmax reo savannah scag v-ride seo shreaded small engine repair starting a business start up lawn care business steep lawns toro tractor auger trailer trimmer rack truck new used landscape walker won't return wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:29 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:29 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy