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 > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

Mower Blades


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 01-16-2008, 03:00 PM
Andrew's Lawn Care
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I was wondering what type of blades everyone uses and when you decide to go buy new one (when do you know that they are worn out)?
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 01-16-2008, 04:19 PM
realhuntin
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Hi Andrew

This all depends upon how much you cut per week.

If you cut everyday (5-days weekly) you should sharpen the blades every other week. grease as much (I check and do it weekly).
This will prolong the blades by keeping them sharp dont round the tips keep the correct pitch and balance. NOTE: A unbalanced blade causes viberation and can make things loosen and cause even more maintenance issues with pullies and other parts.

So to answer your question Depends on how much you mow, for ex. avg home owner cuts every 5-7 days for 35 weeks and at with a avg lawn of 5000 sq ft, you would want to replace the blades every 4-5 years.

For me I would change every 2 years with 100-120 cuts per week for 35 weeks each year and that is sharpening them every other week.

The less foreign object you hit the longer they last, stop and pick it up takes a sec and saves you money in more ways than I can list.

Hope this helps
Tim
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-16-2008, 05:10 PM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]stop and pick it up takes a sec and saves you money in more ways than I can list.
That's the truth.

This reminds me of one time after I sharpened the blades on a three spindle Scag walk behind. The first job the next day was a two acre yard. This customer was very finicky about her grass.

When I finished her yard, I looked back to check it out and noticed there were alternating high and low stripes in the grass. Oops, I must have been half asleep when I replaced the blades and I got the spacers mixed up on the middle blade. Ughhh!

We had a good laugh and she was kind enough to let me wait until the following week to even it out.

Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-16-2008, 06:21 PM
Andrew's Lawn Care
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

So how much of the blade should there be before it starts to get to where it bends in the blade? I sharpen (try to) everyother week. thanks for everyone's help, i guess its time to just for over the money and do it, to me they look like they should me replace.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-19-2008, 11:31 AM
FourSeasons FourSeasons is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Age: 32
Posts: 558
Rep Power: 7
FourSeasons
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]I sharpen (try to) everyother week.
You don't have to sharpen them if they don't need it. If you just sharpen them anyways you are taking off a layer of metal basically that doesn't need to be done. Causing your blades to wear out faster to.
If you arent doing that much mowing they might not need sharpening every other week.
__________________
Rob
Green Image Lawn & Landscape

\"If you don't feel the same way about Friday nights as you do Sunday nights, then you are not doing the right thing.\"
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-20-2008, 02:09 AM
pmblair
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

We have two sets of blades for all our mowers. When the set on the mower needs to be sharpened, we take them off and immediately put the other set - already sharpened - on the mower. Then we sharpen the set we just took off and hang them up to be put on the next time.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-20-2008, 09:42 AM
clarklandscaping
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Im using high lift gator blades, nothing else compares! Try a set the next time you need new blades and you will be hooked.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-20-2008, 01:28 PM
FourSeasons FourSeasons is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Age: 32
Posts: 558
Rep Power: 7
FourSeasons
Default

Does any body on here have the blades on their mower so that if you looked at them it would look like a + sign?
2 blades crossing each other.
I can't remember what it is called specifically.
Maybe Kieth knows what I'm talking about.
I read that it really steps up the cutting performance.
__________________
Rob
Green Image Lawn & Landscape

\"If you don't feel the same way about Friday nights as you do Sunday nights, then you are not doing the right thing.\"
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-20-2008, 04:06 PM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default

That's called double blading.

I have never done that but his guy is a believer:

Double Blades


Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
Yesterday 06:52 PM
by jrs.landscaping
9 189
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
Yesterday 01:26 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
25 3,580
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
Yesterday 01:21 AM
Yesterday 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 79
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
Yesterday 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 143
yearly contract help...
jrob0691
08-21-2014 04:09 PM
Yesterday 12:48 PM
by Steve
1 47
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
Yesterday 10:18 AM
Yesterday 10:18 AM
by BLC7
0 52
Pampas bushes
Bradcook21
Yesterday 01:30 AM
Yesterday 07:17 AM
by grassdoctore
1 45
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
08-21-2014 08:50 PM
by phlawncare
2 89
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-21-2014 08:23 PM
by SGL1
11 288
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
08-21-2014 05:03 PM
by stevef1201
6 578
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
08-21-2014 01:43 PM
by Steve
9 281
Hello
M2Dave
08-21-2014 12:32 AM
08-21-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 51
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
08-21-2014 12:33 PM
by SouthallMowing
8 333
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-20-2014 04:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
100 6,052
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
08-20-2014 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 331
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 115
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 183
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 115
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 899
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 411
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,402
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 589
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,761
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-13-2014 03:34 PM
by Steve
3 168
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 215
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 317
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 170
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 430
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 298
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 411
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 426
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 701
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 247
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 326
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 213
Battery power tools or...
Steve
08-07-2014 12:24 PM
08-07-2014 05:18 PM
by mattthelawnguy
2 217
My client just told me...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-04-2014 08:39 AM
08-06-2014 11:14 PM
by grassdoctore
12 549
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
08-06-2014 02:03 PM
by Steve
13 1,172
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
08-06-2014 01:40 PM
by Steve
20 1,393
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
08-06-2014 10:29 AM
by eastsidelandcare
5 599
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
08-05-2014 07:12 PM
by TheBeast
30 2,023
Late charge
Simon Abousaada
07-30-2014 07:23 PM
08-05-2014 06:46 PM
by TheBeast
12 803
buy out a lawn care...
rvezakis
08-05-2014 01:38 PM
08-05-2014 06:40 PM
by TheBeast
10 521
Please help
unitedlawncare48867
03-26-2014 08:29 PM
08-05-2014 05:27 PM
by TheBeast
27 1,591
Help with Estimate
donslawns
08-02-2014 09:10 AM
08-05-2014 02:24 PM
by Steve
6 461
Stuck again!!!!
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-01-2014 11:02 PM
08-05-2014 09:05 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
10 466
Mow and leaf cleanup bid
SGL1
07-29-2014 07:28 PM
08-05-2014 07:22 AM
by petscanning
25 983
Building credit
Matther777
07-27-2014 05:20 PM
08-04-2014 06:53 PM
by kslawn
17 765
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
08-04-2014 01:09 PM
by Steve
48 5,835
long time no see
Tuscan Gardens
08-02-2014 03:21 PM
08-04-2014 12:04 PM
by Steve
1 292
» Popular Tags
4wd 34'' advertisement apartment complex auger bid blades butterfly gardens charge credit card customers exmark ferris financing first truck georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business health holiday holiday decorating how much to charge john deere quik trac kansas city landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn care website seo leaf lighting marketing mechanic monthly mow mulch mulch price new and restored landscapes new buisness new business patio install payment podcast property management company pto savannah scag schedule scripts seo snow plowing starting a business start up lawn care business stihl toro toro grand stand trailer tree care trimmer rack walker winter winter services
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:05 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:05 AM.

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