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: 8
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: 8
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
Buying contracts /...
greenscaper123
Today 04:46 PM
Today 04:46 PM
by greenscaper123
0 5
Correct me if I'm wrong...
SGL1
Today 02:41 PM
Today 02:41 PM
by SGL1
0 18
what's the big deal...
Tony317
Yesterday 02:19 PM
Today 12:08 PM
by SGL1
2 74
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
Today 08:25 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
59 5,298
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
Today 05:18 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
3 83
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
Yesterday 08:25 PM
by SGL1
7 166
mowing pic
joshlawncare
Yesterday 12:34 PM
Yesterday 08:09 PM
by avetslawncare
1 70
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
Yesterday 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
7 185
Lawn Care Service in...
Friscobob
04-24-2015 03:33 PM
Yesterday 05:35 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 95
Newb Question - Multiple...
DependiLawn
04-24-2015 11:36 PM
04-24-2015 11:36 PM
by DependiLawn
0 61
maintandlawndispatch...
SGL1
04-21-2015 03:31 PM
04-24-2015 04:42 PM
by Steve
9 229
Thoughts on Undocumented...
element009
09-25-2011 11:08 AM
04-23-2015 09:32 PM
by Chilehead
56 15,525
Hello Everyone
DesignsByBnC
04-22-2015 04:07 PM
04-23-2015 02:19 PM
by DesignsByBnC
2 114
The upcoming rainy...
5StarLawnscaping
04-21-2015 01:22 PM
04-23-2015 12:54 PM
by Steve
7 203
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
04-23-2015 12:50 PM
by Steve
12 378
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
04-22-2015 07:04 PM
by Just for Cuts
59 2,554
WARNING! Especially to...
SC93
04-19-2015 12:05 PM
04-22-2015 01:39 PM
by Steve
14 437
Could be great news for...
SC93
04-14-2015 11:06 PM
04-22-2015 01:28 PM
by Steve
15 523
quick pic
joshlawncare
04-14-2015 07:49 PM
04-21-2015 05:01 PM
by joshlawncare
4 349
Got Inspected today
swstout
08-09-2010 10:31 PM
04-21-2015 03:53 PM
by SGL1
10 4,009
Smoked my first belt!
SGL1
04-20-2015 08:46 PM
04-21-2015 03:28 PM
by SGL1
4 175
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
04-21-2015 12:47 PM
by Steve
25 1,025
lawn care business...
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:56 PM
04-21-2015 06:18 AM
by holymoly
3 267
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
04-20-2015 10:02 PM
by SGL1
4 483
Poll & Discussion...
CHEESE2009
09-16-2011 06:16 PM
04-20-2015 08:20 PM
by avetslawncare
27 5,689
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
04-20-2015 01:08 PM
by Steve
4 275
Aerating / Dethaching...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-12-2015 07:53 PM
04-19-2015 08:49 PM
by Chilehead
17 613
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
04-19-2015 09:21 AM
by KJ90
8 1,027
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
04-19-2015 05:26 AM
by RSE
22 1,037
Hustler Raptor
SGL1
04-13-2015 09:27 PM
04-18-2015 07:53 AM
by SGL1
15 533
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
04-17-2015 10:25 PM
by Wolf4dk
11 443
Am I missing something...
googus
04-11-2015 06:33 PM
04-17-2015 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
10 556
Hello
sonny54
04-16-2015 09:49 PM
04-17-2015 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 215
Unreal
Chilehead
04-09-2015 09:12 PM
04-17-2015 08:27 AM
by Chilehead
11 587
starting a lawn care...
JBENI
04-14-2015 09:03 AM
04-17-2015 08:03 AM
by JBENI
14 572
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
04-16-2015 07:52 PM
by avetslawncare
23 1,387
New 14 x 7 Enclosed...
whitepropertydetail
04-15-2015 06:46 PM
04-16-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 272
older used dump trucks
SECTLANDSCAPING
09-22-2011 12:33 AM
04-16-2015 12:41 PM
by biglee
21 8,071
Tax Poll
Steve
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
by Steve
0 251
lawn care by Aj
aj10261984
04-14-2015 06:50 PM
04-15-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
2 291
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 08:13 AM
04-15-2015 12:54 PM
by SC93
7 1,287
trying to sign up for...
JBENI
04-14-2015 10:20 AM
04-14-2015 12:11 PM
by Steve
1 779
Charging customers for...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-14-2015 07:34 AM
04-14-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
1 326
New member
Jdlandscaping,LLC
04-11-2015 03:24 PM
04-14-2015 05:45 AM
by Jdlandscaping,LLC
2 351
hello
oasis_greenscapes
04-01-2015 06:18 PM
04-13-2015 12:03 PM
by Steve
8 589
New Member
Greenturion
04-11-2015 02:00 PM
04-13-2015 11:59 AM
by Steve
1 313
Client with...
OldSalt
04-07-2015 09:47 PM
04-13-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
8 537
Getting rid of "mulched...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 04:21 PM
04-13-2015 11:26 AM
by biglee
3 351
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
04-13-2015 11:11 AM
by biglee
7 463
Billing methods
jcurr33
03-26-2015 01:33 PM
04-13-2015 11:07 AM
by biglee
15 971
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter blowout bush commercial contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration design ditches door hangers employee problems estimate facebook foreman google growing a lawn care business how to hydraulic jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets mulch new mower patio install per hour service pricing pto scag v-ride search engine optimization secrets to landscaping seo shell shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro toro grand stand tractor auger trailer mate pro up sell employee web design website website design wood wright stander rh www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:04 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:04 PM.

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