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 > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

Whats in the TOOL BOX?


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 09-07-2008, 11:43 AM
realhuntin
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Whats in the TOOL BOX?

How many think of the "WHAT IFS"

Most of you seem to be out there working with no help.

So lets go over the WHAT IFS and see if you're prepared for it.

Lets say you 're using a commercial grade 36" walk behind and the drive belt breaks. The next question is are you ready to fix it in the field or are you burnt toast for the day. Realize this if you can fix it in the field then you have only lost a hour or so, but if you're not then you're out about a day or two and you still have to push a 500+ lb broke down piece of equipment back to the trailer and load it, take it to the repair shop, hope they can get to it fast so you don't fall behind in your schedule.

Some things you should have on hand or in your toolbox;

Extra complete set of belts (Drive, Blade etc.)

Tire Patch kit with tube patches and large plugs

3/8" x 15' Chain or good strong tow rope with hooks

Hand cable ratchet winch

Small set of ratchet, sockets, and wrenches, couple of screwdrivers and some pliers.

A few Carter pins and loop locking pins (to fit the different sizes on your equipment)

A 3 lb hand sledge

2"x2"x3' wood stake

Small ratchet straps (no hooks) used for re-beading flat tubeless tires. NOTE hooks can be used but it makes it harder to get even pressure around the flat tire to re-bead it.

These are just some of the things I feel you should have at hand while in the field to do those quick fixes yourself that will save you time and money. You don't have to be an expert mechanic to do these types of repairs and should be able to fix it yourself.

This happened to us this season;
My younger less equipment repair crew was on a job and called me telling me that the 52" hydro walk behind weighing in at about 600 #'s was down and they couldn't move it nor would it move on it's own. The first thing I told them to look at was the hydro pumps belt drive located under the engine connecting the engine drive spindle to the pulleys of each hydro drive. They found the broken shredded belt, then I told them to get in the toolbox and get one and replace it, they replied they had no clue how to even begin to fix it. So I told them to release the hydro pump pressure valve located on each pump, using a pair of channel locks, get the chain and tow it back to the trailer with the Super Z and load it up, and finish the job using the 36 walk behind. Job completed only lost about hour on the commercial job.

We also had a rash of flat tires, equipment break downs this season and we keep excellent maintenance on ALL our equipment, it was just one of those years. I personally got a 72" Super Z stuck (this thing weighs over 1000 #'s) this spring (we had 15" + of rain fall OVER the norm) I got my ratchet cable winch, hammer, stake and got it out by myself in less than 15 mins.

So prepare for the worst and expect the best. It will save you time equaling money. We all know time is money. Most of us have about 8 months to make 12 months worth of money, so be prepared for as much as you can think of.

If you have any "THIS HAPPEN TO ME" stories I would love to hear about them.
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 09-08-2008, 06:03 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,807
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Excellent post Tim.

Some of the things I was wondering were, do you use any kind of lift to gain access to below your mowers?

Also, do you have an air compressor in your truck? How do you fill up the tires if they get flat?

Quote:
I got my ratchet cable winch, hammer, stake and got it out by myself in less than 15 mins.
I am guessing you get a stake into the ground and winch it closer to the truck and then repeat the process?
__________________
- 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 09-08-2008, 09:58 AM
realhuntin
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Excellent post Tim.

Some of the things I was wondering were, do you use any kind of lift to gain access to below your mowers?

Also, do you have an air compressor in your truck? How do you fill up the tires if they get flat?



I am guessing you get a stake into the ground and winch it closer to the truck and then repeat the process?
Good questions Steve,

Yes I have a power wench for lifting (4 ton) and a floor jack with safety stands so we can work under the decks and etc.

No the air compressor is to big to carry around with us, so I mounted transportable air tanks and rose reels on the trailers, We keep about 80#'s air at all times in the tanks that will fix most problems.

No not really what I use it for but I guess it will work in that application also. I only have had to use the stake and ratchet wench for pulling the mow free from being stuck. It was kinda my fault I got to close to a slopped ditch line and it was wet, sucked that big a$$ mower right into it like quick sand and there I sat. It was kinda funny after the fact because it all happened so fast but was like slow motion at the same time.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-08-2008, 10:41 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,807
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

You got me thinking, how much training should employees be given? For instance , do they need to be trained on how to change belts? Or is that just something that would be too much for most of them?
__________________
- 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
  #5  
Old 09-08-2008, 05:12 PM
realhuntin
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
You got me thinking, how much training should employees be given? For instance , do they need to be trained on how to change belts? Or is that just something that would be too much for most of them?
All employee's should be trained on every minor mechanical repair detail you can do in the Field. Belts, fixing flats, adjusting the drive alignments, changing oil, filters and keeping the equipment greased and blades sharpened. Most of this is VERY minor stuff and if not trained on it, they should be able to figure it out in minimal time.

Not only should they be trained on equipment repairs they should also be trained on how to properly operate the equipment they are using, to prevent unnecessary repairs and equipment brake downs. This includes all equipment, proper use of string trimmers, hand operated tools, right along with the mowing equipment. You would be surprised at how many people THINK they know how to run commercial grade equipment and as a BIG surprise to them they don't.

I think every LCO should properly train there employee's on how YOU want it done and used, everyone has there own way of doing things and I am one of those guys that want it done a certain way. Here is why; I have serviced EVERY customer multiple times and have tried different ways to do each of these customers and have already figured out the fastest and best way to get it done.

So in a nut shell YES I'm a firm believer in proper training in every aspect, EVERY NEW GUY rides shotgun with me before I send them out with any other crew. This way I feel better about other crews servicing my client.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-09-2008, 09:03 PM
All Aspects Landscaping All Aspects Landscaping is offline
James
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 508
Rep Power: 10
All Aspects Landscaping is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

and be sure to remember the condoms... for those customers that really wanna screw ya...lol

excellent post guys... I think alot of new guys get "caught with their pants down" (pardon the pun)... this will be a great help to them... How do you guys feel about Water Coolers?? Who fills them... who buys the ice?? thoughts?
__________________

Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-09-2008, 09:21 PM
realhuntin
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

[quote=How do you guys feel about Water Coolers?? Who fills them... who buys the ice?? thoughts?[/QUOTE]

I fill them with ice and let the crew decide on gatorade or spring water on my dime.
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
Why FREE is such a marketing tool Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 0 04-01-2008 02:30 PM
Tool Time style lawn care S.P.Martin Lawn Care General Talk 1 02-19-2007 11:22 AM
Contractor traded in business suit for a tool belt Steve General Business Discussions 0 06-01-2006 03:02 PM
Gophers QB export tool thread Soupy Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 6 03-26-2006 08:20 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
back surgery
Bradcook21
01-28-2016 08:51 PM
Today 08:04 PM
by Chilehead
12 246
hello all
romanlandscape
01-29-2016 03:46 PM
Today 10:20 AM
by Bradcook21
6 153
Finding open bids?!?
C&DPropertyManagement
Today 01:48 AM
Today 01:48 AM
by C&DPropertyManagement
0 25
Lawn Care Book Ranked #1
Steve
Yesterday 12:36 AM
Yesterday 12:36 AM
by Steve
0 44
Hi
Sellers Lawn Care
02-02-2016 01:48 PM
02-05-2016 08:03 AM
by Sellers Lawn Care
4 119
Collecting payments from...
Niagara Mowing
02-03-2016 05:21 PM
02-05-2016 08:00 AM
by Niagara Mowing
7 167
SMS assist? The good,...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:24 PM
02-04-2016 11:53 PM
by Steve
5 196
I need some help...
Anise
02-04-2016 01:39 PM
02-04-2016 11:51 PM
by Steve
3 90
Customers dodging the...
Rocky
11-06-2015 06:22 AM
02-04-2016 03:41 AM
by C&DPropertyManagement
7 1,448
Offering a "Trial"...
wybut076
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
02-03-2016 08:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
7 198
Iowa Caucus Predictions?
Steve
02-01-2016 06:31 PM
02-03-2016 12:40 AM
by Steve
1 76
Laying White River Rock
DiamondLawnCare
02-01-2016 08:27 PM
02-03-2016 12:17 AM
by Steve
1 93
Networking for a...
jcurr33
01-30-2016 09:26 PM
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
by Steve
4 158
Customer giving a 1099?
apmAkron
01-27-2016 07:22 PM
01-31-2016 08:55 PM
by Chilehead
6 219
happy to be here
redrobin
01-29-2016 10:45 AM
01-31-2016 08:44 PM
by Steve
1 112
Thought's on an "E-Z...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:48 PM
01-31-2016 08:38 PM
by Steve
4 187
Changes
Knaubone
01-30-2016 10:56 PM
01-31-2016 08:31 PM
by Steve
1 95
Thoughts on this Exmark...
googus
01-28-2016 04:24 PM
01-28-2016 08:09 PM
by Chilehead
1 122
1st year in
jcurr33
10-18-2015 05:07 PM
01-28-2016 07:49 PM
by Chilehead
6 4,106
Need opinion on zero...
Mr. Mow
01-24-2016 05:42 PM
01-28-2016 07:41 PM
by Chilehead
10 319
Opinion on liquid vs...
Bradcook21
01-25-2016 02:03 PM
01-28-2016 07:38 PM
by Chilehead
9 269
Finding property size
Gageslawncare
01-25-2016 11:08 AM
01-28-2016 12:05 PM
by Gageslawncare
10 272
Tiger TG 2661 Commercial...
lawnman1959
01-25-2016 08:12 PM
01-27-2016 07:57 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 212
Spouse as a dependent?
Steve
01-26-2016 01:51 AM
01-27-2016 10:44 AM
by Chilehead
3 176
Hello All
C&DPropertyManagement
01-23-2016 12:21 PM
01-26-2016 01:24 AM
by Steve
1 159
Credit Cards - What's in...
Shark1611
06-16-2015 04:04 PM
01-23-2016 03:43 PM
by C&DPropertyManagement
17 7,634
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 08:43 PM
01-19-2016 07:00 PM
by Steve
12 586
State of the nation 2016.
Steve
01-12-2016 12:05 AM
01-19-2016 06:57 PM
by Steve
6 348
little help? first big...
Brian3137
12-31-2015 12:39 PM
01-19-2016 06:54 PM
by Steve
23 1,027
Hi everybody...
Greg_TopYardServices
01-14-2016 08:10 AM
01-19-2016 02:47 PM
by SC93
12 416
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 12:54 PM
01-17-2016 08:48 PM
by Homeland unlimited
25 7,879
Plow controller problems
scaypa
01-12-2016 05:49 PM
01-16-2016 10:46 AM
by scaypa
4 268
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
01-15-2016 07:23 PM
by tannerduncan
1,244 427,920
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 07:15 AM
01-15-2016 11:20 AM
by djlandscaping06
23 5,367
New College Course
Dr. D
01-14-2016 01:45 PM
01-14-2016 05:35 PM
by Steve
1 190
Yelp
Shark1611
01-13-2016 10:00 AM
01-14-2016 05:32 PM
by Steve
4 249
New to the forum from...
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:23 PM
01-14-2016 08:34 AM
by Doug Green
2 223
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 08:49 AM
01-13-2016 10:20 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 885
Choosing local business
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:29 PM
01-13-2016 06:12 PM
by Steve
2 385
4 Seasons Landscaping LLC
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:56 PM
01-12-2016 12:59 PM
by Doug Green
1 244
2016 business goals
OxfordOS
01-09-2016 04:19 PM
01-12-2016 08:36 AM
by mowandblow1980
15 532
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
01-08-2016 09:30 PM
by jeramicox76
10 2,755
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:14 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:14 PM.

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