Edging a Lawn with Weed Eater

August 5, 2017 Hanser 0

As soon as spring sets in your lawn maintenance needs attention. Once you have nice and trimmed edges of your lawn or flower beds it will just need timely maintenance. Weed eaters or weed whackers whatever you call them are quiet suitable for the purpose of edging your lawn. Few tips for selecting the correct model include plug in or battery powered models as these are not powerful enough to ruin the edges but are designed to trim them neatly.

Next comes the “ergonomics” factor, so select a machine that is light to carry and has a straight body. Next comes your own safety so wear proper shoes and glasses because the edges of the lawn normally have stones, gravel, twigs and many other small objects that can shoot off easily from ground and hit you as weed eaters are deviously powerful.

A powered weed eater is best to be used for straight lines like along a defined path whereas for undefined paths and irregular angles a manual weed eater comes in handy for edging. It is always better to clear off potential harmful stuff from the edges of the lawn yourself prior to edging otherwise the weed eater will do it for you in ways that might surprise you. Apart from your own safety this also helps in extending the life of the weed eater’s string.

Step 1

Depending upon the model being used either plug in or insert a new battery or turn on the choke in case of gas powered weed eater, pull the cord and switch off the choke when the engine starts up.

Step 2

Set the handle in a relaxed position and secure it by tightening the nut. Your one hand will be used to support the trimmer and other will be used to operate the trigger. To adjust the string automatically trimmer head is tapped on the lawn. Standing on the side path rather than the grass can lead to your own ease and convenience.

Step 3

The weed eater should be held at your waist height and its head should be at the edge of the lawn. Then pull the trigger and angle the head of the weed eater at 60 degrees from ground this will enable the ends of the strings to trim.

Step 4

Now simply move the weed eater’s head back and forth with continuously reducing the angle to make the slanting edge of your lawn. Move your body rather than your arms as it will help in getting the line straighter. Continuing the same motion move around the boundary of the lawn till you again reach where you starting from. After you are done turn off the weed eater.

Additional tips

Hover the weed eater’s head about an inch above the ground so that the grass doesn’t get completely cut which can also lead to massacring the grass. Also the string of the weed eater can destroy edging strips, sprinklers or any other marking obstructions, so the edging should be done carefully.

Edging definitely improves the look of your lawn aesthetically and once done properly needs little maintenance.

How Does a Zero Turn Mower Work?

July 19, 2017 Hanser 0

What is a zero turn mower?

A zero turn mower is a type of lawn mower which can have a turning radius of zero. You can buy both industrial and residential zero turn mowers. Traditional lawn tractors have their mowing decks underneath the machine; on the other hand, zero turn mowers have their mowing deck in front of the machine.

How They Work

The effective turning radius of zero that is achieved by a zero turn mower means that it can turn around while mowing without missing any of the lawn. Regular steerable lawn mowers and tractors have front wheels that can be turned, similar to steering a car.

The front wheels on a zero turn mower, on the other hand, cannot be turned.  Instead, the two driving rear wheels are used to turn the mower. Each rear wheel is powered independently from the other, often with their own respective levers to control the power output. This means that one wheel can be turned at a different speed to the other, and even in a different direction. As a result, the mower can be turned around completely on the spot.

Steering a zero turn mower

As most zero turn mowers use two levers to control the power output to each wheel, to simply move forwards and backwards both levers would be pushed either forwards or backwards and equal amount. Pushing the right lever forwards more than the left lever would cause the mower to curve left, and vice versa to curve right. If you want to pivot around a single wheel, keep one wheel stationary and push the other lever forwards.

This would leave no area of grass uncut and also it would set you up faster for the next stretch. Another method of turning is the classic z-turn (also called a tank turn). This method involves moving one wheel forwards while moving the other backwards. This pivots the mower around a central point between the two drive wheels rather than around one of the wheels itself.

Advantages and disadvantages

Zero turn mowers are often a lot faster than other mowers and a lot more manoeuvrable. Although this alone doesn’t seem like a large benefit, zero turn mowers can get large areas of grass cut a lot more quickly, acres of grass can be cut in a matter of minutes. Switching from traditional riding lawn mowers to zero turn mowers can cut up to 70% off the time it takes to mow your lawn.

The manoeuvrability of zero turn mowers also allows you to mow tightly around obstacles such as flowerbeds and bushes, often to the point where a trimmer isn’t needed. There are myriad attachments that can be used with zero turn mowers, the most popular of which are collection systems and mulching kits.

There are also a few disadvantages to zero turn mowers. Due to the fact that all aspects of their operation is reliant on the traction of the wheels, in wet conditions they can be ineffective and even dangerous, slipping and losing control. If your lawn is sloped more than 10 degrees or so then zero turn mowers can be very unbalanced and roll over. Therefore if you are mowing an area of grass which is either slightly sloped or damp then be very careful.

The Ariens Max Zoom Zero Turn Mower : Pros and Cons

April 12, 2017 Hanser 0

The Ariens Max Zoom 60-inch zero turn is as near commercial quality as one could possibly hope for. The biggest difference is the price does not reflect one of a commercial mower. It’s priced as a large residential zero turn.

As with most anything we shop for, there are always good reasons to buy as well as good reasons not to buy.  First let’s take a look at the positives.

 

Advantages

1. The large 60-inch deck is made of 10-gauge fabricated and welded steel. Just the fact that it’s 10-gauge makes it an incredibly strong deck.

2. The Twin ZT3100 Hydrostatic Trans axles make the Ariens Max Zoom 60-inch zero turn highly powerful. This riding mower will take on hills without even a sputter.

Another good reason for owning this particular ZTR is if you have a lawn business and don’t really have anything to get you up hills, this one will do it with no problem. This contains the added advantage of being able to take on more business without worrying about the terrain of the property you might be adding to the mix, that could prevent making the mistake of agreeing to take on a new account and then finding out you have to get another mower just to handle that particular piece of property.

3. The Ariens Max Zoom 60-inch zero turn is rabbit fast. It goes up to 8 miles per hours in forward speed and up to 4-miles per hour in reverse.

Then there is the fact that it has a capacity to hold 7-gallons of fuel . That is critical if you’re taking care of other people’s lawns. One of the last things you want to do is re-fuel all the time when you’re on the job. Time is money and re-fueling doesn’t make you a penny. Plus, there are 3 anti-scalp wheels which is crucial because the last thing you want to do, and it’s common in ZTs that are cutting on uneven terrain, is scalp yours or someone elses lawn. The anti-scalp wheels will ensure the deck floats over the terrain really nicely leaving a perfectly even, professional cut. If you all take that under consideration, then it’s wise to own the Ariens Max Zoom 60-Inch Zero Turn.

That is the good side of this big ZTR by Ariens. There is also a negative side. So let’s talk about the various disadvantages.

Drawbacks

1. You really need ample place to store this. The foot-print on this machine is large. It’s just over 75-inches wide.

Some people simply don’t have enough space available to house  the Ariens Max Zoom 60-Inch Zero Turn, so that could be the deal breaker. It might be a factor to avoid getting this particular ztr.

2. It won’t fit through a gate. If you are purchasing a riding mower for your own  personal use, you’ll probably have to install a second gate door. The standard gate size is normally around 38 Inches.

So, a double door gate would be 76 inches wide, but you’d have to have REALLY good aim to pull that off.

3. The Ariens Max Zoom 60-inch zero turn is only available to be purchased online.

One more justification in avoiding owning this riding mower is if you are the type who needs to try before you buy. But I can tell you that the Max Zoom is at least double the comfort of the Ariens Zoom ztrs and they are all extremely comfortable

And so that is that. There are the advantages and disadvantages of the Ariens Max Zoom 60-Inch zero turn, and now you know what they are. This may not be the ZTR that everyone wants or needs. But for the person looking for one of this size, this riding mower will not disappoint them in the least. At least with the information above, you can now look at the specifications and the customer reviews and make an informed decision.