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How to Minimize Fuel System Problems When Using Ethanol-Blended Gasoline

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While the EnvironmentalProtection Agency (EPA) currently limits an ethanol-gasoline blend of 10% ethanol (or E10) as a standard transportation fuel, the agency recently granted the ethanol industry a waiver increasing the allowable limit to 15% ethanol (or E15) for use only in some motor vehicles.

What To Look For When Buying A Zero-Turn Mower

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(ARA) – Ever wonder how those lawn-care guys get so much done in a day?

Top Ways to Avoid Snowblower Hassles

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Staying on top of basic snowblower maintenance

Know Your Snow When Choosing a Snowblower!

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Choosing the best snowblower for your needs is somewhat dependent on the area you need to clear, but it’s also determined by the type of snow you typically remove. Both single-stage and two-stage machines are great for clearing snow from your driveway and sidewalk, but they remove snow differently, and each works best for different types of snowfalls. How Single- and Two-Stage Snowblowers Work Single- and two-stage machines remove snow…

Storing Your Mower

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The mowing season is coming to an end, and winter is just around the corner! Once you’re done mowing for the year, replace any worn parts and properly store your machine to help ensure it is ready for next spring. If you’re planning to do your own maintenance or just want to see what Toro recommends, here are tips that will help you prepare for winter. See your operator’s manual…

Preparing Your Snowblower for Winter

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Now is a great time to take your machine to a local dealer for any needed maintenance or repairs. If you’re planning to do your own maintenance, or just want to see what we recommend, please follow these tips, which will help ensure your snowblower is ready for winter.

Understanding Blower Power

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When shopping for a new blower, many consumers look at the “miles per hour” rating to assess the power of a blower. However, it is possible for a 230 MPH blower to have more power than a 240 MPH blower. Here is why: MPH alone is not a good measure of power A blower nozzle opening the size of a straw could blow air at 300 mph—it is good for…

Choosing the Right Mower

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For more than 150 years, human and animal-powered machines have given way to compact equipment powered by internal combustion engines of all sizes and configurations.  Even as caring for yards and gardens becomes more mechanized, homeowners still have a basic choice: power and speed—or muscle and patience—with lots of options in between.  A homeowner necessity, lawn mowers today range from manual reel push mowers to technologically sophisticated zero-turn-radius mowers. Speed…

When to mow and what height

When to Mow & How Much to Cut

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North Cut cool-season grasses when they reach heights of 3 to 3-½ inches, typically once a week.  If the lawn grows too high for you to cut off one-third of the height and have an acceptable length, cut off one-third and then wait two or three days before cutting off another one-third.  The best time of day to mow is in the evening when the sun is lower in the sky….

Zero-Turn-Radius Mowers

Choosing A Zero Turn Mower

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Easily maneuverable and time reducing, zero turn mowers are the fastest-growing category of riding mower today.  Zero turn mowers turn quickly thanks to independent rear-wheel drives (hydraulically operated transaxles or wheel motors) and front caster-style wheels.  You can cut tight contours, such as around trees and garden beds, without having to reverse.  Zero-turns also have a visibility advantage over tractors, as there is nothing in front to obstruct your view. To…