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by Matthew Lawonn Menomonee Falls, WI About seven years ago, my Grandfather and I decided that it was time for a new lawn mower. We both agreed that it would be better for us to go to a dealer, so we can get to know the people behind the name, rather than a “big box store” approach. So, when we walked into the dealership, we knew that we would be…

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Turf Wars

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By Doug Jimerson I received a phone call the other day from my youngest son, Graham, who currently lives in Los Angeles. He told me that he’d applied for a job near our home in Iowa, and that if he was hired, he’d be moving back to the Midwest in the next month. I was totally shocked. After all, he’d wanted to live in California since he was very young….

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Mowing Advice

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By Doug Jimerson I grew up with circus people. Or more precisely, circus person. As a young man, my grandfather worked as an acrobat in a traveling circus. He and his two partners would go from city to city, showing off their precise movements on the fulcrum, trampoline, and balance beam. By the time I knew him, however, my grandfather had long since retired from the circus and worked for…

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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?

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Toro General Mower Safety Tips

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Read and understand your operator’s manual before operating the mower. For gasoline units, add fuel to the tank outdoors before starting the machine. Do not add gasoline to a running or hot engine and never leave the machine running in an enclosed area. As with other power tools and equipment, do not operate a lawn mower when consuming alcohol. Wear appropriate clothing – significant footwear, long pants, eye and hearing…

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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…

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Riding Mower Maintenance

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Riding Mower Maintenance Regular maintenance is the most important step for achieving the best performance and longest life out of your riding mower.  If equipped, use the hour meter to track and perform routine services, such as oil changes and spark-plug replacements.  If not equipped with an hour meter, one way to track time used is to put a piece of masking tape on the product and make a pencil…

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Buying a Self-Propelled Walk-Behind Mower

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The vast majority of self-propelled gasoline walk-behind mowers are rotary type, meaning they cut the grass with a horizontal blade attached to the vertical drive shaft of the engine.  The deck is a protective housing component and an integral part of the mower that supports the engine and wheels and controls the airflow to maximize the cutting and bagging efficiency.  Most decks are steel, but some are aluminum alloy or high-impact…

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Mower Timesavers

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It is easier to adjust the cutting blade height if you get the weight off the wheels by supporting one side of the mower at a time on a wood block. Cooking spray on the underside of the deck will make your new mower’s deck easier to clean. If you use your mower infrequently, or are storing away for the off-season, then fill the tank with fuel treated with a…

When to Mow and How Much to Cut

When to Mow and How Much to Cut

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North Best time of day to mow is the evening once the sun is lower in the sky.  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. If you cut…