It’s true we have multiple posts discussing lubrication. (Three to be exact, but who’s counting?) But as you’re wondering why we’re getting stuck on this one topic, just remember that proper lubrication extends the life of your mower. And, we want you to help keep those bad boys working hard for you for as long as possible.
So here’s the breakdown on what you need to know and what you should be doing:
- Change the engine oil after the first five hours of operating a new mower.
- Your first hydraulic oil and filter change should be at 200 hours.
- After initial hydraulic oil and filter change, and if you’re using genuine Exmark Hydraulic Oil, change the oil and filter at maximum every 500 hours.
- If you’re using Mobil 1 Oil, change the oil and filter at maximum every 250 hours.
- If you are mowing hills or running bagging equipment, change hydraulic fluid and engine oil much more frequently than manufacturer’s maximum recommendations.
- Use a high-quality oil since less expensive grease or generic brands might cost you more in the long run.
- Engine manufacturers do not recommend the use of synthetic oils. Find more information on Exmark’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/exmarkmanufacturing.
- You have the option of using Exmark-branded engine oil, which is specifically formulated for mowers.
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While doing some research online, we came across a very interesting post by a part-time landscape pro, Sherri Joubert.
In her post, she talks about the fact that mower theft is on the rise. We were actually quite shocked to read what Sherri’s discovered is behind these thefts.
Sherri writes that the slumping economy and the rising unemployment rate are forcing those who are out of work to find alternative means of making money so they can provide for their families. Basically, some people are stealing mowers to start their own landscaping businesses.
Those caught in-the-act explained they were planning on returning the mowers once they’d made enough money to buy their own used equipment.
At this point we started thinking about your mower security.
To keep your mowers, well, yours, there are a few steps you can take to protect them:
- Make sure your stored equipment is hard to get to. Reinforce your locks with heavy-duty chains.
- Don’t leave any of your equipment unattended curb-side, even if you’re taking a quick lunch break.
- Buy a covered trailer or a trailer with high walls.
- Always check to make sure locks are secure.
Our final piece of advice on what you might do comes from Sherri’s own personal experience. Instead of putting her mower under lock and key, she rents her equipment for a nominal fee to a single mom in the neighborhood. The mom has access to the mowers on days Sherri is off.
Within the last couple of months, the mom saved enough money to buy her own equipment, something she couldn’t have done without Sherri’s compassion. That’s pretty powerful stuff.
What do you do to keep your mower safe? Leave your comments below.
This week we’re featuring Tony Weston. Tony is that rare breed of dealer, landscape professional and all-around nice guy. His business philosophy is simple: Be respectful, be honest and never sell your customers a product you wouldn’t use. Who can argue with that?
As a dealer, what do you look for in a product? I look for machines that are well-made, dependable and deliver the best cut out there. That’s why I only sell Exmarks. They’re the machines I use for my landscaping business and I would never sell my clients anything I wouldn’t use myself. We have a saying in my shop: We sell ‘em…We use ‘em…’nough said.
What is the one thing you focus on when it comes to your customers? Honesty. I am a dealer and a landscape pro so I know what it takes to get the job done right. And what it takes is a combination of experience and quality mowers. I’ll never sell a mower I don’t believe in, even if it means a bigger profit for me. I just can’t do it. I also believe in loyalty. I got baseball caps with my customers’ logos on them hanging on a wall in my shop. And I’ll never underbid a customer on the same job. Never. It’s not the way I do business.
What similarities/philosophies do you think you share with Exmark? Exmark always puts the customer first. They’re only interested in making the very best mowers, so they ask a lot of questions, are open to feedback and take their time crafting their machines. I am all about doing what you can for your customers.
How would you define a quality cut? First, start by picturing a large, open field with grass that’s about 13” long. Now picture a red laser beam coming in and slicing right through it. In one smooth motion, it creates an even cut from one blade to the next. No stragglers. No pushed over grass. What you end up with is my definition of a quality cut.
Thanks for answering our questions, Tony. Keep up the good work.
Now that mowing season is well under way, the last thing you want to happen is for your mower to experience downtime. The following tips will help you keep your mower running in tip-top shape.
- Check your operator’s manual to see what might need to be greased! Keeping the right parts greased is an important step in extending the life of your mower.
- Check the air filter (inner and outer) and change it if necessary. Never use compressed air to clean a filter.
- Depending on how many hours the mower has been running, consider changing the fuel filter.
- Check and, if necessary, change the spark plugs.
- Verify that you are doing the oil changes at the proper intervals. You should NEVER exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations by more than 100 hours.
- Blow the debris off the unit
- Remove the belt deck belt shields and blow off all foreign material.
- Blow the grass off the areas around the pumps and wheel motors (overheated oil leads to shorter component life).
- Blow through the openings in and around the console or remove the console mounting screws to get debris out of this area.
- Check for loose hardware.
- Verify torque on wheel motor castle nut and tire mounting lug nuts.
How is your season going? If you have any comments or questions, we’d love to hear from you.
At Exmark, one of our top concerns is safety. Around the plant, at the dealership, during development and especially while on the mower itself. One thing you can always count on is that safety comes first. Always.
Everything we do goes into making each unit as safe as possible for operators, as well as how the machine works for the operator. Of course durability and quality are what we’re known for, but; at Exmark, safety is essential to a great, successful unit.
- Proper conditions for mowing
- Proper care for and operation of the Lazer Z, as well as instructions for utilizing the rollover protection system
- Exmark’s unique handling instructions, features and controls for full safety and performance
- Proper maintenance, transport and storage that are crucial to performance
- Care of your Exmark mower
- General operation and safety instructions for the Vantage
- Safety features of your Exmark Quest
Stop by the Exmark YouTube channel to catch all the videos and learn more about your Exmark. Feel free to leave a comment or two along the way! We love hearing from you.
Scott isn’t the kind of guy who would ask anyone to do something he wouldn’t do himself. A line supervisor at Exmark since 1998, Scott gets to work before his staff and stays well past their clock-out time. He says he feels like a firefighter as he goes into the assembly line to get everything prepped and organized, making sure parts are ready and available for the day’s work.
As Scott puts it, “I like to jump right in and help those on the line throughout the day. I want to make them feel more comfortable through leading by example.” That’s why on most days, you can find him helping on the line. He honed his supportive management style at a couple of his previous jobs, where he was a head manager of Godfather’s Pizza and a nightclub owner.
Receiving his first Circle of Excellence award in 2005 is his proudest moment at Exmark. Outside of work, Scott rocks out. Literally. He’s been the lead vocalist and drummer in a local band since 1976. If you live in Beatrice, Neb., or the surrounding areas, you’ve probably heard of them and caught one of their shows. They’ve built up quite the following. As his daughter, who shares the mowing responsibility with her father, once said, “Dad, you are not Bon Jovi or Def Leppard, but you are famous in this area.”
But Scott isn’t just about building a fan base. His helping spirit guides him in giving back to the community by organizing yearly concerts and fundraisers, two of which are ‘Rock For Hunger’ and ‘Rock Against Rape.’ Recently, he raised more than $4,000 at one of the events.
Around here, we’re Scott’s biggest, and possibly loudest, fans.
We used to get asked all the time what we were doing at fishing, hunting and boating shows. Reels, guns and boats, that’s the kind of stuff you’d expect to see there. But a mower? It seemed odd…at first. Now a lot of Exmark users stop by our booth to tell us how much time they saved with their mowers. And there’s the connection.
If you’ve ever used an Exmark, then you know just how productive these babies are. So whether you’re mowing for a living or mowing your backyard, you can count on the job being done as efficiently as possible. For some of you, this means you can get back to fishing, hunting or boating before the day is done.
Our goal is to be the booth that’s buzzing with activity at all times–from entering our Grand Gear Giveaway Sweepstakes, to video games for the kids to giving away cool gifts to all those who stop by. If you’re the outdoorsy type, then you know that Cabelas is one of the places to go for an impressive selection of gear.
Our presence at outdoor shows is now expected. People love seeing us there. They love to stop by and ask a lot of technical questions. And we love talking with them and sharing our passion for the outdoors. These folks really appreciate quality and craftsmanship in a machine. We can definitely understand that.
This post is by John Cloutier, senior marketing manager at Exmark.
To put it lightly, our employees rock –every single one of them. They’re the reason Exmark mowers are tough, reliable and deliver the best cut in the industry. To show our appreciation to all of the hard-working men and women who make this place tick, we’re going to feature one employee a month. Consider this to be the first of many “Thank Yous.”
Lenny Magnall – Customer Service Technician
13 years and counting.
In a nutshell, Lenny is a problem solver. Whether it’s over the phone or during face-to-face visits, he can answer questions that deal with everything from electrical issues to warranty inquiries to that clickity-click-veeee sound a mower is making while idling.
But answering questions is only part of what he does. Lenny’s also a presenter, video editor and website developer. During the off-season, he’s a road warrior, traveling around the country to speak with dealers, distributors and technicians in person. There isn’t much this guy can’t do.
On a scale of one to 10, Lenny gives his job in the customer service department a 15. His tenure in Research and Development also ranks pretty high. But he’ll never forget starting out as a welder. Putting mowers together was quite an experience. And wielding a blowtorch wasn’t bad either.
When he’s not working, Lenny’s busy fishing and coaching his three boys’ sports teams. As for mowing the lawn, you’ll rarely see him with his Exmark walk-behind. That’s because his wife has taken the reins. He would say something, but then he wouldn’t have as much time for everything else on his plate.
Much like cars, mowers tend to have different personalities. You have your workhorse or your sleek rider. And much like car enthusiasts, there’s a breed of devout mower enthusiasts. On occasion, the two are one and the same. But whatever camp you happen to fall in, you probably know that a mower shouldn’t be treated like a car, especially where engine oil is concerned. Up until now, your options were limited.
Engine oil specifically designed for mowers didn’t exist. What was available was a common blend almost identical to oils manufactured for the automotive industry. Seeing the need for oil specific to the lubrication requirements of the mower, we’re excited to announce our newest product, Exmark-branded engine oil that’s formulated to deliver everything a mower needs. It’ll help boost performance and, along with regular maintenance, it’ll help extend the life of your machine. You won’t get that out of the car oil blends.
Key benefits of the new oil include:
- Both SAE 30 and SAE 10W-30 in one bottle.
- Contains increased levels of zinc and phosphorus for increased lubricity.
- No Viscosity Index Improvers that tend to shear down in high heat.
- Synthetic formulation.
- Gas & Diesel compatible.
- Anti-corrosion additives.
- API ‘SL’ and JASO rated with wet clutch compatibility for other machines in your fleet.
Check out our new Exmark engine oil and see what it can do for your Exmark here.
Ahhhhh, mowing – being outdoors, surrounded by the scent of freshly-mowed grass, no walls or fluorescent lights or cubicles standing between you and nature, the feeling of instant gratification that comes with turning a plain lawn into a masterpiece – there’s nothing like it.
The only catch is, spending all that time outside during the prime summer months, when the sun is at its most relentless, can be bad news for your skin. The rays are at their worst between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Aside from painful sunburn, you’ll increase your chances of skin cancer. Fortunately you can protect yourself with a few easy steps.
It’s all in the timing.
When you apply your sunscreen is just as important as actually applying sunscreen. So slather it on 30 minutes before you head out to maximize its effectiveness. And don’t forget to reapply every few hours to keep your skin protected.
Choose the right amount.
Most people think a little squirt of sunscreen will do the job. Those people usually end up burned. What you need is at least a shot-glass full to cover your entire body.
The right outfit.
It may seem like a no-brainer, but what you wear can make a difference in protecting your skin. The color, thickness of material and tightness of the fabric’s weave all contribute to a piece of clothing’s SPF rating. Clothing’s SPF can range from less than 10 for a plain white T-shirt to more than 50 for sun-protective clothes.
If you get burned.
If you do end up with a sunburn, there are several things you can do to treat it. The first is to take an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen to help reduce swelling. The second is to use a sunburn spray or gel and apply it directly to the burn. Skip the heavy lotions though; they can actually prevent the skin from cooling down.
Do you have any tricks for protecting yourself from the sun? Post a comment and tell us all about it.