Getting back to normal: Landscape architecture firms prepare to lend a helping hand

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Landscape architects are seeing the effects of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on their firms, but for the time being, things don’t seem to be slowing down too much.

“Landscape architects are optimistic people,” says Wendy Miller, FASLA, president of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). “Even amid a pandemic, we can envision parks filled with people enjoying nature, playgrounds overrun by children and streetscapes alive with social commerce. That optimism reminds everyone of what awaits us when we can be together again.”

Coping with COVID-19

Michael Radner, ASLA, principal at Radner Design Associates, Inc. in Framingham, Massachusetts, says it seems to be a mixed bag at the moment, as many firms in the area are still busy.

Due to the nature of landscape architecture projects, Radner says it can sometimes take years for them to come to fruition, so projects that are already funded, whether public or private, are still going forward. Based on his talks with other firms in the area, there haven’t been a lot of layoffs, since business was booming before the virus.

Radner thinks they will remain busy throughout the construction season, but he is concerned about what will happen in the fall when the pipeline is exhausted if they don’t get new activity.

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Radner says it’s been a challenge working remotely to some extent because the process of creating these designs in the studio is very high contact and personal in the way designs are developed and how people interact together. Many aspects are much easier to attain if they are all in the same room with each other, he says.

“You kind of have to be together because there’s a synergy that’s there,” says Radner. “As long as things are in construction, you can kind of move forward with a lot of the administration of projects, but when you get into the initial phases of design for new work, I think it’s harder to do it remotely. I think there’s going to be a new normal in the way that people work after this.”

Andrew Wickham, ASLA, project designer at LPA, Inc. in Sacramento, California, says the firm has about 400 employees, and almost overnight, the whole operation transitioned to remote work.

By swapping to a digital communication format with customers, Wickham says a new type of dialogue has occurred, as digital meetings sometimes allow more people to participate in a call.

“We’re finding that we have the ability to engage talent across the entire company, not just regionally, so we get the right people for the right job, and that really is a benefit for our clients,” says Wickham. “We’re finding that collaboration still happens at the same rate, if not at more of an increased rate now because we need to stay connected.”

Wickham says he expects business to slow down as construction slows down, and some clients might be a bit more hesitant to move forward.

As things begin to open up again, Wickham says they will have to make sure they are able to maintain safety as they continue projects in the office. Regardless of what they implement, he knows it won’t go back to normal right away.

Re-establishing normalcy in the world

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Once the virus has finally run its course and the world begins to settle back into its day-to-day rhythms, landscape architects believe they could be major players in the fight to regain a bit of normalcy.

“We tend to be to the tip of the spear in terms of economic recovery because we’re a planning profession,” says Radner. “We’re kind of the first ones out there working on new stuff. I think if there are dollars available and people are confident that these are good investments, we’re going to be out there because landscape is infrastructure.”

With more people taking time to explore the great outdoors, Radner says they may no longer be taking these spaces for granted, as they might have before the virus.

As a result, Wickham hopes that people might desire to create more vibrant outdoor spaces and create better access for those communities that might not have parks or open recreational spaces. He says he also hopes landscape architects can appeal to government leaders to show how important those spaces are, as well as the role that landscape architects play in creating those spaces.

“I feel like there’s a way that we can add to creating a more resilient future,” says Wickham. “We as designers of place are working with living things and we create spaces for life to exist, flourish and grow. There’s the plant and animal kingdom aspect to it, but then there’s also the social aspect to it.”

Maria Bellalta, ASLA, dean of the school of landscape architecture at the Boston Architectural College (BAC), believes there will be both a philosophical and practical approach to take once the dust settles. Within the industry, she says it is very competitive, which can lead to a disconnect among landscape architects in the design and academic realms.

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“There’s a disconnect at some level there that I hope that we could embrace so that we get double mileage out of that and grow,” says Bellalta. “We need to build community among us, and outside of the immediate discipline, we need to build community so everyone becomes more aware of what we do.”

On the practical side, Bellalta hopes and is convinced that the “best-kept secret” that landscape architects are will be fully blown open once the virus has run its course. But for this to happen, she says we will all need to change how we treat the environment and how we treat each other.

“All the ingredients that we think about as we’re designing, we should practice,” she says. “I guess it is philosophical, but I don’t think we’re going to go back to not thinking about all the strains and the communities that it affects. I don’t think it’s about beautiful landscapes. It’s about how they’re functioning at these more social-cultural levels as well.”

Check back tomorrow for part three, where we’ll find out about landscape architecture student demographics, as well as how more awareness can be brought to this field. 

 

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Why Outdoor Power Equipment Will Remain Strong in 2020

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Despite growing sentiment that the economy may face upcoming challenges, the landscaping and outdoor power equipment sectors should expect a strong start to 2020.

Reinforcing this outlook, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI) fall quarterly forecast, which aggregates data from industry professionals, anticipates robust sales and solid outdoor power equipment shipment projections. Additionally, financing rates remain favorable, which could drive more consumers to make this type of large purchase.

The green industry is cyclical, with most sales occurring in early spring. So how can dealers continue to stay top of mind and incite purchases this spring? It’s simple, anticipate the needs of your customers.

In the financial sector we’re constantly evaluating the economy. While dealers tend to look at seasonal sales data, we’re weighing both macro and micro economics in order to help our partners weather downturns and maximize upturns. So, what do our latest findings tell us?

Positive data and continued spending

There are many economic factors that bode well for the green industry, and retail overall: U.S. GDP has grown 2.1 percent (as of Q3 2019), the Federal Reserve cut the interest rate three times in 2019, and unemployment is at a historic low. Because of this strong climate, retail numbers are on the rise: October’s retail sales data marked growth for seven out of the last eight months. Despite a small 0.3 percent decline in September, sales are up 3.4 percent over the first 11 months of 2019, while the garden equipment and supplies sector has remained relatively steady with 0.4 percent growth since the beginning of the year. Steady consumer spending across retail continues to provide a small financial boost to the landscaping and outdoor power equipment sector, and the green industry as a whole.

Screen Shot 2020 01 27 At 9 06 07 AmEquipment sales data also highlights underlying demand across the industry. OPEI forecasts a 5 percent rise in consumer lawn mower shipments for 2020 and a 2 percent increase in shipments for both handheld and wheeled outdoor power equipment in the next year. This is a strong indicator that dealers will want to check their inventory to ensure they’re equipped to meet demand.

Federal Reserve interest rate cuts are also enabling cheaper purchasing for more buyers. Still, there is concern that tariffs and stock-market swings are weakening consumer confidence and raising fears of a slowdown. Despite sentiment that the economy may stall and the price of goods may rise, the cost of outdoor power equipment hasn’t yet been materially impacted.

Planning for the off-season

While the green industry outlook remains positive, business owners should look to develop new, loyalty-building offerings to keep sales strong year-round. It’s important to maintain a relationship throughout the year, so that when customers need you, you’ll be top of mind. Planning your schedule ahead of time is key, as well as being strategic – such as offering “pre-season” specials where customers can sign up in the off-season. There are three essential steps dealers should consider when looking into year-ahead planning:

  • Establish a vision

Before you even begin to calculate your budget for the new year, sit down, assess where you are and start to plan for where you want to go. Build a road map for not only this year, but consider long-term how you want to continue to grow your business and what you’ll need to get you there.

  • Take inventory

Once you’ve established a vision and developed a road map for your business, you’ll need to ensure that you’ve got the proper tools and personnel to get you there.  Look at your equipment, take inventory of what you have, anticipate what you may need and consider any additional changes you can make to maximize efficiency.

The same goes for personnel. Ask yourself: Do you have the right people in place to maximize your business’ output? If no, what changes might you need to make to ensure you achieve your vision.

  • Continue to strengthen your team

When you think of your team, don’t just think of your personnel, but also consider the vendors and partners you leverage to maintain your success. An open line of communication with your vendors is important to maintain in the off-season. This ensures they continue to know your needs, your expectations for the year and how to best serve your business.

The same goes for a financing partner. Your partner is there to ensure your customers have the best financing options available to them to secure the equipment they need at times when they need it. With all that on the line, it’s important to make sure you’re working with the right one.

 Driving sales through financing

When it comes to financing, interest rates are low and it’s now more affordable than ever to offer in-store financing. To generate stronger customer engagement, financing options should be easily accessible, tailored to the customers’ needs and integrated seamlessly with the sales process. Valuable financing offers can incentivize larger purchases, have the potential to generate repeat business and are economically advantageous in both good times and in challenging periods for retailers and consumers alike.

Screen Shot 2020 01 27 At 9 04 33 AmMajor manufacturers of big-ticket landscaping equipment like Cub Cadet and Ariens/Gravely facilitate financing deals for customers through their retailers. As long as a borrower is credit worthy, the retailer is incentivized to help find the financing that will help make the sale, even to a client in need. For example, if a critical piece of equipment were to break down and your business didn’t have the cash on hand to replace it, flexible financing could help unlock a previously unaffordable purchase. It brings down the upfront cost for the consumer and allows retailers to continue to provide service to a customer in need. These personalized shopping experiences and tailored financing solutions can form long-lasting relationships with customers.

For cyclical businesses like landscaping and outdoor power equipment retailers, it’s essential to work with a finance partner who understands the space. A finance partner is a critical member of your team, as they offer customized programs and perks designed with the industry in mind, in addition to making a wide range of payment options available for your customers. Customizable financing increases the purchasing power of the consumer by requiring lower down payments, lower total interest outlays and sometimes longer repayment schedules.

Now that the 2020 fiscal year has kicked off, now is a smart time to focus on what matters most: connecting with customers, continuing to offer new and innovative products, and creating customized financing programs that meet customers’ individual needs.

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3. Any safety tips to avoid coronavirus,
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Avoid unprotected contact with live animals

2019 GIE+EXPO recap: Companies showcase numerous new ZTRs

This year’s GIE+EXPO showcased a multitude of new zero-turn mowers across numerous brands. Take a look at what these brands had to offer this year and what’s on the horizon for 2020.

John Deere

At this year’s GIE+EXPO, John Deere showcased its new Z955R ZTrak zero-turn mower, a new 72-inch deck size on the diesel Z994R ZTrak zero-turn mower.

The company says the Z955R is equipped with an Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) engine and is also designed to increase fuel efficiency and productivity throughout the day.

Featuring a 60-inch side-discharge deck and powered by a 29-horsepower EFI engine, John Deere says the Z955R provides landscape professionals with an EFI engine at a higher horsepower, which the company says allows the Z955R to collect material, mow in thick turf conditions and mulch.

With the Z955R, the company says users will gain three key things: the parking brake, the foot lever and the comfort and convenience handles. The company says the handles have buttons inside the top of the handle; one side will kill the PTO and the other will raise and lower the deck or disengaged the mower’s blades.

Another added feature John Deere notes is the addition of new 24-inch high-back seating and ComfortGlide suspension, which allows the seat to travel up to two inches to the front and back. John Deere adds that these seats feature lumbar support, a control dial and seat latch for seat lifting.

The company also debuted the Z994R with a new 72-inch deck option.

Powered by a Final Tier 4, three-cylinder, liquid-cooled diesel engine with gross SAE J1995, PS 24.7 horsepower rated power at 3200 rpm, the Z994R is also equipped with a single 11.5-gallon diesel fuel tank.

There are two seating options available for the Z994R and both feature the ComfortGlide suspension seat.

Cub Cadet

Cub Cadet introduced the PRO Z 972 SDL, a commercial zero-turn that can handle up to a 25-degree slope and features a self-leveling air-ride seat.

Cub Cadet says the seat, which automatically levels 15 degrees in each direction side to side, offers a full 30 degrees of self-leveling that improves operator comfort when mowing steep hillsides.

Outfitted with a 35-horsepower Kawasaki engine and a triple-plated steel cutting deck, Cub Cadet says this machine comes equipped with dual rear wheels, which allow operators to mow tough terrain with a higher level of stability and precision.

With its four-wheel steering system, Cub Cadet adds that this mower also offers total control and a comfortable straight-line mow, even on hillsides.

Cub Cadet says who also added on a fully integrated lighting system that includes strobes, LED lights on the side for the deck and upfront lighting at the front of the deck.

The company says the PRO Z 972 SDL is backed by a three-year, no-hour-limit warranty and a five-year, 1,750-hour limited deck warranty, and it will be available for purchase in February 2020.

Ariens/Gravely

The Ariens and Gravely brands rolled out a number of new mowers and announced updates on some of their product lines during the 2019 GIE+EXPO.

One of the new launches includes Ariens’ first commercial zero-turn mower, Zenith. This ZTR was first introduced in the United Kingdom and Europe and following its success, Ariens is opening the product line to markets in the U.S., Canada and other regions of the Americas.

All Zenith models are powered by commercial Kawasaki FX engines, feature Hydro-Gear ZT-3100 transaxles and have deck sizes of 48-inch, 52-inch and 60-inch.

Zenith is built on a one-piece, fully welded tubular frame rail. There is a reinforced leading edge on the front and trim sides of the gauge welded deck. Cold-forged aluminum spindles generate less heat than traditional cast-iron designs.

The deck shell and frame come with a lifetime warranty for each unit’s original registered owner. Zenith features a four-point deck hanging system, providing stability in diverse mowing terrains. The 5.5-inch deck depth can lift grass and discharge clippings effectively and evenly.

The constant deck belt tensioning system ensures the same pressure is applied to deck belts to minimize belt slip and consistent cut quality as the belt wears.

Ariens says it has also included several ergonomic features to improve operator comfort. This includes an adjustable high back seat allowing operators of any height to reach the deck lift pedal. Zenith has 15 cutting heights and operators can lift the deck while using a vertical-pin selector to choose a height from 1.5 to 5 inches. Vibrations are reduced with rubber shock isolators under the seat and adjustable steering control levers.

The Zenith line will enter dealerships in early 2020.

On the Gravely side of things, the brand introduced the Pro-Turn MACH ONE, which is a commercial lawn mower with a unique tunnel deck design.

The MACH ONE is built on the Gravely Pro-Turn 200 chassis but swaps out the XFactor II mower deck for the high-volume output (HVO) tunnel deck. Gravely says this new mower was born out of landscapers’ need for more efficient cutting solutions when working in thick and challenging grass breeds.

The aerodynamics of a tunnel deck direct grass clippings away from the mower blades so they are less likely to get bogged down with material clumping around the blades. The deck depth is also designed so the trimming edge measures 5.5 inches deep and gradually increases to 7.75 at the discharge end. This allows for material to be processed, not bog down the blades and be evenly distributed through the oversized discharge opening.

The HVO deck is made with 7-gauge steel and comes with cold-forged aluminum spindles and constant belt tension.

The mower deck has a four-inch buffer area from the leading edge of the deck to the front of the blades, giving uncut grass blades more of a chance to be lifted by the vacuum of the mower deck after being pushed down by the leading deck edge. This helps eliminate the need to double cut while not sacrificing cut speed.

The MACH ONE comes with a 31-horsepower Kawasaki FX engine, Hydro-Gear ZT-5400 transaxles, a 60-inch mower deck. It will be available in early 2020.

As for the Pro-Turn Z series, Gravely has updated this line by adding a two-stage, commercial canister filtration system to its 764cc Gravely engine.

The two-stage canister is designed to filter higher volumes of dust, dirt and debris adding protection and a longer lifespan for the engine. This comes with an upgraded engine guarantee to match the unit’s four-year/750-hour warranty, whichever comes first.

Current Pro-Turn Z owners can purchase an air filtration conversion kit that switches intake filtration from a panel-style to the two-stage canister style.

Gravely is also expanding the Pro-Turn Z’s deck offerings to include a 48-inch deck option. This deck has commercial features like cold-forged aluminum spindles, constant belt tensioning and 5.5-inch depth with an introductory price point, making it a good fit for entry-level landscapers.

It has 15 different cutting heights and larger front and rear tires for increased durability and efficiency. The Pro-Turn Z will be exclusively available at Gravely dealerships in early 2020.

Mean Green Mowers

At this year’s GIE+EXPO, Mean Green Mowers unveiled its new autonomous commercial electric zero-turn mower, also known as ATOM.

By partnering with The Kobi Company to create the ATOM, Mean Green says it hoped to develop a safe and affordable, large area robotic mower that could lend a hand to the increasing labor shortage facing the green industry.

The company says there have been numerous autonomous mowers created over the years, but so far, none have been able to meet market expectations regarding accuracy, price, versatility and safety. That is, Mean Green says, until ATOM came on the scene.

The ATOM utilizes an artificial intelligence (AI) system to navigate around properties and mow, which he says is very different from any of the other robotic mowers present at the expo. There is no setup or base station required on the ATOM; it simply operates off of the sensors and cameras.

Since the machine is equipped with AI technology, the company says it has a human detection element that will prevent it from running into a person working alongside it on the jobsite.

Kobi says the KobiVision system continuously calculates the position of the mower with an accuracy of within half an inch. According to the company, KobiVision is typically more accurate, more reliable and faster than autonomous systems based on wires, beacons and/or GPS.

In addition to the cameras of the KobiVision system, Kobi says there are several other safety sensors. The company adds that it will also ensure safe distance and speed, as well as mowing close to boundaries and edges and around obstacles.

Toro

Starting off the company’s collection of new products was the Z Master 7500-G 96” gas mower, which features Toro’s Horizon onboard intelligence platform.

The company says the massive mowing deck can fold its wings up to 75 inches, allowing it to fit on most standard trailers, and the wings flex up to 20 degrees and down to 15 degrees, which hug the ground as you mow. Toro adds that when the engine isn’t on, operators can still lift and fold the deck and run fans for cooling with the 40-amp charging system.

Toro adds that this machine is built to last with a protective engine hood, bullnose bumper, 250-lb. Warner clutch and a 7-gauge deck.

Kioti

Also during the show, Kioti Tractor threw its hat in the ring for the zero-turn mower market.

While the brand has been supplying tractors in the 22 to 110 horsepower range to the U.S. and Canadian markets for more than 30 years now, Kioti announced at this year’s GIE+EXPO its first mower line.

The line consists of 12 models across four series: ZXR, ZXR SE, ZXC and ZXC SE. The ZXR and ZXR SE models are designed for property owners and hobby farmers. The ZXC and ZXC SE models are made for commercial cutters.

The company says it took top-shelf components and combined them with in-house manufacturing to create its mowers. As for why the company decided to enter what many would consider a saturated market, the company says it felt like it could offer some differentiation.

One example of a need Kioti has worked to fulfill was improving the ergonomics of the controls, which were harder for smaller framed people to reach. The seat and deck lift lever on the mowers are positioned so the ZTRs comfortably accommodate users of all shapes and sizes. Kioti says optimized control connections and linkages help create a precise and responsive driving experience.

There are no keys to Kioti’s ZTRs. Instead, operators enter a code to start the mower. The screen will also display basic diagnostics. When it is time for maintenance, landscapers can easily access all the necessary regions by lifting the footplate or the seat to reach the parts.

The commercial series also features a 12.5-gallon gas tank, which cuts down on refueling.

Customers can choose from a 48-, 54-, or 60-inch deck size. Each mower has a fabricated, reinforced 10-gauge steel deck, 7-gauge leading edge and standard notch blades.

The ZXR and ZXC Series both have standard and premium models. The premium commercial models feature the Kohler Command Pro engines and the standard commercial models use the Briggs & Stratton Commercial Series engines.

The ZXC engine horsepower ranges from 23 to 27 while the ZXC SE engine horsepower runs from 22.5 to 25.

Kioti says these engines paired with Hydro-Gear transmissions provide reliable, hardworking performance. The belt routing has also been optimized to reduce vibration and improve belt life.

Another difference between the premium and standard ZTRs is the seat suspension. The standard commercial models have 1.5-inch suspension, while the premium commercial models come with 3-inch suspension and a high back seat. Headlights also come standard on the premium models.

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Spindle for AYP Applications

High speed spindles for AYP are used in a wide variety of applications. High speed cutting is used to improve quality, reduce cycle time, and increase manufacturing efficiency. Simply put, rotating a cutter faster will permit the cutter to perform the work faster, as long as the maximum operating limits of the cutter are not exceeded.

Any application requiring the use of a small diameter cutter can benefit from using high speed technology. Whether the need is for micro-drilling or micro-milling on a Swiss style CNC lathe, engraving on a machining center, or mold & die finishing with a small diameter ball-nose end mill, running a small cutter at higher RPM will generally save time and improve your process.

In soft materials, there are few limits to cutter speed, however, higher RPM usually requires higher spindle for AYP power. For example, machining aircraft aluminum components can benefit when using high speed cutting technology, including superior surface finish and thin walls, as long as the spindle for AYP motor has sufficient rigidity and power to support the resulting high material removal rates.

In mold and die applications, the cutter speed will be limited based on the cutter material and coatings. So, high speed is typically used for semi-finishing and finishing operations, with a very small contact area during cutting. This process results in an exceptional surface finish that minimizes or eliminates hand finishing, saving time, cost, and optimizing final part accuracy.

One very popular high speed application is micro-drilling, often required for medical and electronic component parts. A standard machine tool cannot perform this operation in a reasonable time, and often struggles to maintain acceptable quality. A high speed spindle for AYP, with exceptional accuracy (less than 1 micron runout), can perform this operation at a fraction of the time and maintain the highest quality, while also extending tool life.

To apply high speed technology to your manufacturing operation, it is critical to work with a partner that has the proven knowledge and experience to successfully advise and direct your efforts.

By working closely with machine tool OEM’s, distributors and end users, we have worked on hundreds of high speed cutting applications, including spindle for AYP selection, feeds & speeds, ROI, and work holding requirements.

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Lawn mower blades

Lawn mower blades can be hard to find when you’re searching for the exact replacement blades for your model. Luckily, lawnmower blades are a special niche here.

Find everything from a 17-inch mower blade to fit John Deere to a 21 3/16-inch mower blade that fits MTD. We also carry 20-inch lawn mower blades, 22-inch lawn mower blades, and 32-inch lawn mower blades. (To learn how to measure your mower blade, check out our how-to video on our website.)

If you don’t see the lawnmower blades you need, we can special order blades, too. Along with lawn mower blades, we carry related items, including self-locking nuts and spacers. Our inventory of yard equipment is large, plus you always get exceptional customer service when you shop with us.

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Premium Trimmer Line

Tackle your toughest trimming projects, we are specially formulated for dense weeds and tough grasses.

After over 30 years of testing, we’ve found it to be the strongest, most durable trimmer line on the market. Includes one 80-foot roll of blue spiral 175-mil cord. Strong and durable, it is ideal for your toughest trimming tasks, including thick, stalky weeds and dense grasses. Even trim brambles, cattails, and swale grass without missing a beat.

The 80-foot bulk roll allows you keep plenty on hand for all your trimming projects. Simply cut your cord to the required length, and install on your trimmer head.

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Line diameters of Trimmer Line

Before I discuss the actual trimmer lines, I’ll give an overview of what size diameter you’ll need.

Generally speaking there are three size groups of diameters which are:

  • Small weeds (between .60 – .80 inches)
  • Medium weeds (between .08 – 0.110 inches)
  • Large weeds (anything over .115+ inches)

Smaller to medium size weeds you’ll be fine using a line that has the diameter size of .60 – .80 inches. This will be for your smaller jobs around the house, your front lawn and whacking the weeds from your driveway and small residential areas.

Medium size weeds you’d want to opt for a line around 0.80 – 0.110 inches in diameter. This sizing is ideal for your bigger gardens where you have slightly bigger weeds, this size of line commercial areas too.

Dealing with large weeds you’ll want anything from .115+ inches and bigger. Places of work that need a large amount of trimming, such as large estates, huge gardens, and industrial areas of landscaping, this should be your weapon of choice.

Pro tip – Before you go and buy a string trimmer line, check your string trimmer to see what it is capable of holding, as most can only go handle a certain size. Refer to the product handbook if you’re unsure.

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TYPES OF LAWN MOWER BLADES

In fact there are several types of best lawn mower blades including reel, deck, mulching blades and lifting blades. Let’s consider all of them in details.

Reel Blades

Reels devices are specific for reel lawn mowers. They consist of 3 and up to 7 helical blades, which are welded in a horizontally rotating cylindrical coil, creating a shearing cutting action. Unlike other types of the best lawn mower blades, these ones can’t be replaced, so you will need to choose a new grass cutter. If the situation with you tool is not critical, take care of the blades by means of clearing and sharpening them.

Deck Blades

Deck blades is another name for straight mower blades. They are used only for rotary cutters.

Mulching Blades

Mulching knife is represented by a curved surface and operates in 3 ways: lifting, mowing, and mulching. It allows chopping a high grass into the smallest pieces.

Lifting Blades

Devices of this type have a special upward angle used for airflow improvements. The best high lift mower blades help to cut a lot of grass within a short period of time.

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