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Is Lawn Equipment Maintenance Worth It? Lawn Mower Repair & More!
Lawn equipment maintenance is like flossing your teeth: the professionals always say that it’s important, but does it really play a role in the quality and lifespan of what you’re protecting? Discover the answer HERE!
Pros & Cons of Buying Used Lawn Mowers
Thinking about buying a used lawn mower? Used lawn mowers, no matter the make and model, can be a great opportunity to save some serious coin while still getting a powerful lawn care machine. But, without the proper knowledge of what to look for, how can you be sure you’re getting a good deal AND a good mower?
2022’s Best Edgers for Lawns & Landscapes – Picked by the Pros
Don’t make a rash decision when it comes to the equipment that cares for your yard. We’re taking you though the top 3 options for the best lawn edgers of 2022, as well as where you can purchase them.
Zero Turn Mower Accessories
The zero turn mower attachments you use depend entirely on the mower line you have. Fortunately, both Spartan and Hustler produce a top-quality option for each of these types of accessories. See the favorites and what they cost.
The Best Riding Lawn Mower for 1 Acre
When you have a significant lawn to mow and you don’t have the correct equipment, that weekly chore will monopolize a serious amount of your free time. The right mower can make your outdoor space manageable and give you back hours every week. Since speed and power are essential, the best riding lawn mower for 1 acre is almost certainly a zero turn mower.
How to Drive a Zero Turn Mower
For maximum efficiency, cutting power, and even comfort, you’re going to want to upgrade to a zero turn mower. It’s no coincidence that these heavy-duty mowers are almost exclusively used by lawn professionals to deliver better cuts in way less time. However, if you’ve only had experience with a riding tractor or a push mower, the unique control layout of a zero turn can seem daunting. That’s why we’re highlighting the basics of how to drive a zero turn mower and sharing essential tips!
Zero Turn Mower Sizes: 34”, 42”, 48”, 60”, & More
When planning to upgrade to a zero turn, figuring out the sizing you need is one of the first things you’ll want to consider. That’s because the mower size correlates directly to how efficiently you’ll mow — and the price you’ll pay for it. We’re breaking down common zero turn mower sizes and highlighting the best jobs for each!
Lawn Mower Winter Maintenance: Basics & Benefits
As fall turns to winter, even the most powerful lawn mowers quickly become yesterday’s news. While there’s nothing wrong with putting your equipment in storage for the winter — just make sure you don’t forget a professional tune-up sometime over the colder months. Equipment experts and savvy homeowners agree: lawn mower winter maintenance is key to better mowing and maximizing the investment you made in this piece of equipment.
Most Useful Tractor Attachments for Professionals & Homeowners
A utility tractor is a powerful piece of equipment to have around the home, the farm, or the jobsite. Of course, in order to make it a truly versatile piece of equipment, you need to have the right attachments. While there are countless implements to consider, we’re highlighting our picks for the most useful tractor attachments!
Best Lawn Care Tools for Fall: Shopping Guide
While spring cleaning may get most of the attention, there’s a lot of yard work to be done during the fall, too. From keeping your property in shape to keeping your yard leaf-free, you have plenty of work to do before winter hits. The right equipment goes a long way towards making the work physically easier and more effective, too — that’s why we’re showcasing the best lawn care tools for fall!
What to Look for in Your Best First Tractor
A utility tractor is a must-own piece of equipment for many professionals, farmers, homeowners, and more. Without a reliable tractor, you simply won’t be able to do many important jobs. If you’re buying your first new tractor — or just your first tractor in a long while — there’s a lot to consider. We’re highlighting the key traits of the best first tractor for maximum efficiency and convenience.
Best Zero Turn Mower Brands
Zero turn mowers are quickly becoming an in-demand choice for homeowners and landscapers alike. Compared to tractor model riding mowers, zero turns are more maneuverable and can cut the time you spend mowing in half. If you’re looking to upgrade, you have tons of options, and it can be hard to know where you should invest your money. At PowerPro, we stock the best zero turn mower brands — which we consider to be Hustler, Spartan, Gravely, and Toro.
Affordable Zero Turn Mowers: Starting Under $3,000
Zero turn lawn mowers are the undisputable professional choice for a great cut in far less time. More and more, homeowners want to bring the advantages and the unique feel of a zero turn to their backyard. However, since you might not have a huge budget, we’re profiling high-quality and affordable zero turn mowers — from the nation’s leading brands.
What to Look for in a Zero Turn Mower: 5 Key Traits
When you upgrade to the power and handling of a zero turn mower, mowing the lawn stops being a chore — and it starts being fun! All you need to do is find the right mower to deliver that experience. Here’s what to look for in a zero turn mower to guarantee it provides the performance you need, with the durability to make it last.
Should I Repair or Replace My Lawn Mower?
This is the big question that homeowners and landscapers ask themselves when facing down any substantial repair bill. Deciding, “Should I repair or replace my lawn mower?” is all about weighing the pros and the cons to find the best long term financial value. The right choice for you depends on your mower, what it needs, and your budget — that’s what we’re digging into in today’s blog.
Our Guide to the Best Snow Removal Equipment
Whether we have an easy winter or we get slammed with blizzard after blizzard, you need a snow removal plan. There’s no feeling worse than facing down deep powder completely unequipped — with nothing but a few shovels. Whether you’re a homeowner with a driveway or you lead a facility maintenance team, winter weather is a problem. In today’s blog, we’re profiling the best snow removal equipment for both homeowners and professionals alike!
Snow Blower Buying Guide
You’ve shoveled your last driveway — you’re ready to handle this winter like a professional. A snow blower is the essential piece of power snow removal equipment to help you conquer the winter. To narrow down your decision, we’ve put together this snow blower buying guide to help you find the right type of equipment for your needs and your budget.
Buying Used Construction Equipment: Pros & Cons
High-quality equipment is key to the success of a construction company — and it’s one of their primary expenses. That’s why shopping for new construction equipment can often be a balancing act between managing your budget and guaranteeing quality. Buying used construction equipment is a popular choice to avoid paying a premium price for new equipment as well as to enjoy a few other key benefits. In today’s blog, we’re highlighting the pros and cons of buying used.
Zero Turn vs Riding Mower: Find Your Best Choice
If it’s been awhile since you shopped for a new mower, the market might look different from what you remember. That’s because zero turn mowers have burst onto the scene as one of the most popular options for homeowners and landscapers. So, how do these units compare to the traditional tractor-style riding mowers? We’re breaking it down here — learn all about zero turn vs riding mowers.
What Makes Ventrac Tractors So Powerful & Versatile?
If you’ve landed here, the chances are good that you’re just getting acquainted with the unique and rugged compact machines that are Ventrac tractors—and you want to know more. Here at PowerPro Equipment, we’re proud to be Central Pennsylvania’s leading Ventrac dealer, and we know all there is to know about these fantastic tractors, which define the old adage of “good things come in small packages.”
Your Mowing Questions Answered: What’s the Best Mower for Hills?
Mowing hills certainly vexes many property owners in our PowerPro service area here in Central PA, and we often get asked the question, “what’s the best mower for hills?” After all, if your property features a lot of hills or sloping terrain, it’s no secret that mowing these areas poses a unique challenge since most residential lawnmowers are not rated for mowing slopes greater than about 15 degrees. It’s just not safe to mow steep inclines due to rollover risk.
It’s Time to Transition to a Zero Turn Mower and Here’s Why
Everyone loves the smell of freshly cut grass. Unless, of course, you’re the one spending long Saturday afternoons mowing a vast sea of green with a typical lawn tractor.
While commercial lawn care services have long embraced the benefits of zero turn mowers to cut grass with more precision and efficiency, many consumers haven’t made the transition. That’s because zero turn mowers are typically larger and more expensive than most typical lawn tractors.
9 Tips to Make Snow Removal Easier During This Winter’s Biggest Snowstorms
Most of us have a love-hate relationship with snow. While there’s something magical about watching snow fall from the warmth of our homes, cleaning up that snow after the storm has passed is a big hassle most of us dread.
But there are ways to make snow cleanup faster and easier, even when a major snowstorm is heading your way. Here are our 9 best tips to make your snow removal experience much easier this winter.
Should You Consider Battery-Powered Lawn Equipment?
The short answer to our headline question is yes. Battery-powered lawn equipment and other outdoor tools like blowers, chainsaws, and even mowers are better than ever with lengthy runtimes between charges and surprisingly robust power capabilities. However, there are still some drawbacks compared to traditional gas-powered lawn equipment.
Today’s blog post shares what you need to know as you think about dumping your old gas-powered equipment in favor of high-tech battery-powered models.
How to Season Firewood
While the temperatures outside continue to heat up, firewood is probably the last thing on your mind. But if you’re looking for an excuse to fire up the chainsaw, it might be a great time to start gathering logs to burn this winter. (And any time is a good time for chainsaw maintenance!)
Just make sure that any logs you cut now have plenty of time to dry before you burn them. Burning fresh-cut firewood or green wood produces a lot of smoke and is a big contributor to dangerous creosote buildup in chimneys, a leading cause of chimney fires.
Here are some tips to properly season your firewood, along with answers to a few frequently asked questions for better wood burning this winter.
What Everyone Needs to Know About Lawn Mower Maintenance
The lawn mower is the unsung hero in our backyard arsenal. We expect it to start on the first pull without fail, cut through mountains of grass, handle rocks and debris, and keep right on working through the end of fall. Yet many of us skimp on lawn mower maintenance or skip it altogether.
But, lack of regular maintenance is one of the reasons why many lawn mowers don’t last as long as they should. According to HomeGuides, “The average lawn mower lasts eight to 10 years with proper maintenance and care. A lawnmower that is not maintained may last one-half that time.”
Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to keep your mower in tip-top shape. In fact, most of the work can be completed at the end of the mowing season or before the first grass cut in the spring. Here’s a handy checklist on what to do during each season to get the most from your mower.
The Basics of Maintaining Your Chainsaw
Spring is on the way—prime time for property cleanup. Is your chainsaw ready?
If you don’t want to be stuck clearing winter’s downed tree limbs and other debris without the right equipment in your hands, now’s the time to show your chainsaw a little love, or shop for a new one at PowerPro Equipment!
Get ready to learn more about changing out chains, replacing old gasoline, and performing regular preventative maintenance on your trusty machine in today’s post.
The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Best Snow Blower
Have you found yourself staring enviously at your neighbor’s snow blower? If you’re anything like us, each winter you shovel your driveway through a couple snows and start dreaming of a machine to do the heavy lifting.
But what kind should you get? There are a bunch of types from a variety of brands and it’s hard to tell which is designed for what purpose, and which is going to work best for you.
That’s why we’ve done the research to give you this guide to snow blowers. At the end of this article you’ll know exactly what you need, which blowers offer it, and before you know it, you’ll cut your driveway clearing time to nearly a quarter of what it used to take.
Get Him What He “Really” Wants this Holiday Season!
Looking for the perfect gift for all the men in your life? Husbands? Dads? Uncles? Brothers-in-law?
Before you grab that tacky tie, fancy pen, or embarrassing pair of golf shorts, take heart…
There’s a better way to give him a gift he really wants this year.
Whether you’re shopping for the man who seems to have it all, or just want to see a genuine smile when he rips open the wrapping paper this year, Power Pro Equipment has some super gift ideas that will make you look like a gift-giving ninja!
Treat Your Mower Right This Fall
Is it safe to say we’re finally done mowing for the year?
While you might still be doing a little leaf-mulching and clean-up with your trusty walk behind, tractor, or zero turn lawnmower, we all know it’s about time to park it for the winter and gear up for snow removal.
(Let’s observe a moment of silence for all the sweat we put into the yard this summer…can you hear that bugle playing “Taps?”)
Okay – that was a touching moment. But now another end-of-season question – do you just lock your mower in the shed or the barn and deal with maintenance in March or April?
We hope you didn’t just say yes!
Ready to Make Winter Fun Again?
Don’t let the thought of winter snow removal get you down this year. Here at PowerPro Equipment, we see winter storms as an Extreme Winter Challenge ready for conquering.
What’s our prescription for fun? More. Horsepower.
Be the envy of your neighborhood as you plow through the piles and melt that snow faster than the sun!
Winter? Snow? We say bring it on. And you will too when you get rid of that shovel and check out the power equipment that makes snow removal something to look forward to.
Features to Look for in a Zero-Turn Mower
Since their introduction in 1963, the zero-turn mower has evolved into an ultra-efficient means to tackle yards and landscapes of all sizes. For years, zero-turn mowers have been used by professional landscapers to achieve a manicured look in less time; but today, that technology has become more readily available. Like cars, there are luxury vehicles and economy vehicles, so even a homeowner can purchase and benefit from owning a zero-turn mower.
Top Questions to Ask When Buying a Riding Mower
When buying a riding mower — especially if it’s your first one—you’ll be faced with many options. It can seem daunting to see all of the different sizes, brands, attachments, and models, but you can cut out a lot of the unnecessary work of finding the perfect riding mower by asking yourself (or a sales person) the right questions up front.