“Commercial mowers have a very long lifespan if owner/operators care for and maintain them properly,” Pernice says. “It’s not unusual for us (Honda) to hear from commercial end-users who have been faithfully using the same mower for 10, 15 or even 20 years. By adhering to the recommended maintenance schedule as outlined in the owner’s manual, the mower’s longevity can be maximized.”
“You need to be performing weekly PM (preventative maintenance),” says Tony Lapidus, Gravely’s LCS sales and demonstrator in the Chicago market. “Change the oil, grease all necessary areas, and clean or replace all filters. Then, using a high-pressure air hose, clean heads, cooling fins, shrouding and excess buildup of grass and other debris on the engine and mowing deck.”
“Keeping a sharp blade is so important,” adds John Deere’s Russell. “Contractors can sometimes go too long between sharpenings. A sharp blade allows an engine to run easier.”
That’s right—the little push mower tucked away in the corner of your trailer deserves a little tender, love and care, too. Even though it doesn’t take up as much space or cost as much as your zero-turn rider, it still plays a pivotal role in your service offering. And it may be playing an even bigger role in years to come.
“The 21-inch market might start growing more,” Russell speculates. “When you look at the trends in land development, few people are building homes with big lots, and retail spaces have lots of little grass islands. A good commercial-duty 21-inch mower provides the contractor with the right tool for the right job.”