Choosing the right mowers and tractors is the first step toward increasing efficiency. Equipment maintenance also is essential, but research and discussion during the specification phase can guide managers toward equipment that is reliable and matches a department’s skill levels and performance needs.
The selection process involves developing a comprehensive strategy that takes all of these issues into consideration.
Before making purchasing decisions regarding mowing equipment, grounds care managers must consider these issues in developing a strategy:
One final issue that managers should address both during the selection process and once equipment is in operation is operator training. Managers need to discuss training options with the manufacturer and the dealer and make the most appropriate decision based on operator and mechanic needs and skill levels.
Whether an operator is new to the job or an experienced veteran, he or she should receive training about proper operating procedures at the beginning of each mowing season. The training should cover safety issues, as well as any required maintenance activities for which the operator is responsible.
Preseason planning can result in increased efficiency and cost savings. Equipment is in top condition, a plan for keeping it that way is in place, procedures for streamlining routing and unexpected maintenance are set, and operators are trained and ready to go.
The required complement to an comprehensive strategy for selecting mowers is a close look at equipment features and functions. Managers and their mechanics and operators should review these areas:
— Cathy Walker