As the snow starts to melt and the weather slowly warms, we are reminded that spring is right around the corner. For many people this is a reminder that their lawns will soon need attention after the harshness of winter. There are a few simple steps to take to ensure a lush green lawn for summer, one of which is aerating your lawn. Aerating pulls cores of dirt out of the ground allowing for air, water, and nutrients to enter the soil to bring life back to the lawn. At Burris Equipment we will be featuring a brand new ride on aerator this spring called the Turfco XT8. This ride on aerator will speed up the process of aerating thanks to higher ground clearance, more horse power, and easier operation than its competitors. undefined undefined undefined The new Turfco XT8 has a whopping 8 inches of ground clearance and a robust 22.5 horse power engine. This clearance and power allows the user to climb most curbs and other obstacles in the yard such as roots, brick, and rocks. The stronger engine will provide the user with less worry when doing deep cores and allow for a lower rpm when in use which means less gas used. The XT8 also features a “set and forget” coring depth lever. With this the user decides the length of cores they want, adjust the lever, locks it in place, and off they go. This new XT8 has the horse power and strength that landscapers demand, and the ease of use for any homeowner to tackle the job themselves. If you would like to learn more or schedule an XT8 for a rental, please visit the XT8 rental detail information page. If you have questions, please contact us via email or phone today!
How are the segments/rim attached to the core? Brazing uses a silver solder between the segment/rim and core and is heated until the solder melts and bonds the two together. Mechanical bonding uses a textured blade core to lock the segment/rim onto the edge of the blade. With laser welding a laser is used to weld the segment/rim and core together. What type of edge? A segmented edge offers a longer life and more durability than other types of blades. They are fast cutting and leave a relatively smooth cut (chipping may still occur). A continuous edge blade offers the smoothest cut. Serrated edge blades are also known as turbo blades given their faster cutting speed. Serrated edge blades provide a smoother cut and faster cutting rate combining the best qualities of both the other of blades. What quality of blade are you looking for? Diamond blades don’t actually cut, they grind and the exposed diamonds do the grinding work. Low quality bonds consists of weaker crystals with irregular shapes. These are used in lower priced diamond blades and because of the jagged points of the irregular shapes have a shorter life and lower cutting rates. Medium quality bonds consists of crystals that have a good strength and shape. These diamonds provide a longer life and better cutting rates. High quality bonds consists of crystals with the highest strength and an octahedral shape resulting in the longest life and fastest cutting rate. undefined What material are you cutting? The number one rule to remember when choosing a diamond blade is to use a hard bond to cut softer materials and a soft bond to cut harder materials. With Diamond Products diamond blades a model number with a 7 has the softest bond and should be used to cut harder materials. 10 is the hardest bond and should be used to cut softer materials. 8 is considered a general purpose blade and will cut both hard and soft materials. Harder materials consist of reinforced concrete, general purpose concrete, and hard aggregate. Softer materials consist of asphalt, brick and block, and green concrete. A diamond blade that has a softer bond than necessary will always cut, but will not last as long as it should. A diamond blade that has a harder bond than necessary may not cut at all.
During the winter months, it’s important to stay warm when working outdoors in cold temperatures to retain body heat and avoid hypothermia and frostbite. The following best practices will help you and your team operating in the winter. Prepare Your Equipment Air Filters Check, and if necessary replace, air filters in the cab to improve your heater’s effectiveness. Also, make sure that snow or ice isn’t blocking any airways. Radiator Cover the radiator intake to help the machine warm up faster. Don’t operate the machine until the engine has reached operating temperature to reduce the chance of damage. Engine Block Plug in engine block heaters at night for each machine to avoid problems and service calls. Wear The Proper Gear Coveralls Thermal insulated coveralls are essential for anyone who is working outdoors in the winter. They are designed to maximize body heat containment while allowing a wide range of motion. If coveralls aren’t an option, look for thermal long underwear to help keep in body heat. Helmet Liners Worn under a hard hat, these liners keep your head and neck warm. Fleece lined fabric is the most popular choice because of its comfort and insulation levels. Keep spares on hand and remember to wash them regularly for the best results. Maintain a stable center of gravity at all times. Proper Gloves Glove selection is crucial to balancing warmth with dexterity. Make sure the fabric and textures are suited to your job and consider gloves that work with a liner. They may be a little oversized, but they allow increased protection. Thermal Socks and Insulated Boots Standing or walking on cold surfaces for long periods of time can quickly decrease your core body temperature. Double layer socks and boots designed for cold weather can make a big difference. Optimize The Environment Ground Barriers Where possible, stand on mats, plywood or other barriers if you’ll be working outside for long periods of time. These materials act as installation to help decrease the amount of body heat lost to the cold ground. Portable Heaters There are many types and sizes of heaters that help keep workers warm. Rent or purchase heaters for outdoor projects to increase worker productivity. Watch For These Symptoms Keep an eye out for the following symptoms of over exposure. Hypothermia · The body stops shivering · Breath becomes shallow and slow · Victim will suffer from memory loss and confusion as well as exhaustion · Speech may become mumbled and slurred · Extremities will loose coordination causing stumbling and fumbling · Pulse will slow down and become weak · In severe cases unconsciousness can follow without breathing or a pulse Frost Bite Initial signs of frostbitten skin include · A change in color to white, grey-yellow, or dark and black · A texture that is hard and waxy feeling · Numbness · Blisters During rewarming and healing the skin may · Swell and become painful · Burn and itch Skin damaged by frostbite can suffer from long-term numbness. In some cases, the tissue dies requiring removal of the body part.