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Rotary tiller safety

Product Definition

  • Walk-behind rotary tillers are electric or gas powered machines designed to cut and blend the soil by power driven rotary action. Rotary tillers are ideal for preparing the ground for planting, cultivating a growing crop and mulching refuse back into the soil after harvesting.

Before Tilling

  • Always remove stones, tree trunks or large roots from the area before you begin tilling so that objects won’t fly up and hit you. Clear the area of people and pets.
  • Dress properly for the job, wearing substantial shoes, long pants and close-fitting clothes.
  • Read the operator’s manual to find out where controls are and what they do, and always check for additional safety instructions. Know how to stop the machine quickly. Do not remove or disable guards or other safety devices.
  • Fill your gasoline tank only while the engine is cold. Don’t spill when you fill. If you need to refuel before completing a job, turn off the machine and allow the engine to cool. Never light a match or smoke around gasoline.

Operate Your Tiller Carefully

  • When using an electric-powered tiller, make sure you never till over the cord. Use recommended, grounded extension cords and check periodically for worn or damaged cords.
  • Never use an electric-powered tiller when the ground is wet or it is raining.
  • Stop the tiller immediately and shut down if you hit an object. Turn the tiller off, inspect the machine and repair any damage before starting.

Keep Your Tiller in Peak Operating Condition

  • Inspect the tiller periodically for potential hazards:
    • Loose belts
    • Missing or damaged guards
    • Accumulations of grass, leaves or excessive grease to reduce fire hazard
  • Seek the professional advice and/or service of a qualified servicing dealer for problems.
  • Take your tiller to an experienced servicing dealer every year for a safety and maintenance inspection.

Neuton Battery-Powered Mower

My gas-powered lawn mower was more than twenty-five years old and in need of replacement. Tired of changing the air filter, spark plug and oil as well as running to the gas station every time I needed gas, not to mention the fumes, noise and pull starting the thing, I decided to buy an electric mower.

Electric mowers have been around for years. I used one when I was growing up. The thing I didn’t enjoy–and still don’t–is dragging a extension cord around. Pull too hard, it unplugs. You’re also limited on how far you can go. Getting around obstacles, like trees, is sometimes a problem. And if the cord is accidentally run over–lights out in more ways than one. That started me thinking about looking for a battery-powered mower. I saw an ad in AARP magazine for Neuton, but I decided to search the internet. I found Black amp; Decker, along with a couple of other manufactures also made one. I liked the Neuton, though, and ordered a DVD. Everything looked good on the DVD.

Neuton has two sizes of mowers: the CE 5.2 (14 inch cutting path) and the CE 6.2 (19 inch cutting path). I chose the CE 6.2 since my old mower had a 20 inch blade and I wanted to get something close to the same size. This mower comes with a 36-volt battery and a 750-watt, 50-amp motor. The mower only weighs 46 pounds and the battery, 23 pounds. The 5.2 has a 24-volt battery and a 500-watt, 32-amp motor. Both are delivered with a side discharge attachment, bagger and mulching plug. Neuton also offers reconditioned mowers. I bought one of these since it carried the same two-year warranty as a new mower and was $30 less.

A trimmer/edger can be order for both mowers. A utility shelf which fits on the handlebar of the CE 5.2–a place to put a water bottle, gloves and other things–and a striper (a roller that rolls behind the mower and leaves a stripe in the grass) for the CE 6.2 are available. You can also order a accessories package. It has the trimmer/edger with three spools of cord, a spare battery, a spare blade and a blade sharpener. I ordered one of these kits, but it is on backorder so I did not receive it with the mower.

When I received my mower I did the checks the manual stated doing before running the mower. Then I put in the safety key and switched the button to mow. The battery indicator showed the battery fully charged. I slid the lock on the handle to “unlock” and squeezed. The mower shot to life with the feel of great power. I didn’t have time to mow the lawn, so I put the charger on the battery. Fifteen minutes later the green light on the charger came on and I unplugged it, folded the handlebar down (easily done with a turn of a lever) and put the mower away.

A couple of days later I pulled the mower out. When I lifted the lever to put the handlebar up I noticed the height of the bar was easily adjusted with the same lever. I put the safety key in, closed the lid, attached the bagger and started mowing. I figured I would give the mower a real workout. I hadn’t used a bagger on my gas mower so there was old grass in piles throughout the yard. In five minutes, I was disappointed. Not in the mower, but in the battery. The gauge already showed the battery had dropped halfway down the green and I figured no way would the battery last long enough to mow the entire yard. The information on the CE 6.2 stated it would mow up to one-third acre (approximately 14,520 square feet or about forty-five to sixty minutes) and I had mowed only about ten square feet. I stopped the mower removed the bagger, emptied it and returned to find the gauge was back in the high end of the green. I then realized the gauge changed according to the load on the motor. When I got into heavy grass the gauge dropped into the yellow, but once I was back into thinner grass the gauge went back into the green. I mowed my entire lawn without any problems and the battery gauge was still in the green when I was done. The mower not only did a good job of mowing the lawn, it picked up all the old grass, and my lawn looked great. The second time I mowed the lawn was a week later. I decided to use the mulching plug. The gauge never once went into the yellow.

The battery can be removed from the mower by simply turning the lever that holds it in place and pulling the battery out. Even though the battery is a lead-acid battery–the same type found in automobiles–it isn’t like a car battery. Everything is sealed. The battery connects with two prongs on the bottom of it and there are no cables to connect to it. The charger is a small black plug-in box similar to an adapter that comes with an electric shaver. The end that plugs into the battery also look similar to what plugs into an electric razor. After the first mowing the battery took about eight hours to charge. The battery is never to be run completely dead. The charger can be left on the battery after it is charged. One advantage of a removable battery is if you do run the battery low you can take it out and replace it with a fully charged battery.

The mower is made of lightweight polyethylene which is stronger than steel and won’t rust. This does not mean you can take a hose to it. The mower is electric. And, as we all should know, water and electricity do not mix. A damp soft cloth or sponge with mild detergent and a soft nylon brush can be used for cleaning. The moving parts of the handlebar can be cleaned with WD-40® sprayed on a paper towel. It is also recommended the blade and motor mount bolts be checked for tightness periodically. The undercarriage needs to be cleaned of grass and leaves before each mowing.

The handlebar folds down with a lift of a lever. The CE 6.2 can then be tipped up against a wall. It is recommended when storing the mower for a long period of time that the charger is left on the battery–even if it is six months or longer. This does not hurt the battery.

I give the Neuton Battery-Powered Mower CE 6.2 five stars out of five. The cost is comparable to any other battery-powered (or cordless) mower on the market. I enjoy the fact that I no longer have to wear earplugs when mowing the lawn. I can get up at the crack of dawn and mow my lawn without waking up the neighborhood. When I gave a demonstration to a neighbor who has a plug-in electric mower he exclaimed, “That’s quieter than my mower!” And what a breeze it is to simply turn on a switch, unlock the handlebar, squeeze, and the mower is running. No more yanking on a cord to get it started. If I smell any disgusting odor, it’s where the neighbor’s dog pooped in my yard and not from the mower. There is a drawback for our northern neighbors. It cannot be shipped to Canada. However, if you live there contact Neuton. I figure they can get one to you somehow. It is sold in Australia, Europe, the UK and New Zealand under the name Enviromower.

Basic Autumn Maintenance

 

For Regular Operation:
All Power Equipment
  • Refer to the maintenance section of your owner’s manual for proper instructions.
  • Dress properly for the job, wearing substantial shoes, long pants and close-fitting clothes (no loose jewelry, unrestrained hair or anything that could get caught in a moving part).
  • Clear the working area before you start by picking up anything that could be thrown by the equipment or would block the equipment’s operation. Then clear the area of people and pets. Watch out for young children.
  • Never remove or tamper with safety devices and labels — they’re designed to protect you.
  • Handle gas carefully. Fill up before you start, while the engine is cold. Don’t spill when you fill and no smoking when gasoline is being used.
  • Regularly check that engine oil is “Full.”
  • Regularly check all nuts, bolts, belts and screws for tightness.
  • Check that engine cooling fins are clean with every operation.
Hand-Held Leaf Blowers & Edger/Trimmers
  • Use a high-quality engine oil specifically for two-cycle, hand-held equipment (if applicable). Fuel stabilizers can help fuel maintain a high octane level for longer periods, giving easier starting and cooler engine performance.
  • Make sure all intake vents are clear.
  • Before using, carefully balance and adjust the equipment for operator comfort and safety.
Lawn Tractors
  • Disengage power to attachments when leaving operator’s seat, when transporting or when tractor/rider is in storage.
  • Check blades for sharpness and make sure cutting deck is cleaned of old clippings and debris.
  • Regularly check that air filter is clean.
  • Regularly check that tires are properly inflated.
  • Always remove dirt, grass, and debris from engine cooling fins, engine covers, and air intake screens.
Log Splitters
  • Carefully position equipment on stable, even ground.
  • Make sure tires are properly inflated and all components operate correctly before starting.
  • Check that pressure hoses are tight and not leaking.
  • Follow manufacturer’s directions for operating and standing at a safe distance.
Walk-Behind Blower Vacs
  • Check wheels, intake vents, and other components to make sure they are free from debris and in working order.
  • Empty bag and make sure vacuum is unobstructed.
  • Disengage power before switching attachments.
  • Fill collection bag only to recommended levels and replace with care.
Walk-Behind Rotary Tillers
  • Check all working components to see if they are operating properly.
  • Check that nuts and bolts are tight.
  • Select forward or reverse (for dual-direction models) and carefully align handles, controls, operating height, and operator position before starting.
Shredder/Grinders
  • Always disconnect spark plug wire before cleaning grinder/shredder, making repairs, or conducting routine inspections.
  • Check oil every two hours of operation to ensure it is at “Full” level.
  • Apply lubricant several times a season to the clutch lever, wheels and axle spacer, and the belt tension adjustment bolt (see operator’s manual).
  • Ensure correct tension of the belt (see operator’s manual).
  • Check cutting blades often and rotate/replace as necessary (see operator’s manual).
Chain Saws
  • In cold regions, use winter-grade bar oils which pour and flow more easily.
Lawn Mowers
  • Regularly check belts/chain drives for wear and tightness.
  • Check that pull cords are not frayed and are in working condition.
  • Make sure throttle control is properly adjusted.
  • Check blades for sharpness and make sure cutting deck is cleaned of old clippings and debris.
For Repairs:
All Power Equipment·  Refer to the repairs section of your owner’s manual for proper instructions.

·  If you have any questions or are not comfortable repairing your own equipment, please contact your nearest outdoor power equipment servicing retailer.

·  Before any repair, be sure to turn off the unit and disconnect the spark plug wire.

·  Keep hands and feet away from moving parts. Never work on equipment while it is running.

For End Of Season Storage:
All Power Equipment
  • Run or drain gas tank completely dry of all fuel (or add conditioner) outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.
  • Disconnect spark plug wire.
  • Remove spark plug, put a small amount of oil directly into cylinder, turn engine over with the pull start a few times, reinstall spark plug.
  • Clean all dirt and debris from engine and machine.
  • Store equipment in a dry, ventilated area.
  • Store fuel can in a dry, ventilated area and never near a pilot light, stove, or heat source of any kind.
  • If equipment features folding handles, fold them for more compact storage.
Hand-Held Leaf Blowers & Edger/Trimmers
  • Disconnect power, then thoroughly clean outer surfaces and clear all intake and exhaust vents.
  • Empty vents, ducts, vacuum tubes and other attachments of any debris.
  • Hang or store according to manufacturer’s directions.
Walk-Behind Blower Vacs
  • Disconnect power before cleaning outside surfaces of vacuum and attachments.
  • Clear debris or dirt from any intake or exhaust vents.
  • Empty and clean vacuum bag of any debris.
  • Hang or store according to manufacturer’s directions.
Walk-Behind Rotary Tillers
  • Disconnect power. Thoroughly clean outside surfaces of tiller, including tines and tires.
  • Hang or store according to manufacturer’s directions.
Log Splitters
  • Disconnect power. Clean and check all components, including hitch and tires.
  • Store according to manufacturer’s directions.
Shredder/Grinders
  • Clean dirt and debris from engine and shredder housing.
  • Remove battery and recharge before winter storage.
Chain Saws
  • For prolonged storage, run the saw dry and empty the fuel tank, or fill it completely and add a fuel stabilizer. A half-full tank can attract condensation, adding harmful water to the fuel mixture.

Some Tips for Preventing Lawn Diseases and Maintaining a Beautiful and Healthy Lawn

Anyone trying to maintain a healthy lawn may have to contend with some lawn diseases at some point. Diagnosing lawn diseases is not always easy because some of the symptoms are very similar from one disease to the next. One thing is certain and that is that it will be very easy to know when you have a problem, it’s just not always easy to know exactly what the problem is.

Brown Patch
Brown Patch

Some common lawn diseases are things like brown patch, leaf spot, necrotic ring spot, slime molds, moss and algae, pythium blight, snow mold and there are many others. Although it’s not always easy to tell exactly which disease your lawn is suffering from there are a few things that cause almost all lawn diseases. Most of the diseases will be costs by either mold, mildew or some kind of fungus.

Lawn Aerator Spike Shoes
Lawn Aerator Spike Shoes

When it comes to lawn diseases prevention is the best medicine and proper maintenance will help you prevent many lawn diseases from ever occurring in the first place. One maintenance tip is to aerate your lawn occasionally. This will allow nutrients from fertilizer to get to the roots, helping to keep your lawn healthy. Aeration also helps with drainage so excess water will drain away rather than helping create an environment where mold and fungi can thrive.

Two of the most basic types of lawn maintenance include mowing and watering your property. Do these properly and you can prevent a lot of lawn diseases. Mow your lawn only when it is necessary and make sure you mow it to the proper height. Also make sure your lawnmower blades are sharp because dull blades can damage the grass. When it comes to watering, try to water your lawn in the morning. Watering in the morning allows time for excess water to drain away and evaporate when temperatures get warmer in the afternoon. Watering in the evening can provide the cool, damp conditions that mold and fungi need to proliferate.

If you already have a problem with some type of lawn disease you may want to talk to someone at your local home improvement store or a professional landscaper to get some more information on exactly what type of disease of is and how you can treat it. Use the tips above to prevent these lawn diseases from ever happening in the first place and you should be able to enjoy a beautiful, healthy lawn.

General Safety Tips

Lawn mowers are great tools, but they can also be dangerous. Many thousands of people each year suffer cuts, loss of fingers and toes, burns, etc due to careless use of the devices. Most mower injuries can be prevented if you concentrate on your task and use common sense. Here are some basic tips for staying safe.

1 )  Know how to operate the equipment.
Read the operator’s manual before using any power equipment. Know where the controls are and what they do.Follow safety instructions.
2) Dress properly for the job.
Wear long pants, close-fitting clothes, sturdy shoes, and safety glasses.Don’t wear anything that could get caught in moving parts (loose jewelry or clothing; be careful of long hair).
3) Handle gas carefully.
Fill up before you start, while the engine is cold. Don’t spill when you fill. Store gas in an approved container in a cool ventilated area. Never smoke around gasoline.
4) Clear the area before you start.
Pick up rocks, twigs, cans, golf balls, anything that could be thrown by mowing equipment.
5) Keep children and pets away from the area until you’re finished.
Never allow children to operate a mower. And never carry children as passengers on a riding mower.
6) Operate equipment carefully and follow recommended procedures.
Always turn off the engine and disconnect the spark plug wire before attempting to unclog or work on outdoor power equipment. When leaving equipment unattended, turn off the engine and remove key.
7) Keep hands and feet away from moving parts.
Never work on equipment while it is running. Never remove or tamper with safety devices and labels … they’re provided to protect you and your family.

Best Manual Push Mower

Probably, nobody like the grassy lawn in front of his own house. To the joy of lawn owners there are great devices to facilitate the fulfillment of this task – lawn mowers. How to choose the best lawn mowerThe first models of the devices were completely mechanical. Now you can choose from a wide variety of mowers. But, despite the availability of various electrical and gasoline units in stores,  many house owners believe, that all they need is the best manual push mower. Handheld devices still do not lose their popularity, remaining the most economical option.

A manual push mower is a block-base on wheels, inside which are knives for cutting grass. The device comes into operation from the pushing movements. For convenience of use, a handle can be adjusted to the required height and you can set it to a certain slope. The work of cutting knives is almost the same as that of ordinary scissors. In a mechanical lawn mower there is one fixed blade and several movable.

Construction

Manual push mowers have spindle knives that start moving from the energy transmitted from the spinning wheels.

Most of devices have cylinder blades. Best Manual Push Mower They are equipped with a rotating cylinder with knives. The handle has adjusting elements which eliminates the need to constantly monitoring the speed of the mower. The device is simply tuned to the desired mode, and you start work.

Manual lawn mowers are able to cut grass at a speed of 2-3 mph. And they are more durable than their spindle ones. Both the first and second type of lawn mowers are offered by manufacturers at approximately one cost.

How to Choose the Best Manual Push Mower

When choosing the mover, take into account its technical characteristics, such as: the performance; length of knifes; the volume of the grass catcher.

The efficiency of the unit will depend on the efficiency of mowing. If you buy the device for mowing high and dense grass on large areas, better to choose the most powerful device. A simpler unit will be good on small lawns covered with soft greens.

The dimensions of the knives are a factor that directly affects the width of the bevel. The longer the mower’s blades, the larger the area they cover in one motion and accordingly cut a larger amount of vegetation.

As for the grass catcher, not all devices are equipped with it. In any case, the grass during the mowing with a mechanical device is partially scattered in all directions. However, if you still need the catcher, you should pay attention to its volume.

The ergonomic parameters of the lawn mowers cannot be generalized, they are individual for each person. In any case, the unit should be easy to use.

Operation and Maintenance

Manual push lawn mowers are quite simple in design, but they are a bit peculiar in their work and therefore require special attention at the beginning. Manual units are not bad, they just need some efforts to adapt.

This is quite easy to do, if you take into account some of the nuances during work: during the mowing you should push the device with constant force. The steps of the worker should not be too slow, this will cause winding the grass on the knives. You should mow the lawn often, about once a week. If the grass is too high, a manual push mower can simply not cope.

You should perform few easy maintenance operations after every third use.

  1. Put it up on a workbench.
  2. If the blades need to be sharpened (usually once in 1-3 years), you need practice to do this right or sharpen them in a local workshop.
  3.  Moving the wheels rotates blades through a series of gears, they might need to be oiled sometimes.
  4. Check the rubber wheels. If they’re slick and can’t get traction, the reel won’t turn efficiently.
  5. After each mowing, use an air compressor or garden hose to clean the wheels and blades.
  6. Always mow on a dry, clear day — weekly is best.

On most models, the gears aren’t hard to access, but be careful not to lose any bolts, nuts, or pins. Remove the wheel covers and pack the exposed gears with light grease. Sometimes the wheel covers have lubrication holes.