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John Deere Maintenance Kits

How to Use John Deere Maintenance Kits

Staying on top of maintenance is essential to maximizing the performance and life of your outdoor power equipment. John Deere makes it easy to tune-up your tractor all on your own. They also make it easy to match a kit to your specific tractor model by listing the model on the box so you’ll never have to worry about missing parts necessary for maintenance.

Most John Deere Maintenance Kits include:

2 quarts oil

1 oil filter

1 air filter

1 fuel filter

Air precleaner

Spark plugs(s)

Additional tools (not included in John Deere Maintenance Kits):

Oil filter wrench

Drain pan

Towels/rags

Pliers

Socket wrench

Spark plug gap gauge

 

Here’s how to perform maintenance on your John Deere tractor using a John Deere Maintenance Kit.

Change the oil and oil filter

Drain the old oil by running your tractor’s engine for a couple minutes so that the oil flows better. Set your drain pan on the ground to catch the old oil. Remove the drain cap and allow the oil to drain completely. Once the oil has been drained, remove the dipstick and use a towel/rag to wipe off old oil.

Before replacing the oil filter, use your towel or rag to clean the area around the filter and then place the drain pan under the filter tray. Remove the old filter and gasket and make sure to dispose of it properly. Rub a light coat of fresh oil on the new filter gasket and screw on the new filter by hand, until the rubber gasket makes contact with the filter base. Then tighten the filter another half turn to make sure it’s secure.

Next, install the drain cap and pour in the new oil, but make sure not to fill it past the full mark. Run the engine again to make sure you don’t have any leaks, and ensure proper fill by checking the dipstick.

Change the air filter

Before replacing the air filter, make sure the engine is cool. You should also brush away any debris covering the air intake screen. Take off the air filter cover then remove the air filter and the precleaner. If your maintenance kit comes with a replacement precleaner, use the new one (to make sure, check your operator’s manual). Put in the new air filter and reinstall the cover.

Change the fuel filter

First, make sure you are in a well-ventilated area and that the engine on your tractor is cool. Check the fuel lines to see if they look worn or cracked. If so, have them replaced. Look at the arrow on the old fuel filter – it shows the gas flow. Make sure the arrow on the new filter goes the same direction as the arrow on the old filter.

Use your pliers to move the clamps away from the filter. Pull off the hoses, gas tank side first, and quickly attach the hoses to the new filter, gas tank side first. Use the pliers again to put the hose clamps back in their original place. Run the engine for a couple minutes and check for leaks.

Change the spark plugs

Pull off the plug wires and use the wrench to loosen the plugs. Remove the plugs and use the spark plug gauge to set the right gap (your operator’s manual will show you the proper gap size). Install the new spark plugs finger tight and then use the wrench to fully tighten the spark plugs. Lastly, reinstall the plug wires.

Sharpen/Replace Blades

Blades are not included in John Deere Maintenance Kits but whenever you perform regular maintenance you should sharpen your blades or replace them if they’re worn. You can sharpen your blades on your own or bring them to a professional.

John Deere Maintenance Kits will keep your equipment running like new year after year. They come with everything you need to service you lawn equipment so stay on top of maintenance to see the best results with your equipment and your lawn.

 

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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Weingartz At-Home Maintenance

At Home Maintenance

We know you’re getting ready for spring and we’re here to help. Normal wear and tear results in lower machine efficiency so regular maintenance is a must. Whether you are a commercial landscaper or a residential user, basic lawn mower maintenance is essential.

Weingartz At-Home Maintenance service assures optimal working conditions and a long life span for your equipment. With the at-home maintenance service, we send our factory-certified technicians to your home with maintenance trucks fully equipped with tools such as air compressors, air filters, blade sharpeners, maintenance kits, etc. to service your machine, conveniently eliminating bringing your machine in and being without it for any amount of time.

Our maintenance trucks are also equipped with overhead cranes, which allow our technicians to lift your machine, look underneath, and perform the proper maintenance on the spot. (You must be home to take advantage of the at-home maintenance unless you prepaid for the service).

Our technicians are always prepared to service your equipment. Call to schedule your service today or schedule service online and we’ll make sure your machine stays in good shape all year long. (Your machine must start and cut in order to receive maintenance).

The At-Home Maintenance service is available at the following locations: Ann Arbor, Clarkston, Farmington Hills, Utica

At-Home Maintenance Includes:

  • Replace oil filter and change engine oil
  • Replace spark plug(s) and fuel filter
  • Replace (or clean) air filter
  • Flush fuel system (if necessary)
  • Sharpen (or replace) mower blades* and clean under deck
  • Test ignition system, charging system, and battery
  • Clean battery terminals and cooling system
  • Check and adjust RPM’s
  • Check and adjust clutch (if necessary)
  • Check and adjust brakes/emergency brake system
  • Check and adjust tire pressure (as needed)
  • Lubricate all pivot points and cables
  • Inspect all belts, pulleys and overall operation of unit
  • Inspect and test all safety features

*Cost of blades additional if requiring replacement

Planned maintenance can save your machine from hours of downtime caused by a breakdown. Your satisfaction is guaranteed so don’t hesitate to give us a call.

 

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Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Winter Weather

Winter Weather

Why Winter Weather Temperature Changes Between Cold and Warm

Many Michiganders, and some non-Michiganders, know that Michigan winter weather fluctuates a lot. Within the last few weeks we experienced a mix of temperatures in the 30’s and high 50’s. This week, and within the next few weeks, we are expected to see cold temps and snow.

Since we won’t see spring for a couple of weeks, many of us wonder why we’ve experienced weirdly warm weather within the last few weeks.

Before you dismiss this winter weather as being out of whack, be aware that the fluctuation in temperatures is entirely normal.  It’s rare to sustain a spell of either very cold or warm weather over an entire winter season.  In fact, it would be unusual if we didn’t see a drastic change in the weather during the winter season at all.

The warm weather that we’ve seen this winter is a result of the jet stream. Think of the jet stream as a “river of air” in the uppermost levels of the atmosphere that move weather systems around.  The jet stream dictates temperature based on their orientation, location, and strength.

During January’s bitter temps, a large ridge of high pressure from the West Coast pushed the jet stream far to the north, which caused air to come down from northern Canada.  Eventually, that zone of high pressure broke so instead of constant cold weather, the Eastern U.S. is receiving occasional blasts of cold temps that last a day or two.  This is where our cold air comes from.

We’ve recently experienced spurts of warm weather because a new ridge of high pressure has developed, this time over the East Coast, allowing unusually mild to warm air to flow from the Deep South. The air that is flowing from the north is what’s causing warm temperatures in places that normally feel like the arctic.

What will March bring?

March is here and it brought snow with it. Many of us Michiganders aren’t surprised but we’re still ready for spring to arrive. Beware of March though. It has a reputation of being very fickle when it comes to winter weather. It’s a possibility that we will get dumped with a few more heavy snowfalls and see warmer temperatures this month so don’t be surprised if you have to break out your snow blowers one week and then store then away the next.

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is a popular observance in many parts of the United States. Though it’s not an official holiday in the US, February 2 is a day many of us never forget.

History

The first Groundhog Day, February 2, 1887, was celebrated at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. As you know, the tradition is, if a groundhog sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather, and if the groundhog does not see its shadow we’ll see an early spring.

Groundhog Day stems from the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas Day, where clergy blessed and distributed candles needed for winter. These candles represented how long winter would last. Germans kept this concept but selected the hedgehog as a means of predicting the weather. Once German settlers came to America, they settled in Pennsylvania and continued the tradition, but switched from hedgehogs to groundhogs.

Clymer Freas, a newspaper editor who belonged to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, named Phil, the Punxsutawney groundhog, the only true weather-forecasting groundhog.

How accurate is Punxsutawney Phil?

According to StormFax.com, Phil has been accurate only 39 percent of the time since the first Groundhog Day in 1887. The groundhog has no predictive skill, but he’s gotten a little more accurate in recent years – with an accuracy of about 46 percent since 1988.

Fun Facts

It is said that Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, was named after King Phillip. He was called Br’er Groundhog before being named Phil.

In 1993, the movie Groundhog Day, starring comedian Bill Murray, made Phil and Groundhog Day famous worldwide. The movie gave new meaning to the term “Groundhog Day” as something that repeats itself over and over.

Today, tens of thousands of people meet on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney every February 2 to see Phil’s prediction. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club hosts a three day celebration which includes entertainment and activities. The Groundhog Day celebration held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania draws crowds as large as 40,000 each year.

Past Predictions

2017 – Phil saw his shadow – six more weeks of winter

2016 – No shadow – spring is near

2015 – Phil saw his shadow

2014 – Phil saw his shadow

2013 – No shadow

2012 – Phil saw his shadow

2011 – No shadow

2010 – Phil saw his shadow

Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow this year?

Last year Phil saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter. If Phil sees his shadow this year, we have all the equipment you need to battle winter’s tough weather conditions. Email us, call us at 855-669-7278 or stop by one of our stores for expert advice and to purchase your equipment.

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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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Snow Mold

Snow Mold and Frozen Lawn Damage

When thinking of winter, people rarely consider how winter’s weather conditions affect their lawn. Winter brings snow and freezing temperatures, which contributes to snow mold and frozen lawn damage. The winter season can have adverse affects on your lawn, but this damage can be undone. Read more to learn how to keep your lawn green and healthy.

Snow Mold Damage

One of the most common winter lawn diseases is snow mold. In areas where snow can cover your lawn for weeks at a time, grass can develop snow mold damage, which you’ll usually see after the snow melts. Snow mold leaves you with an unpleasant bleached-looking lawn.

The two most common snow mold diseases are gray snow mold and pink snow mold. Both are a type of fungus but are caused by two different fungal pathogens. Typhula incarnata causes gray snow mold and Microdochium nivale causes pink snow mold.

Gray snow mold shows up as white crusted areas of grass in which the grass is dead, matted together, and bleached. The bleached areas of your lawn can range from some inches to a few feet. Gray snow mold typically appears in areas with the greatest snow accumulation, such as along driveways where snow drifts tend to build up.

Pink snow mold is caused by a fungus that thrives in cool, moist areas. Your lawn can develop pink snow mold even without snow cover. This disease receives its name from the buildup of pink fungal spores on the leaves of infected grass plants, resulting in pink snow mold on patches of matted grass.

Tips To Avoid Snow Mold

There are a few preventative measures that you can take to help avoid both types of snow mold.

  • Long grass is more susceptible to snow mold so mow your lawn until it stops growing. Remove leaves from your lawn in the fall and keep your lawn free of thatch. When we receive snowfall, those leaves can turn into a dense layer that restricts airflow and mats the grass. Additionally, keeping your lawn free of thatch helps ensure proper airflow, which prevents snow mold.
  • If your lawn is suffering from snow mold in the spring, you need to dry out the affected areas because snow mold can spread when your lawn is cold and damp.
  • Lightly rake damaged grass to reduce matting and increase airflow. Allow air and sunlight to reach the damaged areas of your lawn to heat up soil temperatures and dry out the grass.
  • If your lawn has severe damage in the spring, apply a light fertilizer to promote new growth.

Frozen Lawn Damage

Snow isn’t the only thing harming your lawn during the winter; freezing temperatures and ice also contribute to lawn damage. The deterioration of your lawn comes from the destruction of your grass blades when they are frozen.

You have no control over winter’s unpredictable weather conditions, so to help avoid frozen lawn damage stay off of your grass as much as possible. Typically when you walk across your lawn, the grass blades are elastic and bend underfoot but remain undamaged.

During the winter, when heavy objects press down on the blades, expanded water molecules cut through the grass and cause significant cellular damage. So each time you walk across the lawn, you’re stepping on frozen grass blades, breaking them and damaging the lawn.

Your lawn will eventually recover from frozen lawn damage, but for now stay off the grass until temperatures rise.

Snow and ice buildup on your walkways and driveway can also be frustrating during the winter. Snow blowers are built to efficiently remove snow allowing you to take care of business with little effort. These machines range from small single stage models to large three stage models that can remove snow, ice, and slush in seconds. Spreaders may also come in handy during the winter. They’re built to spread snow and ice melt, removing ice from walkways.

Email or call us at 855-669-7278 or stop by one of our stores for expert advice and to purchase your snow and ice removal equipment.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Utica, MI 48317
(586) 731-7240
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Snow and Ice Melt – Should I Use Rock Salt or Professional Melt?

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Winter is in full swing with snow and ice accumulating on driveways and sidewalks. Snow blowers are great for snow removal, but sometimes you need a little extra help to rid your home of ice.

Deciding which chemicals to use to melt the ice on your driveway and sidewalk is an important decision. Many people simply buy the least expensive product on the market thinking that there is no difference. This could not be farther from the truth. In fact, the type of chemical that you use can have a devastating impact on your lawn, plants, and concrete.

There is a significant difference between traditional rock salt and a professional-grade snow and ice melt.

Rock salt is the mineral form of sodium chloride and essentially lowers the freezing point of water to melt snow and ice away. Small amounts of the salt partially melt the ice, forming a solution of salt and water. That solution moves under the ice to break the bond between the ice and pavement.

Ice melt is typically composed of calcium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, or a combination of these. Ice melt lowers the freezing point of water to melt snow and ice at much lower temperatures than rock salt. In general, rock salt will only melt snow or ice at 12 degrees Fahrenheit, while professional-grade melts have a much lower melting point of -12 degrees Fahrenheit.

 When it comes to de-icers, the benefits of professional-grade ice melt greatly outweigh ordinary rock salt.

Additional benefits of professional snow and ice melt include:

  1. Will not freeze
  2. Safer on your plants and lawn
  3. Is less corrosive than rock salt, making it safer for your driveway, sidewalk, porch, and yard
  4. Less corrosion also means you don’t need to worry when accidentally tracking residual ice melt indoors – it won’t leave oily residue on carpets
  5. Pet-friendly options – you can choose a 100% organic, all natural, salt free ice melt

When shopping, look for a professional snow and ice melt that is a 4-way blend of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and chloride. It is also best to select a snow and ice melt where the pellets have been coated with a liquid magnesium chloride. This increases the melting power and ease of pouring.

Don’t be sticker shocked; professional snow and ice melt is a little more expensive than traditional rock salt. Yet, it works significantly better, lasts twice as long, and will not have a damaging effect on your lawn, plants, cement, and carpets.

Now that you have the right chemicals to melt away snow and ice, you need the right equipment to get the job done. Spreaders are built to spread snow and ice melt, and other pelletized material. Some spreaders are large and can be attached to the back of trucks to spread large quantities of material in less time. Many are weather-resistant, holding up against harsh, winter elements. Other spreaders come in small, walk behind models but provide professional-quality performance to spread snow and ice melt.

Give us a call at 855-669-7278 or stop by one of our stores for expert advice and to purchase your snow and ice removal equipment.

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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Cedar Springs, MI 49319
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How to Prune and Care for Trees

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Fall is in full effect with its shorter days, cooler temperatures, and colorful leaves. With these leaves falling at a rapid rate, it’s no secret that it’s time to rake, blow, or mulch them. While removing leaves is an obvious chore for Fall, this season you should also consider taking care of the trees that these leaves fell from. Fall is the perfect time to prune your trees to remove stems or branches that are dead or damaged.

Why prune trees?

Pruning promotes healthy trees, and by removing dead or damaged branches, you’re preventing decay organisms from invading the tree. Pruning can stimulate growth in sparse areas of a tree, and can also restrict growth if too much growth is unappealing to you.

Pruning can increase air and sunlight while providing more food and water for the tree. Pruning to eliminate crossing branches is a great way to prevent damage as a result of the branches rubbing against each other.

When to prune?

Fall is the perfect time to remove bad limbs, but late winter and early spring are also acceptable times to prune, just before the tree begins to open its buds. You should remove dead, damaged, and diseased branches as soon as possible, which means pruning can be done anytime, just avoid pruning during dry, hot periods and extreme cold.

What tools to use?

Hand prunersHand pruners cut like scissors. One blade slides past another blade resulting in a neat and clean cut. Hand pruners are able to cut wood ½ to ¾ inch diameter.

LoppersLoppers, like hand pruners, cut like scissors and are designed with larger blades and longer handles. These lightweight tools are able to cut wood ¾ to 1 ½ inch diameter.

Pole sawsPole saws enable you to reach tall branches. They allow for extended reach with a long handle and can cut wood up to 3-inch diameter.

How to prune?

Before removing any limbs or branches, map out what portions need to be pruned.

The act of pruning wounds trees, but when done properly, pruning helps trees. When done wrong, pruning harms them.Trees never heal their wounds. When branches are cut off, they are gone forever. While trees do not heal, they do seal their wounds. When pruned properly, a callus grows, starting at the edge and growing in until it covers the cut.

Inside the tree, a chemical boundary is formed around the wounded area that compartmentalizes the wound, eliminating the chance of decay forming from the wound. Flush cuts and leaving a stub are examples of improper pruning and will cause wounds that will not callus or limit decay. The tree will begin to rot in these areas.

How to Prune and Care for Trees

When pruning, avoid damaging the branch collar and branch bark ridge. The branch collar is a swelling that forms around the base of the branch, and the branch bark ridge is slightly raised, dark bark that forms where the branch and trunk tissue meet.

These are the areas that contain the chemicals needed for callus growth and the compartmentalization that protects the wound.

When pruning large branches, three or four cuts will be necessary to avoid tearing the branch collar and bark. Make the first cut on the underside of the branch about 18 inches from the trunk. Make the second cut an inch further out on the branch.

The third cut can be made by cutting down through the branch, detaching it. If there is a possibility of tearing the bark on the branch underside, make an undercut and then saw through the branch. Finally, be sure not to take away too much of the tree at any one time.

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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.


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Clarkston, MI 48346
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Lawn Tractor Tire Chains – Buying and Installing Guide

Lawn Tractor Tire Chains

When using your lawn tractor in the snow season, you may find that the tractor tires don’t quite have the stability and traction needed to throw or plow when the pavement is covered by hard-packed snow or is icy. Under these conditions, you can increase the traction by using lawn tractor tire chains.

 Uses

Most of the lawn tractor tire chains we sell are used on lawn tractors’ rear drive tires. Since manufacturers have been making snow blowers more and more powerful, they can also provide added grip to 2-stage snow blower tires that would otherwise tend to slide around when under full power.

 What are the Advantages?

Not only do tire chains add extra traction to your rear wheel drive, but they also help brake up ice on your drive and walkways. Tire chains are highly suited for driveways that are inclined.

 What are the Disadvantages?

Because they are made of hardened steel, combined with the weight of the tractor, there is risk of damage if tire chains are used and operated on brick pavers. If you store the tractor in the garage, it could possibly damage weak floor surfaces.

 What’s the Difference Between 2- and 4-link Chains?

2- and 4-link refers to the spacing between skipped side links. For 2-link spacing, cross chains occur between every two side link chains. For 4-link spacing, cross chains occur between every four link chains.

 Which is Better?

It will depend on which chain spacing suits your needs. 2-link spacing tire chains will give more traction because there are more cross links and the tractor’s ride will be more steady (less bumpy). 4-link spacing chains are generally less expensive, and still provide a little extra traction.

 How Do I Know Which Size to Order?

The chain size is the same dimension that is formed into the side of the tire wall. Tire chains are available in every size used for lawn and garden tractor wheels. Some chain sets are meant for more than one tire size, and links may have to be removed with bolt cutters or by bending the connecting links with pliers.

How To Install Lawn Tractor Tire Chains?

You Will Need:

  • Tire chain set
  • Air compressor
  • Bolt cutters or strong pliers
  • A level area of pavement to work from

Here’s What To Do:

  • First, semi-deflate the tires that you will be installing chains on (by about 25% less than the full PSI)
  • Lay the chains out flat on the ground and remove any tangles
  • Lay the chain over the tire, cross chain hook facing up, and fastener to the outside
  • Tuck the first cross chain between the front of the tire and pavement
  • Move the tractor forward until the end fasteners are about axle high
  • Hook the inside fastener first, remove slack, then hook outside fastener
  • You want the chain to be hand tight (without use of tools) which will extend the life and performance of the tire chains
  • Fill tires to the proper PSI rated on tire wall – this will seat the chains to proper tension
  • Any remaining length can be shortened by removing one or more cross sections. Using pliers to pry the cross chain connecting link open and unhook (the connecting links are not made of hardened steel) or use bolt cutters

NOTE: It is important to check that you have enough clearance in both rear wheel wells for tire chains. There should be, at minimum, three inches of clearance between the tire and the inside wall and any drive components.

If you find that you still need more traction, some tractors have wheel weight kits that mount on the outside of the rim, or “suitcase” styled weights to add to a rear weight bar bracket, if available as an accessory. Contact our sales team with model information for price and availability.

 Lawn Tractor Tire Chains We Carry

We carry lawn tractor tire chains for a variety of tire sizes. There are no universal tire chains; they are specific to and sold by tire size. Contact our parts team with your tire size, or part number, for pricing and availability.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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39050 Grand River Ave. 
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
(248) 471-3050
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Buyer’s Guide to Chipper Shredder Vacs

Buyer's Guide to Chipper Shredder Vacs

Maintaining a neat looking yard can be difficult, but if you have the right equipment in your arsenal the task becomes less challenging. When you’re stuck with unwanted leaves, branches, and other debris, chipper shredder vacs come in handy. There are multiple aspects to consider when buying chipper shredder vacs and this guide will help simplify the buying process.

Vacuums are available in push or self-propelled models. With push vacuums, you would need to physically push the machine while self propelled models have a drive system to pull the machine for you.

If you’re looking for a push vacuum, it’s important to purchase a machine with larger diameter wheels because these wheels will make the machine easier to push, especially over rougher terrain. It will also help to support the weight of the bag as it starts filling with debris.

Self propelled models are more popular for lawn applications. The added weight of the bag makes the job easier for you. A push vacuum, on the other hand, is oftentimes used for parking lot cleaning. A push machine is very adequate for smoother surfaces.

When looking for a vacuum to purchase, you may want to consider that optional hose kits are available. With the hose kit, you can shut off the front snout and direct all the vacuum action into the hose, and then use it to get around shrub beds and other areas you can’t reach with the standard vacuum snout.

There are also shredder vac options that allow you to easily adjust your snout opening. If you work with heavier debris, you want to open that snout up to allow the heavier debris in. if you want to create more vacuum action for better cleaning, maybe on a flush surface, you can lower the snout down and it creates more vacuum action and better clean up on the lighter use.

Many vacuums have a chipper option. With chippers, you can feed your limbs down into the machine and then use the vacuum for picking up the leaves and other debris.

With your typical vacuum system, as the debris runs through the impeller, you’ll get an approximate 4 to 1 reduction, meaning you’ll fit more in the bag than you would if you were just bagging the material manually. Note, you’ll get an approximate 4 to 1 reduction depending on the material you want to remove.

Chipper shredder vacs are dedicated machines designed for chipping and shredding. The key advantage with these machines is you’ll get a much better reduction, typically a 10-12 to 1 reduction in debris. Chipper shredder vacs have a series of swinging knives down in the hopper that will shred the debris versus just running it through the vacuum and impeller.

With the chipping option, the typical size limbs these machines will handle are 2 to 3 inch depending on the machine.

Chippers are equipped with different horse power. If you have a lot of debris, especially a lot of heavy chipping, you’re going to want something with a large engine because it does require more horse power, especially with a chipping application.

A nice feature on the larger units is a tow bar. You can attach these very easily and hook it to your lawn tractor or utility vehicle for easy travel.

On some of the heavy duty machines, you’ll notice they have a much larger opening and will handle limbs more effectively. They also have a larger diameter impeller and will have up to 30 pounds worth of weight in the impeller. The additional weight will help the momentum for heavier chipping. You may want to look for something with a nice, wide opening for feeding your leaves and other debris.

Shredders have different screens available. If you want smaller mulch for your beds, for example, or if you have a lot of wet debris to remove you can choose a shredder with a smaller or larger opening to help complete your task.

Chipper shredder vacs are 3-in-1 machines that are perfect for cleaning and compacting yard debris. These versatile chipper shredder vacs allows you to cover both wide patches of ground and smaller, hard-to-reach areas. They also simplify clean-up, condensing more material without frequent disposal breaks to make your workday go by more quickly.

To handle your fall tasks, find the chipper shredder vacs that will work best for your yard.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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5436 Jackson Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 239-8200
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