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Charles Deere: The Man Behind John Deere’s Commercial Success

The Man Behind John Deere's Commercial Success

Sure, you’ve heard of John Deere, the name behind the famous brand many have come to know and love. But do you know about the other Deere who was responsible for the company’s successful growth before and during the turn of the 20th century? That man, otherwise referred to as John Deere’s son, was better known as Charles Deere.

John Deere’s second son, Charles Deere, was born in 1837, the same year that John Deere created his trademark self-cleaning plow from an old steel saw blade. Although this coincidence may now seem like an omen to the contributions Charles Deere would one day make to the company, the Deere family did not initially plan for Charles to assume a management role. In fact, it was John Deere’s eldest son, Francis Albert, who planned to one day take over the family business. That all changed, however, when Francis unexpectedly died during a flu outbreak at age 18. Assuming his older brother’s role, Charles Deere attended business school and in 1854, began working at his father’s company.

A natural at bookkeeping, Charles Deere advanced quickly in managing the company’s finances and soon moved on to become head of sales. In this role, Charles combined his knack for business with an extensive knowledge of plows to demonstrate equipment and win over new customers.

After years of prosperity under Charles’ direction, the Deere business hit a rough patch during the “Panic of 1857.” During this time, many businesses faced economic hardship—and the Deere business was no exception. Faced with overspending in production and manufacturing costs, John Deere turned company leadership over to Charles, who used his know-how to guide finances in the right direction. This overhaul included reorganizing the business into a partnership called John Deere & Company, which John Deere and Charles Deere shared equally with colleagues Luke Hemenway and David Bugbee. This strategy allowed the Deeres to manage more money within the family, avoiding personal bankruptcy in the event that something should happen to the business.

To ensure future success of John Deere & Company, Charles Deere remained in a leadership role even though his father held on to the official title of company president. It was under Charles’ management that the company continued to prosper, giving birth to new branch houses across the country. Through his father’s death in 1886 until his own passing in 1907, Charles Deere also helped expand a product line that included over 300 models of plows and other various types of farm equipment. Today, Deere & Company continues to serve customers in agricultural and landscaping professions, providing quality products that deliver superior results.

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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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How to Prepare Outdoor Plants for Cold Weather

How to Prepare Outdoor Plants for Cold Weather

When winter rolls around, people aren’t the only ones who need to be protected from the cold. Some outdoor plants need to be covered to ensure survival during the cold months. Fall is the best time to protect your plants from winter’s harsh weather. During the winter, plants are susceptible to foliar damage, winter scald, and frozen roots. In addition to prepping your outdoor power equipment for winter, make sure you prep your outdoor plants for cold weather with these plant protection tips.

Mulch

Applying a layer of mulch is one of the most effective ways to protect your plants in the winter. The mulch will act as an insulator and hold in heat and moisture in the soil to protect the roots of your plants from the cold weather.

Water plants

Make sure the soil is well-watered before the ground freezes. Wet soil prevents freeze injury to the roots of plants because moist soil traps heat better than dry soil. Don’t water frozen soil because this will not help protect them from the cold and can actually make things worse for the plant.

Cover plants and trees

The purpose of covering plants is to capture the earth’s heat and prevent cold winds from drying them out. To cover plants and trees in burlap, place a few wooden stakes around the plant, allowing a few inches of space between the stakes and the plant. Put a double layer of burlap over the stakes and secure it to the stakes with staples.

If your climate is mild or only includes occasional light frost, covering your plants with an old blanket may be enough. Similar to using burlap, you may want to use a few stakes to prop up the blanket, otherwise it can damage the plant.

Build a cold frame

Building a temporary cold frame or greenhouse will trap heat and block out frost. Though it requires a bit of construction, this is a great solution to keeping plants safe and warm during the winter.

To build a cold frame, bend slender metal rods into loops and stick the ends into the ground across a garden row. Place a length of row cover fabric over the loops to enclose the plant. For a more permanent cold frame, hinge a window or storm window to one side of an open-bottomed box built from scrap lumber.

Also consider building an inexpensive greenhouse to protect plants. Make sure your greenhouse receives proper ventilation. If daytime temperatures are warm, open the greenhouse to allow air to circulate. If you don’t, your plants could overheat or build up too much moisture inside.

Bring potted plants inside

This is the easiest solution to protecting plants from the cold. If you have any potted plants or hanging baskets, bring them indoors. Make sure you place these plants near windows to allow them to receive their required sunlight.

Temperatures are dropping so it’s no secret that winter is coming. Since plants are susceptible to damage in cold weather, make sure you protect them with shelter, water, and mulch this winter.

 

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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.

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Fuel Tips for Your Outdoor Power Equipment

Fuel Tips for Your Outdoor Power Equipment

It goes without saying that your outdoor power equipment needs fuel to operate properly.  However, not just any old fuel will get the job done. Make sure you know the right type of fuel to use in your machine and when to replace that fuel. Continue reading as our experts share tips on how to reduce fuel system issues with your outdoor power equipment.

Tip #1 – Don’t use gasoline with more than 10% ethanol

Engines produced for use in outdoor power equipment are not designed for gasoline with more than 10% ethanol. Using higher ethanol fuel blends can lead to engine damage and performance issues. Read your Equipment and Engine Operator’s Manual for information on the proper fuel to use in your machine.

Tip #2 – Use ethanol-free gasoline

Gasoline without ethanol will reduce the amount of moisture the gasoline can absorb from the atmosphere. Many areas carry ethanol-free gas. Visit https://www.pure-gas.org/ to locate ethanol-free gas stations near you.

Tip #3 – Only buy the amount of fuel that will be used in 30 days

Fuel starts to go bad after 30 days so do not let it sit in your machine for longer than that. After 30 days, the volatile compounds in the fuel start evaporating, and this occurs whether the gas is in your outdoor power equipment or in the gas can.

As fuel sits and grows older, it evaporates and forms brown sticky deposits that eventually turn into a hard varnish. Deposits and varnish can plug fuel lines and passages in the carburetor, preventing the engine from running properly.

Tip #4 – Use fuel stabilizer

Many of us use fuel stabilizers in our machines when we store them for the off-season to have an easier time starting them when the time comes. This is a good practice. When fuel stabilizers are added to fuel they separate and create a thin film on top of the fuel to keep out air and moisture. They also reduce the rate at which the fuel’s volatile compounds evaporate.

Try adding fuel stabilizer to your fuel the day the it is purchased. This way, the fuel will stay fresh longer.

When purchasing fuel stabilizer, make sure to purchase the right one for your needs. There are specific stabilizers for gas that does and does not contain ethanol.

Tip #5 – Purchase mid-grade gasoline with an octane rating of 87 or higher

Standard 87 octane gasoline is perfect for small engines like the ones found on lawn mowers. However, mid-grade or premium gas with an octane rating of 89 or higher can be used for engines that require the higher octane.

Again, read your owner’s manual for information on the proper fuel to use in your outdoor power equipment.

Using the correct fuel in your outdoor power equipment is very important. If you do not use the proper fuel, your machine will suffer. If you have questions or concerns about the fuel you’re using, feel free to contact us.

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Utica, MI 48317
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The History of John Deere Lawn Mowers

The History of John Deere Lawn Mowers

John Deere lawn mowers have been around for over 50 years. Hundreds of new models have been introduced to homeowners and landscape professionals throughout the years, and these innovative models have played a vast role in the advancement of John Deere mowers today.

1960s: The History of John Deere Lawn Mowers

It all began in 1963 when John Deere entered the lawn tractor market. This year they introduced the model 110, which featured a 4-stroke petrol-fueled engine with 7 horsepower. Its ergonomic design and futuristic features made the 110 a success.

Lawn mowing was becoming a more popular leisure activity during the 1960s. This prompted John Deere to offer more lawn mower models with similar features and implements that the farming tractors integrated.

With the success of the 100 lawn mower, John Deere introduced the 60 model shortly after. This mower was designed for operators in urban areas who had less land to manage. The 60 model offered a variety of attachments, making it a versatile machine for its time. The attachments included a pull behind sprayer, model 80 dump cart, snow blade, and snow thrower.

Building off of the success of the 110, John Deere introduced the 112 and 140 model. The 112 was a larger model that carried a similar style as the 110 but with a bigger motor and wider deck. The 112 was designed for those who needed a machine for larger jobs than the 110 and 60 were capable of. The 140 was known for having a lot of power for such a small machine. Designed with a 14 hp Kohler engine and hydrostatic transmission the 140 was ahead of its time and able to accomplish a variety of yard tasks.

1970s: The History of John Deere Lawn Mowers

A few existing models that were introduced in the 1960s were upgraded in the early 1970s, but John Deere took on major advancements in 1975 with the 200, 300 and 400 Series riding lawn mowers. These models gave operators new and exciting features including engine options between 8-16 horsepower, integral headlights, and power steering.

1980s: The History of John Deere Lawn Mowers

In 1984, John Deere introduced the first tractor to combine a diesel engine with hydrostatic drive and power steering.  The 430 featured a powerful Yanmar 3-cylinder water-cooled diesel engine and weighed 1,170 lbs, making it the heaviest and strongest John Deere mower of its time.

During the 1980s, the 300 Series was redesigned and many new features were added.  During this time, John Deere hit a milestone because they manufactured their millionth lawn and garden tractor. They also introduced the R Series and S Series, a series designed for customers working with both small and large pieces of land.

The R Series was a good fit for those handling smaller areas and included features like a 5-speed gear-drive transmission and tight turning radius of 27 inches. The S Series was perfect for those with bigger areas to cover. These mowers incorporated an electric start, 30-inch cutting width and 8 horsepower engines.

1990s: The History of John Deere Lawn Mowers

In the 1990s John Deere hit another milestone because they manufactured their 2 and 3 millionth tractor. The LT Series, LX Series, and GT and GX Series were vital to the history of John Deere lawn mowers.

The LT Series became one of the most popular John Deere mowers ever. This series provided operators with wider cuts and a greater amount of fuel. John Deere placed more emphasis on comfort, designing an adjustable operator seat for those who spent long hours using their equipment.

The LX Series was known for its versatility, allowing owners to use a variety of attachments to handle a variety of projects around the yard. The GT and GX Series were perfect for individuals who needed more power and size to complete yard tasks. The GT and GX mowers could hook up to other implements and a variety of rear attachments.

2000s: The History of John Deere Lawn Mowers

During the 2000s, some of the biggest product announcements made were the LA Series and the X Series. The LA Series models catered to medium and large lawns and were designed with great features like the full-length steel welded frame, headlights, and Edge Cutting system. This series also incorporates John Deere’s trademarked CargO Mount system, which allows users to easily attach large baggers or other heavy rear-mounted equipment.

What sets the X Series models apart is the technology. These models transfer power to the wheels through the hydrostatic transmission to save time during operation and eliminate unnecessary gear-changing.

Take a look at all the John Deere models that were introduced throughout the years.

We are proud to be a John Deere dealer for 25 years. If you have questions or concerns about your John Deere equipment, feel free to contact us.

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Tips for a Great Backyard Party

Tips for a Great Backyard Party

Backyard Party Tips

Summer is a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors. With the warm weather and 16 hours of daylight to enjoy, many of us want to spend our days enjoying cool refreshments at a backyard party. Though this is the perfect time to have a party, there’s one thing that can put a damper on the festivities – an unattractive lawn. Whether it’s a backyard barbecue or kid’s birthday party, your backyard should be aesthetically pleasing so here are some tips to achieve a party-worthy backyard.

Mow the lawn

A great backyard party starts with a great lawn so break out the lawn mower and cut the grass. This is a given, but sometimes we neglect our backyards and focus on the front lawn since it’s what our neighbors and visitors see daily.

Remove Weeds

If you‘ve ignored your backyard for months, you may have to tackle weeds that popped up in the spring. One weed can ruin a beautiful yard so rid yourself of them now before they continue to grow and spread.

Mulch

Mulch increases the health of your lawn and garden and discourages weeds. There are a number of mulching methods from grass clippings to organic mulch and wood chips. Different mulching methods provide different benefits for your yard so do your research before choosing a mulching method.

Take care of your trees

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

Clean up walks and driveways

An edger can add the perfect finishing touch to your yard. Use an edger around walkways and driveways, as well as along your patio or other concrete areas in your backyard, for crisp lines and borders that outline your yard perfectly.

Add color

If you plan your party enough time in advance, you’ll have time to plant some flowers. Flowers aren’t a must, but there’s no denying they enhance the look and feel of your yard.

Decorate

In the midst of tending to your lawn, don’t forget to make your party special for your guests. Why host a party without providing a party look and feel? Make sure there are enough food, tables, chairs, and entertainment for each of your attendees.

It’s hard to stay indoors with long days and warm weather upon us. A party is a great reason to improve your backyard landscape. However, whether or not you’re hosting a party, make sure you don’t neglect your backyard. Use our tips to create a beautiful backyard space, even if you’re the only one looking at it.

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Common Weeds to Identify and Keep Off Your Lawn

Common Weeds to Identify and Keep off Your Lawn

We all dream of the perfect lawn, and many of us can achieve that when we have the right tools in our arsenal. Sometimes, however, we run into lawn care problems, like weeds, that can’t be fixed with outdoor power equipment. Weeds are a constant problem for homeowners but they are fairly easy to spot in the spring, so now is the best time to rid your yard of these unwanted plants. It only takes one weed to ruin a beautiful lawn so read more to learn how to identify common weeds and how to kill them.

Dandelion

These bright yellow flowers are easy to spot. They appear in the spring and fall, and eventually fade to form a white puffball. Dandelions grow long taproots, which are large and dominant roots from which other roots sprout. Taproots are very thick and grow directly downward.

You can remove dandelions by digging them up by hand, but you’ll need to remove at least two inches of the taproot to keep the plant from growing back. You can also apply post-emergent herbicides which kill actively growing weeds that have already emerged from soil. These herbicides work well on destroying dandelions because they will be able to penetrate the entire root. If you’re developing your lawn, these should fade away as the grass gets thicker, blocking seeds from the soil.

Crabgrass

This is a grassy weed with blue-green leaves that form a crab-like circle. Crabgrass begins to grow in the spring, typically in thin or bare areas, or in dry soil. Mowing the grass too short, overwatering, and underwatering invite crabgrass into your lawn.

Pre-emergent herbicides kill weeds before sprouts emerge from soil and are your best defense against crabgrass.

Annual Bluegrass

This blue-green grass appears in late summer and grows in clumps that are thinner than crabgrass. These weeds sprout in overwatered areas and poorly-drained soil, sprouting seeds on its tips when it grows.

A pre-emergent herbicide will prevent the growth of these weeds. If annual bluegrass already exists in your lawn, bag your clippings to prevent the seeds from spreading.

White Clover

The white clover is a three leaf clover with round white flowers that grows in lawns with nutrient-poor soil.

To stop these weeds from growing in your yard, improve soil nutrients. Broadleaf herbicide treatment is useful, but you may need to apply several applications in the spring and fall to destroy these weeds.

Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie is also known as ground ivy and has round, dark green leaves with scalloped edges. It appears in the spring and tends to grow in shaded, most areas with poor soil.

To combat these weeds mow high, water infrequently, and use post-emergent herbicides. The herbicides will kill the weeds but this may take several treatments.

Chickweed

Chickweed, with thin stems covered in tiny leaves, grows in areas where moist soil, shade and good soil are present.

Chickweed can be removed and pulled out of the soil easily, which stops these weeds from spreading. If there is a large area of your lawn covered in Chickweed, crush the stems and apply nitrogen. The nitrogen will be absorbed into the plants, killing them. If chickweed is a regular problem for your lawn, apply a pre-emergent herbicide in the spring and fall.

To prevent the growth of weeds, do things to promote a healthy lawn such as mowing high, leaving grass clippings on the lawn as mulch, fertilizing, and tending to bare spots. Weeds are obnoxious but if you understand common lawn weeds and the options available to fight them, you can successfully rid your lawn of them.

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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, 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, 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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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?

In past years, we’ve seen snow in March and many of us Michiganders aren’t surprised by this. However, by March we’re 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 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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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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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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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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