HST vs. Shuttle Shift Transmissions

This was a rare morning on our farm, with nothing really to do but fill the troughs and mow the back pasture. So, with a little extra time, I thought I would take a few moments to touch on a question I hear frequently from our audience; “which transmission  is more desirable in a compact…

Spring is only 8 months away!

Fall will be upon us soon and most of us forget about our lawns as the growing season winds down. This time of year we tend to turn our attention to other important tasks. Football, bonfires and back to school for the kids, Just to name a few. Well when these warm-season grasses begin slowing down as…

When your zero turn won’t move.

We occasionally have Z-turns brought in to our service department at MT&T for “no movement” Lets take a few minutes and discuss the system and the probable issues. The drive system of any basic residential or commercial zero turn lawn mower consists of 2 separate transmission systems and a single belt system that drives both of…

Mulching my neck of the woods

Recently, over coffee some friends and I were discussing lawn mulching vs. bagging and discharging. My northern buddies were all about mulching to feed the lawn. The south end of the table was all for bagging. Always the peace maker, my vote was for both! In the northern states with well draining sandy loam soil, simply mulching the…

The Stars of Stripes

A well-striped lawn isn’t just for Major League ballparks.  It’s a tattoo for your lawn. A signal that tells your neighbors that you’ve got it going on. And, that they better step up their game. Understanding what causes a good pattern and some practice can help you maximize that curb appeal. For starters, a healthy lawn and good cut quality…

What are tractor ‘Wet Brakes’?

I was lucky enough to grow up on a family farm where there were always fun things to do. Sometimes my father had to inform me that a certain job was, indeed, fun. I had no idea that people stood in line for a chance to shovel manure or bail hay on a sweltering August day….

Tulips in Tennessee

It’s my favorite time of year here in middle TN. The Bradford Pears have bloomed and greened.  Spring calves are on the ground and running. A multitude of Tulips dot the landscape with candy colors. Growing up on a cattle farm near Holland, MI. the tulip capitol of the Midwest, all of us kids eagerly watched for…

Fruit Trees in Tennessee

The first day of spring seemed to creep up on us here in Springfield. TN. We watched the thermometer hover just under 80 degrees. Then  a day later it was 39 again. The year so far has been much like this. extreme highs and lows. which means that my free time is spent either in the garden, or on the couch planning the garden, depending…

Using Branson Tractors PTO options

Recently while doing research for our Tractor Wars* series, I discovered that most tractor companies NO LONGER offer options for the tractor PTO  power take off  system. (if you haven’t read Tractor Wars* yet, take a look thru the archives. it’s a real  eye opener) The modern PTO system was invented in 1918 by a fellow by the…

views on wide area walk mowers

At our dealership, we have been helping professional lawn companies find budget solutions for years. Answering questions like… What size works best in a given situation? What Brands Cut Best? Who has the best warranty? What is the best hillside mower? What to do when it’s replacement time? And so on… In this post I…

Junk Lawn Mower Warranties?

Recently, I wrote an article about  Exmark Commercial Lawn Mowers announcement of a new warranty matrix for all of their commercial zero turn lawn mowers. I found this especially interesting, since I have always personally found the Exmark warranty somewhat complicated. “no hour limit on this. 500 hour limit on that” and so on. This prompted me…

Plowing vs. Tilling. Part 1

http://www.tntractor.com   Powered by people, animals, machines and even using the wind, Plows have been the primary method of ground breaking for 1,000’s of years. But not so much these days. For large production farms there are a multitude of tools available for preparing large fields. For the rural lifestyle family creating a family garden, or  for the hunter planting a…