Choosing the right mechanic to repair your Power Equipment.

Tis the season for colds and flu. AND for thinking about the repairs you’ve been putting off for your lawn equipment. Here is a little advice and some simple math to consider before you shell out your hard earned money to have any outdoor power equipment repair work done. In the past 3 decades I’ve…

Branson 2400 Tractor Review

Recently while visiting Branson Tractor’s world headquarters in Rome, GA. The conversation turned to the most popular size of compact tractors sold in the U.S. today, all brands combined. Nationwide, tractors under 25 H.P. outsell every other size by a wide margin. That news really got me thinking about the Branson 2400 and 2400H. In…

2018 Exmark Lazer Z lawn mower review

December 1. Today. just 30 days until the new year. The 2018 Mowers are already in stock and on display in my store. SO…What do I really think of the New Lazer X from Exmark? There have been a few changes for 2018. More Kawasaki engines in the line, including 2 new EFI models. 3D…

Tips for lawn mower running problems

In my 30 years of professional repair experience I have watched the face of the lawn equipment industry change drastically. From the first zero turn mower to the recent   If you have ever experienced a time when your lawn mower runs poorly with a lack of power, try this little trick. ACTION= With the…

Tractor GPM. What it is & why it matters.

If you are shopping for a compact utility tractor, you will undoubtedly run into the term “hydraulic GPM“.  What in the world is that? And why should you care about it? Tractor hydraulic system capability is measured in 2 ways. PSI, or ‘Pounds per Square Inch’ of pressure. Pressure in it’s simplest tractor form, is…

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…