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Forget Toilet Paper… There’s a Lawn Mower Shortage

By Colleen Lyerla on

The past year has been full of challenges and one in particular does not seem to be going away: shortages. Paper goods and cleaning supplies are easy to come by these days, but supply chain issues continue for everything from appliances to computer chips to lawn care equipment.  As supplies dwindle, demand increases and repair shops are seeing a sharp rise in demand. 

What does that mean for your landscaping business as the summer season approaches? You need to take even greater care for your existing machinery than ever. Linxup can help.

Protect It

Losing valuable equipment stings. It costs money, it slows down business, and it’s a hassle. Now imagine that you can’t replace the items you lost for three to six months. That slow down could become permanent as existing customers start looking for a landscaping provider who can complete their jobs.

GPS is the obvious solution. With alerts when items move after hours, you’ll not only know immediately if something has been stolen but you’ll have a much greater chance of finding and recovering it.

Take Care of It

While theft is always a concern, basic wear and tear poses a greater risk when replacements may be hard to come by. Keeping your equipment running well—and being able to predict when a problem might be coming—can get you through the season without any worries. And yes… once again, GPS is the solution.

Linxup asset trackers do more than just tell you where something is; tracking hours of use and setting maintenance reminders is a foolproof way to keep your equipment in perfect condition.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Install a Linxup asset tracker to equipment.
  2. Set maintenance reminders for preventative maintenance.
  3. Sit back and wait for the reminders to come in. You can even send them directly to your favorite repair shop so they schedule your appointments in advance.

Use this checklist when you set your alerts.

  • Change oil: Every 50 hours for push mowers and 100 hours for riding mowers.
  • Change air filters: Depends on how dirty they get. Set a monthly reminder to stay on top of it.
  • Fuel filter: If mowers have in-line fuel filters, replace every 100 hours.
  • Fuel treatment: Every time you fill up. (You don’t need a maintenance reminder for this—it’s just a helpful tip!)
  • Spark plugs: Start new at the beginning of the season, then replace every 100 hours.

Want to get even more use from asset trackers? Check out our mower tracker which provides detailed path mapping of a customer’s property, showing exactly where your crew performed work.