TAG: Andrew Greess

Equipment tips for a profitable 2013

January 8, 2013By

By Andrew Greess Landscape management professionals should use this slower time of year to ensure their spray equipment is in tip-top shape for the coming season. These tasks are all things that need to be done anyway.  You might as well do them when you are slow and when they will not have a negative impact on your customers or... read more

Safety saves you money

July 20, 2012By

By: Andrew Greess A few minutes ensuring safety up front is a lot cheaper than downtime, repairs, chemical spills and lawsuits. Use this Green Industry equipment safety checklist to avoid problems down the road: Is your equipment secured? Check hand sprayers, backpack sprayers, ladders and other equipment to make sure it will not go flying in an emergency (such as in an... read more

If it’s critical, back it up

May 15, 2012By

By: Andrew Greess Have you ever lost an important computer file that you really needed right now? I bet that each of us has experienced this situation. Hopefully we learn from our mistake and start backing up our critical files. Green Industry professionals have the same issue with their spray equipment. We rely heavily on our equipment, yet in many cases... read more

Create (and carry) an emergency repair kit

April 7, 2012By

By: Andrew Greess Spray equipment breakdowns can wreak havoc on your schedule, have an impact on your customers and hurt company profitability. Yet with a little planning, some downtime can be avoided. Here is one simple tip: Keep easy-to-replace parts in each truck so that minor repairs can be completed in the field. A repair in the field allows technicians to... read more

Avoid hose reel problems with these ‘real’ hose tips

April 7, 2012By

By: Andrew Greess These simple tips can reduce equipment problems, missed stops and unnecessary repair expenses. Swivel: The swivel on the side of your hose reel allows the drum to turn when rolling and unrolling the hose. The swivel contains rubber o-rings that are exposed to heavy use, chemical exposure and temperature extremes. The o-rings will wear out, allowing chemical to leak.... read more

Landscape vehicle load safety tips

February 15, 2012By

By: Andrew Greess Safety is not just a good idea, it’s a great investment. Inattention to safety has huge financial implications: increased expenses (worker’s comp, clean ups, medical bills, lawsuits, repairs, etc.), lost productivity, employee turnover, customer impacts, bad publicity and more. Vehicle load safety in particular includes: visibility; load security; flying objects; and vehicle control and stability. I raise this... read more