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Spring 2014

Spring is here…. well we’re all hoping it’s here SOON! It’s been years since our Toro Snowblowers have seen so much use. For those of us that have a snowblower at home we were the lucky ones. For those that didn’t I’m assuming it’s on the top of everyone’s wish list for Christmas next year.

York Region and Markham especially got hammered by the Ice Storm on December 22nd.  I think we will all be surprised on how much wood is buried beneath the blanket of snow. We have seen a lot of STIHL Chainsaws go out the door in anticipation of cleaning up yards once the warm weather arrives. If you already own a chainsaw we recommend getting a step ahead of the crowd by ensuring the saw is in good working order now. Since the introduction of ethanol in our fuel supply over the last number of years it has forced us all to be more proactive in regards to maintenance of our Outdoor Power Equipment. The small engines that power our OPE have tiny passages that allow fuel to travel through our fuel system. Any fleck of debris, dirt or bad gas can cause hard starting and poor running in this type of equipment. STIHL among most brands are recommending the use of Premium Fuel for use in their equipment. Premium fuel contains less ethanol. then in Regular and ethanol is the enemy. So get your saws running, get some fresh fuel to start the season off right!

Our lawn and garden will be showing signs of spring any day now. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to fire up my Toro Mower and cut some grass. Again, lets think ahead and get our mowers out of the shed and see if they’ll fire up and run well for the year. We strongly recommend servicing your mowers every few years to keep it running to it’s potential. A sharp blade and finely tuned engine will ensure a better quality of cut and  a healthier and less weed filled lawn. The weeds will have a harder time breaking through the surface of a strong, healthy lawn. The thicker and greener your lawn is the healthier and less prone to weeds it will be. For the weeds that do rear their ugly head we have started selling Horticultural Vinegar. This is an environmental friendly solution to Round-Up previously used to kill weeds in your driveways, interlock patios and lawn. What the vinegar does is strips the plant of its enamel and allows the sun to bake / kill the weed

 

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Paul David Winstanley

July 22nd, 1966 – August 18th, 2013

The entire team at Markham Mower is very sadened to learn of the passing of Paul Winstaley from Dale’s Gardening located in Markham. Paul has been a loyal customer and friend for more then 20 years. Paul was the most carring, generous and giving man most of us have ever known. He would litterally give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He will be greatly missed by us all.

EcoLawn Top Dresser

Below is a note from one of our Commercial Customers who purchased a new EcoLawn Top Dresser from us. Read his review below on how effective and efficent this new piece of equipment is and how this will translate into making him more money and giving his customer a better finished product.

Just wanted to let you know we completed our first job with the new top dressing machine.  It took me a few minutes to get used to it, as I didn’t have an opportunity to try it out or practice before the first job.  I wanted to tell you how great it work.  I used our tractor to load the hopper and then spread the material.  I did most of this work myself and it took me about an hour, last year when we did this same job it took us between4-5 hours, what a time saver and the results were much better than we could do by hand.  if I had 2 people 1 to run the loader and 1 to spread I am sure it could have been done in about 1/2 hour…how did I do this work before this machine!?!?

Here are a couple of pictures, take care

Ryan Quigley

Click here for more details on the EcoLawn Top Dresser

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The Yamaha Tuner Ski Challenge

Winter is here and the staff at Markham Mower skipped out early on Friday to hit the trails in the Haliburton area. We left Friday morning from Kennisis Lake and headed to Dwight. We had a pretty impressive fleet, 2013 Yamaha Apex SE, 2011 Apex SE, 2011 Apex X-TX, 2011 Nytro X-TX, 2010 Apex GT’s x 2 and a 2008 Nytro R-TX.

We were able to sock on some miles to really try the difference between in our opinion the top 3 carbides for the Yamaha Apex’s. On the 13′ Apex we had the new Yamaha Tuner Ski’s with 4″ inside and 4″ outside carbides. On the 2011 Apex X-TX we had a set of 8″ Woody’s Dually Carbides and on the 2011 Apex we had a set of the Qualipiece 8″ “CobraHead” carbides.

Throughout the day everyone had a go at all three set up’s and it was a resounding YES to the tuner skis. Each worked very well but the tuners stood out. The CobraHead’s seemed to “push” in the corners when riding aggressive. The Woody’s seemed to dart a little more then the other 2 but were nice and stable through the corner. The Tuner’s were straight as a pin, no darting what so ever, cornered like a go-kart and no pushing.

If you were thinking of a set or sitting on the fence about them Markham Mower says YES to the Yamaha Tuners..

A quick update on the Tuner Skis. I had an opportunity to try the Tuners on a 2013 Yamaha Nytro XTX 1.75 and compair them against stock ski’s with QualiPiece “Cobra Heads” on  a 2011 Nytro XTX.  The difference between them was increadible. You could virtually put the sled anywhere you wanted with the Tuners. The day was not a great day for handling to begin with, there was 6″ of fresh, sticky, wet snow (Feb. 23rd 2013). Tuner Skis will be under my Christmas tree next year…unless Santa wants to get me a 2014 YAMAHA VIPER SE XTX!!!!

Putting your equipment to bed

 

With snow in the forecast most of us have  thought about the snowblower in the corner of the garage with a years worth of dust on it. Will it start? Did it start last year?

We have a few quick tips to make sure the transition from summer to winter, lawn mower to snowblower easier.

First- with the introduction of ethanol in our fuels we have noticed that the shelf life of fuel has dropped dramatically. Our rule of thumb is to consider fuel to only last us 6 weeks. Most OEM will recommend the use of Premium Fuel and we support that. To avoid stale fuel we recommend buying gas in a 5L can as opposed to the traditional 10 or 20L cans like we used to. If you still end up with 6 week old gas kicking around, we encourage people to dispose of their fuel by pouring the gas into the gas tank of your car or van.  Simple, easy and responsible way to get rid of it.

Second- Be Proactive. Use a good quality fuel stabilizer near the end of the season to ensure that the gas in your equipment is ready for the change in seasons if mother nature decides to surprise us. For example, if you start to use stabilizer in Sept. in your lawn mower and snow comes early all you have to do is run the equipment out of fuel or buy an inexpensive siphon to pump out the gas and allow the mower to run itself dry.

If you have purchased some TORO or STIHL Equipment from us we at Markham Mower feel that maintenance is the most important ingredient in having long lasting equipment. All it takes is doing the little things. Check oil, clean your deck, keep blades sharp and use fresh fuel.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions please call or come in and see us.

 

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Snowplow Season 2012

Cold mornings, early nights, thanksgiving around the corner, that’s right folks…it’s snowplow time.  Most of us are pulling our plows and salters out of our shops and from the corner of our yards to get prepared for hopefully a snowy winter.

We have begun servicing and installing Western, Fisher & Arctic Snowplows & Salters. We have financing options available to keep important cash flow and revenue in your pocket for long range plans like adding a new piece of equipment or truck to your fleet. Speak with one of our sales staff to get a quote on a comfortable monthly payment.

Maintenance is an important ingredient to a successful season avoiding costly down time, emergency repairs & upset customers. After a few lack luster seasons for volume of snow we are expecting a traditional Canadian Winter.  It is important to make sure all of your equipment is in good working order and has been “worked” prior to needing it. We recommend hooking up your plows and salters and testing the equipments functions. Move the plow up and down, angle it back and forth repeatedly to make sure to work out any cobwebs that maybe lingering from summer idle time. We have OEM Parts and Accessories in stock and will special order parts that are not here and have to you within 2 days.

We have a good selection of KIOTI tractors being prepped for winter with Snowplows and Sanders for sidewalk snowremoval and larger tractors with Hydraulic Wing Plows to be more efficent in larger, more open parking lots. If you currently own a tractor or skid steer for snowremoval and are interesting in upgrading your old pusher to a faster, more productive plow come in and see one of our HLA Plows  or Avalanche Pusher.

Good luck this winter and lets all do the snow dance!!!!!