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Cullins Service How to DIY Build and Paint EZ-Dumper Walls on Ford F350 Super Duty

How to DIY Build Paint Dump Walls Truck Cullins Service Landscapers

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Cullins Service New Dump Bed

Cullins Service New Dump Bed

How to DIY Build and Paint EZ-Dumper Walls on Ford F350 Super Duty

The dumper we are adding sides to is an EZ-dumper. We had our bed ripped off our Ford F350 and replaced w/ the EZ-Dumper. A custom frame was required, but that’s a different story. So this DIY is for an EZ-Dumper, but the same basic principle works w/ other dumpers.

I’m aware I may be going a bit overboard w/ this project. Most landscapers just throw up some boards and that’s it. I like to make things look good, and your truck and equipment is what people will see when you first pull up. So I like to make a good impression.

This DIY project was pretty easy. Just cut some boards stack ’em up and bolt ’em in place. I could not find any

Cullins Service New Walls

Cullins Service New Walls

DIY’s or how to’s on the net for dump walls, and even though it is easy some people might want a little direction.

So I got some boards, 2 X 4’s Hardware, paint and some tools. Then I started building. I’m very happy w/ the way it turned out. We did this project this past summer which is why I’m wearing short sleeves and have fully greened trees around in January. So We hope you enjoy this How to and learn something from it.

What You will need

  • -Truck w Dumper
  • -3 1/2 inch bolts (How many depends on how high and what size boards you use)
  • -1/2 inch nuts, lock washers and 1 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch washers (match bolts)
  • -20 ft of 2×4’s (depending on how high you want the sides)
  • -4 2×10’s 8ft long (This will depend on how long your bed is and how high you want the sides)
  • -pipe, bar clamps (optional, but helpful)
  • -Drill
  • -Driver

    Cullins Service Finished Dump Walls

    Cullins Service Finished Dump Walls

  • -1/2 inch wrench
  • -3/4 and 1/2 in sockets
  • -1 1/2 spade bit and 1 1/2 hole saw bit
  • -1/8, 1/4, 1/2 drill bits
  • -phillips head drill bit
  • -hammer
  • -saw (skill, hand, sawzall ?)
  • -level
  • -paint
  • -paint brush, paint roller, paint sparayer (up to you)
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Cullins Service Husqvarna 150BT Backpack Blower Tune Up

Leaf Blower DIY Tune Up Maintenance Husqvarna 150bt Backpack Blower Cullins Service

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How to DIY tune up Backpack Leaf Blower 150BT Husqvarna by Cullins Service

How to DIY tune up Backpack Leaf Blower 150BT Husqvarna by Cullins Service

How to DIY tune up Backpack Leaf Blower 150BT Husqvarna by Cullins Service

The backpack leaf blower we are tuning up today is a Husqvarna 150BT Backpack Leaf Blower. But the techniques I will show you can apply to most leaf blowers.
Keeping your equipment in top shape is not only good for your equipment, but also good for your business. You want your blower to start up right away every time. These fairly cheap and quick steps can make life easier for you. A couple filters are cheaper to replace every once in a while than a new carburetor when debris gets clogged in it.

Take care of your equipment and they will take care of you.

What You will need:

-Backpack blower
-Spark Plug (check owners manual for correct part)
-Fuel Filter (check owners manual for correct part)
-Air Filter (check owners manual for correct part)
-Forceps, bent coat hanger or whatever you can find to safely get the fuel line and filter from the tank
-Socket wrench and socket or scrench tool (to remove spark plug)

Husqvarna 150BT Backpack Blower Tune up Fuel Filter

Husqvarna 150BT Backpack Blower Tune up Fuel Filter

Safety First:
Activate kill Switch
Remove Spark Plug Cap

Get your Information:
What Blower do you Have
Get Correct Spark Plug
Get Correct Air Filter
Get Correct fuel Filter

Spark Plug:
Remove Spark Plug
Check / Replace

Fuel Filter:

Husqvarna 150 BT Backpack Blower Tune up Air Filter

Husqvarna 150 BT Backpack Blower Tune up Air Filter

Remove fuel Cap
Pull out Fuel Filter
Replace Fuel Filter

Air Filter
Remove filter Housing Cover
Pull out Air filter
Replace Air filter
Reinstall Air filter housing

 

You can check out Cullins Service full How to Here or watch the video here

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DIY Oil change on stand behind mower the Wright Stander by Cullins Service

DIY Oil change stand behind mower Wright Stander Cullins Service

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Cullins Service DIY How to change oil on a stand behind mower the Wright Stander

Cullins Service DIY How to change oil on a stand behind mower the Wright Stander

DIY How to change oil on a stand behind mower the Wright Stander by Cullins Service

In business and life you should always protect your investments. In a  landscaping business your equipment in an investment. So that means you have to take care of them. When you get a new or used piece of equipment you should study or at least look at the owner’s manual. There is a maintenance section of that manual, and in that section is a time table for oil change maintenance. Oil changes are very important in all engines so change your oil. You need to check your oil after every use. Over time heat breaks down oil and the longer it’s in the engine the dirtier it gets. Depending on mowing conditions your mower is kicking up dust, dirt and debris this will make the oil dirtier and less effective sooner. When this happens the oil no longer lubricates the engine components.

Cullins Service Oil Change Wright Stander i remove oil filter

Cullins Service Oil Change Wright Stander i remove oil filter

The Mower we are giving an oil change to today is a 2015 36 inch Wright Stander Intensity. The techniques I will show you can apply to other similar mowers.

Between the first 5-10 hours of your engines life you should change the oil and oil filter.
With new engines changing the oil within the fist hours of operation is needed to flush out small particles that build up during the break-in period. Check your manual for regularly scheduled oil changes. They will vary from source and the conditions you put you mower through.
It’s best to check your oil regularly.
When you first pour the oil into the engine it’s a gold or amber color. Eventually heat, dirt and air in the crankcase will make the oil darker and less effective in lubricating engine components.
Check your oil and if it’s low or getting dark and nasty add oil or change it.

Cullins Service what you will need for the oil change on a Wright Stander i

Cullins Service what you will need for the oil change on a Wright Stander i

What you will need
-Mower
-A pair of gloves
-Rags or shop towels
-Oil
-Oil Filter
-Rubber Hose
-Oil drain pan
-Oil Filter wrench
-Wrench
-Some good music

Safety First
Put Mower on Flat Surface
Engage Brake
Disengage Blades
Remove Key
Close Fuel Valve
Remove Spark Plug Boots
Chock Wheels
Let Engine Cool

Cullins Service Oil Change Wright Stander i adding oil

Cullins Service Oil Change Wright Stander i adding oil

Get your Information
What Mower do you Have
Get Correct Oil
Get Correct Oil Filter
Get Correct Size Wrench
Choose Oil Filter Wrench

Lift Oil Dip Stick
Attach Hose to Oil Drain
Turn Drain Plug and Drain
Replace Oil Filter
Close Oil Drain
Add Oil
Clean Air Filter

You can check out Cullins Service full How to Here or watch the video here

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classen blade change spring tines

classen blade change spring tines

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classen blade change spring tines installation Cullns Service

classen blade change spring tines installation Cullns Service

  How to Change Classen Blade Assembly Spring Tines

One thing we look for when buying equipment is can this piece be used for more than just one thing. Why buy two pieces of equipment when you can buy one. Like or E-Z Trench Bedscaper. We can edge beds, dig trenches for installing wires or irrigation pipe and even clear ground for pavers. Well this classen can do more than one job with a blade change. It can go from a overseeder to a turf rake by changing the blades. I did it and that means I documented it so I can show you. So now you can Do it Yourself to.

Cullins Service Bolting on spring tine blade assembly

Cullins Service Bolting on spring tine blade assembly

What you will need.

  • -Classen Overseeder
  • -New Blades Multi-purpose blades, Vertical slicer blades, Flail blades or Spring tines
  • -1/2 – 7/16 sockets
  • -Ratchet
  • -1/2 – 7/16 wrench

You can check out our full How to Here or watch the video here

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How to Sharpen a Chainsaw Check Depth Gauge DIY Echo CS 330T Cullins Service

How to Sharpen a Chainsaw Check Depth Gauge DIY Echo CS 330T Cullins Service

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Getting ready to sharpen and clean the chainsaw by Cullins Service

Getting ready to sharpen and clean the chainsaw by Cullins Service

  How to Sharpen a Chainsaw Check Depth Gauge DIY Echo CS 330T Cullins Service

We at Cullins Service believes that if you take care of your equipment that it will take care of you. Same thing   w/ customers and well pretty much everything else in your life. So if you get anything out of this entry take those words of wisdom and apply them to your life. Anyway lets now apply them to your chainsaw.

This chainsaw is a Echo CS 330T. It’s a top-handled 14 inch climbing saw. She has been very good to us, and there is nothing more I like to do than keep her in good shape. This time it’s cleaning her up, checking er over for worn or broke parts, sharpening the chain, and checking the depth gauge. I’m performing these tasks on a Echo CS 330T, but the same principles apply to most chainsaws in general.

Cullins Service sharpening chain w/ hand file

Cullins Service sharpening chain w/ hand file

In this DIY How to sharpen a Chansaw I will show you how to disassemble your chainsaw to clean her out. I don’t go into detail about it, maybe in another video. I will show you two ways to sharpen your chainsaw. How to do it w/ round hand files and w/ an Electric sharpener. I know there are more, but these are my two methods.

What You will need

    • -Chainsaw
    • -A pair of gloves
    • -A round file. (Sized to match the pitch of the chain.)
      • -For both 1/4 and 3/8 inch low-profile chains, use a 5/32 inch file.
      • -For a 0.325 inch chain, use a 3/16 inch file.
      • -For both 3/8 and 0.404 inch chains, use a 7/32 inch file.
    • -A 6 inch flat file
    • -A file guide (Helps hold the file at the correct height and orientation)
    • -A depth-gauge
    • -A Vise or A stump vise

or

    • -Flathead Screwdriver
    • -Socket & Socket wrench or The proper Scrench Tool

-Electric Chain Saw Sharpener

Cullins Service Electric Chainsaw Sharpener

Cullins Service Electric Chainsaw Sharpener

Here is the basic outline.

Safety First
-Remove Air Filter Housing
-Remove Spark Plug Cap

Get your Information
-What saw do you Have
-Get Correct File

Put Chainsaw in Vise
Get File Ready
Sharpen the Chain
Electric Chainsaw Sharpener
Remove Chainsaw Chain
-Loosen and Remove Nuts
-Release the Chain Tension
-Release Brake
-Remove the Clutch Cover
-Remove the Chain
-Remove the Bar

Clean Chainsaw

Insert the Chain into Electric chainsaw Sharpener
Adjust Chain
Mark Cutter
Start Sharpening
Reinstall Chain and Reassemble

Cullins Service Checking the depth gauge

Cullins Service Checking the depth gauge


Check Depth Gauge
-Depth Gauge Tool
-6 Inch Flat File
-File Rake

The details are here

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How to DIY Winterize / Store Walk Behind Lawn Mower Turf Beast for the winter

How to DIY Winterize Store Walk Behind Lawn Mower Turf Beast for the winter

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How to DIY Winterize / Store Walk Behind Lawn Mower Turf Beast for the winter

How to DIY Winterize / Store Walk Behind Lawn Mower Turf Beast for the winter

How to DIY Winterize / Store your Walk Behind Lawn Mower for the winter. How to Do It Yourself.

In order to service our customers properties Cullins Service has to maintain the equipment to do so. So we decided to show everyone how to do it yourself. Maintaining equipment is important to running a landscaping company. Knowing how to do it yourself will save you time and money.

When you are storing your equipment in this case a walk behind lawn mower, you have to store it properly. Cullins service will show you how.

 

What You will need

  • -Lawn Mower
  • -Motor Oil
  • -Grease / Grease Gun
  • -Drain pan
  • -Funnel
  • -Rags
  • -Scraper – Brush – Hose – Air Compressor
  • -Socket Wrench w/ Sockets and Torx Bit Socket
  • -Oil Filter Wrench
  • -Jack Stands
  • -Two (2) 15/16” box end wrenches
  • -Air Filter
  • -Oil Filter
  • -Fuel Filter
  • -Spark Plugs
  • -Fuel Stabilizer
  • -Fresh Gas (No more than 1-2 weeks old)
  • -Wrench
Cullins Service Walk Behind Store Winterize Changeing oil Filter

Cullins Service Walk Behind Store Winterize Changeing oil Filter

 

Not all Lawn Mowers are the same. This is for the 36 in. 22 HP Subaru EH65V Commercial Duty Dual Hydro Walk-Behind Finish-Cut Turf Mower with Floating Deck. Having said that you can pretty much apply this DIY Winterize / Store for Winter project to any Lawn Mower.

  1. Move the Lawn mower to a flat surface.
  2. Remove Gas
  3. Run Engine
  4. Safety First
  5. Remove Key
  6. Shut Off Fuel
  7. Remove Spark Plug Boots
  8. Clean Lawn Mower
  9. Check Bolts and Damaged Parts
  10. Change Oil
  11. Remove Oil Cap
  12. Remove Oil Drain Plug
  13. Drain Oil into Drain pan
  14. Reinstall Oil Drain Plug
  15. Remove Oil Filter
  16. Oil Filter Seal
  17. Install Oil Filter
  18. Fill Oil
  19. Put Oil Cap Back On
  20. Start Mower
  21. Check Oil Level
  22. Check Lawn Mower Blades and Clean Deck
  23. Lift the Deck
  24. Remove Lawn Mower Blade
  25. Inspect Lawn Mower Blade
  26. Sharpen Lawn Mower Blade
  27. Clean Deck
  28. Lubricate Blade Bolt
  29. Reinstall Lawn Mower Blade
  30. Lubricate / Grease
  31. Spark Plug
  32. Air Filter
  33. Remove Air Filter Housing
  34. Remove Air Filter Foam Cover
  35. Remove Air Filter
  36. Clean Carburetor Port
  37. Inspect Air Filter
  38. Fuel Filter
  39. Check Belts and Pulleys
  40. Remove Deck Cover
  41. Inspect Belts and Pulleys
  42. Check the Linkage
  43. Fuel Stabilizer
  44. Add Stabilizer
  45. Run Lawn Mower
  46. Remove Battery
  47. Close Fuel Valve
Cullins Service Walk ehind Store Winterize Air Filter

Cullins Service Walk ehind Store Winterize Air Filter

Check out the Full DIY article on How to DIY Winterize / Store Walk Behind Lawn Mower Turf Beast for the winter

 

 

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How to DIY Winterize / Store your Troy Bilt Lawn Mower for the winter. Cullins Service

How to DIY Winterize / Store your Troy Bilt Lawn Mower for the winter. How to Do It Yourself

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How to DIY Winterize / Store your Troy Bilt Lawn Mower for the winter. Cullins Service
How to DIY Winterize / Store your Troy Bilt Lawn Mower for the winter. Cullins Service

How to DIY Winterize / Store your Troy Bilt Lawn Mower for the winter. How to Do It Yourself.

In order to service our customers properties Cullins Service has to maintain the equipment to do so. So we decided to show everyone how to do it yourself. Maintaining equipment is important to running a landscaping company. Knowing how to do it yourself will save you time and money.

When you are storing your equipment in this case a lawn mower, you have to store it properly. Cullins service will show you how.

What You will need

  • -Lawn Mower
  • -Motor Oil
  • -Lubrication Oil
  • -Drain pan
  • -Rags
  • -Scraper – Brush
  • -Socket Wrench w/ Sockets
  • -Flathead Screwdriver
  • -Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • -Air Filter
  • -Spark Plug
  • -Fuel Stabilizer
  • -Fresh Gas (No more than 1-2 weeks old)

Not all Lawn Mowers are the same. This is for the Troy Built TB-230. Having said that you can pretty much apply this DIY Winterize / Store for Winter project to any Lawn Mower.

Move the Lawn mower to a flat surface.

You will need sockets of varying sizes for the spark plug and Lawn Mower Blade.

The Troy Built TB-230 needs a flathead screwdriver to remove the air filter and a phillips head to remove the engine cover. Your Lawn Mower may need both or just one of these.

Oil filters, spark plugs, air filters and fuel filters will vary or may not apply to the Lawn Mower you are winterizing / storing for the winter.

The Troy Built TB-230 does not have an oil filter. So obviously we can’t check or replace it.

Check your manual or parts store to find the right air filter and spark plugs.

How to DIY Winterize / Store your Troy Bilt Lawn Mower for the winter.

How to DIY Winterize / Store your Troy Bilt Lawn Mower for the winter.

Remove the gas and run the engine until it’s empty. Then you are going to remove the spark plug boot for safety. Give your lawn mower a good cleaning. Then you are going to change the oil. You are going to remove the blades and sharpen them. Clean under the deck as well. We also have to lubricate parts on the lawn mower. Check, clean and possibly replace the air filter. Then add fuel stabilizer. Finally check all bolts and make sure there are no broken parts o the lawn mower.

This was just a quick run through. If you want to see the full article Click Here.

Cullins Service hopes this was helpful and will have more DIY for our other equipment.

 

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