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Lawn Mowing Tips For Healthy Grass in Fairfax, VT

How do you get the most beautiful lawn on your street? Follow these lawn mowing tips to make your lawn healthy and the envy of your neighborhood.


1) Mow your lawn when the grass is dry. Wet grass tends to clog the mower which can leave clumps of grass on the lawn. Morning is the usually the best time to mow because the ground is damp and the grass is dry. 


2) Always practice safety first when operating a lawn mower. Keep children and pets inside your home, when you are mowing the lawn. Hands and feet should be away from the lawn mower blade when operating the lawn mower. Read the Honda Lawn Mower Manual for safety information, maintenance schedule and operating instructions. When the mower is off, inspect the mower’s blade to make sure it is sharp. If the blade is dull, bring it to us. Exit 18 Equipment can help with blade sharpening or a new blade if one is desired.


3) Identify the grass type to determine the mowing height. The height that the grass should be cut varies depending on the grass type and geographic location. 


Grass Type Recommended Mowing Height

Kentucky Bluegrass: 2 – 2 ½”

Fine Fescue: 2 – 2 ½”

Tall Fescue: 2 – 3”

St. Augustine: 2 ½ - 3”

Centipede: 1 ½ - 2”

Perennial Ryegrass: 1 ½ - 2 ½”

Bermuda: 1 – 1 ½”

Zoysia: 1 – 1 ½”


4) Cutting too much grass can damage your lawn and is the leading cause of poor cut quality. Never cut more than 1/3 of the grass height, at a time.


5) Remove debris from your lawn. This includes branches, leaves, rocks and pet waste. Remember to avoid hitting sprinkler heads, when mowing your lawn.


6) Each time you mow your lawn, use a different mowing pattern. This can be done by changing the direction the lawn is mowed. For example, change the direction from horizontal rows one week to vertical rows, the next week.


7) And of course, choose a Honda mower for the best cut! Honda’s technology keeps its lawn mowers on the cutting edge. The Honda HRX and HRR Lawn Mowers have the exclusive Twin Blade Advantage. This is how it works: your lawn is cut with each rotation of the Microcut® Twin Blades. Then it is cut again, for a smooth, even surface. When bagging, you’ll empty the bag less often because the smaller clippings allow your bag to hold more. 


Exit 18 Equipment can help you choose the right Honda mower for your lawn. Stop by and see us in Fairfax, VT!

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Cultivate Healthy Soil With A Honda Tiller

Did you know that soil preparation is the single most important factor in having a successful garden? If you create healthy soil, the vegetables that grow in that soil will also be healthy. Using a Honda Tiller from Exit 18 Equipment can help you cultivate great soil for your garden.


Before tilling the soil, it must be dry enough and warm enough. Test the soil by picking up a handful of soil and squeezing it. If the ball of soil falls apart in your hands, then it is dry enough for tilling. Conduct a second test by sticking your finger a few inches down, in the soil. If you are unable to keep your finger in the soil for one minute, than the soil is not warm enough. The soil needs to be at least 60° F for tilling and planting. 


Once the soil is ready, be sure to remove rocks and debris. You’ll also want to make sure your tiller is serviced and ready to go. Check out the Honda Owner’s Manual before operating the Tiller. Your Honda Tiller’s Owner’s Manual includes safety instructions, a check list before operating the tiller, maintenance schedule, parts, storage tips and warranty information.


Prepare the soil for planting by tilling the soil down to 12 inches. Go across the soil one row at a time, with the tiller, like you were mowing the lawn. Take your time tilling the soil. Do not go back over a row with the tiller because excessive tilling can compact the soil instead of breaking it up.


Your Honda Tiller also makes it easy to mix in any soil additives you need. At Exit 18 Equipment, we usually recommend you add a mix of organic compost. 


Not sure which Honda Tiller will be right for your garden? Talk with our experts at Exit 18 Equipment for advice. We can help you select the right tiller for your space.

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Honda’s Technology Makes Mowing Easier in Fairfax, VT

Spring is one of our favorite times of the year. Warmer weather means the flowers are blooming, the grass is growing and it’s time to mow the lawn. If you want to have a beautiful, healthy lawn, nothing makes the cut like a genuine Honda lawn mower.


Honda is dedicated to technological and environmental innovation. In fact, Honda designed the first and only lawn mower to feature a NeXite® mower deck. The rust free, dent proof NeXite® mowing deck, on the Honda HRX series mowers, is so durable, that it’s backed with a lifetime warranty. 


Honda also designed another FIRST: the first lawn mower to feature an overhead cam engine. Honda developed an overhead cam engine for use on a walk behind lawn mower. Introduced in 1997, the GCV160 engine offers lighter weight, less mechanical noise, improved fuel efficiency and the world’s first small engine internal timing belt. All Honda mowers are backed by a comprehensive warranty.


Honda wants to help you get the best results from your new mower. Check out the Honda Owner’s Manual before operating the lawn mower for the first time. The Honda Owner’s Manual includes safety instructions, a check list before operating the mower, maintenance schedule, parts, storage tips and warranty information. The Honda Owner’s Manual also has the product registration information. Registering your Honda lawn mower within 30 days of purchase, will ensure that you receive important service information.


Exit 18 Equipment, 27 Morse Rd Fairfax, VT 05454-4407, (802) 524-2974 is here to answer your questions about lawn mowers, servicing and maintenance.


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Snow Blower Safety Tips in Fairfax, VT

Winter is still hanging on! Do you know how to use your snow blower safely? Follow these Safety Tips to blow snow more efficiently and safely. Following these tips can help you blow snow more efficiently and safely:


·      Don’t wear clothing that dangles and can get caught in a snow blower’s moving parts.

·      Before you start using a snow blower, remove impediments such as wires and newspapers that can clog or damage the machine.

·      When your area has had several inches of accumulated wet snow, you may experience issues with your snow blower clogging. When snow clogs the machine, it’s important that you NOT try to fix it using your fingers/hand. Most people think right after they turn the machine off, the blades won’t rotate. WRONG! In fact, each year statistics show hundreds of people suffers from finger and hand injuries due to improper snow blower handling.  Honda two stage snow blowers include a special declogging tool. Always use it to unclog your snow blower!

·      Gas-powered snow blowers can create carbon monoxide poisoning if the area isn’t properly ventilated. So stay away from enclosed areas such as a garage or shed when you start and run this type of snow blower.

·      When using an HS720 snow blower with electric start, be sure you have an approved outdoor extension cord for your model and connect it to a properly grounded outlet.

·      If it’s extremely cold outside, take frequents breaks to avoid excessive physical exertion that can cause health issues.


Remember all snow blowers aren’t equal as it pertains to steering and control, blower diameter for increased snow removal speed, serrated ice breaking augers, distance control mechanisms and snow throwing capacity/distance to name a few.


Exit 18 Equipment, 27 Morse Rd Fairfax, VT 05454-4407, (802) 524-2974 is here to answer your questions and help with your snow blower needs.

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Generator Safety

Customer safety is extremely important to Exit 18 Equipment and that’s why we want to encourage discussions about generator safety. All too often, we hear about preventable deaths when generator safety isn’t a high priority, resulting in Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning. In fact about 170 people in the U.S. die every year from CO produced by non-automotive consumer products.  


These products include Honda’s engine powered equipment such as generators for the construction and rental industries, backup power during outages, camping equipment and other outdoor events. CO is a deadly, colorless, odorless and can kill within minutes.


Exit 18 Equipment wants you to be safe. Many people don’t know the only safe place to have a generator is outdoors, away from doors and windows. In closed areas, even with open doors and windows, these spaces can trap CO and allow it to quickly build to lethal levels. So we need to learn and share how to practice generator safety.


Did you know generators …

·   Exhaust contains toxic CO.

·   Connected to a building improperly could allow electrical current to feed back into utility lines, creating an electrocution hazard for utility workers.

·   Using a generator with wet hands or in wet conditions could result in electrocution.

·   Run on gasoline and to avoid explosive situations, don’t refuel while the engine is hot and running and keep flammables away from the generator when it’s running.

·   Become very hot during operation and remain hot for a while after the engine stops. Be careful not to touch the muffler while it is hot, and let the engine cool before storing the generator indoors.


CO initial symptoms are similar to the flu (without the fever), shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. Higher level symptoms of CO poisoning include mental confusion, vomiting, loss of muscular coordination and consciousness and death. If you think you have been exposed to toxic levels of CO, get outside immediately for fresh air, call 911 and tell them you suspect you’ve been exposed to CO poisoning. This winter, Exit 18 Equipment wants us all to be safer by telling our family and friends about CO dangers and how we can avoid catastrophes. Consider purchasing CO detectors as gifts for ourselves and loved ones. We definitely want to read our generator manuals and encourage others to read them too and share the information, and take time to review generator labels for more safety specifics.


Exit 18 Equipment, 27 Morse Rd Fairfax, VT 05454-4407, (802) 524-2974 is here to answer your questions and help with your generator needs.

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Choosing A Honda Generator in Fairfax, VT

As winter continues to grip a good part of our country and the weather remains unpredictable, you never know when a generator might come in handy. If the area you live in has frequent power outages, buying a generator might be a good investment and relieve some stress.


Many of us don’t think about the need for a generator until we experience a power failure. Then all kinds of issues arise, including the inability to heat or cool our home, spoiled food in the refrigerator and freezer, inoperable medical equipment, charging your cell phone, and more. 




When choosing a generator, you will want to consider the following:


•      Decide on the size of the generator you need. Keep in mind, many people can use a small generator like the EU2200i to power their fridge, lights, TV, and other critical essentials during outages. If you need to power your well pump, you’ll need to go with a larger model, like the EM5000. Honda has a great tool to help you calculate the wattage you need. https://powerequipment.honda.com/generators/wattage-calculator


•      Decide if the generator will be used as an emergency backup at home or during outdoor activities. If you are interested in using it for more than just emergency back up, consider an EU series generator, which is very versatile and perfect for recreational activities as well as home power.


A couple of safety issues to be aware of when using generators are carbon monoxide and electrocution. Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless and kills people every year, while sending others to the emergency room. Generators belong outside and should never be run in a basement or garage, even if windows or doors are open. Always consult your owner’s manual for other safety concerns and more information.

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