Posted by in News, Maintenance on Feb 28, 2014 .
Landscape contractor have had a busy year. With a winter as hectic as this, it is easy to get caught off guard when spring finally springs—especially for contractors in the Greater Toronto Area who have had little rest plowing snow and salting this winter.
Recently, though, more and more landscape contractors have had trouble with their equipment. String trimmers, hedgetrimmers, leaf blowers and other handheld equipment are not responding well to ethanol filled fuel. 
We strongly advise our landscape contractor customers to have a pre-season service system in place. Review your equipment now before the season...

Posted by in News on Feb 27, 2014 .
There’s a rush to get snowthrowers repaired right before the next winter storm.

It’s the sound every snowthrower owner wants to hear, but right before another big winter storm, lots of these machines are stuck in the shop, ‘busted.’  With so much snow this season we've seen a number of snowthrowers coming in for some extra maintenance.  

At Alpine we repair hundreds of snowthrowers a year and this year it's been even more than usual. It’s been busier this year than it has in the last five years; mostly because there's been a lot of chainsaws, snowthrowers and generators working overtime.


Posted by in Product Reviews, News on Feb 25, 2014 .
The NEW MT25i is Walker's most advanced tractor. Developed in the early 90's with the advent of more powerful twin-cylinder engines, the MT series has remained a must have for many commercial operations. The Walker MT25i feature's a 25-hp Kohler Command air-cooled, EFI engine (T25i) equipped with Kohler's DELPHI system is the most popular engine choice of the series. It offers a 30% fuel savings versus similar carbureted engines. T-series tractors use Walker decks, implements and attachments to work all year long for homeowners, commercial mowers and a variety of other customers.
The MT25i Features
•25-HP Kohler OHV...

As many Torontonians dug out from yet another painful snow storm recently, I was -- as usual -- happy that I had my trusty snow blower to do the bulk of the work. Then, I noticed a couple of my neighbors using shovels.

I offered to let one borrow my machine; he happily accepted, and quickly knocked out the rest of his job. After I completed helping my neighbour, he was very appreciative. I, by contrast, was perplexed: Why wouldn't a man who was relatively affluent (and obviously appreciated the value of my machine) own one himself? Perhaps his was on the fritz? No. When I asked, "When will your snow blower be repaired?" he...

Posted by in News on Dec 06, 2013 .

If you lose power from the winter storm, many of you are ready with your generator.

But there are a few safety tips you're going to want to watch out for.

A portable generator should always be 8 to 10 feet away from your house. Portable generators produce hamful carbon monoxide emissions and while  some people want to put it in the garage on their home, it is extremely dangerous.

The carbon monoxide fumes from the generator can build up in your garage and creep into your home, making it deadly.

You should always turn your generator off and un-plug it while filling it with gasoline to make sure you don't start a...

Posted by in News on Dec 02, 2013 .

                                                                             Following a rainy, stormy season, many people will have broken limbs to pick up and trees to repair before the snow hits. Here are a few things to consider before taking any action.
Think safety first, Chances are you may feel compelled to give your chainsaw a workout on fallen limbs. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 36,000 chainsaw accidents occur every year.

                                                                                                                         Make sure your saw is working properly:  Poor...

Posted by in Product Reviews, News on Nov 01, 2013 .

The beauty and wonder of fall and all its festive colors quickly loses its luster when those thousands of leaves are laying all over your lawn like a compost carpet. After hours of raking, the Hunchback of Notre Dame becomes a clear choice for your Halloween costume because the pain in your lower back makes standing up straight unrealistic until Christmas.

Enter the Toro Ultra 235 Electric Leaf Blower Vac — with a 12-amp motor and 235 mph air speed. Think of it as a handheld hurricane. It was recently featured on the Today show as a “must have” tool for fall clean up and a great bang for the buck.

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