Russo Power Blog

Salt Spreader Blog

Salt Spreaders and Sprayers

Whether you need a spreader for residential use or large commercial jobs, you can find what you need at Russo.

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Ice Melt Blog

Tips to Remember for Snow Removal Businesses

Remembering these six items can save your snow removal business a lot of time, effort, and money.

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Ice Melt Blog

5 Tips for Ice Melt and Rock Salt Usage

Here's what you need to know this winter season.

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Snow Products Blog

6 Essentials for This Winter

Temperatures are dropping fast; Here's 6 basic items that we think are essential to surviving this winter!

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Snow Plow Maintenance

Snow Plow Maintenance- 10 Tips for Winter

It's critical to have your plow ready for when the first snow hits. The following tips can help you prepare for the winter ahead.

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InfoHub

InfoHub: Work Smarter

InfoHub helps decrease idle time, combat poor scheduling, and allows companies to avoid equipment failure and delays.

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Winterizer Blog

Fertilizer Stage 5- Winterizer

As we head into late October and November, it's important to remember Stage 5 of fertilization. Your grass needs to be prepared for the harsh, cold weather that is coming in the next few months.

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Toro 96

The Toro Z Master 7500-D Series 96"

It's proven to increase work productivity, while still providing the same grass cutting quality as any other Toro mower.

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Stihl iMow

Stihl Robotic Lawn Mower

As automatic mowers become more prevalent in our society, Stihl introduces the iMow robotic mower. This mower is used for automatic maintenance of your lawn in a quiet, convenient manner.

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Fall Auction

Fall Auction Tips & Reminders

Tips and Reminders for the Fall Auction on October 20th.

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It's Haul Good!

It's Haul Good!

Finding the right trailer for your company or business can be a difficult task. Russo Power Equipment carries a variety of dealers and trailer styles, ensuring that you will find a perfect fit.

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AS-Motor

Next Generation of Slope Mowers

Looking for a mower made for slopes and high grass? Russo Power Equipment has recently started selling mowers from AS-Motor, a German based company. We are the only dealer in the Chicagoland area.

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National Aerate Your Lawn Day

Aeration Basics

Many people overlook lawn aeration, but it's important to know that August through October is an ideal time to aerate your lawn or have it done professionally!

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Fall Fertilizer Tips and Tricks

Fall Fertilizer Basics

Fertilization is one of the most important jobs you can do to ensure a healthy, green lawn year round.

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Ice Melt Application Strategies

Safety First! Plowing

Untrained employees are a danger to themselves and everyone they’re working next to out in the field. We outline some important tips for training newbies as well as "old pros" in your snow ops...

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Ice Melt Application Strategies

Ice Melt Application Strategies

Ice control on parking lots requires some capital investment. While a truck is needed, it does not necessarily need to be a truck outfitted with a plow. In fact, there are some compelling arguments that having a truck plow and salt is not an effective use of resources...

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The Power of Power Brushes

The Power of the Power Brush

As the end of the year quickly approaches, we are finally beginning to see some snow accumulation around Chicago. Your plow has been attached to the truck for weeks, the salt spreader is full, and your snow blower is all tuned up. So, you're all set, right? Maybe not as much as you would have hoped to be...

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Troubleshooting your salt spreader when it doesn't spread

Troubleshoot Your Salt Spreader

When your spreader stops spreading salt evenly, or even at all, you should take some time to find out what is wrong with it instead of just replacing it. We cover 4 common issues you may be having with your salt spreader and the simple ways to fix it...

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5 most popular myths about ice removal

5 Most Popular Myths About Snow & Ice Removal

Knowing the truth about de-icers, salt and other methods of snow and ice mitigation will helpt to set reasonable expectations from product application as well as keep everyone safe this winter. We've gathered and debunked the 5 most popular myths about snow and ice removal....

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rubber vs. poly paddles

Rubber vs. Polyurethane Replacement Paddles

When you want your single-stage snow blower to work at peak performance, it is important to keep up with the maintenance of its paddles. As they wear out, you will feel like you are pushing the blower more than being pulled by it....

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How to Choose the Right Salt Spreader

How to Choose the Right Salt Spreader

When it comes to snow and ice removal, safety is our first objective. The best way to achieve this is to salt wet areas either before or immediately after they freeze. We have broken down the different types in this article to help determine which spreader will work best for you....

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How to Prevent Plow Corrosion

Preventing Snow Plow Corrosion

Corrosion, if not properly dealt with, can result in some big problems for you and your plow. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to help prevent the harm caused by corrosion....

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Tips on Late Fall Applications

Being Proactive: Late Fall

We're getting into November and have already had our first frost. Many people think that this is the time that they can stop worrying about their plants until spring. Many people are wrong. There are several things we can still do to better prepare our plants for the perils of winter....

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Scheduled Pick-ups & Deliveries from Russo

Powering Productivity: Scheduled Pick-ups & Deliveries

Do you need to get those snow blowers in for a tune-up but don't have the time? Do you find yourself stopping by the store too often during the week to purchase parts....

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Salt Brine for ice prevention and pre-wetting ice melt

Powering Productivity: Making and Using Brine

If you're not using brine in your snow and ice removal operation, then you probably don't know what it is and how big of a difference it will make for you. Brine is a simple solution, typically made by dissolving rock salt in water....

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Russo Order Will Call - You're In and Out

Powering Productivity: Order Will Call

You're about to start a busy day, filled with different jobs, when you look through your trailer and remember that there was that thing or two you've been meaning to buy all week but just haven't had the time to do it...

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Care for your ornamental trees and shrubs

Fertilizing Ornamentals

In our landscapes, we usually remove these fallen leaves and other organic matter, striping away valuable nutrients needed for healthy development. The roots of your trees and shrubs are then forced to compete with grass roots for their nutrients...

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Use Russo loaner equipment while yours is being serviced

Powering Productivity: Loaner Equipment

Your mower is down for warrantied service. That's fine, but just because your equipment is out of commission doesn't mean that there are jobs that don't need to be finished... So, what do you do now?

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Stand-on Aerators - Why walk when you can ride?

Powering Productivity: Stand-On Aerators

Much like stand-on mowers, stand-on aerators have been on the market for a while. Until recently, you really didn't see many around because they were often thought of as a novelty. Today, contractors are paying more attention towards maximizing their productivity to improve their bottom line....

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Fall Lawn Care Tips

Fall Lawn Care Basics

Summer fun may be a memory but that doesn’t mean we forget about our lawn. Fall is the most important time of the year to fertilize, aerate, over-seed and control broadleaf weeds. As a matter of fact, if you were only going to fertilizer your lawn once per year, Labor Day would be the best time of year for that application...

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Handheld, Backpack, and Walk-Behind Blowers

Powering Productivity: Leaf Blowers

The falling leaves of reds and golds make for a picturesque scene, but it also means we have some work to do! Cleaning up fallen leaves is not only done for aesthetics, but to ensure that our grass doesn't become suffocated. You could turn to your trusty rake, but that is hard on your back and takes forever...

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Unified Fleet

Powering Productivity: Unified Fleet

Besides the price break you receive when you buying in fleet, there are other benefits you should know about. When you run a single model of any unit across your entire company, you are making your life a little easier by limiting the amount of different parts you'll have to have on hand...

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Compact Utility Loaders

Powering Productivity: Compact Utility Loaders

Think of all the tasks you do every day. Now imagine how much faster you could get them done with a compact utility loader. Depending on which make and model you choose, there are anywhere from 35 to 100 different attachments available. These attachments allow you replace several single purpose units like: a trencher, an auger, a hydraulic breaker, a power broom, and a backhoe, just to name a few...

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Service Contracts

Powering Productivity: Service Contracts

Even if you take it easy on your equipment, it's inevitable, that one day it will need to be serviced. When it does, is this something that you can handle yourself? Let's say that it is. Now, do you have the spare time or parts on-hand to do it? Don't feel bad if you answered "no" because most other landscapers don't either...

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Watering Bags

Powering Productivity: Watering Bags

If you recently or have plans on planting any trees, you probably already know how important it is to keep them watered. Slow applications of water on a regulated schedule is the best way to achieve deep water saturation. You could keep coming back, day after day with a hose, but that takes up too much time when there is no shortage of other things to get done...

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Cooling Fins

Powering Productivity: Cleaning Your Cooling Fins

When was the last time you inspected your engine's cooling fins? Are they clean? This is a good time to check because overheating is the #1 killer of engines and summer temps will cause it to heat up hotter than normal. If the fins are impaired, they cannot displace heat and regulate the engine's temperature...

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Man Finding the Best Deals on RussoPower.com

Powering Productivity: Finding the Best Deals

In 2017, it is now common practice to research online before making a purchase. This is as true for something basic like a pair of new socks as it is for outdoor power equipment. Regardless of what you are buying, you want to be certain that you are getting exactly what you expect, and most importantly, that you're getting the most bang for your buck...

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Blade Grinders

Powering Productivity: Blade Grinders

Having sharp blades on your mower not only makes your grass look better, but is actually better for its health. A dull blade rips and pulls the grass blades, leaving ragged tears that both weaken the plant and promote fungal growth. Keeping your blades sharp is not difficult and should be done often (dependent on how much and often you're cutting)...

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Stand-On Mowers

Powering Productivity: Stand-On Mowers

Did you know that stand-on mowers are 28% more productive than commercial walk behinds? This makes sense because most stand-on mowers go around 8-12 mph, whereas walk behind mowers only go around 4-6 mph. Even if they could go as fast as a stand-on, who could keep that pace on foot all day...

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5 Chicagoland Locations

Powering Productivity: Many Russo Locations

If you shop at Russo, we know that you have your go-to location. That's great, because it allows you to get to know our staff, and in return, they get to know you, your business, and exactly how they can assist...

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Hedge Trimmers

Powering Productivity: Hedge Trimmers

Most of us don't mow with a push reel mower or trim weeds with a scythe. Do you want to know why? It's because we have better, more efficient, equipment available to us these days. Unless you need surgeon-esque precision, or enjoy spending the extra time, it is no contest that hedge trimmers beat hedge shears at most jobs...

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Grub Worm Control

Powering Productivity: Grub Worm Control

How you mow, water, and fertilize your turf is important, but another key part of maintaining a healthy lawn is keeping pests under control. June and July are the months when you really want to focus on grub worm prevention. Beetles will emerge each year around late May to early June. These adult beetles will mate and the females will lay eggs into the soil about 2 inches underground. As the eggs hatch, the growing grubs begin feeding immediately on grass roots just below the soil's surface...

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