Now that you've moved to the countryside, you find yourself with new challenges. For example, your new home probably has more grass than you're used to-possibly more than you've ever seen. Not only that, but the job of taking care of it is all yours. When you now have three, four or even five acres, the walk-behind mower that used to do a fine job on your smaller suburban lot just isn't going to cut it.In searching for a solution to this challenge, a growing number of rural homeowners have turned to a tool that lawn maintenance professionals have used for years: the highly maneuverable, highly productive zero-turn-radius mower. That's why they're the single fastest-growing equipment segment in the outdoor power equipment industry.Many homeowners see the zero-turn as a fast and fun way to mow large lawns. They've seen contractors use these machines and they say "I want to mow like the pros." What most homeowner customers don't realize, though, is there are significant differences between the commercial zero-turn mowers they see the pros run and the residential zero-turn machines priced for their budgets. While large commercial models offer a lot of stability on hillsides, smaller residential mowers are more susceptible to drifting downhill when on an incline. That means you have to make slight corrections to keep the mower on a straight line-the first time you experience that drifting sensation it can be more than a little disconcerting.In addition, the purchase of a zero-turn mower is an investment in a pure mowing machine. However, if you've chosen to live out in the country, chances are you'll have a lot more chores than simply mowing your lawn. If you want one machine that offers you the flexibility to blow snow, do blade work, pull a utility cart, or perform a variety of other tasks, then a lawn tractor or garden tractor is going to be a far better option.Thanks to innovative design and engineering from John Deere, you don't have to sacrifice the agility and maneuverability of a zero-turn mower for the flexibility and multipurpose functionality of a lawn tractor. You can find four-wheel steer on several models of Select Series Tractors. These machines have been designed and built to perform a variety of light- and heavy-duty tasks for customers who have larger properties of up to seven acres with more landscape features and challenging terrain. These tractors come in a range of 17 to 27 horsepower, both air- and liquid-cooled engines, depending on the model. Other features include:• A unique combination of engine features and an exclusive hood design to deliver greater lugging ability and longer engine life.• Mower decks that provide a high-quality cut over a range of cutting heights. The Edge™ Mulch deck is fitted with unique removable gates that allow the operator to mow even if the grass has grown to a longer-than-normal cut height. Wide-gauge wheels provide improved functionality on rough ground and a four-point mount is more resilient to abuse and tough terrain.• The John Deere Heavy Duty CargO™ Mount, Quick Hitch and Click-N-Go systems to accommodate a wide range of heavy-duty attachments.
When you purchase a new car you may get a roadside assistance package included but if you have a used car you typically wont have "roadside assistance" and the benefits it provides, such as towing services. Not to worry, there are many companies offering memberships that will give you peace of mind. Parts do wear out over time. Thats why one of the biggest concerns a driver has is the fear of a breakdown that will require towing. As we all know these events always occur at the most inopportune time or when we dont have the extra cash to cover a towing bill. By becoming a member of one of the many auto clubs that offer services, youll have peace of mind that when disaster strikes youll be covered. AAA, or American Automobile Association, has divisions throughout all of North America. For a nominal yearly fee youll be provided with all kinds of services for you and your vehicle. Youll have full roadside assistance. Whether you run out of gas, lock your keys in the car, get a flat tire, or break down, youll be covered. Planning a trip? If you need maps AAA will provide them. And if youre thinking about taking a vacation to a sunny tropical destination, AAA has full travel services and can offer you some great prices. Good Sam is another auto and RV club that offers excellent services to its members. Its a camping club, motor home club, and RV club all combined into one. For under $80 a year you get a full year of roadside assistance for your RV, and all the cars, vans, and trucks in your household. You get a full year of emergency towing services, lockout services, and trip interruption services as well as emergency medical referral services.Drivershield costs under $70 a year and offers a 24 hour toll free hotline for emergency towing, roadside assistance, and locksmith. It also offers a lifetime collision repair warranty thats good from coast to coast as well as 50% off at thousands of motels, hotels, and dining locations across the country.If you ride motorcycle and want the same type of protection for your bike as you have for your car, Bros Club Cycle Services is worth exploring. For less than $100 you will get a two year membership which will give you 24 hour a day 365 day a year emergency roadside protection, which includes a network of more than 40,000 flat bed service providers across the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Youll get towing services, flat tire assistance, dead battery assistance, and you can even purchase your motorcycle insurance at a discount. You also get some great discounts at motels, hotels, dining locations, and parts providers. Its a given. At some point in your travels you are going to require towing services. So why not consider a membership in one of the many national auto club programs that will give you peace of mind?
While most roadside safety kits contain at least one traditional incendiary device, they may not be the most harmless way of attracting help.With burn temperatures of 5,000 degrees and a laundry list of toxic chemicals, the name "safety flare" may be an oxymoron because they are neither safe nor environmentally friendly.Moreover, road flares, if used improperly, can easily ignite gasoline and burn the clothes or skin of even the most experienced user.The Keystone Group, based in Niwot, Colo., has introduced a more family-friendly solution: an alternative to the conventional flare called FlareAlert - a battery-operated flare that can be seen for miles around from both the air and ground.Steve Jones, president of the Keystone Group, first marketed the FlareAlert to police and fire departments, which have bought tens of thousands of the devices. Now the company is offering the product to the general public.Millions of drivers could benefit from having emergency flares. AAA, for instance, responds to more than 28 million calls for road service annually.The FlareAlert contains 12 high-output light emitting diodes that give it a bright, non-toxic glow and, unlike its other battery-operated counterparts, has a built-in magnetic base that can be mounted on a vehicle in case of an accident or attached to a mailbox in case emergency personnel need to find a house quickly.The device uses two AA batteries and has a battery life of approximately 20 hours in flash mode and six to 10 hours in steady-on mode before significant dimming will occur. The bulb life is about 10 years or 100,000 hours.Worried about the flare getting crushed while on the road? Recent independent testing revealed that it can withstand more than 4,500 pounds of direct pressure. Considering the weight of a vehicle is distributed over four tires, the FlareAlert is able to withstand being run over by a 10,000-pound vehicle.In addition, because FlareAlert is non-flammable, it will not scorch the pavement or leave behind any debris, making for a more environmentally friendly safety mechanism.
Any donation you make to help out a worthy cause can also help you with your taxes. If you have an old car parked in your garage and you dont know what to do with it, car donation is a wonderful way to help a charity. Although the car donation laws have changed, this is still a good way to help yourself and others too.In 2005, the laws changed regarding tax deductions on boats, vehicles or airplanes that are valued over $500. Now, the charity must provide written documentation or acknowledgement within the 30 days of processing your donation. If the charity gives an exaggerated or false statement, they can be fined or penalized.Under the January 2005 rules, your tax break is based on how the charity uses the donated vehicle. If the car is sold, the gross sale price can be deducted. If the charity uses the donated car following the new law for significant charity work that is tax approved, youll be able to deduct the market value of the vehicle. However, some stiff penalties will be charged for falsified documents. The law is watching carefully those charities not following the rules and regulations involved with car donation.Even though the old laws had some problems, many charities are skeptical about the new car donation laws. A lot of organizations are concerned about what might happen when the responsibility of tax deduction is put under the authority of the charity rather than the donor. Some of them have actually sent a letter to the Treasury Secretary that suggests that people may be discouraged from donating cars if they arent aware of the deduction amount that will be allowed. This, they fear will mean that some donors will be lost. Charities feel that donors must be able to weigh the cost of benefit in order to know if it is enough for them.If you do decide to pursue car donation, you will find out that the process is easy. You can contact most charities by phone or online. It is important to ask the charity you wish to get involved with for some specific and important information. This is necessary in order to avoid complications and also be sure you understand the process. Its not hard, but does require you to fill out some important information and get the car ready.
Moving to a new house or office is a challenging task, especially if you are moving to another state. Moving truck rentals, if you get a good bargain, can make the whole process easier and help you cut down on the cost of moving. The cost of moving truck rentals depends on a number of factors, including is the size of the truck and the distance this truck will have to cover. Some well-established companies providing moving trucks may charge a little bit higher rent. The new players in the market might offer you a lower rate. But you must consider two important factors: safety and reliability. The bookings for a moving truck can be made online also. Online resources provide detailed information about moving truck rentals by different companies. For different locations and destinations, different rates are available. The rental costs could also depend on whether you have hired a moving truck to shift household items or are looking for a quick business delivery.Before one finally makes a decision about the company whose truck one is going to hire, it is better to compare quotes. During peak season, the costs spike upwards. They come down during certain months of the year. This movement in moving truck rentals depends on geographical locations and climate. The moving truck rentals should also be compared with moving trailer rentals if you require a number of trucks. As the carrying capacity of an average trailer is greater than that of an average truck, a truck rental could prove to be much costlier to you. Moving truck rentals are quite high if you want to deliver a package across international borders.