The cutting season is winding down for much of the country, and it’s time for contractors to reflect on what worked this year and what needs to be improved ahead of springtime — including equipment upgrades.

1. Take stock of your fleet.

Look back at your 2017 operations and determine if it’s time to repair or replace any existing equipment. Analyzing any challenges faced this year can lead to better processes — and increased productivity — for the 2018 season.

2. Contact your local dealer or preferred mower OEM.

Check in with your local dealer or OEM partner to see if they’re running any promotions, incentives, or deals for new equipment this fall. Don’t forget to ask about financing options, too.

3. Learn about the Propane Mower Incentive Program.

Whether you are looking to add to an existing propane mower fleet, or simply testing the waters with a propane conversion kit, the Propane Mower Incentive Programs is a great way to help lower the upfront costs associated with transitioning to propane equipment. The program offers contractors $1,000 for each new propane mower purchase and $500 for each qualified conversion kit.

4. Research new equipment and fuels at GIE+EXPO in Louisville.

For contractors wanting to compare mower brands, models, and even fuel types, there’s no better place to do equipment research than at GIE+EXPO. If you’re planning on being at the show, come visit with propane mower experts at PERC’s booth (No. 7094), or talk to engineers and sales managers from your OEMs of choice.

5. Talk to your peers about their operations.

What worked and what didn’t? Speaking with other contractors can provide insights on many topics, from service offerings that could be added to productivity solutions that may not have been considered. Start by learning how these contractors have improved their businesses by switching to propane equipment.