Thursday, January 11, 2018

Troy-Bilt Mustang 42 lawn tractor

This 42-inch Troy-Bilt zero-turn-radius rider has a 2-cylinder Kohler engine with an automatic drive system and electric PTO. It includes a comfortable high-back seat and a washout port.


The TROY-BILT PARTS is part of the Lawn mower & tractor test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Lawn tractor models like the Mustang 42 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Side discharging: A combination of evenness, which is how close the tractor or rider came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how evenly clippings were dispersed from the side-discharge chute.

Mulching: Reflects a combination of evenness, which is how close the tractor or rider came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.

Bagging: Denotes a combination of evenness, which is how close the tractor or rider came to even, carpet-like mowing, and a measurement of the effective capacity of the grass bag, determined when the bag was full or when the chute clogged and stopped collecting clippings.

Features & Specs

Cuts in reverse
Cruise control
Easy mode change
Blade change to mulch
Blade change to bag
Washout port
Power steering

Deck size (in.)
Engine power (hp)
Engine manufacturer
Drive type
Number of cylinders
Forward speeds
3 years

Thursday, April 13, 2017

4 Reasons You Should Start a Firm Instead of Launching a Startup

Should your next startup be a firm? In conversational usage, the terms are synonyms, so the question might seem odd.

Economically speaking, a firm is a for-profit entity detached from market solutions of the day. The label implies some sort of innovation is happening behind the business’s doors, whether through novel production techniques, new organizational patterns or previously unseen products.

To be clear, the terms aren’t mutually exclusive. Some startups are firms, but certainly not every startup qualifies. Only startups that do innovative things that cannot fully be done through simple buying and selling are firms. Startup-turned-superpower Uber, which sought to change how consumers hail taxis, is a firm because it presented the market with a new solution. Uber clone Juno may not be and future ridesharing services certainly won’t be. They’ll rely on bots and others’ experiences to outsource, so they’re not firms.
Firms come in all shapes, sizes, and industries. Henry Ford’s automobile company revolutionized manufacturing, while podcast startup Gimlet Media is bringing native advertising to radio, marking both as firms.

So if you’re ready to bring innovative ideas to the world, then consider the firm. Here’s how to put yourself on firm footing:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

3 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Got It Right From the Start

All for nothing.

Many good entrepreneurs fail in their businesses, simply because they start in the wrong place. Wrong customers, wrong market, wrong motivation. Doomed from Day One.

Sad part? Most could have spotted and steered away from the approaching train wreck.

To start you on a wiser course to a successful business, you're about to learn three ways how successful entrepreneurs do it.

And look -- you must start with your target customers. Always.

Why? Because ultimately, only they decide whether or not your venture will succeed.

Monday, April 3, 2017

5 Steps to Keep Your Startup on Track

We are part owners of a coworking space in Richmond, a haven for startups. Recently, an owner of one of these new businesses asked us how best to prioritize their work-related activities. They were feeling a bit overwhelmed and needed some advice. We suggested the following five steps.