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lawnranger
11-05-2001, 04:56 PM
hello everyone: I heard, its huge and many features You never will use. I heard Difficult to get it going. I heard is dificult and not to friendly. I heard is to expensive. I heard no to get it, for many reasons. Whats Your experience? Would You recomend it to me? I mow lawns and I am wondering about this program.?? Thank you. Lawnranger Az

1MajorTom
11-05-2001, 05:07 PM
Welcome to Lawnsite.

First off, scroll down the main page to where you see Manufactured Sponsored Forums, and you will see where Lawn Monkey has their own separate forum to ask any questions.

Also on the main page, go to search. Type in Lawn Monkey and you find many discussions on this software.

You heard all of this stuff about Lawn Monkey, but have never tried it yourself. We don't slam any manufacturers here unless we can back up with facts any types of problems.

Take your time and read up on the threads. They will help you better in making an educated decision about Lawn Monkey.

LoneStarLawn
11-05-2001, 05:16 PM
Originally posted by lawnranger
hello everyone: I heard, its huge and many features You never will use. I heard Difficult to get it going. I heard is dificult and not to friendly. I heard is to expensive. I heard no to get it, for many reasons. Whats Your experience? Would You recomend it to me? I mow lawns and I am wondering about this program.?? Thank you. Lawnranger Az

I dont think it is huge....and the features on there should be used if they are not then that is ok too, but that won't effect anything else.

It is not difficult to get going. Since you are obviously on a computer already you know how to use one. So it shouldn't be hard to get going. Once you get going if you do run into any trouble Lawn Monkey's #1 support will help you through. (They have a forum on here..check it out)

If you are looking into getting a program as a investment to your business than No lawn monkey is not expensive compared to it's competitors. If you are just looking for something that is a general accounting program then I would start with quickbooks and then Lawn Monkey when you are ready.

The more customers you have the more you will need a good program to help your day to day business actions.

Turfdude
11-05-2001, 05:44 PM
Lawnranger,

Enough good cannot be said about the LM program. As a computer science graduate who formerly wrote his own code in dBASE 3, there is nothing I enjoy more than using a great program. The first program I purchased was prior to LM's inception, and it did an OK job, but there is no support, there are no updates, and they do not take suggestions for program development!!!!! Yeah it was a little more user friendly, but LM has come a looooong way.


I demoed one of the original versions of LM and was very underimpressed. I called the company president (Paul Jackson) and had a long discussion w/ him as to his program and what I believed were its many shortcomings. Well guess what. He listened and not just to me , but apparently to other users too.

LM has constant updates to the program. Their support staff knows their program inside and out and always responds to forum questions w/in 24 hours no matter how vague, pooly phrased or worded.

Do yourself a favor and....
1. Download a free trial version when you have a little time to "play" w/ the program
2. Go to the LAWNMONKEY FORUM and read some of the questions and replies
3. You will see for yourself that they are truely "the best" and they will suit your needs no matter how small or large your business is!:D

Bob

LAWNGODFATHER
11-05-2001, 06:04 PM
I do not have it YET, but I did a search for you and found sevral threads on it.

Click here (http://www.lawnsite.com/search.php?s=&action=showresults&searchid=40583&sortby=lastpost&sortorder=descending)

syzer
11-05-2001, 06:16 PM
This is the first full season we have used lawn monkey. When we bought it I got the best version I could, even though we have yet to use every feature I know its there when we do.

When we sit down and say you know it would be great if we can do that.....I look at the software, and there is a way to do just what we were talking about.


You can track absolutely everything with this prog. The support is absolutely the best of anything I have ever seen.

We also use the LMDC (Lawn Monkey Data Collector for the palm pilot). If you have a good amount of lawns and work, do yourself a favor and get this prog as well. You would not believe the time it saves you and the info you can extract from it. They are readying LMDC2002 which I'm sure will be much better then the first. Including mapping software and some other really good stuff, and next season should be supporting pocket pc os's.


As mentioned by Bob, you cannot say enough good stuff about this program. Do yourself and company a favor and buy it.


PS> I am in no way affiliated with allocate software.

Chuck Sinclair
11-05-2001, 06:47 PM
Biggest mistake you will ever make is NOT buying Lawn Monkey!

bridges
11-05-2001, 07:39 PM
You would think lawnranger and lawnmonkey would get along together!

We use lawnmonkey too and the program is very easy to use. Lm really save our company alot of time and money. Its a must have.

Do you use all the features that windows has to offer or your vcr?

You need to have a lot of features to please all the people that are using the program.

Tech support is the best i ever found!!!

Tony

Craig Turf Management
11-05-2001, 10:00 PM
I am looking for software as well. Would you recommend the LawnMonkey over the Clip software? I just bought a PalmPilot last week as well. Can I load these programs or components of these programs into my PDA?
Thanks, Bill!

David Gretzmier
11-06-2001, 01:35 AM
we use the program. give yourself most of winter to learn and use all it's functions. practice, and do the tutorial, and practice some more, watch the video. and practice. it is not as easy to use aor start using as word, wordperfect, adobe, etc or any commercially available product. we use it for invoicing and routing, and plan to use it for more. You will need the good support they give, as you will have many questions. It will also take time to put in all your clients, along with preferences and zone locations on the map. to use this program to the most, expect to spend alot of time with it , say 100 hours or so, before you RELY on it to route and invoice for you. my partner had to learn it in the thick of the season, and it nearly did him in with mowing and learning how to use it. we are still learning after 6 months, and probably won't master it for another 6. good luck. Dave g

lawnranger
11-07-2001, 01:46 AM
I really apreciate Your Good comments and For the person Whos got the bad attitud above. I just have to said Sorry for you, Maybe You should get something better to said to me. Or get a life.I wont learn form him,Rigth Tom??? But I will learn from the others Thank you again Lawn Ranger

Craig Turf Management
11-07-2001, 07:01 AM
Hey Ranger,
Who's got the bad attitude? I don't get it.
Bill!

KirbysLawn
11-07-2001, 08:14 AM
Me either, I was trying to figure that out also.:confused:

ant
11-07-2001, 06:09 PM
i downloaded it also and i feel it is worth the money.
i got a program (billmaster)for lawn maint. in 1990 and a few up grades latter it is still running strong.i was thinking about getting monkey this season but insted i up-graded to the windows ver. of billmaster.
i can say that if i did not have a lawn maint. software i would get lawn monkey.
\ant

LAWNGODFATHER
11-07-2001, 10:39 PM
I have reread all the post and still can't figure out who you are referring to with a bad atitude?

And who is Tom?

wolfpacklawn
11-07-2001, 11:58 PM
I also don't get the bad attitude comment. However, I would appreciate it if the lawnranger would take the time to spell properly and write sentences that are a little more coherent.

ps- I hope I didn't spell anything wrong!:blush:

LAWNGODFATHER
11-08-2001, 12:26 AM
Please don't start the spelin and edgumacton ting again.

Let's not worry about spelling and grammer. It is not needed, I can obviously read what is typed. And I'm not the best speller or use the correct grammer either.

wolfpacklawn
11-08-2001, 01:14 AM
LAWNGODFATHER,

I'm not too worried about grammar and spelling; but just a little effort in these areas would be nice. Isn't attention to detail and doing things right a part of a good business philosophy? If someone is unwilling to put forth a little effort ( and I mean just a little) in order to make a post readable then why should I put forth the effort to respond? Go back and read the lawnranger's posts. I don't think there is one readable sentence. I don't spell or write that well but I can at least put forth the effort. Is that really asking too much? I hope for the lawnranger's sake that he gives more attention to detail in his business.

Back to the "bad attitude" comment. What was that all about? And who is Tom? Is this some sort of code writing? Perhaps the lawnranger is some sort of secret agent using this message board to pass coded messages to other agents. I think I read about this sort of thing before. That must be it! Those are coded messages.:p

LAWNGODFATHER
11-08-2001, 01:24 AM
Wolf, ok

Part 1: I have to agree with you, but people do make mistakes in both spelling and grammer. I for one.

Part 2: LMAO!!!!! That's funny. ok done laughing.

I think he is reffering to "Jodi" as "Tom" because her LS SN is "1MajorTom", but looked to see who else was Tom and that's the only one thing I could come up with since he has not responded yet.

Oh well.

ant
11-08-2001, 06:07 AM
lets get back to the question.
like i said if i did not have a lawn service software lawn monkey would be my choice .
ant

lawrence stone
11-08-2001, 07:19 AM
Originally posted by LAWNGODFATHER
Please don't start the spelin and edgumacton ting again.

Let's not worry about spelling and grammer. It is not needed, I can obviously read what is typed. And I'm not the best speller or use the correct grammer either.

What the LAWNGODFATHER meant to say or a translation for those who can only understand English and not Ebonics:

Let's not worry about spelling and grammar. It is not needed; I can obviously read what is typed. And I'm not the best speller or use the correct grammar either.

kutnkru
11-08-2001, 07:36 AM
:confused:ummm ,,,

Wouldnt that last part read:
And I'm not the best speller nor do I use correct grammar.

Just curious.
Kris

lawnranger
11-25-2001, 12:55 PM
Sorry About My grammar. I'll try to make up to you next time. I just dont Know Why somemany people forgot my question.??I want to know, If, LM would be a great choice or not?? What do You think about it?? Of course Do you Own LM 2001??If You dont own own LM plese dont reply. thank You Lawnranger

yergus
11-26-2001, 09:47 PM
I hate to get back on the subject, but I ordered Lawn Monkey the beginning of the 2001 season and I feel that it is one of the best investments that I have made. No longer do I miss cuts because I forgot to schedule them, and the invoicing is right on top.
But there is too many good points to comment on, so the best suggestion is to request a demo model, study it, practice with it, then if you agree that it is a top of the line product, order it.
The demo model will answer all of your questions, by practical use.
Once again. sorry for returning to the subject, hope my spelling is okay, and the grammer, I appoligize.

KirbysLawn
11-26-2001, 09:56 PM
Originally posted by David Gretzmier
we use the program. give yourself most of winter to learn and use all it's functions. practice, and do the tutorial, and practice some more, watch the video. and practice. it is not as easy to use aor start using as word, wordperfect, adobe, etc or any commercially available product. we use it for invoicing and routing, and plan to use it for more. You will need the good support they give, as you will have many questions. It will also take time to put in all your clients, along with preferences and zone locations on the map. to use this program to the most, expect to spend alot of time with it , say 100 hours or so, before you RELY on it to route and invoice for you. my partner had to learn it in the thick of the season, and it nearly did him in with mowing and learning how to use it. we are still learning after 6 months, and probably won't master it for another 6. good luck. Dave g

This is the best post about LM. Order or download the demo this winter and do it when you can play with it for several of the 30 days. As for support, Paul & Joe are the best! I have called, email, and postedon their forum and have always got a very quick and correct solution to my question.http://lawnsite.com/images/icons/icon14.gif http://lawnsite.com/images/icons/icon14.gif

Ray

HBFOXJr
11-27-2001, 07:43 AM
I've used DacEasy Acctg & Payroll since 1986. I'm switching to QBPro 2001 with QBExpress (Lawn Monkey enhanced) Jan 1.

The conversion will be relatively painless and we have a ton of customers and vendors plus do our own payroll.

I'm able to export list/reports from exisiting package to Excel, then import to QB. Not quite that easy but not bad. I can also move info from my old Q&A database to Excel then to QB.

So if anyone is hesitating be casue the conversion from another program appears daunting, don't sweat it but be prepared for bumps in the road.

I think you have to start 60-90 days ahead of time so you are not in a rush.

fshrdan
11-27-2001, 05:12 PM
I'd like to reiterate Crig Turf's question. Does anyone have any insight on the comparison between Clip and LM? Also, I use QB Pro right now. Will these programs make my software obsolete?

Pacific Nursery
11-27-2001, 06:08 PM
I highly reccomend LM. Great features and Excellent support.

Big mystery about the 'bad mouthing' huh?

I agree that at least a minimum of effort be used to communicate on these forums. Lord knows I'm not the best but I 'try'.

Sean Adams
11-27-2001, 11:12 PM
I have no intention of causing controversy here. I want to first state that software has to fit the user's needs more so than anything else. I will say that I firmly believe that anyone and everyone would be doing an injustice to themselves if they did not look into CLIP Software. I have been amazed by this company, it's people, and it's software from the start. I attended the 12th Annual CLIP Conference and it was amazing to hear some of the stories and testimonials of the users there. One guy in particular caught my attention. I saw him throughout the week. I could tell he was hispanic (I heard him speaking Spanish....). The final day when many of the 400 or so attendees stood up to tell what was good and bad about this past year, this hispanic gentleman stood up at the microphone. His english was very broken, but you could understand him. He came to America 5 years ago with nothing, and could not speak english. His second year in business (I think) he purchased CLIP. Now in his 5th year he will finish at a little over $800,000 for the season. He attributed much of his success to CLIP...."It is like heaven to me..." he said. Everyone in the room was genuinely touched by his display of gratitude. So I must say....if this gentleman who couldn't speak the language could use and master CLIP and ultimately pay thanks to the software, I know that every person on this forum could learn, understand, and benefit from CLIP as well. Check out their site, get a demo. Talk to their people. You will find that Lawn Monkey will be your second choice at best.... And yes, I have a relationship with CLIP, but it has nothing to do with my statement here. Dig deeper and you will see what I mean. Great software...more importantly, great people.

Sean Adams

Gtotoy
11-28-2001, 10:56 AM
I really didnt like LM, so i went with Gopher 98 and cant be more pleased, cust. support is fantastic, as well as the prog. itself,, two thumbs up!!!!

HBFOXJr
11-28-2001, 12:17 PM
QBExpress from Alocet the LM people will interface directly with QBPro with no new data entry except for the enhanced features you get which are = to LM and even go beyond.

We need scheduling capabilities for irrigation just like that of an appt book. Clip doesn't have it and QBExpress will have it shortly. This type of stuff is known in the software trade as "dispatch software", I think.

GlennZ
12-03-2001, 03:36 PM
You probally will not to many posts from CLIP users because they have their own forum that they use. This is just one of the free benefits for CLIP only users.

Kent Lawns
12-03-2001, 06:24 PM
They don't post much there, either.

With 7,000 companies using CLIP, you'd think there would be more feedback.

I think the cause/effect thing is switched. The guys who are the go-getters want the best software and they've been led to believe CLIP is the best.

I think it's clumsy, ineffecient and unpractical.

I think I work harder for the program than it works for me.

Craig Turf Management
12-03-2001, 06:42 PM
I'm going to demo both programs this winter, and buy one before next spring. Didn't realize how expensive they were to purchase. Somebody want to go in half with me?;)
Bill Craig!

GlennZ
12-04-2001, 07:49 AM
The CLIP forum is an email forum. There are actually sometimes a 100 postes a day. The one that you see online is a second one they host which hardly gets any postes because everyone is one the other one.