PDA

View Full Version : Goodman Lawn Care 2008


born2farm
06-08-2008, 10:41 AM
Goodman Lawn Care 2008
The Beginning


Here is what my rig for this year is. I will add some more pictures of my work and new equipment as time progressis. I am 15 1/2 right now and will be getting my license just in time to plow snow this winter. As you can see I didnt go blow all my money on commercial equipment right away. I am using all homeowner equipment (paid in full by me) and saving all my money towards a nice rig next year.


http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/born2farm/GoodmanLawnCare2008-2.jpg

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/born2farm/GoodmanLawnCare2008-4.jpg

JohnnyRoyale
06-08-2008, 10:56 AM
Way to go kid! Show us your fleet in 10 years.

zemzabob
06-08-2008, 11:19 AM
Nice setup I like the rake holder.

Travis E
06-08-2008, 11:26 AM
Like the duck tape on the seat brock!

Doesn't the rake want to rattle out of the pipe or does something else hold it in. How is the trimmer held?

born2farm
06-08-2008, 11:31 AM
Thanks for the comments guys. The rake holder has worked out real well and will easily hold 5-6 hand tools.

Elwer- Ya I had to duck tape the seat from where it would get cold when plowing snow and crack. It gives the mower character. The rake holder is at enough of an angle that it doesnt rattle out to easily. You got to remember I am not flying down the road at 60mph..lol. The trimmer sits in three "U" shape wall hooks then I fastend to tarp straps on that side to hold it down. I made sure the straps were loose enough to not bend the shaft but tight enough to hold it down.

Lawn Enforcer
06-08-2008, 12:11 PM
Nice set-up! Your off to a good start!

Travis E
06-08-2008, 12:12 PM
I want those good style gas cans you have!

born2farm
06-08-2008, 03:17 PM
Nice set-up! Your off to a good start!


Thanks man. I am trying my hardest to build a successful buisness. Hopefully the rider will get replaced with a Quick 36 soon and the handhelds will be Stihl.

born2farm
06-08-2008, 03:18 PM
I want those good style gas cans you have!


Why? Are they really that good?

Travis E
06-08-2008, 03:34 PM
Why? Are they really that good?

they have the air valve on the back right? They work so much easier and lets gas flow out faster than the self venting new style.

born2farm
06-08-2008, 03:46 PM
Ya they work very well. The have the little yellow vent cap in the back. I use two of the big ones (2.5gal) for straight gas and the two smaller ones (.5gal) for 50:1 two cycle.

TimTim2008
06-08-2008, 05:22 PM
nice setup..

its so funny, when we are little we say our age + 1/2

now, you'll never see us saying "oh im 38 and a half 1/2" lol

nosparkplugs
06-08-2008, 05:24 PM
Can I work for you I need less headache? Keep up the good work

born2farm
06-08-2008, 07:15 PM
TimTim2008- Ya it is kinda funny. Once you hit 18 you dont care any more...lol



nosparkplugs- Bring your equipment with you..lol. We can knock all 5 of my lawns out in 20 minutes.

Green Finger
06-08-2008, 07:23 PM
Save and reinvest, save and reinvest your money. Then buy some toys. But save and reinvest your money.

Nice set up

Sweet Tater
06-08-2008, 07:52 PM
Very nice setup. good to see a young man out working instead of plastered to a Wii

born2farm
06-08-2008, 07:56 PM
thanks for the commpliments guys. growing up, living and still working on my familys 5000acre grain farm i learned work ethic at a young age/

freshprince94
06-08-2008, 08:10 PM
Nice set-up. I wouldn't recommend the Quick 36, you can get a nice used commercial w/b for less than the price of a used Q36.

JAX76CJ
06-08-2008, 08:22 PM
Way to go Brock, Looks good. Keep up the good work. You're gonna have to make a Hedge Trimmer rack for that trailer soon ;)

markahurley
06-08-2008, 08:41 PM
[QUOTE=born2farm;2363148]Thanks for the comments guys. The rake holder has worked out real well and will easily hold 5-6 hand tools.

Elwer- Ya I had to duck tape the seat from where it would get cold when plowing snow and crack. It gives the mower character.

you plow crack?

born2farm
06-08-2008, 08:55 PM
freshprince- why wouldnt you recomend the quick 36. PM me if you would like.

jax76cj- ya i have thought about it. i am going to try and get a little more work built up for hedge trimming first.

mark- no the plow didnt crack. its where the plactic covering on the seat would get cold in the garage then when i sit down to plow with it the seat would be brittle and crack. thats why theres duck tape

deere615
06-08-2008, 11:02 PM
looking good, those gas cans are worth alot of $$$$

Clapper&Company
06-08-2008, 11:05 PM
good job young grass hopper lol

as long as you keep your fingers and dont hurt ur self any more ur be ok!!

SchultzLawnCare
06-08-2008, 11:05 PM
how many accounts do you have... Im 16 as well, looks good.

Clapper&Company
06-08-2008, 11:06 PM
how many accounts do you have... Im 16 as well, looks good.
he cuts 5 a week

SchultzLawnCare
06-09-2008, 12:08 AM
thanks clapper$comp

Clapper&Company
06-09-2008, 12:14 AM
any time !!

WALKER LANDSCAPE
06-09-2008, 12:14 AM
Brock
Looking good young one take the good advice and save up all that low over head. You will go far.:waving:

freshprince94
06-09-2008, 11:41 AM
freshprince- why wouldnt you recomend the quick 36. PM me if you would like.
jax76cj- ya i have thought about it. i am going to try and get a little more work built up for hedge trimming first.

mark- no the plow didnt crack. its where the plactic covering on the seat would get cold in the garage then when i sit down to plow with it the seat would be brittle and crack. thats why theres duck tape

I just wouldn't buy a product without having a dealer to service it.

Supper Grassy
06-09-2008, 03:04 PM
Nice setup

born2farm
06-09-2008, 03:06 PM
I just wouldn't buy a product without having a dealer to service it.

ya. ive had herd there easy to work on though. i will see.

DSLND
06-09-2008, 03:24 PM
Brock,

Everything looks good!

-Mitch-

born2farm
06-09-2008, 03:51 PM
thanks mitch

wheels910
06-09-2008, 11:04 PM
looks good.

work harder than the next guy and drink plenty of water

born2farm
06-09-2008, 11:23 PM
ya hard work is the key to success. i dont care if i only have 5 yards. it allows me to take my time and make the ones i got look great.

Clapper&Company
06-09-2008, 11:26 PM
ya hard work is the key to success. i dont care if i only have 5 yards. it allows me to take my time and make the ones i got look great.
Or take a few days off when u omost cut ur finger off :D

Martin Mowing
06-09-2008, 11:41 PM
"Elwer- Ya I had to duck tape the seat from where it would get cold when plowing snow and crack. It gives the mower character."

"you plow crack?"

"mark- no the plow didnt crack. its where the plactic covering on the seat would get cold in the garage then when i sit down to plow with it the seat would be brittle and crack. thats why theres duck tape"

:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:

born2farm
06-10-2008, 09:33 AM
laugh it up clap. i think im actually going to head out and mow. if i bust it back open o well.

my mom said i was crazy because it wasnt 15 minutes after i got home from the ER that i was looking at new gas hedge trimmers online

Martin Mowing
06-10-2008, 12:24 PM
I wasn't laughing about your cracked seat or the duct tape (great tool.) Thats a great outfit you have to start out with, I certainly can't say all my stuff is payed for.

I was laughing about how it was worded and the fact that you plow snow and crack:)

SchultzLawnCare
06-11-2008, 01:23 AM
howd you almost cut your finger off?

Varsity L&G
06-11-2008, 01:32 AM
howd you almost cut your finger off?

Yea please tell, I have been in hiding for almost 2 years and must have missed that one.

Nice set-up.

My 11 year old asked me today when he could start mowing grass. There are some Low income's within walking distance of here and I told him he could soon enough. He turns 12 this year. He can finally start the Echo stuff on his own but still can not get by the compression of the Toro's. I predict Next Summer he will be out there mowing grass.

This summer he is Carp Fishing and Kicking A$$. Caught a 10.7 the other day. I have never been into it but we have a pay lake near by and told him if his room stays clean I don't care what he does as long as he is home by 3:30pm

born2farm
06-11-2008, 07:51 AM
i almost cut my finger off the other day with a hedge trimmer. cut through the finger then chipped half way through the bone it sucks.


I got a new mower to add to my fleet and will have pics soon. Its a Scag 48in belt drive WB.

South Florida Lawns
06-11-2008, 11:42 AM
Man thats a clean little setup you got there.

MowJOlawncare
06-11-2008, 01:20 PM
this is a very neat little setup. you gotta start somewhere

born2farm
06-13-2008, 09:07 AM
Well I have added quite a few things to my setup. Most of these wont be seen in full action till next year. I have added a 1997 Ford F-150 4x4 5spd, 6.5x12 Carry-On Trailer and a Scag 48in Belt Drive WB. I wont have pics of the trailer or mower till next week.

Truck:

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/born2farm/Truck6.jpg

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/born2farm/Truck8.jpg

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/born2farm/Truck12.jpg

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/born2farm/Truck13.jpg

born2farm
06-13-2008, 09:09 AM
More:

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/born2farm/Truck1.jpg

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/born2farm/Truck3.jpg

This thing only plays country from now on:usflag:

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/born2farm/Truck4.jpg

Still need to get my diamond plate tool box and rhino liner in.

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/born2farm/Truck10.jpg

freshprince94
06-13-2008, 10:02 PM
Sweet Brock. Good call with the Scag, that's a pretty good brand. All you need now is some commercial handhelds.

born2farm
06-13-2008, 10:50 PM
Trailer racks and a set of Stihl handhelds are next on my list.

deere615
06-14-2008, 10:44 AM
That is a nice looking truck, but I personally don't like the red interior

born2farm
06-15-2008, 09:39 PM
That is a nice looking truck, but I personally don't like the red interior

ya im not totaly set on it but beggers cant be choosers.

ill have some pics of the scag and some lawns up tomorrow.

farmboy1285
06-16-2008, 01:20 AM
So did u decided to go with the f 150 over the four runner you were talking about? By the way everything looks great.

1993lx172
06-16-2008, 03:17 AM
Not bad, I personally run an lx172, and with high lifts it will stripe like a walk behind.
If you look at my sig. line i have almost the same set up, it's worked for six years and as of right now with me going off to college next year i see no point in spending the money on new equipment, other than maybe a trailer this year to use with my dodge 2500.

Good luck and have a great season. Oh make sure you check your oil pan seal i've had to replace it twice, if you have any problems with it just PM me.

born2farm
06-16-2008, 09:44 AM
Farmboy1285:

I would of went with this over the 4-Runner just because of the fact its got a bed. The only up side I could see with teh 4-Runner was the auto. tranny and the truck was 4k cheeper. I havnt paid for this truck yet, it was given as a gift to me (my parents bought both me and my sisters first vehicles if they were under 4,000) but when the money is there I plan on paying them back every penny for it.

1993lx172:

My 176 stripes great. It has the mulch plate and high lifts on it. The only thing I dont like about the 38in deck is the fact that the tires push the grass down right at the edge of the deck and since thats the area with the least cutting surface it leaves high spots.

farmboy1285
06-16-2008, 01:22 PM
Farmboy1285:

I would of went with this over the 4-Runner just because of the fact its got a bed. The only up side I could see with teh 4-Runner was the auto. tranny and the truck was 4k cheeper. I havnt paid for this truck yet, it was given as a gift to me (my parents bought both me and my sisters first vehicles if they were under 4,000) but when the money is there I plan on paying them back every penny for it.

1993lx172:

My 176 stripes great. It has the mulch plate and high lifts on it. The only thing I dont like about the 38in deck is the fact that the tires push the grass down right at the edge of the deck and since thats the area with the least cutting surface it leaves high spots.

Ya not having a bed is the only draw back with my four runner, I have to put everything on the trailer, which is ok but kind of annoying, I would like to carry around the bagger for my encores and my snapper but I don't have room.:cry: Thats why I working on my old truck, it is only a four cylinder but Im planning on putting some performance parts in that I hope will bring it to the 200 hp range.

born2farm
06-16-2008, 04:22 PM
ya the only plus would be that with the 4 runner you just unhook the trailer and dont have to unload a truck bed and stuff.

1993lx172
06-16-2008, 09:51 PM
Farmboy1285:

1993lx172:

My 176 stripes great. It has the mulch plate and high lifts on it. The only thing I dont like about the 38in deck is the fact that the tires push the grass down right at the edge of the deck and since thats the area with the least cutting surface it leaves high spots.

I don't mulch with mine and i haven't noticed any high spots because of the tires. when the blades are dull or out of sic i have an uncut strip in the center i do but that's rare. Like I said if you have any problems with it let me know.

born2farm
06-16-2008, 10:01 PM
i havnt had any problems with it this year. its seeing a lot less action now. the scag took its spot and now it is strictly a utility mower that ill use for rolling and pulling stuff when needed or for mowing high thick grass.

born2farm
06-18-2008, 08:05 PM
Here is the pictures of the Scag.

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/born2farm/scag1.jpg

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/born2farm/scag2.jpg

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/born2farm/scag3.jpg

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/born2farm/scag4.jpg

Clapper&Company
06-18-2008, 08:12 PM
Looks good Kid-O

lawn crafters
06-18-2008, 08:28 PM
do you still take the tractor or no and can you drive if your 15?

born2farm
06-18-2008, 08:51 PM
well right now i use both. i have my permit but have to have a parent with me so it is kinda hard to use the truck. i am trying to find a way to pull my trailer with my walkbehind and eliminate the John Deere.

1993lx172
06-20-2008, 04:46 PM
Hey born, do you know where I can find a bracket for a bagger (where the part that holds the bags mounts to) I have my dealer looking, but if he can't find one we'll have to make one

born2farm
06-20-2008, 06:38 PM
Hey born, do you know where I can find a bracket for a bagger (where the part that holds the bags mounts to) I have my dealer looking, but if he can't find one we'll have to make one

no i dont. i would just make one. u got a bagger on ur mower? i need to find one

DA Quality Lawn & YS
06-21-2008, 12:55 AM
Brock - I have enjoyed this entire thread. Looks like you picked up a nice truck that you can use soon, and that Scag ought to run you a while. Trust me when I tell you that your business will explode next season - do a great job this season, market early for next season, and watch it go boom:)

Keep in touch
DA

(ps - not sure about the Buckeye lic plates on that PU though...Hawkeye fan here:)

DA Quality Lawn & YS
06-21-2008, 12:55 AM
What engine does the Scag have? Let me guess - 14HP Kawi?

born2farm
06-21-2008, 07:47 AM
Brock - I have enjoyed this entire thread. Looks like you picked up a nice truck that you can use soon, and that Scag ought to run you a while. Trust me when I tell you that your business will explode next season - do a great job this season, market early for next season, and watch it go boom:)

Keep in touch
DA

(ps - not sure about the Buckeye lic plates on that PU though...Hawkeye fan here:)


thanks man. im going to start my ads hard for leaf cleanup and hopefully rollover some of them into weekly accounts. im hoping to pick up 10 or so more weeklys and get into some bed installls more

i dont like the buckeyes either but thats whats on the truck and havnt put my John Deere one on yet.

born2farm
06-21-2008, 07:48 AM
What engine does the Scag have? Let me guess - 14HP Kawi?

17hp Kaw.............

DA Quality Lawn & YS
06-21-2008, 02:12 PM
That'll cut thru anything....
Lotta power on that deck.

17hp Kaw.............

born2farm
06-21-2008, 06:30 PM
That'll cut thru anything....
Lotta power on that deck.

ya i was chopping corn stalks in the field at the farm and couldnt even feel it:weightlifter: but the mower is in the shop right now so ill be mowing with the JD for a week or two:cool2:

johndeerboy26
06-21-2008, 07:08 PM
You are like me on the driving. My Dad and I have started a mowing bussiness back in march and since I am still fiften and my Dad works during the day I have to have my mom in the vehicle but in five more days I turn sixteen and I can apply for my driver liscense and then mow by myself.

born2farm
06-22-2008, 09:21 PM
ya it is kinda crappy having a truck and all and not being able to just go mow. the good thing is my route is real close to my house so the john deere and trailer is easier and cheaper on gas. this fall i will either have my dad or grandpa at my side for leafcleanups

Travis E
06-22-2008, 09:34 PM
ya it is kinda crappy having a truck and all and not being able to just go mow. the good thing is my route is real close to my house so the john deere and trailer is easier and cheaper on gas. this fall i will either have my dad or grandpa at my side for leafcleanups

not to spoil your plan brock, but is your grandpa a legal gardian? that would be the only way you could drive with him, unless he drives it for you.

DSLND
06-22-2008, 09:44 PM
not to spoil your plan brock, but is your grandpa a legal gardian? that would be the only way you could drive with him, unless he drives it for you.

Really? I have my grandma ride along with me somedays, and most days I have my employee ride with me. He's in his seventies, but the law here is the passenger must be over age twenty one, and have been in posession of a valid drivers license for at least three years.

-Mitch-

Travis E
06-22-2008, 09:46 PM
Really? I have my grandma ride along with me somedays, and most days I have my employee ride with me. He's in his seventies, but the law here is the passenger must be over age twenty one, and have been in posession of a valid drivers license for at least three years.

-Mitch-

I think ohio is different, thats what drivers ed class tells us atleast.

born2farm
06-22-2008, 10:07 PM
I think ohio is different, thats what drivers ed class tells us atleast.

technically know he cant ride with me but the cops dont seem to care. if worst comes to worst he can drive i guess

Travis E
06-22-2008, 10:08 PM
technically know he cant ride with me but the cops dont seem to care. if worst comes to worst he can drive i guess

if your not going far then just drive

born2farm
06-23-2008, 07:25 AM
ya i drive with him all the time so it aint a big deal. if i dont do ne thing wrong then the cops wont pull me over :D unless someone hits me

derekarbeiter
06-24-2008, 04:43 PM
Nice setup. I started out on a John Deere LT. Those LX series are one of Deere's better lawn tractors. Love the Kaws on them. I also used to have a push mower identicle to that Troy built. I know its just a residential engine, but those Hondas are great. I ended up puting the engine on a better mower and am still using it. NO trouble with the engine in 2 years. Smooth, quiet, starts easy, better than Briggs!:)

born2farm
06-26-2008, 09:32 AM
Nice setup. I started out on a John Deere LT. Those LX series are one of Deere's better lawn tractors. Love the Kaws on them. I also used to have a push mower identicle to that Troy built. I know its just a residential engine, but those Hondas are great. I ended up puting the engine on a better mower and am still using it. NO trouble with the engine in 2 years. Smooth, quiet, starts easy, better than Briggs!:)

ya my mower seems to be holding up pretty good for the hours i put on it. i have had alot of trouble with it starting. i will crank on it for 30-45 seconds before it starts

derekarbeiter
06-26-2008, 09:38 AM
yeah, the kaws and kohlers have always been cold natured. I had a problem with my old LT150 with the 15hp kohler when I bought it. I could crank on it for 15 minutes and not get it started. They adjusted the throttle and I havent had a problem since. Sounds similar to your problem.

born2farm
06-26-2008, 11:14 AM
ya it starts hard but once it gets running it will start fine the rest of the day. it is now a utility tractor so it will only get maybe an hour a week at most. i only paid $400 for it so it has paid for its self 100times over between mowing and plowing

derekarbeiter
06-26-2008, 12:10 PM
$400 aint bad for one of those. How do you like the hood????:laugh: I have 2 STX 38s with the hoods smashed on them. We just run them with the engine out in the open.

born2farm
06-26-2008, 12:43 PM
i cracked the hood on mine. the one side is all smashed. guess i should use ramps when unloading it out of a truck bed next time:hammerhead:

born2farm
06-27-2008, 01:11 PM
Well here are some pictures of my stripes from today. The arnt as nice and defined as some of yours but I did this with my John Deere rider. Just a note these pics were taken before I trimmed.

Thanks for looking.

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/born2farm/stripes1.jpg

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/born2farm/stripes2.jpg

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/born2farm/stripes3.jpg

Travis E
06-27-2008, 01:44 PM
Those look nice brock for being a rider.

derekarbeiter
06-27-2008, 03:41 PM
Nice:) Those look just as good as the stripes with my Z-trak without the striping kit.

born2farm
06-28-2008, 04:14 PM
ya it stripes as well as my scag which dont have a kit either

1993lx172
06-29-2008, 05:17 PM
no i dont. i would just make one. u got a bagger on ur mower? i need to find one

Good luck finding one, there have been so many modeler changes that they stopped making them. I got mine from one of my trimming and edging clients.
The best place to look is a dealer in a rural area or Ebay. Expect a complete bagger from a dealer to cost $450+ :hammerhead:

My client said to me "just come and get it we don't need it any more":drinkup:

they mulch now I just trim and edge.

born2farm
06-29-2008, 08:45 PM
Good luck finding one, there have been so many modeler changes that they stopped making them. I got mine from one of my trimming and edging clients.
The best place to look is a dealer in a rural area or Ebay. Expect a complete bagger from a dealer to cost $450+ :hammerhead:

My client said to me "just come and get it we don't need it any more":drinkup:

they mulch now I just trim and edge.

cant beat that deal. i found one on a mower but you had to buy the whole thing for 1200 and it wasnt worth it and i didnt need the mower

1993lx172
07-06-2008, 04:03 PM
Man i just blew a tire on mine. Hit a piece of wire shot it right into the right rear tire.

JAX76CJ
07-16-2008, 07:14 PM
Or take a few days off when u omost cut ur finger off :D

Haha.... I just saw that Post. Ron, you're an 4$SHat! :hammerhead:
...That's why I mentioned the Hedge Trimmer Rack ;)

JAX76CJ
07-16-2008, 07:31 PM
laugh it up clap. i think im actually going to head out and mow. if i bust it back open o well.

my mom said i was crazy because it wasnt 15 minutes after i got home from the ER that i was looking at new gas hedge trimmers online

Haha, See what I mean about Ron? The only thing that I will recommend to you that has ANYTHING to do with ECHO..... Is the Hedge Trimmers. I've used them All.... Tanaka, Stihl (Which, as you know I Love..... Shut up Ron!), etc. I have to say that the Echo Hedge trimmers that I have are the best when comparing Weight to Power ratio. I've had lighter hedge trimmers, but not as powerful. I've had very powerful hedge trimmers, but they cut like crapolla. Just think of it as an investment. Any Mulch Job that you do.... You can always talk them into a Hedge Trimming as well. My only advice would be to try to not cut yourself young Jedi. ;)

DA Quality Lawn & YS
07-20-2008, 08:40 PM
Nice stripers with that Deere sir.
Much nicer cut that some of the Deere riders that run around my neighborhood. Must be the expert lawn man behind the wheel:)

1993lx172
07-20-2008, 09:15 PM
Nice stripers with that Deere sir.
Much nicer cut that some of the Deere riders that run around my neighborhood. Must be the expert lawn man behind the wheel:)

That and Deere's LX series is one of the best mowers that Deere made, almost built to commercial standards

atv220chris
07-23-2008, 02:49 AM
i only have one ? why not turf tires?
be sides that i think you are doing the same thing i did but i had an old simplisity 717 with a snow blower and a 36" deck and a small trailer keep up the good work

born2farm
07-23-2008, 08:08 PM
it had turf tires. i changed them to the treaded tires for plowing. there a lot smoother then chains and dont tear up concrete. never had anyproblem with them in grass. they climb hills alot better too.

born2farm
12-20-2008, 05:02 PM
Here are some pics of my work. I know there crappy because they are off my cell phone. The lawn posted was my nicest lawn last year. Those bare spots are in the back and the only bare part. No fert used either.

Kennedy Landscaping
12-20-2008, 09:34 PM
Looks good man, can't believe I haven't saw this thread before.

born2farm
12-20-2008, 09:52 PM
Thanks man. Its been on here for a while. These pics suck lol.

STIHL GUY
12-20-2008, 11:06 PM
its a good start. good luck in the future building your buisness