View Full Version : Barter system: Who's made some great trades out there?

03-16-2009, 02:26 PM
Just wondering guys. How many of you LCO's out there have made some good trades for your services?

For example:

4 $40 service visits in trade for a nearly new condition snapper 21" self propelled bagger

1 $35 service visit for a new Hitachi saw-zall in case...

1 $50 service visit for about 10 pounds of fresh deer meat!

I'm interested to know what you guys have done... :waving:

heather lawn sp
03-16-2009, 02:44 PM
lawn mowing and snowplowing for a custom built truck body


The one with the Bobcat on it

03-16-2009, 03:24 PM
I know a guy.....:laugh:

Who got a paver patio for mowing a landscapers lawn for 3 years.

03-16-2009, 03:40 PM
I snow plowed 2 residential driveways for my grafix shop. He lettered 2 trucks, 12 screen printed shirts. Lettered 3 work vests, 1000 envelops and 1000sales slips.

03-16-2009, 04:17 PM
I just mowed a guys lawn (6,500sq ft.), trimmed 2 10ft long hedges and threw down 6 bags of mulch for a brand new blackberry and bluetooth.

03-16-2009, 04:23 PM
This is awesome guys.. and much needed break from all the arguing going on on here lately!

I have another one:

I bidded on a major pruning job last spring and the lady about fell out when she got the $800 proposal.. She agreed to pay for my labor and fuel costs and gave me her spare vehicle. It was an 89 Ranger 5 speed that ran great. Turned around and sold it for 1500. Turned out to be quite a profitable endeavor. Wish now I had kept the truck. But .... oh well...

03-16-2009, 05:52 PM
Traded mowing for a bathroom remodel. Traded sod installation for house cleaning. Traded clearing brush and cutting down pine trees for a new heat pump and inside AC unit installed.

grandview (2006)
03-16-2009, 06:06 PM
Good thing we all pay taxes on the trade so we don't get in trouble !

03-16-2009, 06:34 PM
Good thing we all pay taxes on the trade so we don't get in trouble !

Exactly... it's already on my books.

03-16-2009, 06:36 PM
One of my customers is in aftermarket automotive gear. I barrtered a new Stainless steel full truck cab protector and new aluminum tool box for his leaf season bill. The cab protector and tool box are over $2000 at market value, and the leaf season bill was only like $400. Not bad if you ask me. I am going to see what we can work out on a nice lift kit.:weightlifter::weightlifter:

03-16-2009, 06:40 PM
One mowing for one hour with the woman of the house...

a plus bob
03-16-2009, 06:46 PM
I mow 1,500 sq ft lawn for oil changes in my trucks synthetic oil !!!

03-16-2009, 07:02 PM
Good thing we all pay taxes on the trade so we don't get in trouble !

We're all going to be nice here on this thread, ok.. No arguing! Let's all keep out hands to ourselves. I'm going to assume that we all on here are doing the right thing and 'porting all this loot to the g'ubment. :D

03-16-2009, 07:03 PM
One mowing for one hour with the woman of the house...

This is AWESOME... so... You're trading grass for a**! hahahahahaha:laugh::laugh::laugh:

03-16-2009, 07:29 PM
One mowing for one hour with the woman of the house...

I get enough of that at home. Why would I want to "get it up" for someone else.:laugh:

03-16-2009, 08:28 PM
We cut a garage/car lot, for all free repairs and oil changes :)

03-16-2009, 10:17 PM
these are some good trades!!! only thing ive really dont for a trade was one of my friends mowers broke so i mowed his lawn twice for a detail on the F-250... and idk if this would be considered a trade but i went to price a mulch job for a guy in my parents neighborhood, and after i priced it he said ok how much for you just to bring it to me and help me unload it off the trailer? so i made 65 (not including mulch) for just delivering and 15 mins of unloading time! wish i could do that ALL day long!

03-16-2009, 11:26 PM
Last season I was offered a Stihl chainsaw,wood boss 028 for one free mowing, I charge $45 for this yard. The saw had a new chain and new air filter, It started within 3 pulls and I still use it all the time. GREAT DEAL!

03-17-2009, 12:24 AM
Couple of years ago a boat for 2 months lawn mowing, last year a used Jeep for 3 months lawn mowing. We do abit of trading but nothing too big usually. This year we are suggesting it more often especially with customers who are wanting to cut back on our services.

03-17-2009, 12:39 AM
There's actually companies that set up barter accts and link everyone together. We do about 15K a year this way. Everything you can imagine is available.

George Mason
03-17-2009, 12:54 AM
Funny that this showed up today, I just made my first real trade. Two months of golf lessons one a week for a cut or two while the pro is on vacation, or before entertaining/party. Not a bad gig, likely wouldn't have paid for the lessons so a real +!

03-17-2009, 12:56 AM
ive mowed for Cabelas giftcards, Guitar Center gift cards and one decked out rifle!

RNH Lawn Care
03-17-2009, 01:10 AM
I get my house cleaned and laundry done bi-weekly for a weekly mowing, works out great. 26 cleanings for 26 cuts.

03-17-2009, 02:39 AM
I mow the lawns, wife cleans the house and takes care of the kids. Great trade I think.

03-17-2009, 02:47 AM
I have 3 deals on a regular basis.

1: in the off-season I get all of our produce and milk/eggs for mowing a produce stand they pay in the growing season

2: House cleaning for mowing (the best deal in the world :cool2: )

3: Lawn care for child care. Awesome family for my son to be with and a normal small yard for me. (I do full service since it is the only one in that neighborhood and I would like to get a few more since it is across the road from my house)

03-17-2009, 06:49 AM
We get one night in a 5 bedroom home on Martha's Vineyard for each mowing valued at $80. We usually go over there for 2 weeks vacation each year now with friends and family. If we wanted to, we build up enough credit to go for almost a month.


03-17-2009, 07:24 AM
I got a cord of firewood for a dethatching job last year. This week a friend installed a patio door on my house in exchange for a cleanup last fall (labor only, I had to buy the door). I traded another fall cleanup for a chlorine generator for my pool (installed!). Before I owned a plow, I traded mowing for plowing for 3 years. And I trade labor days with another landscaper.

03-17-2009, 10:11 AM
Cut a chciks lawn once for a shot of ASS.

and NO I didn't pay taxes on it...........

03-17-2009, 10:27 AM
I cut a lawn for unlimited hair colorings and cuts for the wife plus I get haircuts also. It's nice to not have to pay out all that money at one time just to cut a small lawn.

03-17-2009, 11:31 AM
I cut a lawn for free mulch. Each cut is worth one bobcat scoop.

AI Inc
03-17-2009, 11:37 AM
Last summer I traded adding a sprinkler zone to an existing system for a day of haddock / cod fishing for a customer thats a cappy.

03-17-2009, 11:44 AM
i cut the lawn for my accountant and he takes care of all my invoiceing, takes care of my books, and does my taxes.

AI Inc
03-17-2009, 11:45 AM
i cut the lawn for my accountant and he takes care of all my invoiceing, takes care of my books, and does my taxes.

I do that for my lawyer, only its sprinkler mait so only 2-3 trips a yr.

03-17-2009, 11:59 AM
I used to cut for a glass company and also next door at a safety supply company....Glass man hooked me up for any glass needs and signs/lettering of any kind and the safety supply hooked me up with safety glasses,hearing protection, and gloves whenever I needed it....boy I miss those days
took me like 20 minutes for both to cut only twice a month....

AI Inc
03-17-2009, 12:01 PM
Lets all hope the IRS isnt reading this.

03-17-2009, 12:06 PM
Lets all hope the IRS isnt reading this.

Bartering is completely legitimate and totally tax free. It is trading services no money exchanged so no taxes due.

AI Inc
03-17-2009, 12:07 PM
Wanna bet?

03-17-2009, 12:25 PM
Wanna bet?

Nope, you are right. The IRS gets its filthy hands in this as well.

Looks like new times are among us.

03-17-2009, 01:08 PM
Sometimes I trader labor with my brother. He helps me with lawncare work and I help him with his farm work. I probably get the bad end of the deal as I would much rather mow than bale hay.