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StihlMechanic
10-09-2010, 08:11 PM
1992 Ford F-250 7.3 IDI Diesel :weightlifter:, 6 1/2' X 12 Trailer:laugh:, 2010 Toro G3 60 inch, 27 hp Kohler:cool2:.

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flatlander42
10-09-2010, 08:16 PM
Why limit the size of the lot to 5 acres?

KE-llc
10-09-2010, 08:30 PM
hahaha that's suck a hack lettering/advertising job.
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StihlMechanic
10-09-2010, 09:08 PM
hahaha that's suck a hack lettering/advertising job.
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lets see yours. its just a generic magnetic sign my sign guy made, straight and to the point. Plus unlike most people here, I am just a part timer.

StihlMechanic
10-09-2010, 09:15 PM
Snapper 21, Toro G3 60inch, Stihl HS45 Hedge Trimmer, Husqvarna 323L Trimmer, Stihl BR550 BP Blower, Stihl MS290 Chain Saw

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StihlMechanic
10-09-2010, 09:19 PM
Why limit the size of the lot to 5 acres?

Anything around here larger is usually mowed every other year with a brush hog, which my machine cant do. I can take out 4 foot high johnson grass, but no saplings. I advertise this to seperate myself from the tractor work, seems to work. Before I did this I would get calls about 80 acres, which would take me a week and not pay much if you consider time.

flatlander42
10-09-2010, 09:26 PM
Oh, well that makes sense. I was thinking of 5+ acres of nice grass that gets mowed weekley. That mower could take on those nicer lots. And yeah, no sense getting calls for tractor work. I do think that you have a nice setup even for a part timer.





Anything around here larger is usually mowed every other year with a brush hog, which my machine cant do. I can take out 4 foot high johnson grass, but no saplings. I advertise this to seperate myself from the tractor work, seems to work. Before I did this I would get calls about 80 acres, which would take me a week and not pay much if you consider time.

StihlMechanic
10-09-2010, 09:31 PM
Oh, well that makes sense. I was thinking of 5+ acres of nice grass that gets mowed weekley. That mower could take on those nicer lots. And yeah, no sense getting calls for tractor work. I do think that you have a nice setup even for a part timer.

Thank you:)

Puddle of Oil
10-09-2010, 09:41 PM
hahaha that's suck a hack lettering/advertising job.
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Why would you say that? Their was no need for that at all! :angry::gunsfirin:gunsfirin

bobcat48
10-09-2010, 11:33 PM
Nice.good setup.whats with the stihl blower lol..black paint lol.

old oak lawn
10-10-2010, 10:30 AM
Looks like a nice set up to me. Good luck with it.

doubleedge
10-10-2010, 12:54 PM
hahaha that's suck a hack lettering/advertising job.
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I'll make sure to be a jerk to you if you post a picture thread.

Looks good, stihlmechanic. I wish that I could just mow wide open fields all day; it is much better than mowing small areas, bagging, and trimming.

Kennedy Landscaping
10-10-2010, 12:58 PM
Nice truck, agreed, whats with that blower and you chainsaw bar is on upside down too?

KE-llc
10-10-2010, 03:10 PM
I'll make sure to be a jerk to you if you post a picture thread.

rather then wreck a thread i sent you a pm

about the signage. that is illegal in most states, he should have his business name not some desperate add for work on the side of his truck.


nice toro!

South Florida Lawns
10-10-2010, 05:33 PM
I'm liking that G3 man I just sold mine haha

StihlMechanic
10-11-2010, 06:49 PM
The paint on the blower is so no one will steal it, lol. The bar is upside down because I rotate my bar for even wear, I don't do this for customers because they would think I put it on wrong and explaining why I do this takes longer than just putting on right side up to avoid a problem. My signage gets me business. I am working on a business name, DBA and logo as we speak but will not go forth with it til next season. Here in Texas I am not required to have a dba or pay sales tax unless I gross over 5000 per year, which so far I have not.

Thanks for the compliments

mowerdude777
10-12-2010, 08:24 PM
NICE toro, the magnets could be better, but hey whatever works, at least you have magnets LOL (because I dont) so I should just keep my mouth shut, also nice truck and trailer

StihlMechanic
10-13-2010, 11:41 PM
Yeah I didnt put alot of creativity in the making of them like I did for my other business. I hope next year to have a new logo, maybe even paint the trucks I have.

StihlMechanic
10-14-2010, 09:08 PM
Pics of my trailer with a spare tire holder I made with a bolt, an old lawnmower pulley welded to a nut. You crank the handle to remove the spare tire. Also my winch I built into the tool box on the trailer to help load non-running equipment or brush. My chain sharpener, husqvarna pole saw gearhead I slip on the end of my 323L trimmer, my ms200t arborist saw, toro lawn vac. I plan to add pics of my work if its something to be proud of, so far I mostly do forced mows and vacant lots which are not very photogenic.

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John_DeereGreen
10-14-2010, 09:31 PM
Nice pics!

I hope the one of your coupler isn't the same as going down the road...

bobcat48
10-14-2010, 09:36 PM
Nice likin that toro vacum and that is a nice saw.

StihlMechanic
10-15-2010, 09:53 PM
Had a flat today, no big deal when it happens at work and you have an impact and a forklift.:weightlifter:

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Darryl G
10-15-2010, 11:36 PM
To be honest, the sign looked kind of funny to me too. More like something you'd put in an advertisement than on your truck, but if it works for you, so be it. Don't think I'd be using a new mower for vacant lot work though. Kind of rough on it, isn't it?

StihlMechanic
10-16-2010, 01:27 AM
To be honest, the sign looked kind of funny to me too. More like something you'd put in an advertisement than on your truck, but if it works for you, so be it. Don't think I'd be using a new mower for vacant lot work though. Kind of rough on it, isn't it?

Its rough but I am the ZTR tech at a Toro dealer so I get a deal on parts plus free labor, lol. I am tough on it but it can take it for sure. Even the blades are tough, I cut though some gnarly stuff and they stay pretty sharp.

Yeah Yeah my sign sucks, lol. I wasn't into it when I had it made but like I said before, It works for me. Kind of a "no frills" mowing service fealing to it.

PLS-Tx
10-16-2010, 01:32 AM
Nice rig, I'm too tired to read the whole thread but I will never understand why some guys are such jerks. At lest sitting behind a computer they are. :rolleyes:

Good luck to you sir.

you work at a dealer and cut lawns on the side? just wondering.

StihlMechanic
10-16-2010, 01:39 AM
Nice rig, I'm too tired to read the whole thread but I will never understand why some guys are such jerks. At lest sitting behind a computer they are. :rolleyes:

Good luck to you sir.

you work at a dealer and cut lawns on the side? just wondering.

Thank you.

Yeah, I have been mowing vacant lots since '08. Did forced mowings/ code mowings for a local town and vacant lots this year. Next year I want to expand into residential to increase my work load. I work at the dealer 5 days a week leaving me 2 days to mow. Hoping to go full time one day but I like the dealership I work for, so who knows.

The dealer I work for is 45 miles from where I mow so I dont compete with any LCO's that I know.

PLS-Tx
10-16-2010, 01:45 AM
Thank you.

Yeah, I have been mowing vacant lots since '08. Did forced mowings/ code mowings for a local town and vacant lots this year. Next year I want to expand into residential to increase my work load. I work at the dealer 5 days a week leaving me 2 days to mow. Hoping to go full time one day but I like the dealership I work for, so who knows.

The dealer I work for is 45 miles from where I mow so I dont compete with any LCO's that I know.

Cool, I kind of wondered why someone that works at a dealer would hang out on Lawnsite, makes since now.

Must be a great dealership if you like working for them, good for you and them.

Thanks again for your help on our Ferris decision. We picked up our second one yesterday. Wow, what a mower, this one has the 32hp Big Block.

StihlMechanic
10-16-2010, 01:56 AM
Cool, I kind of wondered why someone that works at a dealer would hang out on Lawnsite, makes since now.

Must be a great dealership if you like working for them, good for you and them.

Thanks again for your help on our Ferris decision. We picked up our second one yesterday. Wow, what a mower, this one has the 32hp Big Block.

Your welcome. Seriously keep me updated about the engine. Any goofy problems, any warranty repairs, if any. What you like and dislike. I am familiar with any other twin engine BUT that one so I am dying to know how they do.

Is that a 2 year commercial warranty on the Vangaurd?

PLS-Tx
10-16-2010, 02:03 AM
Your welcome. Seriously keep me updated about the engine. Any goofy problems, any warranty repairs, if any. What you like and dislike. I am familiar with any other twin engine BUT that one so I am dying to know how they do.

Is that a 2 year commercial warranty on the Vangaurd?

Sure will, so far we are really liking the 30 and 32 Vanguard. They have a lot of power, more the the 33hp Generic's that were on our Dixie's.

They just changed it from 2 year to a 3 year warranty. :clapping:

StihlMechanic
10-16-2010, 02:50 AM
Sure will, so far we are really liking the 30 and 32 Vanguard. They have a lot of power, more the the 33hp Generic's that were on our Dixie's.

They just changed it from 2 year to a 3 year warranty. :clapping:

3 years is really good. Doubt you will need it from what I hear.

StihlMechanic
10-17-2010, 01:09 AM
Yeah yeah, not the best looking, yeah yeah I know you would do it different or better but here it is. Yeah yeah I should of used my F250 to haul the materials but the Dodge has AC, lol.

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bobcat48
10-17-2010, 11:42 AM
Nice.looks great.

Darryl G
10-17-2010, 12:16 PM
So no base? Is this for a customer or your own place? I don't get involved in hardscape anymore. Too labor intensive. Just takes me too long to complete a job mowing 3 or 4 days a week.

StihlMechanic
10-17-2010, 01:42 PM
So no base? Is this for a customer or your own place? I don't get involved in hardscape anymore. Too labor intensive. Just takes me too long to complete a job mowing 3 or 4 days a week.

Its for my place but its really a trial run for any hardscape job I may do one day for a client. I just used sand as a base, done this before without any problems. Not sure the best way to do this as I am still learning. Not sure If hardscapes are worth the money, I would expect mowing to have better margins.

StihlMechanic
10-19-2010, 09:09 PM
Maybe this weekend it will be finished, lol. I had to make the transition from a slight grade at the driveway to a higher but level grade at the fence. I hate how I did it, I wish it flowed better without the curve where the corner meets. I may re-do it but then again I may leave it. Any suggestions welcome, good and bad, but don't be too mean, I'm sensitive and off my meds again.

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bobcat48
10-19-2010, 09:14 PM
looks great.

Darryl G
10-19-2010, 09:22 PM
OMG. That looks like absolute crap. I'd keep a closer eye on the neighborhood kid you hired next time!

LOL, looks good...good enough anyway. Huge improvement. The grey pavers look kind of plain/cheap/sterile to me but what I really question is the lack of edge retraints or a base, but maybe that's just something we need up here in the northeast due to freeze thaw.

StihlMechanic
10-19-2010, 09:30 PM
OMG. That looks like absolute crap. I'd keep a closer eye on the neighborhood kid you hired next time!

LOL, looks good...good enough anyway. Huge improvement. The grey pavers look kind of plain/cheap/sterile to me but what I really question is the lack of edge retraints or a base, but maybe that's just something we need up here in the northeast due to freeze thaw.

HAHA

Yeah I was cheap when I got them, $0.86 per 8x16 block, lol, so they are plain. We do not have a freeze line here, as I would call it anyways, The ground does not freeze, if it does its maybe 1/2 inch on a really cold winter.

Edge restraints? It sounds like those would help keep the edge inline? I just pack in the soil around them.

What kind of base do you use for something like this, decomposed granite?

knox gsl
10-19-2010, 09:37 PM
I would use some type of edging it will push out sooner or later even with soil packed around it.

StihlMechanic
10-19-2010, 09:42 PM
I would use some type of edging it will push out sooner or later even with soil packed around it.

Do you mean the metal border style edging?

I could see doing that and setting it below the surface so it can't be seen. I may do that before I backfill it and call it done.

yardguy28
10-19-2010, 11:10 PM
rather then wreck a thread i sent you a pm

about the signage. that is illegal in most states, he should have his business name not some desperate add for work on the side of his truck.


nice toro!

what planet are you from. illegal? i don't think so. you can put whatever kind of signage you want on the side of your truck. there is no law as to what you can have for signage.

and you don't have to have a business name either. sure it's nice to have one but i've seen plenty of people in business with no business name.

i don't see how it looks like a desperae add for work. its just stating his services.

your probably just jealous you don't have such a nice looking magnete on your truck.

knox gsl
10-19-2010, 11:43 PM
As far as the edging goes you can get it in black plastic and is below the surface.

StihlMechanic
10-19-2010, 11:45 PM
As far as the edging goes you can get it in black plastic and is below the surface.

Thanks for the tip, I'm going to get some this week.

Do you do a lot of hardscapes? If so, is it worth it? Good margins?

knox gsl
10-20-2010, 12:01 AM
I don't myself but have 2 good friends who do it full time, its good money if you go big, not so much if you're always renting equipment and can't buy in bulk. One has his own company and the other runs the hardscapes division for one of the largest full service landscape companies in town. It is alot of hard work and there is a good bit of skill involved if you plan on your jobs lasting more than a couple of years. Most anybody can throw up a wall or lay some pavers and they look good when done, but the test is what will it look like in 5 years or more.

StihlMechanic
10-20-2010, 12:42 AM
I don't myself but have 2 good friends who do it full time, its good money if you go big, not so much if you're always renting equipment and can't buy in bulk. One has his own company and the other runs the hardscapes division for one of the largest full service landscape companies in town. It is alot of hard work and there is a good bit of skill involved if you plan on your jobs lasting more than a couple of years. Most anybody can throw up a wall or lay some pavers and they look good when done, but the test is what will it look like in 5 years or more.

Thats true. I wasn't sure if all the effort was worth it or not. I am still doing some other hardscapes at my house to get the feel for it, but after having my back hurt for a week, I dont't think I'm going to do this commercially.:laugh:

Cajun Cleanin'
10-20-2010, 02:03 AM
hahaha that's suck a hack lettering/advertising job.
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The mans got a some nice equipment,and you are gonna comment on the truck lettering?Wow!Your first name must be Richard.

eatonpcat
10-21-2010, 02:02 PM
looks great.


Are you looking at the picture... I threw some pavers up in the air once and they landed in better formation than those!!! :laugh:

Darryl G
10-21-2010, 03:32 PM
For base we usually use 3/4 inch "process" here which is stone screened to a max size of 3/4 inch but has the fines in it so it compacts well. Local names for it vary. Some call it crusher run, some road base and there are many more. Usually use 3 or 4 inches compacted in one inch lifts. Some will put a row of pavers in on edge for a restraint. Most use plastic edging made for the purpose...not that cheap plastic stuff people use for bed edges.

StihlMechanic
10-21-2010, 08:46 PM
For base we usually use 3/4 inch "process" here which is stone screened to a max size of 3/4 inch but has the fines in it so it compacts well. Local names for it vary. Some call it crusher run, some road base and there are many more. Usually use 3 or 4 inches compacted in one inch lifts. Some will put a row of pavers in on edge for a restraint. Most use plastic edging made for the purpose...not that cheap plastic stuff people use for bed edges.

good info, thanks

StihlMechanic
10-21-2010, 08:47 PM
Are you looking at the picture... I threw some pavers up in the air once and they landed in better formation than those!!! :laugh:

well come show me how its done.

93Chevy
10-21-2010, 08:57 PM
4-5 inches of 1A modified gravel base (you can compact about every 3" inches for walks if you're using a plate tamper), level, with 1" of sand (preferably limestone dust), screeded, and plastic "snap edging" paver restraint. :waving:

I'm no expert by any means, but I can do small stuff like that no problem. If you charge right, the hardscape jobs will land you with higher cash flow, but it's all a time/business management decision, not just pure cash/profit.

J&R Landscaping
10-21-2010, 08:59 PM
Nice pictures!

StihlMechanic
10-21-2010, 09:09 PM
4-5 inches of 1A modified gravel base (you can compact about every 3" inches for walks if you're using a plate tamper), level, with 1" of sand (preferably limestone dust), screeded, and plastic "snap edging" paver restraint. :waving:

I'm no expert by any means, but I can do small stuff like that no problem. If you charge right, the hardscape jobs will land you with higher cash flow, but it's all a time/business management decision, not just pure cash/profit.

Great info! Thanks!

I am in Texas where the ground rarely freezes. Most of the info I had recieved only suggested compacting the ground then adding 1-2 inches of sand. Maybe thats a southern thing or bad info I got.

93Chevy
10-21-2010, 09:11 PM
Great info! Thanks!

I am in Texas where the ground rarely freezes. Most of the info I had recieved only suggested compacting the ground then adding 1-2 inches of sand. Maybe thats a southern thing or bad info I got.

Well, that's a good point, but I don't see what adding more than 1" of sand would do.

I mean, I am in PA, so take my advice with a grain of salt. I've never designed a hardscape but I've been a laborer on a few jobs and learned a lot.

StihlMechanic
10-21-2010, 09:21 PM
Well, that's a good point, but I don't see what adding more than 1" of sand would do.

I mean, I am in PA, so take my advice with a grain of salt. I've never designed a hardscape but I've been a laborer on a few jobs and learned a lot.

I could see your method lasting a lifetime. My only concern is if I were to do this commercially, I would be in competition with others here that use less materials if they use just sand and would be out bid for work.

I'm just going to stick to mowing, I can do that at least, lol.

StihlMechanic
10-21-2010, 09:23 PM
Well, that's a good point, but I don't see what adding more than 1" of sand would do.

I mean, I am in PA, so take my advice with a grain of salt. I've never designed a hardscape but I've been a laborer on a few jobs and learned a lot.

Oh an by the way, I like your logo. I am currently coming up with a concept for mine. I want something modern similiar to yours. Very clean and modern, I like it.

93Chevy
10-21-2010, 09:31 PM
I could see your method lasting a lifetime. My only concern is if I were to do this commercially, I would be in competition with others here that use less materials if they use just sand and would be out bid for work.

I'm just going to stick to mowing, I can do that at least, lol.

That's the point. Do the job right, 10, 20, 30 year warranty on your work. Gotta market yourself to the right demographic though. You can only do what the market will bear in your area. You'd know better than me what your market is. :)

Oh an by the way, I like your logo. I am currently coming up with a concept for mine. I want something modern similiar to yours. Very clean and modern, I like it.

Thanks. Logoinn.com. They were running a special, I think $65 or $70. You tell them what you're looking for in a logo, they give 3 designs with 3-4 revisions for that price. They run a few packages with different price levels.

StihlMechanic
10-28-2010, 11:45 PM
Traded my toro lawn vac for 2 commercial snappers with kawi's and an echo edger that had sat in the weather for a few years. Rebuilt the carb that night and used one of them the next day for a job. Swapped out some parts and got the edger going today from a pile of echo junk I had and used the edger an hour later. Not a bad deal I guess. The edger runs perfect and works well. If you are in the Dallas-Ft. worth area the edger is for sale or trade. I would trade it for a non-running STIHL edger if need be. PM me if interested. In trading.

Also my hardscape project which looks like crap but oh well.

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bobcat48
10-28-2010, 11:59 PM
Dosent look bad.looks good actually man.good luck with the new stuff.like thoose snappers and echo edger.

StihlMechanic
10-29-2010, 12:01 AM
Dosent look bad.looks good actually man.good luck with the new stuff.like thoose snappers and echo edger.

Thanks man, you're too nice:)

bobcat48
10-29-2010, 12:03 AM
Thanks man, you're too nice:)

Why thank you.thank you sir,i try to be:)

GunnPropertyServices
10-29-2010, 12:04 AM
Finish product looks good, What do you use the big butcher knife for? (in the first set of pictures) Reminded me of crime scene photos

StihlMechanic
10-29-2010, 12:15 AM
Finish product looks good, What do you use the big butcher knife for? (in the first set of pictures) Reminded me of crime scene photos

LOL. I used it to dig up the pavers from where they used to be along my driveway. Worked well actually.

orlawncaresvc
10-30-2010, 12:53 AM
Nice little trailer. Is that the way you wanted the trailer? Open? Or you haven't had time to finish the walls?

StihlMechanic
10-30-2010, 02:45 PM
Nice little trailer. Is that the way you wanted the trailer? Open? Or you haven't had time to finish the walls?

i plan to wall it in this winter with expanded metal or something solid. that or sell it and buy a tandem axle with four foot sides.
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knox gsl
10-30-2010, 02:57 PM
i plan to wall it in this winter with expanded metal or something solid. that or sell it and buy a tandem axle with four foot sides.
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I dont't think I would want 4 foot sides, I sold a 16*6 with them and it was to much for day to day work and now I have one with 2 foot sides and wish they were a little more. I think that the best for me would be a 14*6 with 3 foot sides and drop axles. My trailer rarely leaves the pavement so a low rider would be ok, and would be better to be able to back it into the garage at night, right now it is about 10 inches to long.

StihlMechanic
10-30-2010, 04:28 PM
I dont't think I would want 4 foot sides, I sold a 16*6 with them and it was to much for day to day work and now I have one with 2 foot sides and wish they were a little more. I think that the best for me would be a 14*6 with 3 foot sides and drop axles. My trailer rarely leaves the pavement so a low rider would be ok, and would be better to be able to back it into the garage at night, right now it is about 10 inches to long.

I wish I could park mine in my garage. One car garage in a house built in 1950 is too small and narrow for it. I plan to enlarge my side gate to my backyard so I can park it safely in my backyard.

Yeah, I like the 3 foot sides on my trailer. I might just keep that setup. I kinda want a 7x16 rampgate trailer but I like the size I have now so I have the option to pull it with both my small v6 Dodge Dakota and my 7.3 diesel f250. Anything bigger and it would kill the Dodge, lol.

yardguy28
10-30-2010, 04:52 PM
I wish I could park mine in my garage. One car garage in a house built in 1950 is too small and narrow for it. I plan to enlarge my side gate to my backyard so I can park it safely in my backyard.

Yeah, I like the 3 foot sides on my trailer. I might just keep that setup. I kinda want a 7x16 rampgate trailer but I like the size I have now so I have the option to pull it with both my small v6 Dodge Dakota and my 7.3 diesel f250. Anything bigger and it would kill the Dodge, lol.

didn't re read posts but what size of trailer do you currently have?

your v6 dodge won't pull a 7 x 16??? how old is this dodge.

i was pulling my 6 x 12 with a v6 silverado and i know it would have easily pulled a 7 x 16........

StihlMechanic
10-30-2010, 07:36 PM
didn't re read posts but what size of trailer do you currently have?

your v6 dodge won't pull a 7 x 16??? how old is this dodge.

i was pulling my 6 x 12 with a v6 silverado and i know it would have easily pulled a 7 x 16........

I currently have a single axle ramp gate 6 1/2 x 12. My 1994 Dodge dakota 3.9 v6 5 speed will pull it fine, but add a 1200lb toro z and its maxxed out between power and braking ability. Adding more will break it for sure, lol. Thats what my Diesel is for, but if it breaks down I need to use the dodge as a backup. They are both old trucks, the diesel has 218k miles and the dodge has 190k miles so anything can happen. Hope to buy a new or newer 1/2 - 3/4 ton truck by next year. I want a new crew cab Tundra 5.7 v8 or 1999-2003 7.3 powerstroke.

StihlMechanic
11-06-2010, 12:21 AM
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Kennedy Landscaping
11-06-2010, 12:43 AM
What you cut the sod up for?

StihlMechanic
11-06-2010, 01:01 AM
I am transplanting the St Augustine to the backyard and planting winter rye in the in its place. In the spring I am overseeeding with bermuda and putting in some flower bed.

StihlMechanic
11-21-2010, 02:39 PM
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StihlMechanic
11-21-2010, 02:44 PM
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StihlMechanic
11-23-2010, 02:51 PM
Built a striper kit for my snapper 21 out of an old chain welded to a rod. Used it and I'm not impressed, hate the tire marks, but it did work. Back to the drawing board. I am now making one with a roller that will cover the tire marks. 1 1/2'' shedule 40 pvc pipe filled with 5000psi concrete, an old snapper front axle and misc parts. Letting the concrete cure and will try it out soon. Will post pics of it soon.


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Kennedy Landscaping
11-23-2010, 03:08 PM
You need alot more chain that what you've got there to make that work. My 21 has the concrete striper with the pvc and it rolls behind the mower. Works great.

knox gsl
11-23-2010, 04:35 PM
It that's rye grass you will have wheel marks in it most likely. The blade of it is to soft to stand up to the weight of the mower. I would think that the chain striper would need some more chair added to it or another rod added to the end in the grass.

bobcat48
11-23-2010, 07:32 PM
Nice man.it looks good.

StihlMechanic
11-23-2010, 08:05 PM
My new pvc roller and some test stripes I just cut. Cant wait for my lawn to fill in so I can really stripe it. Not a lot of stiped lawns here in zone 8 so it should catch some attention.

http://i467.photobucket.com/albums/rr35/nortexwholesale/Mobile%20Uploads/Photo068.jpg


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StihlMechanic
11-25-2010, 07:41 PM
Checker board pattern although its hard to tell. Going to try something else next time. I want more pressure on the roller, I am going to attach springs to add down presure for a better effect next time.

http://i467.photobucket.com/albums/rr35/nortexwholesale/Mobile%20Uploads/Photo093.jpg
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bobcat48
11-25-2010, 10:58 PM
Looks great man,like the stripes.

knox gsl
11-26-2010, 12:37 AM
Looks good, keep it up and redo the same lines every week to get them deeper in color.

StihlMechanic
11-29-2010, 02:26 PM
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flatlander42
11-29-2010, 08:10 PM
Does the roller want to go up and forward if you pull the mower backwards? The mount point should be a little further down the handle....That is just what I think. It seems to be working fine for you tho!

That sure looks like some Soft Grass! Good Work!

StihlMechanic
11-29-2010, 11:05 PM
Does the roller want to go up and forward if you pull the mower backwards? The mount point should be a little further down the handle....That is just what I think. It seems to be working fine for you tho!

That sure looks like some Soft Grass! Good Work!

Yes, I cant go backwards at all. I was going to lower it but the spots I mounted it to were already there. I still need to add some bracing between the two straps that go to the roller as they are not very stout and bend easily. Still needs improvment. Too bad my yard is the only one I will ever use the roller on, I love seeing the result.

Darryl G
11-29-2010, 11:26 PM
Looks good but if you're gonna stripe you gotta walk straighter :p

Schrock Lawns
11-29-2010, 11:28 PM
i might of missed htis in the thread but what did u pay for the toro

StihlMechanic
11-29-2010, 11:40 PM
i might of missed htis in the thread but what did u pay for the toro

The Toro retails for $10,000-$12,000 but I paid around $9,000 after sales tax. Love it!

StihlMechanic
11-29-2010, 11:41 PM
Looks good but if you're gonna stripe you gotta walk straighter :p

LOL, yeah one of my legs are 6 inches longer than the other.:laugh:

StihlMechanic
12-07-2010, 05:31 PM
I wanted the truck to look as redneck as possible. I succeeded!

http://i467.photobucket.com/albums/rr35/nortexwholesale/Mobile%20Uploads/Photo106.jpg

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flatlander42
12-07-2010, 05:46 PM
Keep an eye on your Temp Gauge. Not sure if it will be a problem, but be careful!

I had a Great-Uncle that had a camper special 80something F350, it had the spare tire on the front like that too. I kinda liked the look of it.

StihlMechanic
12-07-2010, 07:37 PM
Keep an eye on your Temp Gauge. Not sure if it will be a problem, but be careful!

I had a Great-Uncle that had a camper special 80something F350, it had the spare tire on the front like that too. I kinda liked the look of it.

I don't know why but I have always liked the look too. I love the old Land Rovers from the 60's that had the spare on the hood.

93Chevy
12-07-2010, 07:42 PM
Is that a deck spindle? Looks like a good use for it. I have mixed feelings about the front tire mount...it looks good in certain situations. How about a pic of the whole truck?

StihlMechanic
12-08-2010, 01:09 AM
Yup, old MTD tractor spindle pulley. Yeah its really just more practical for it to be there for me. Under the bed is a pain to lower when you have a trailer hooked up. I will try to take a pic of the whole thing tomorrow.

Ben's Landscape
12-10-2010, 06:57 PM
I dont know if i replyed to this posting before but nice truck! HAHAHA I have a 93 the same truck just red!

StihlMechanic
02-13-2011, 07:44 PM
Just installed a $15 set of ghetto fog lights. Beats the $150 price on the factory set.

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93Chevy
02-13-2011, 08:09 PM
Looks good man.

I keep saying...if I had a Z and a little extra cash...I'd have the only mower with amber and red marker lights in addition to front and rear headlights! lol

bobcat48
02-13-2011, 08:14 PM
Nice looking lights on the Z,they look great.

South Florida Lawns
02-13-2011, 10:22 PM
I like that white ford of yours thats a tough looking truck. Don't get a tundra stick with that old ford! Just fab up a mount for a window shaker in the back window!

StihlMechanic
02-16-2011, 03:29 PM
I am kicking myself for not taking a pic of the tree, before and after but here is the leftovers. City sent my customer a warning about a tree too close to the street. They threatened a $500 fine plus a charge to trim it. Took two hours and I charged $200. Am I a lowballer or is this about right? I am pleased. Hard to really say without a pic of the tree, but I am curious what everone thinks. Also a pic of my helper. He's not worth a crap with a trimmer but he's cheap.

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South Florida Lawns
02-16-2011, 06:08 PM
Stihlmechanic for the next tree/brush job theres a trick, as you add branches to your trailer take the chain saw and cut them up as you go, its the poor mans chipper, that way you can fit a whole lot in at one time.

I pretty much have a guy in the trailer with a saw and two guys loading it goes really fast.

StihlMechanic
02-16-2011, 07:46 PM
Stihlmechanic for the next tree/brush job theres a trick, as you add branches to your trailer take the chain saw and cut them up as you go, its the poor mans chipper, that way you can fit a whole lot in at one time.

I pretty much have a guy in the trailer with a saw and two guys loading it goes really fast.

Good idea. I was just cutting and throwing. Got a little disorganized. I need to enclose the sides, kept having crap fall out.

StihlMechanic
02-16-2011, 08:41 PM
Just picked up my first NEW piece of handheld equipment. Stihl FC90. Price was unbeatable at 314.99 plus tax. Love it. Sorry the pic sucks. I wanted the FC100 but they discontinued it.

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bobcat48
02-16-2011, 09:00 PM
Nice STIHL edger:drinkup:

StihlMechanic
02-16-2011, 09:25 PM
Nice STIHL edger:drinkup:

Why thank you sir:cool2:

StihlMechanic
03-18-2011, 11:17 PM
This is the basic concept. I will be getting the back window of my wifes SUV lettered, some cards and a sign for my trailer made with this concept. I'm holding off having my truck lettered until I get it repainted. Sorry for the bad picture. I will post more when the SUV is lettered next week.

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StihlMechanic
03-22-2011, 11:19 PM
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StihlMechanic
03-23-2011, 10:27 PM
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flatlander42
03-23-2011, 10:34 PM
Looks GREAT on the suv, and OK on the trailer. The decals really stand out good on the black.

I would think about putting another bolt in the middle of each side of the gate sign.

StihlMechanic
03-23-2011, 11:45 PM
Looks GREAT on the suv, and OK on the trailer. The decals really stand out good on the black.

I would think about putting another bolt in the middle of each side of the gate sign.

Thank you. I designed the logo myself. Yeah I added some more bolts after I took the picture.

StihlMechanic
03-31-2011, 06:25 PM
My new measuring wheel. No more guess work on hedges, ect. I charge by the linear foot, my rates go up per foot for height. I have a light shaping and a heavy shaping rate. Makes estimates super easy for me. Everyone does it their way, This is how I do it.


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cpllawncare
08-28-2011, 12:06 AM
I have a smaller version of one of those I keep with me at all times in case someone wants an estimate I can pull it it out and get a good measurement.

StihlMechanic
08-28-2011, 12:14 AM
I have a smaller version of one of those I keep with me at all times in case someone wants an estimate I can pull it it out and get a good measurement.

It was money well spent.

kinnaird007
08-28-2011, 03:26 AM
It was money well spent.

The more you hedge, the better you can GUESSTIMATE. Everyone has their little ways I guess. I do forget my wheel sometimes too.:laugh:

KE-llc
08-28-2011, 08:13 PM
why did you put the logo on your wides suv???
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StihlMechanic
08-28-2011, 09:22 PM
why did you put the logo on your wides suv???
Posted via Mobile Device

I dont have a wide suv.

Yeah, The suv is driven by her daily but also as an estimate/customer greeting rig. Looks nicer than my POS Ford when I pull up in their driveway.

KE-llc
08-28-2011, 09:33 PM
wifes*** suv
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kinnaird007
08-28-2011, 11:11 PM
wifes*** suv
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Nothing wrong with a SUV. I use a 4WD 03' GMC Envoy with one-way vision logo on the back. Nothing wrong with that either. I work on the side too. The towing capacity is around 6300lbs and I tow half that with ALL my equipment on it.

I have dragged 3-1/2ft dia. x 12'lg pine logs with it right after I had the transmission rebuilt. (I still had 6mth warranty coverage too though):)

I do irrigation repairs also within my job and drop the trailer when I don't need it and I have room for when I pick my kids up from school when mom works late and goes to school in the evening. I plan to keep it for greeting new customers/estimates and getting a truck for hauling MORE equipment in the future.:cool2:

StihlMechanic
02-25-2012, 11:14 PM
Well I'm bored and haven't been critiqued or criticized today so here are some pictures of some work I did last year. Sorry no striped lawns or pine straw, just some cheap home depot retaining blocks (per customer request and budget). I will add some others as I find them.

before

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after (20 compact nandinas and a mexican plum tree. Customer was very pleased)


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Then came back a month later to do this
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LawnMan19
02-25-2012, 11:20 PM
Let me start off by critiquing the hell out of you ha:laugh:. No it looks real good, and the retaining block does not look that bad, and I love the black mulch.

Mikegyver
02-25-2012, 11:23 PM
Not bad man! Looks pretty good considering!

J.R. Services
02-25-2012, 11:31 PM
Don't get a toyota, stick to the ol ford.

StihlMechanic
02-26-2012, 12:24 AM
Thanks guys.