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JTLAWNS
05-04-2011, 05:42 PM
We're a small business, consisting of 2 highschoolers. We have a 60'' gravely zt hd zero turn. We pull our equipment with a gmc sonoma. Our other equipment is a cub cadet push mower, and 2 straight shaft echo weedeaters.

Here's a couple pics, there are more to come.

Z-master man
05-04-2011, 05:47 PM
Nice!! Can't wait to see more pics!

lawnkid14
05-04-2011, 06:57 PM
hey i have a very similar setup. I have a s10 4x4 a gravely hd 52, and other stuff. Question is how well does the mower cut for you for me it leave an uncut patch of grass down the stripe. Also did you modify the pitch on the deck

bobcat48
05-04-2011, 07:28 PM
Looks good,nice setup!

Southern Pride
05-04-2011, 08:45 PM
Holy crap that sure is an interesting combo. Huge deck ztr and push mower. Nothing wrong with it at all though. You should look into a 36" for small gated backyards.

Also, how the he!! do yall use those trimmer with the guards on? That would drive me insane.

weeze
05-04-2011, 09:23 PM
nice setup you got there

JTLAWNS
05-04-2011, 09:37 PM
hey i have a very similar setup. I have a s10 4x4 a gravely hd 52, and other stuff. Question is how well does the mower cut for you for me it leave an uncut patch of grass down the stripe. Also did you modify the pitch on the deck
Our's cuts like a champ, just doesnt like hills very well. and no we havnt modified pitch. You say it's missing a patch, it might be a bent blade.

JTLAWNS
05-04-2011, 09:38 PM
Holy crap that sure is an interesting combo. Huge deck ztr and push mower. Nothing wrong with it at all though. You should look into a 36" for small gated backyards.

Also, how the he!! do yall use those trimmer with the guards on? That would drive me insane.
We actually have a 54'' craftsman rider too, but we're saving up and plan on buying a 36 or 48 inch walk behind.

JTLAWNS
05-04-2011, 09:50 PM
here are some stripes..

flyingdutch16
05-04-2011, 09:53 PM
very nice set up guys. how old are you guys?

JTLAWNS
05-04-2011, 10:09 PM
17, we're juniors. We got our started up 2 years ago. We're almost to 15 yards and hoping for more.

Southern Pride
05-04-2011, 10:58 PM
We actually have a 54'' craftsman rider too, but we're saving up and plan on buying a 36 or 48 inch walk behind.

Those stripes look good. I saw the craftsman in the pic and wondered if it was yours or a customers...You def don't want to run a business running on a lawn tractor like that. A 36 or 48 walk behind would serve yall very very well. Definitely try to get a hydro mower if you can.

I have both a 36 exmark belt drive and just got a 48 toro hydro and the difference in operator fatigue, handling, turning, and hills especially, amazed me. You can find a used one in really really good condition usually for around $1500. That's the route I would suggest. It's usually not wise to buy brand new stuff when you're running a small operation like you guys. A new hydro walk behind runs upwards of $6k nowadays.

JTlawns2
05-04-2011, 11:11 PM
Thats exactly what we have been saving for. before long we should have a wb. But we need to order a striping kit first,problem is we cant find one for the gravely.:dizzy:

Southern Pride
05-04-2011, 11:56 PM
Dude I realize you may be set in your ways, but striping kits are a waste of money, and just one other thing to get in the way. Go search the "striping" threads, and you'll notice that people lay great stripes and people ask "what kind of striping kit you run"? and they will say none. Point is it's all about the mower, and those nice northern grasses. Here down south we can't hardly stripe anything. Maybe Bermuda and nice tall lawns. You'll notice a lot of the exmark, toro, scag mowers stripe very very well without a kit, and these are the type mowers I would recommend for your walk behind. Seriously, go search for yourself, and save yourself the $300 or whatever it is.

One cheap thing to do is replace the stock "flap" right behind the deck under the engine with something a little more heavy/stiff to help lay the grass over even more but really they do just fine on their own.

If you do get a stripe kit for some reason, do anything but that terrible "hanging chains" style. That has to be the worst idea for a stripe kit I've ever seen.

Griffin

JTLAWNS
05-07-2011, 06:48 PM
Well we went with a 75 dollar striping kit, and some beefier tires, but we probly wont use the new tires much. I'm afriad they'l tear up the yards

JTlawns2
05-11-2011, 10:13 AM
Striping kit will be put on this afternoon. Pics to come.

JTlawns2
05-19-2011, 10:48 PM
A few pics from this week. Got a new echo straight shaft.:cool2:

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/226bd3ed.jpg

Before
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/94844802.jpg

Afterhttp://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/b9e6229e.jpg

JTlawns2
05-19-2011, 10:51 PM
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/22f15ec5.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/dbb52791.jpg

JTLAWNS
05-19-2011, 10:54 PM
Dude I realize you may be set in your ways, but striping kits are a waste of money


Should've taken that advice, the striping kit did improve the striped but just barely. the flap seems too thin and weak.

JTlawns2
05-19-2011, 10:57 PM
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/0f01bd99.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/5ecea4f1.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/e79746a8.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/93f7d02f.jpg

bobcat48
05-20-2011, 11:33 PM
Looks good,nice trimmers!

JTlawns2
05-21-2011, 09:23 AM
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/cfeffb07.jpg

JTlawns2
05-21-2011, 09:23 AM
Off to get a scag wb this afternoon. we will see how it goes.

JTlawns2
05-21-2011, 01:24 PM
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/98f1cd20.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/cb600de9.jpg

Weedeating job.

flyingdutch16
05-21-2011, 02:10 PM
The scag will at least stripe better than the gravely. Good luck
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Chevy z71
05-23-2011, 07:15 PM
Post some pictures of your scag.

JTLAWNS
05-23-2011, 11:23 PM
The scag will at least stripe better than the gravely. Good luck
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It does stripe pretty good. Just leaves a line in the middle from the velke.

JTLAWNS
05-23-2011, 11:28 PM
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/ea6758e4.jpg

JTlawns2
05-24-2011, 09:12 AM
Getting our tshirts this afternoon:cool2:

Hopefully they look good.

mag360
05-24-2011, 09:24 AM
You'll see the most improvement in your stripes if you can widen the rear track on that gravely. Having the tire marks out at the edge of the stripes will set them off nicely and reduce side scalping. Not sure what your options are for tire size but I've replaced rims and tires before and gained 6-8 inches of track width. Nice work btw

JTLAWNS
05-24-2011, 09:31 AM
You'll see the most improvement in your stripes if you can widen the rear track on that gravely. Having the tire marks out at the edge of the stripes will set them off nicely and reduce side scalping. Not sure what your options are for tire size but I've replaced rims and tires before and gained 6-8 inches of track width. Nice work btw
So you're suggesting wider tires and rims? It seems to me that that'd work. Like how 52 inh cuts have tires even with their deck. Might have to look into that

JTlawns2
05-24-2011, 08:23 PM
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/3acf39f8.jpg

JTlawns2
06-02-2011, 05:09 PM
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/ecd12686.jpg

flyingdutch16
06-02-2011, 07:08 PM
Nice t-shirts where did you get them done? How much did they cost you? The stripes are looking much better by the way, compared to the beginning of the season! Keep up the good work!

bobcat48
06-02-2011, 07:51 PM
Nice stripes and shirts:usflag:

JTLAWNS
06-02-2011, 10:49 PM
Nice t-shirts where did you get them done? How much did they cost you? The stripes are looking much better by the way, compared to the beginning of the season! Keep up the good work!
We got the shirts made at a local store that makes shirts and trophys and what not. They're 10 dollars each, any color. Seems like a pretty fair price to me. And thanks, we decided to go over them twice this time, it seems to work! there is a few mud spots that look kinda bad, and an overlap on one of the stripes. but i'm proud of them

JTlawns2
06-04-2011, 10:12 AM
2 new accounts this week. one of them is a pita though. weve gotta take what we can get until we grow more.

JTLAWNS
06-06-2011, 04:30 PM
Did a sod job today, pics to come.:cool2:

RLS24
06-06-2011, 10:38 PM
where are you guys getting those Echos? never seen the new ones (or any) that look like that?

THEGOLDPRO
06-06-2011, 10:47 PM
Not bad. keep up the work guys.

JTLAWNS
06-06-2011, 11:34 PM
We got the echo's at a dealer downt he road. Mine's a few years old, and the brand new is actually not the newest model. It's probly an '08 or '09. They're 251's

JTlawns2
06-09-2011, 07:56 AM
Earlier this weeks sod job.



http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/28e2900c.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/35389f79.jpg

After

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/06a189c6.jpg

JTlawns2
06-09-2011, 08:02 AM
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/9a6f200b.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/5088c7f8.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/bcf88001.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/43a46ae8.jpg

JTlawns2
06-09-2011, 08:05 AM
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/59ef55be.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/6864ed5b.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/6d9a5767.jpg

JTLAWNS
06-09-2011, 02:55 PM
Just ordered 250 business cards on vistaprint fo $10:cool2:

THEGOLDPRO
06-09-2011, 03:55 PM
doesn't look too bad,Keep it up man.

JTlawns2
06-11-2011, 03:03 PM
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/d7ef1117.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/aab91cc9.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/d27b9a8d.jpg

JTlawns2
06-11-2011, 03:14 PM
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/200c4352.jpg
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/385acc5e.jpg

JTlawns2
06-28-2011, 08:14 AM
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/ff961b41.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/2726db51.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/tayman222/f70c9ccd.jpg

JTlawns2
06-28-2011, 08:16 AM
IT's time for a Hydro walkbehind 48 inches or more. Were gonna take the used route. Which brand would you reccomend. Stripes are a neccesity

Chevy z71
06-28-2011, 08:43 AM
The kind you have got all ready got.

JTLAWNS
06-29-2011, 09:24 AM
The kind you have got all ready got.

Another Scag would be fine if it was a 48 and hydro..not a 36 inch belt drive..that has something new wrong every week lol

JTLAWNS
07-06-2011, 09:01 AM
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YardGal
07-06-2011, 09:36 AM
very nice!

JTLAWNS
07-10-2011, 11:47 PM
Picked up a 48 exmark metro this weekend, as of right now it's not ready to mow. Hopefully some tlc and a little money and it'll be good to go.

lawnkid14
08-24-2011, 11:46 AM
are you still running your stock blades on the gravely

JTLAWNS
08-24-2011, 06:24 PM
Yeah we are, they need sharpened alot though, we'll be buying new ones this fall

lawnkid14
08-25-2011, 09:13 AM
mine doesnt do well in long grass it clumps so i was thinking about running those g6 blades if i can find some for it

twobuckss
08-25-2011, 10:37 AM
what kind of trimmer racks do you have?

JTLAWNS
08-30-2011, 07:18 AM
Our racks were homemade, i'll get a close up of them on here so you guys can see the design.