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ivyslawncare
06-14-2011, 11:20 PM
I will be posting pics as i go, but here are some work pics for now, what do you think? I am new to the landscaping side of the bussiness...

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ivyslawncare
06-14-2011, 11:28 PM
Tilling...
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And a quick little job..
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onlythebest
06-14-2011, 11:38 PM
you can have your license at 15 where u live?? that's awesome! im your age and a truck would help tremendously right now but unfortunately the age is 16 for your g1 then i have to wait another 8 months until i can drive by my self...

ivyslawncare
06-14-2011, 11:48 PM
Overgrown lawn
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After...(This pic was before i blew off the street)
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Don't mind the crooked strips, i just love the color of this lawn...
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ivyslawncare
06-14-2011, 11:52 PM
you can have your license at 15 where u live?? that's awesome! im your age and a truck would help tremendously right now but unfortunately the age is 16 for your g1 then i have to wait another 8 months until i can drive by my self...
Get your permit at 14, drive with an adult for 3 or 6 months(depends if you took drives ed or not), then get your restricted after those 3 or 6 months and you can drive from 5 in the morning to 10 at night or something like that. Then you get your license at 16!

ivyslawncare
06-14-2011, 11:55 PM
Strips...
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bobcat48
06-15-2011, 10:31 AM
Loooks great,very nice work and goodluck to you man.

YardGal
06-15-2011, 05:40 PM
You are a young and talented entrepreneur! Good for you!

White Gardens
06-15-2011, 06:06 PM
Brick edging Fail! :laugh:

Need to learn how to mortar those in and get the top of the brick just a shade over sod height.

Need to work on your curves. You've got too many in that one line.

Also need to keep your brick level consistent.

Don't use Pea Gravel in landscape beds. It doesn't stay in place.

Should of made the bed bigger. If that shrub was that big when you cut it, it will that big again someday.

Always use landscape fabric pins with your fabric....

There is no good slope to the grade and water won't run away from the house effectively.

And don't be lazy by setting the bricks on the grade and throwing dirt around them.




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ivyslawncare
06-16-2011, 12:21 AM
Brick edging Fail! :laugh:

Need to learn how to mortar those in and get the top of the brick just a shade over sod height.

Need to work on your curves. You've got too many in that one line.

Also need to keep your brick level consistent.

Don't use Pea Gravel in landscape beds. It doesn't stay in place.

Should of made the bed bigger. If that shrub was that big when you cut it, it will that big again someday.

Always use landscape fabric pins with your fabric....

There is no good slope to the grade and water won't run away from the house effectively.

And don't be lazy by setting the bricks on the grade and throwing dirt around them.




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Thank you for the input but first off....they did not want sod because they said they were going to plant there own grass.
Also she spray painted the line in which she wanted the bricks to lay, so i did in that line...
The bricks are also level, but not spaced out correctly which makes it appear as if they are not level. I have to go do some more work and i am going to fix it when i get back to it.
I also recommended larger river rock but she was very specific in what she wanted.
I don't know how can you say that i did not use landscape pins, because i did....

But everything i did not mention i agree with and appreciate the advice. I must say though she is very satisfied with what i have done so far. I do plan to go back and fix what you suggested. Like i said i am new to landscaping and appreciate the input.

Thank you

White Gardens
06-16-2011, 12:31 AM
Thank you for the input but first off....they did not want sod because they said they were going to plant there own grass.
Also she spray painted the line in which she wanted the bricks to lay, so i did in that line...
The bricks are also level, but not spaced out correctly which makes it appear as if they are not level. I have to go do some more work and i am going to fix it when i get back to it.
I also recommended larger river rock but she was very specific in what she wanted.
I don't know how can you say that i did not use landscape pins, because i did....

But everything i did not mention i agree with and appreciate the advice. I must say though she is very satisfied with what i have done so far. I do plan to go back and fix what you suggested. Like i said i am new to landscaping and appreciate the input.

Thank you

Just pointing out the details. All those little things add up to the over-all appearance.

It is in your best interest to inform the client of what will look better. Just because you are 15 doesn't mean you can let your clients push you around. If the HO wants the project to look like a homeowner did it then let them do it. It's your reputation that you are trying to create.

Sink the bricks deeper and at least get them to ground level so that when someone mows they can put the wheel of the mower on them and minimize trimming.

I'd still also set them in mortar so they don't ever move.

ivyslawncare
06-16-2011, 12:44 AM
Just pointing out the details. All those little things add up to the over-all appearance.

It is in your best interest to inform the client of what will look better. Just because you are 15 doesn't mean you can let your clients push you around. If the HO wants the project to look like a homeowner did it then let them do it. It's your reputation that you are trying to create.

Sink the bricks deeper and at least get them to ground level so that when someone mows they can put the wheel of the mower on them and minimize trimming.

I'd still also set them in mortar so they don't ever move.

I will do this tomorrow, post a pic of the changes, and then let me know what you think.

Thanks.

ivyslawncare
06-17-2011, 12:14 AM
Just pointing out the details. All those little things add up to the over-all appearance.

It is in your best interest to inform the client of what will look better. Just because you are 15 doesn't mean you can let your clients push you around. If the HO wants the project to look like a homeowner did it then let them do it. It's your reputation that you are trying to create.

Sink the bricks deeper and at least get them to ground level so that when someone mows they can put the wheel of the mower on them and minimize trimming.

I'd still also set them in mortar so they don't ever move.

Is this better? I am still in the process of leveling the ground in front so they don't look like they are different heights. I sunk them down more and set them in mortar also.

Thanks
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White Gardens
06-17-2011, 01:11 AM
Yes, looks much better.

Might be able to drop the pavers a shade bit more next time, but all in all it looks more professional. Thumbs Up

ivyslawncare
06-17-2011, 01:15 AM
Yes, looks much better.

Might be able to drop the pavers a shade bit more next time, but all in all it looks more professional. Thumbs Up

Good to here that. And the ground is not very level in front so I will level it and then it will look better I think.
Thanks
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B&GLandscaping
06-17-2011, 02:16 AM
@White Gardens,
when you say sit the bricks in mortar, what do you exactly mean? Like put mortar in your trench or what?

White Gardens
06-17-2011, 08:57 AM
@White Gardens,
when you say sit the bricks in mortar, what do you exactly mean? Like put mortar in your trench or what?

Yep. 2-3 inches of mortar.

http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=160608&d=1252117365

ivyslawncare
06-20-2011, 12:56 AM
Some equipment pictures

This is of my trailer
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My new trimmer rack with fs 55 and fs 45(backup). My fs 76 with brush cutter attachment is tore apart now, i will post some pics when its back together. 223992

My snapper 14hp 48" cut
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I have the sulky off now
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Little gate mower i use for bagging, dethatching, and aerating
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ivyslawncare
06-20-2011, 01:01 AM
Work truck
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My p.o.s toro. I didn't even bother taking a pic of the craftsman....
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ivyslawncare
06-22-2011, 09:16 PM
Trailer set up!!
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bobcat48
06-22-2011, 09:21 PM
Lookin good:)

STIHL GUY
06-23-2011, 04:40 PM
looks like everything fits on your trailer perfectly. that pic of the edging earlier in the post looks real good too

ivyslawncare
06-24-2011, 01:04 AM
looks like everything fits on your trailer perfectly. that pic of the edging earlier in the post looks real good too
The only thing is i have to take the sulky off to load it on the trailer but most of the time i don't use it anyway. And thanks i am still learning so its good to hear i didn't do to bad:cool2:

ivyslawncare
06-24-2011, 01:08 AM
Here are some more work photos.
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Some strips at my house.
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And of course....MY NEW GLASSES!!!:laugh::waving::cool2::walking::):usflag:224316

ivyslawncare
06-29-2011, 12:09 AM
Some strips! What do you think? Not the best picture but strait ones get old:)
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ivyslawncare
07-20-2011, 11:03 PM
This is what i can fit on a 4x10 trailer...
48" walk behind
28" RER
stihl fs 45
stihl fs 55
stihl fs 76 brushcutter
stihl bg 55 blower
stihl 250 chainsaw
hedge clippers
cord
5 differnt rakes/shovels
manual pole saw
2 gas cans
5 gallon water jug
tool box
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bulhead19
07-21-2011, 06:42 PM
To Ivy:
how much was it to make that trailer sign??

ivyslawncare
07-21-2011, 11:13 PM
To Ivy:
how much was it to make that trailer sign??
I got 3 of them made from a local sign guy. He charged me 30 for each one or $6 per square foot.

I'm thinking about him doing these for me also.

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bulhead19
07-21-2011, 11:20 PM
oh thats a fair price. Since you mentioned it, what does he get for what you want done..the truck decals?

ivyslawncare
07-21-2011, 11:21 PM
Just did some cleaning up and landscape at the rental today. Sorry i dont have before pics but this is what i ended up with! Tell me what you think or what you would do different! Thanks!

ivyslawncare
07-21-2011, 11:32 PM
oh thats a fair price. Since you mentioned it, what does he get for what you want done..the truck decals?

I'm not quite sure what you are asking. How much the truck decals will cost?

bulhead19
07-21-2011, 11:49 PM
yes the truck decals. the window and box decals

ivyslawncare
07-21-2011, 11:55 PM
I am not quite sure yet. I will send it to him and see what he says.

bobcat48
07-22-2011, 01:46 PM
Looks good.

ny scaper
07-22-2011, 02:01 PM
Nice work! Where'd you get those shades? I'm in the market for some. You get them with a purchase from dealer?

ivyslawncare
07-22-2011, 02:32 PM
Nice work! Where'd you get those shades? I'm in the market for some. You get them with a purchase from dealer?

The ace hardware here is a stihl dealer. They were 10 bucks but i set a bed frame on them and they broke in half. They were awsome but i like the clear ones better so on cloudy days i can see alot better then i would with tinted ones. Im going to go and get some different ones right now!

ivyslawncare
07-22-2011, 03:34 PM
Nice work! Where'd you get those shades? I'm in the market for some. You get them with a purchase from dealer?

Just picked these up!
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ed2hess
07-22-2011, 06:21 PM
I will be posting pics as i go, but here are some work pics for now, what do you think? I am new to the landscaping side of the bussiness...

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Planting toooo close to the building, notice the older plant tilting out. Put good job otherwise.

ivyslawncare
07-22-2011, 09:02 PM
Planting toooo close to the building, notice the older plant tilting out. Put good job otherwise.

I never really thought about that i just planted them where she marked.That makes sense though thank you!

ivyslawncare
08-18-2011, 11:52 PM
Just supporting the locals with some redneck advertisment!
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ivyslawncare
08-22-2011, 12:12 AM
Having fun with my lawn (the parts thats arent dead.lol)
What do you think?

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bobcat48
08-22-2011, 08:32 PM
Looks good,some did have fun lol.

ivyslawncare
08-23-2011, 12:39 AM
Looks good,some did have fun lol.
I did! Thanks!

ivyslawncare
08-23-2011, 06:26 PM
some stripes with my craftsman 22" before i sell it to buy a honda!
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larryinalabama
08-23-2011, 06:50 PM
ivy your awesome. Keep up the good work, if you enyoy what your doing make it jout career

ivyslawncare
08-23-2011, 10:54 PM
Thank you I enjoy what i do very much! I think everyone on this site does or else they wouldnt be on here in the first place:laugh:

ivyslawncare
08-23-2011, 11:10 PM
Homemade stripe flap on toro.
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ivyslawncare
08-23-2011, 11:12 PM
Over grown lawn, forgot after pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!;)
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deerewashed
08-23-2011, 11:26 PM
you buy that sulky off the guy from ebay?

ivyslawncare
08-23-2011, 11:30 PM
you buy that sulky off the guy from ebay?

I did actually, i put bigger and more well built tires on it though, any experience with him?

ivyslawncare
08-28-2011, 11:50 PM
Some strips at an account
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deerewashed
08-30-2011, 01:42 PM
no, no experience with him at all, i was looking for a sulky and didnt like the design, because it makes storage difficult imo.....

ivyslawncare
09-09-2011, 12:32 AM
no, no experience with him at all, i was looking for a sulky and didnt like the design, because it makes storage difficult imo.....

Yeah storage sucks alot! Thats what i get for being cheap. I use to take the sulkey on and off before loading and unloading the trailer because i couldnt back up with it. But today i got a trailer big enough to turn it around on!:)

ivyslawncare
09-09-2011, 12:37 AM
Just got new trailer today! 6.5x12! I got home late and really wanted to post a pic so i got on with the headlights on it. I will post some better ones tomorrow!

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Darryl G
09-09-2011, 02:35 AM
Nice. I think it should serve you well. But don't go trying to put 4 tons of stone on it, lol. It looks to be in decent shape.

ivyslawncare
09-09-2011, 03:10 AM
Nice. I think it should serve you well. But don't go trying to put 4 tons of stone on it, lol. It looks to be in decent shape.

Thank you i hope it does too! And duuuhhhhhhh:nono::laugh::walking::hammerhead:

ivyslawncare
09-17-2011, 12:44 AM
Just got a new lawn tractor with plow for free. Some guy was going to scrap it. It isnt running now but i will get it working hopefully tomorrow! Does anyone know how old it is? It is kinda hard to tell without the hood but i will go get it tomorrow. It has a 14 hp briggs.
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ivyslawncare
09-17-2011, 01:04 AM
My snapper wb just crapped out on me. Im not going to go into detail but its gone. The dealer support doesnt know jack, and the only other dealer in town in gravely. I cant spend much so its going to be the gravely zt, or zt xl. Anyone have experience with those?

Darryl G
09-17-2011, 08:48 AM
I don't get it. Unless you ran it over or it fell off a cliff, how can it be "gone". No experience with Gravely other than what I've heard here and most of that has been good. They've been making equipment for a long long time.

ivyslawncare
09-17-2011, 09:53 PM
I don't get it. Unless you ran it over or it fell off a cliff, how can it be "gone". No experience with Gravely other than what I've heard here and most of that has been good. They've been making equipment for a long long time.

The motor just blew up and the dealer is being an a$$ about it.

ivyslawncare
09-18-2011, 10:32 PM
My trailer i just put sides on today.
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ivyslawncare
09-19-2011, 12:39 AM
Alright guys getting close to buying a gravely zt xl 50" with 23 kaw! Its not much but better then what i had!

Darryl G
09-19-2011, 12:51 AM
Dude...noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Get a commercial unit, whether it be a walk behind or rider!

ivyslawncare
09-19-2011, 01:03 AM
Dude...noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Get a commercial unit, whether it be a walk behind or rider!

I had a used wb. It was good while it lasted. I want something with a warranty and good dealer support. And gravely is the only good dealer in town. I would get a bigger one but money is a big issue. I have heard of other guys using in commercially, and it lasting, as long as they are the only ones that use it. And i would be. It would at least last a couple seasons until i save enough to buy a bigger one. And i am only doing to the upper 20s, lower 30s/week.

Darryl G
09-19-2011, 01:39 AM
Dude, listen to yourself....it would at least last a couple of seasons. Do you really want to spend that much on something which is essentially disposable. Does your dealer really have to be in town?

I suggest you start seperate post about this and see what the guys and gals have to say.

Can't you just plop a new motor in your walk behind?

ivyslawncare
09-19-2011, 02:21 AM
Dude, listen to yourself....it would at least last a couple of seasons. Do you really want to spend that much on something which is essentially disposable. Does your dealer really have to be in town?

I suggest you start seperate post about this and see what the guys and gals have to say.

Can't you just plop a new motor in your walk behind?

My wb didnt even last me one season so a couple is better than not even one. And who knows how long it would last. I wouldnt abuse it and i would service it when needed. When doing that it should AT LEAST, last a couple seasons with the amount of lawns i do. To put a new motor in the wb would cost about as much as the mower itself. And the nearest dealers besides in my town are 45 miles away and if im in a tight spot, i would like something fast. I use to work at the grocery store attached to ace(the dealer), and know them pretty good. I buy my push mowers and handhelds from there and they treat me really well so i would like to stick with them. So do you not think the gravely would be a good match?

Darryl G
09-19-2011, 09:20 AM
Can you step up to the HD model at least? I think it's a mistake to buy a homeowner unit to do commercial work. They're still pretty pricey but just aren't built to stand up to the day to day rigors of mowing. Resale value is going to be low and maintenace costs will likely be high. The cut quality likely won't be up to par with the commercial mowers either. I'm talking about homeowner ZTRs in general here. I have no real knowledge of the Gravely mowers other than the spec sheet. Does that dealer have any used commercial Gravely mowers for sale? I think that would be a better bet.

One thing to keep in mind....warranties are ususally different for homeowner and commercial use. Some equipment isn't warrantied for commercial use at all and it doesn't appear that the ZT XL is. The HD model has a 1 year commercial warranty.

ivyslawncare
09-19-2011, 12:51 PM
Can you step up to the HD model at least? I think it's a mistake to buy a homeowner unit to do commercial work. They're still pretty pricey but just aren't built to stand up to the day to day rigors of mowing. Resale value is going to be low and maintenace costs will likely be high. The cut quality likely won't be up to par with the commercial mowers either. I'm talking about homeowner ZTRs in general here. I have no real knowledge of the Gravely mowers other than the spec sheet. Does that dealer have any used commercial Gravely mowers for sale? I think that would be a better bet.

One thing to keep in mind....warranties are ususally different for homeowner and commercial use. Some equipment isn't warrantied for commercial use at all and it doesn't appear that the ZT XL is. The HD model has a 1 year commercial warranty.

I like the hd model better and i would love to get it but it is 1000 more. Thats not much more for what you get but Im only 16 and im spending more money then i have already. They are both considers high end residential mowers/ low end commercial. And wouldnt maintenace be cheaper on the zt xl, rather than the zt hd? There might be more but it would take a lot of repairs to equal the 1000 difference in price. And the dealer did have some nice used commercial units for sale, but were gone before i made a decision.

And for the warrenty. I think because I wouldnt be doing many yards, the shop could still use the homeowner warrenty. Im not sure about this but i think i remember talking to the manager about it last year. I would rather have a new high end res. mower, then a used one. I want something to polish every night:laugh: But i will go to the dealer today and talk prices to them.

Darryl G
09-19-2011, 01:13 PM
Well the warranty is a big deal. No point in buying a new machine if they won't honor the warranty. When you look at overall cost of overship, I think the homeowner models fail. You have to look at life expectancy, resale value and all that. Personally I'd rather have a used commercial unit than a new homeowner unit.

Have you read the reviews on the machine that are on the Gravely website? People say they love them but seem to have a lot of trouble with them dropping and eating belts, loose hardware etc.

Maybe go with a new commercial walk behind unit with a sulky instead? They can actually be more productive than a ZTR. I have both and I use my WB more than the rider. It is a hydro though...I don't like belt drive WBs. The rider is just used for the big lawns and when I need to do a lot of bagging....I like the rear bagger way better than a catcher.

In the end I know you're going to do what you want to do, but personally I think it would be a mistake.

Good luck!

ivyslawncare
09-20-2011, 01:28 AM
Well the warranty is a big deal. No point in buying a new machine if they won't honor the warranty. When you look at overall cost of overship, I think the homeowner models fail. You have to look at life expectancy, resale value and all that. Personally I'd rather have a used commercial unit than a new homeowner unit.

Have you read the reviews on the machine that are on the Gravely website? People say they love them but seem to have a lot of trouble with them dropping and eating belts, loose hardware etc.

Maybe go with a new commercial walk behind unit with a sulky instead? They can actually be more productive than a ZTR. I have both and I use my WB more than the rider. It is a hydro though...I don't like belt drive WBs. The rider is just used for the big lawns and when I need to do a lot of bagging....I like the rear bagger way better than a catcher.

In the end I know you're going to do what you want to do, but personally I think it would be a mistake.

Good luck!

Well sir, I think i have made my decision. I have talked it over with my banker(dad), and came to the conclusion that the hd model, would in fact be the better choice, and all other options, are out of the question. But first a question on when to buy. I could get the hd for 4000 now, but if i wait until next spring, would it be cheaper because it would be last years model or how does that work?

I would like to thank you for helping talk me and my banker (dad), into not rushing into this and waiting it out. But for now it looks like i wont have me a new mower until next spring.:cry:

Darryl G
09-20-2011, 01:46 AM
You're welcome.

I say if you need it now, get it now. $4,000 is quite a bit off the retail price, right? I doubt it will be much less in the spring because that's when most people buy mowers. The dealer would probably love to unload it now so he doesn't have to store it all winter.

The one thing to consider is that even though it's not a full blown commercial unit, you will likely be able to do a better job faster than you have been for what remains of the mowing season. So you'll make more money more quickly and be able to take on more work and have more satisfied customers.

You have my permission to get it now, lol.

ivyslawncare
09-20-2011, 02:08 AM
You're welcome.

I say if you need it now, get it now. $4,000 is quite a bit off the retail price, right? I doubt it will be much less in the spring because that's when most people buy mowers. The dealer would probably love to unload it now so he doesn't have to store it all winter.

The one thing to consider is that even though it's not a full blown commercial unit, you will likely be able to do a better job faster than you have been for what remains of the mowing season. So you'll make more money more quickly and be able to take on more work and have more satisfied customers.

You have my permission to get it now, lol.

Yes it a lot off retail price. And that is a good point, but i just dont want to make payments on it through the winter because i would be afraid of not bringing in enough money for my truck, and my wb, ON TOP of a new zt that i wouldnt use during the winter anyway. But I will do some figures and get it straightened out real soon.

Thank you

Darryl G
09-20-2011, 02:33 AM
I think I see a snow removal business in the works, lol.

ivyslawncare
09-20-2011, 09:46 AM
I think I see a snow removal business in the works, lol.
I do snow but not nearly enough.lol

ivyslawncare
09-20-2011, 06:50 PM
This is hopefully going to be my mower this week!
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Darryl G
09-20-2011, 07:10 PM
Weren't you going to go with a 52? Personally 52 is the smallest I'd get for a Z and many around here don't run anything smaller than a 60 incher, but a lot of the time it's a regional thing....In some areas they use nothing but 21 inchers.

You know what accounts you have and what size would be better for them. But if you've got a lot of lawns over an acre you might want to go bigger.

ivyslawncare
09-20-2011, 11:49 PM
Weren't you going to go with a 52? Personally 52 is the smallest I'd get for a Z and many around here don't run anything smaller than a 60 incher, but a lot of the time it's a regional thing....In some areas they use nothing but 21 inchers.

You know what accounts you have and what size would be better for them. But if you've got a lot of lawns over an acre you might want to go bigger.

Yes I thought that one was a 52. But the only other one is a 60 and I didnt hear as good of things about that and it would be quite a bit more. I personally love the 48. My last 48 wb worked well on every account except gates but i have others for them. As for larger accounts, I think it would do ok on them. And I would be just fine sitting on that for awhile on a time. :laugh:

Darryl G
09-21-2011, 12:04 AM
For $4,000 you could have had this baby...bit of a long drive to pick it up though, lol.

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=359676

48 isn't a bad size for a primary mower for residential. In fact, because it's more manueverable you can often make better time on smaller yards than with a 60 incher. I started with a 48 inch hydro walk behind and then added the 52 inch Z my second year. On my 10th season now and still have them both. A 48 hydro WB with a sulky can beat a rider too...depends on what you're mowing really. I may have mentioned earlier that my WB gets more use than my rider. I can tell you really want a rider though so I won't try to talk you out of it, LOL.

ivyslawncare
09-21-2011, 12:09 AM
For $4,000 you could have had this baby...bit of a long drive to pick it up though, lol.

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=359676

48 isn't a bad size for a primary mower for residential. In fact, because it's more manueverable you can often make better time on smaller yards than with a 60 incher. I started with a 48 inch hydro walk behind and then added the 52 inch Z my second year. On my 10th season now and still have them both. A 48 hydro WB with a sulky can beat a rider too...depends on what you're mowing really. I may have mentioned earlier that my WB gets more use than my rider. I can tell you really want a rider though so I won't try to talk you out of it, LOL.

Ive looked at exmark and if i had a dealer in town it would be my first choice. But the nearest is 45 miles. And the guys there treat me nice, so ill stick with gravely. Most of my accounts are small in town accounts and my biggest account only takes 30 mins to just mow with the wb so its not bad. And yes I REALLY want a rider. Ill still have my wb though.

ivyslawncare
09-21-2011, 10:15 PM
Just an update!Getting gravely tomorrow!

Darryl G
09-21-2011, 10:29 PM
Nice...you gonna get some sort of grass catcher for it? I'm guessing the rear bagger one isn't in the budget at this point. Just a warning...expect to put some divots in your lawns turning at first, so you might want to get some grass seed too, lol.

ivyslawncare
09-21-2011, 11:32 PM
Nice...you gonna get some sort of grass catcher for it? I'm guessing the rear bagger one isn't in the budget at this point. Just a warning...expect to put some divots in your lawns turning at first, so you might want to get some grass seed too, lol.

I would like one. Not this season though. I never had one on my last mower and It did just fine. But the rear bagger is a little pricey for me. Im thinking about a grass gobbler. I know they take up alot of room but I think it would do ok with leaves. I do want the chrome rims for it though:laugh: And I know all about the 3 point turns in ztrs. And not to turn on the concrete. Wears tires down real fast and leave marks:nono: Also did you get my PM?

Darryl G
09-22-2011, 12:52 AM
No to the PM, I just checked. I only do 3 point turns on thin or soft turf and I turn on ashphalt all the time...it will mark concrete. I actually wore my tires down a little on purpose on asphalt when I first got it...just a little to take the sharp edges off so it would be easier on lawns. 1,150 hours and my tires still look good.

The key to turning a ZTR that a lot of people don't get is to not just pivot on the inside tire. On a healthy lawn that isn't soft/wet, once you get the hang of it you can turn without doing a 3 point. The key is to seperate the sticks so that just as the inside tire is about to stall, you reverse it. Most people basically use one stick, having the inside tire stick centered and then using the outer tire to spin around..that's how you make divots. I practiced on my gravel driveway where I could see scuffs easily.

ivyslawncare
09-22-2011, 09:20 PM
Well i was wondering what the pitch of the deck is? Is it how level? And I got the mower today! Here are some pics! And I know what you are talking about about the turning. I tried some today:)
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Darryl G
09-22-2011, 10:10 PM
OMG you got it dirty!!!!! LOL, grats on getting it. I think you'll be glad you got the HD. The increased speed alone will pay for the higher price in the long run.

The cut looks nice as does the machine. It has the look of a pro model pretty much. It's no Toro Timecutter, that's for sure.

Don't go messing with the pitch, but you can pull it onto a level surface and check it. The front of the deck should be about 1/4 inch lower than the rear. If they're a good dealer like you said, they should have all the tires inflated properly and the deck set properly. If anything seems wrong call them right away or stop in. It's not uncommon to have some "shakedown" time for a newly assembled mower. Usually any problems are minor (loose hardware/wires, leaking hoses)

I would definitely want some kind of catcher for it. But you have that little rider you can bag with or a 21 if you have to, right? I doubt that you're going to want to be on that thing anymore though. It's such a crude piece of crab compared to your Gravely, no offense, lol.

PS - You did blow off that sidewalk, right?

ivyslawncare
09-22-2011, 10:20 PM
OMG you got it dirty!!!!! LOL, grats on getting it. I think you'll be glad you got the HD. The increased speed alone will pay for the higher price in the long run.

The cut looks nice as does the machine. It has the look of a pro model pretty much. It's no Toro Timecutter, that's for sure.

Don't go messing with the pitch, but you can pull it onto a level surface and check it. The front of the deck should be about 1/4 inch lower than the rear. If they're a good dealer like you said, they should have all the tires inflated properly and the deck set properly. If anything seems wrong call them right away or stop in. It's not uncommon to have some "shakedown" time for a newly assembled mower. Usually any problems are minor (loose hardware/wires, leaking hoses)

I would definitely want some kind of catcher for it. But you have that little rider you can bag with or a 21 if you have to, right? I doubt that you're going to want to be on that thing anymore though. It's such a crude piece of crab compared to your Gravely, no offense, lol.

Yes i did.lol. And I got 6 done in the 2.5 hours i put on it today! And funny you should say that about the time cutter. My dad thought that wa an option:laugh: And i do like the speed of it....A LOT! It cuts great going 8mph!

And i was just wondering about pitch because i saw someone talking about it and blah blah blah.lol

And i will get a catcher for it probably next season. Which do you recommend? A rear bagger or a accelerator/grass gobbler style?

flatlander42
09-22-2011, 10:21 PM
PS - You did blow off that sidewalk, right?

I see a blower in the pic!



That mower looks Great!! Looks like it does a nice job too!

Darryl G
09-22-2011, 10:47 PM
The rear bagger is one of the best things about having a Z rider but they're not cheap. It sure beats having all the dust, dirt and grass blowing in your face! They hold a lot more and pack a lot better too. I keep the hopper on my mower most of the time so it's there if I need it and it helps with traction a good bit. It only takes me a minute to put on/take off the blower and hose with no tools. They're so much better for fall cleanups. I used a catcher that I already had for my 48 WB until fall came around and I bought the Ultravac for $1,500. I have an Accelerator catcher. I'll still throw it on the rider once in a while but mostly it's for the 48. The Accelerators are nice but come at a price. They are highly recommended, if you can afford them. Too bad you can't get one this fall, at least a catcher. Tell dad it will pay for itself in one season, lol.

How much time did you save over what it usually takes you?

ivyslawncare
09-23-2011, 12:19 AM
I see a blower in the pic!



That mower looks Great!! Looks like it does a nice job too!

Yes I blew it off. I wasnt even done mowing or trimming. I just had to take the pic or else i would forget. lol

ivyslawncare
09-23-2011, 12:24 AM
The rear bagger is one of the best things about having a Z rider but they're not cheap. It sure beats having all the dust, dirt and grass blowing in your face! They hold a lot more and pack a lot better too. I keep the hopper on my mower most of the time so it's there if I need it and it helps with traction a good bit. It only takes me a minute to put on/take off the blower and hose with no tools. They're so much better for fall cleanups. I used a catcher that I already had for my 48 WB until fall came around and I bought the Ultravac for $1,500. I have an Accelerator catcher. I'll still throw it on the rider once in a while but mostly it's for the 48. The Accelerators are nice but come at a price. They are highly recommended, if you can afford them. Too bad you can't get one this fall, at least a catcher. Tell dad it will pay for itself in one season, lol.

How much time did you save over what it usually takes you?

Ill look at prices tonight. I still think i will wait though. And even though I went from a 48, to a 48, it saves so much time! A yard that took me 25 mins to mow, to 15! So overall, I LOVE THIS MOWER:):usflag::):walking::laugh::cool2::waving:

ivyslawncare
09-24-2011, 01:18 AM
More pics of my new baby! She got her first bath today:laugh:

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Darryl G
09-24-2011, 10:35 AM
Looks good. The cut looks excellent. Don't go crazy with washing it. Some parts really don't like getting wet. Be careful about getting water around the spindles (top and bottom), especially when it's hot. They can draw water into the bearings. If you must wash it, let it cool off first. I mostly just blow my machines off with blowers and compressed air.

ivyslawncare
09-24-2011, 10:48 AM
Looks good. The cut looks excellent. Don't go crazy with washing it. Some parts really don't like getting wet. Be careful about getting water around the spindles (top and bottom), especially when it's hot. They can draw water into the bearings. If you must wash it, let it cool off first. I mostly just blow my machines off with blowers and compressed air.

Yeah I couldnt resist:cry:

ivyslawncare
09-28-2011, 01:56 AM
Pretty nice huh? Still getting used to the gravely

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bobcat48
09-28-2011, 07:23 PM
Looks great,nice mower man.

Darryl G
09-28-2011, 07:44 PM
A couple of your stripes have wobbles in them :p

I think I remember reading that the deck of that mower is only adjustable in 1/2 inch increments. Is that true? That's the way my Turf Tracer is (without scewing around with spacers anyway) and I really like having the 1/4 inch increments on my Lazer better.

It is a nice mower though. I wonder what it would cost to upgrade to the Donaldson-type air filter.

ivyslawncare
09-28-2011, 11:32 PM
A couple of your stripes have wobbles in them :p

I think I remember reading that the deck of that mower is only adjustable in 1/2 inch increments. Is that true? That's the way my Turf Tracer is (without scewing around with spacers anyway) and I really like having the 1/4 inch increments on my Lazer better.

It is a nice mower though. I wonder what it would cost to upgrade to the Donaldson-type air filter.

Still getting used to striping with it, the hydros are touchy:laugh:

And no, the the deck is in increments of 1/2.

ivyslawncare
10-02-2011, 02:30 AM
some pics of my pride and joy:usflag:
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This was my first trailer. I have moved up 2 trailers from here. This was only 2 years ago!
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Darryl G
10-02-2011, 06:40 AM
Getting rid of the old trailer? And how's the new one working out? And how come you didn't put plywood along the front too? I guess I'll say nice truck...but I don't like Fords, lol.

ivyslawncare
10-02-2011, 09:18 PM
Getting rid of the old trailer? And how's the new one working out? And how come you didn't put plywood along the front too? I guess I'll say nice truck...but I don't like Fords, lol.

The OLD OLD trailer. And I only put the plywood up for when i move rock and if i need to i can just stick a piece of wood up front. And i ran out of wood:laugh: I like the fords but i think my next truck will be a chevy. Just so i can say ive owned all 3 big brand trucks so i can officially say ford is the best:usflag:

ivyslawncare
10-03-2011, 02:33 AM
Wow my yard doesnt look good in the pic. Anyway here are some checker pattern stripes.Kinda:laugh:
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Darryl G
10-03-2011, 09:05 AM
Lighting is wrong to show stripes. I suggest you get some practice on your lawn repair skills, lol.

ivyslawncare
10-04-2011, 12:32 AM
Lighting is wrong to show stripes. I suggest you get some practice on your lawn repair skills, lol.

I know! They were harder to see in person too. And yeah the lawn isnt looking to good. I leave dad up to the watering and fert, i just mow it:laugh: