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mlavin73
07-10-2011, 11:30 PM
I've been spending a lot of time on here checking out everyones equipment so I figured I would post some of my stuff. I've been doing this on my own now for the past 5 years. Two and a half years ago my wife and I had a daughter so I dropped down to doing this part time since day care is a lot of $. Once my daughter starts school I'll go back to full time. Below is most of my equipment. Think the only thing missing is my 6 X 10 Dump trailer with my Billy Goat leaf loader attached and the bagging unit for my Scag rider. I will have to start taking along my camera to take pictures of some of my accounts.

mlavin73
07-10-2011, 11:31 PM
For some reason it wouldn't allow me to post inside pictures of my trailer since I already posted 2 under the "Lets see your trailer setup" thread

Puddle of Oil
07-10-2011, 11:43 PM
sweet setup man. When are you gonna letter up the trailer, when your daughter starts school?

TopNotchLawnCare
07-10-2011, 11:46 PM
Nice equipment. Where does everyone get those green trash barrels? I see alot of guys on here have them.

bobcat48
07-10-2011, 11:46 PM
Very nice setup.

Pro-Lawn&Grounds
07-10-2011, 11:48 PM
Pretty nice for a part time set up ... nice billy goat blower ... 13 honda? thats what I got freaking love it ... a little heavy on hills but it takes care or parking lots like they were driveways

Pro-Lawn&Grounds
07-10-2011, 11:54 PM
Nice equipment. Where does everyone get those green trash barrels? I see alot of guys on here have them.

Its not on there website but the lowes home improvement by me sells them idk if you guys have lowes ... but like most mulch yards and supply stores have them ... ask any of your dealers about them they should know

THEGOLDPRO
07-11-2011, 12:10 AM
Nice set-up for a part timer.

RSK Property Maintenance
07-11-2011, 12:25 AM
Niiice! Ill have to take a pic of my equipment all laid out
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THEGOLDPRO
07-11-2011, 12:27 AM
Niiice! Ill have to take a pic of my equipment all laid out
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I thought about it too but i'd need to do it in a parking lot,or a field to get it to all fit in the pic. My yard isn't big enough.

blk90s13
07-11-2011, 12:45 AM
Very nice setup

blk90s13
07-11-2011, 12:46 AM
Nice equipment. Where does everyone get those green trash barrels? I see alot of guys on here have them.


got mine at the home depot

mlavin73
07-12-2011, 04:39 PM
Pretty nice for a part time set up ... nice billy goat blower ... 13 honda? thats what I got freaking love it ... a little heavy on hills but it takes care or parking lots like they were driveways

Yes it is the 13 hp Honda. You're right about it being a little heavy on hills. I think they have a self propelled unit now (they always come out with something better after I buy something). I was kicking around buying the cart you attach to the zero turn so you can drive it around out front of my mower. I have a few yards where I think it would be beneficial. I think I will hold off on buying more equipment until I go back to full time with it.

Chevy z71
07-12-2011, 04:54 PM
Nice all orange.

RLS24
07-12-2011, 04:59 PM
Your "part time" setup is nicer than me "full time" setup haha very nice stuff!

I thought about it too but i'd need to do it in a parking lot,or a field to get it to all fit in the pic. My yard isn't big enough.

Yeah I'm getting that way too. I can't even keep both trailers at my house anymore I have to leave one at my buddies place.

mlavin73
07-12-2011, 06:34 PM
[QUOTE=MikeRi24;4092476]Your "part time" setup is nicer than me "full time" setup haha very nice stuff!



Thanks. When I started the business in 2007 I was full time (and all throughout 2008). I was really fortunate when I started my business. A local landscaper who only does excavating, hardscapes, etc use to refer every one who called him for lawn maintenance to me. I really benefitted from his big ad in the yellow pages. My business really took off from day 1 and within the first year I was turning away work (mostly due to not being able to find decent helpers). Even though I am part time I still use everything. Once my daughter is in school or my mother in law retires I will be back at it full time. I have stayed in contact with most of my past customers and they keep asking when I'm going to build the business back up.

mlavin73
07-12-2011, 06:44 PM
Here's the dump trailer I use for my spring / fall cleanups. It's a 6 X 10. My father in law and I built a plate to mount my Billy Goat Leaf Vac on the tongue. I didn't want the unit going up when dumping. So far it's worked out great.

Chevy z71
07-12-2011, 06:50 PM
Looks like a massive leaf sucking machine.

mlavin73
07-12-2011, 06:56 PM
Looks like a massive leaf sucking machine.

It's really not. I think it's only an 11hp or 16hp machine. It gets the job done, but I really think I would classify this as an entry level leaf vacuum. There are definetly much more powerful machines on the market. It does a great job chopping the leaves up and it fits quite a pile of leaves in there. I had to build this setup because one the accounts I maintained a few years ago was for a nearby lake community that I had to clean-up 2.5 miles of roadside leaves. Barrels / rakes and blowers just weren't cutting it!

mlavin73
05-04-2013, 12:06 AM
Decided my goal for this year is to start carrying around a camera. I need to redo my website since I haven't done anything with it since 2007. Glad to finally be out mowing again...didn't think the grass was ever going to start growing this year. Also a pic of my new shirts.

blk90s13
05-04-2013, 01:53 AM
Goldpro ( Ben ) got nothing on you with those stripes haha

I like the shirts, designed them your self ? what site did you use ?

mlavin73
05-04-2013, 10:58 AM
Thanks for the complement blk90s13. I don't know about comparing me to Goldpro. He lays some nice stripes. My larger of the field pictures I have the toughest time doing straight lines. It's for campgrounds that I maintain and so many people feel it's fine to drive across the fields rather than go the extra 1/10th of mile driving on their roads....plus the campgrounds are closed during the winter and I believe kids use the field for doughnuts in the snow.

The shirts I had a friend do for me. I just wanted something simple so he modeled it off my business card. Eventually when I go back to fulltime next year or the year after, I would like to do a refresh on my website / logo, etc. The shirts I had done through Customink.com. They were great to work with. Good prices, fast turnaround and a very user friendly website.

mlavin73
12-10-2013, 10:08 PM
Been a while since I posted any pics so I figured I would throw a couple in. Probably have to do it over a couple of posts since the pictures are large. Hopefully 2014 I can get some more work pictures. Anyway glad to wrap another season up. Just went out and got a new truck. Picked up a leftover 2013 Ram 2500. The thing that really sold me on the truck is I was able to purchase a lifetime powertrain warranty. I have had a bunch of issues related to exhaust manifolds on my Ford and they weren't willing to stand behind the truck after the 3rd manifold broke at 57K. Figured I would give another brand a shot. I'm keeping the Ford since it is paid off and will use that for plowing, as well as times when I need the dump insert or for cleanups when I need one truck to pull the trailer / vacuum and the other for my equipment. This pic is the new truck the night before I picked it up. The next pic is dumping my last load of leaves for the season. The picture does it no justice as the farmer who takes the leaves for me constantly mounds them up with his backhoe. The pile is very solid. The 3rd pic is getting the plow back. The 4th picture is my winter project. Hoping to take this winter and study up and get my pesticide license. I have a good friend who is now retired from lawncare after 30+ years and is licensed for fert / pesticides and is willing to mentor me and help me out.

gallihergreen
12-10-2013, 10:45 PM
Nice new truck. Good luck with getting your applicators license.
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