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ALarsh
06-12-2004, 07:41 PM
Heres the junker I use... Just showing up on the job:

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v243/ALarsh/IMG_1354.jpg

The yard condition:

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v243/ALarsh/IMG_1355.jpg

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v243/ALarsh/IMG_1357.jpg

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v243/ALarsh/IMG_1358.jpg

All done:

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v243/ALarsh/IMG_1359.jpg

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v243/ALarsh/IMG_1360.jpg

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v243/ALarsh/IMG_1362.jpg

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v243/ALarsh/IMG_1361.jpg

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v243/ALarsh/IMG_1363.jpg

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v243/ALarsh/IMG_1365.jpg

Not that bad for a cheap mower. I'm hoping to get an exmark in the next month or two. Everyone has to start somewhere I guess...

apluslawn
06-12-2004, 08:07 PM
LOOKS GOOD TO ME BRO KEEP IT UP!!!!!!!!

specialtylc
06-12-2004, 08:20 PM
You might want to get a blade edger out on that concrete sidewalk. Other than that it looks good.

allstar
06-13-2004, 11:16 AM
There is a young guy in my neighborhood with the same basic set-up.He seems to do pretty well for himself.Good luck.

ALarsh
06-13-2004, 01:47 PM
Thanks for the advice and comments.

Aleman
06-13-2004, 02:02 PM
From the pictures it looks like there may be some fungus going on in the front yard. Maybe worth a look..

Groundcover Solutions
06-13-2004, 05:05 PM
That is the same way we started! We had a slightly older and larger john deere with an old trailer. We would pull it around the neighbor hood from job to job. Then we got our licenses and a truck and some professional equipment and up we went. Through days were great fun not a care in the world!!

kemmer
06-13-2004, 07:41 PM
how long that take u? Thats alota 3 point turning eh?

ALarsh
06-13-2004, 09:31 PM
It takes me FOREVER! Probably around a 1.5-2 hours.

I'm hoping to get a exmark mower to cut down on times though.

Paul Corsetti
06-13-2004, 10:55 PM
Not everyone can lay out 25K to get started you should be happy with the product your equipment is putting out, as you grow you will get bigger and better equipment, great start Corsetti land maint,Fl

EastProLawn
06-14-2004, 12:00 AM
Nice job, looks good

mkwl
06-14-2004, 10:30 PM
How many accounts do you have, give us an equipment list.

ALarsh
06-15-2004, 01:06 AM
I have 8-9 accounts.

Equipment list... its pretty embarrassing but here it is :o

John Deere L130 w/ bagger setup (the only way I can get a good cut without grass clumps is using the bagger)
Homelite trimmer (23cc I think, not really sure)
Some green blower (gets the job done, nothing fancy)
Honda walk mower (haven't needed to use it often)
And a $150 trailer from Farm and Fleet


I am hoping :confused: to add a Exmark Lazer HP to the collection tomorrow.:angel: If I get the right price I will get it.

I am only 14 and it has been hard convincing my parents to let me get a $4,000 + lawn mower even though its for the business. I would be paying for it but they are being a little stubborn which is unusual (they let me get a new dirt bike with no arguments, which I am now regretting the purchase by the way).

My main problem has been spending the money I make on other stuff like mp3 players, cell phones, dirtbikes, etc. I have always spent the money I made until I found out about this site. Now I am saving up for better and more equipment.

barringtonbrothers
06-15-2004, 12:47 PM
Originally posted by ALarsh
I have 8-9 accounts.

Equipment list... its pretty embarrassing but here it is :o
. Now I am saving up for better and more equipment.

Dont be embarressed. We all started out somewere, even those who constantly make fun of scrubs, where most likely srubby when they started out. I wish I had a nice John Deer when I was doing work at 14. I had a sams club special, and a radio flyer wagon to carry my clippings. It seems like there will always be something bigger and better you will want for your business. Here is a pick of for business flyer, Im 23 now, and I started out when I was 13 and built it up. I hope to someday run several crews, have my own green houses, and run landscaping crews too. And when I was 14 my work wasnt even close to yours, you should feel very proud of your self.

ALarsh
06-15-2004, 05:15 PM
Thanks for the nice comments.

Here are some more pics.

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v243/ALarsh/IMG_1395.jpg

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v243/ALarsh/IMG_1397.jpg

This cutting is 3 days old.
http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v243/ALarsh/IMG_1399.jpg

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v243/ALarsh/IMG_1400.jpg

Trevors Lawn Care
06-15-2004, 05:43 PM
pretty embarrasing that your stripes on the 2nd picture are better than most of mine. Not for long. I just built my chain striping kit today and cut a lawn with it. ..>>LOOKS awesome. ALso it is probably a little easier holding a straight line with your mower...Mine is very touchy.

Trevor

z_clark
06-15-2004, 11:26 PM
Your work looks first class! Lots of luck to you and your business's future! I think you are off to an excellent start! Thank you for sharing your pictures, I enjoyed them.

soccerlawn
06-16-2004, 01:46 AM
nice stripes for that tractor, that must get boring taking all that time to turn though

Cheesedawg1
06-17-2004, 10:01 PM
ALarsh


My first decent mower was a John Deere L120 which I used last year. In less than a year I realized I needed to make a switch. But when I bought a walkbehind, it took my mowing to the next level. Also I used a homelite last year and it was brand new. Invest in a better trimm er and blower and you'll love it!

ALarsh
06-18-2004, 12:52 AM
Originally posted by soccerlawn
nice stripes for that tractor, that must get boring taking all that time to turn though

You can get good stripes with anything up here in WI.


Thanks for the comments.

Cheesedawg1, I would really like to get a W/B but the only problem is I can't drive yet. I would have to invest in a sulkey in order to get to the accounts without wearing myself out before I get there. And with that, there would be no breaks to sit in a truck to the next account. Thats the main reason i'm sticking with the JD or a riding mower until I turn 16.

Cheesedawg1
06-19-2004, 09:38 PM
Originally posted by ALarsh
You can get good stripes with anything up here in WI.


Thanks for the comments.

Cheesedawg1, I would really like to get a W/B but the only problem is I can't drive yet. I would have to invest in a sulkey in order to get to the accounts without wearing myself out before I get there. And with that, there would be no breaks to sit in a truck to the next account. Thats the main reason i'm sticking with the JD or a riding mower until I turn 16.



True..........

But im 17 with a license no truck and a walk behind with a sulky. I put my Redmax Bp on top of my bagger. I let my trimmer hang across my mower where the handles are and im off. I nearly doubled my lawns after I got the walkbehind. My original concern was how was I going to get my stuff around, but with a walkbehind, you wont have to carry a gas tank around. You can throw all the extras like string and stuff in a bookbag on your back. Ill show you some pics in a couple days. Its interesting the way I get around my neighborhood. And my fartherst lawns are over 1.5 miles away from my house and I jump on my sulky and im off.

compaqp1
07-02-2004, 12:23 AM
WOW cheasedog1, sounds like I wouldn't want to live in your neighborhood with a competitor so determined as you. Keep the same attitude when you get some bigger wheels and you're bound to go far (no pun intended) but seriously, if your work is good quality and you at least look as if you're willing to go the extra mile ( o.k. so maybe a little pun intended ) you're bound to be a success. :cool:

turpsturf
07-04-2004, 02:20 AM
I agree with some of the others that for the equipment that your using and the age factor your work looks great. I do have two questions though, if you bag your clippings on all these lawns how much time is wasted in dumping them (the clippings) and where are you having to take them?

ALarsh
07-06-2004, 12:42 AM
Originally posted by turpsturf
I agree with some of the others that for the equipment that your using and the age factor your work looks great. I do have two questions though, if you bag your clippings on all these lawns how much time is wasted in dumping them (the clippings) and where are you having to take them?

I leave the bags for the customer to dump. I don't have a place to dump them so that is my only option. There is lots of time wasted putting them in bags but I don't mind it so much because it leaves a nice product. Most of the customers that get their lawn bagged spread the word that I do nice work so I get more accounts.

Thanks for the interest in my post.

GTLC
07-06-2004, 09:25 PM
Not a bad setup to start.

That's exactly how I started out- I had a 18HP 43" Noma tractor, and pulled my cheap 21" w/b behind me with my hand.

amw
07-07-2004, 11:20 AM
i started with a 20hp 46inch cut garden tractor. still have it.. for sentamental reasons...lol.. accualy we use it still to pull trailers around large propertys to save time..

Good luck, your doing a great job, Keep it up and you will do great!

Its good to see a young man on the right track!