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Old 12-31-2006, 03:35 AM
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i have never listened to music while working. i need to hear the engine and listen for rocks or anything else .
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Old 12-31-2006, 09:59 AM
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I absolutely HATE seeing a worker stop trimming in the middle of a lawn, pull out his ipod, and start going through songs..... ARRRRRRRRRR
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Old 12-31-2006, 10:05 AM
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I stopped allowing worktunes including for myself and gave everyone regular hearing protection to see what happened and it was just what I thought. Better quality work by far and quicker too. The bad thing about not using them is employee moral can drop. So I will be trying to find a happy medium for next year. People stop and change channels for 30 seconds at every job times that by 3 people 1.5 mins each job now times that by 8 jobs 12mins a day times 5 days and what you have is a whole hr of work per week lost. Or 4 hrs a month 28hrs a mowing season. So times that by $50 an hr thats $1,400 a year lost or 4 trimmers not including all the battery cost, so add another $8 per week $32 a month so a blower a year. So in 5 years thats enough money to start a new residential crew. Think if you run multiple crews like 3 thats almost $5k a year down the drain. Another bad one to add is Sat radio to the trucks because employees want to hear the rest of what the comedian has to say(including myself).

I may get blasted for this but really if you sit down and think about how to improve profits you would be amazed where money is being wasted.
I did the same thing. Used worktunes 2 years ago then didn't use them this year and i think it really helped. I found i was retuning to find a station every second pass on the mower so everything was taking way to long. My buddy sometimes has this little mp3 thing but if it gets out of hand because he always needs to change something then i will ask him to lay it off. So far haven't had any problems really, just notice him adjusting it sometimes when he has it with him. The red AOSafety professional ear protection are more comfotable too.
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Old 12-31-2006, 10:08 AM
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I absolutely HATE seeing a worker stop trimming in the middle of a lawn, pull out his ipod, and start going through songs..... ARRRRRRRRRR
There is a 3 man maintenance crew in my area. Almost everytime they get out of the truck they take a couple min. to adjust their Worktunes and then get the trimmers and hop on the lazers and start cutting.
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Old 12-31-2006, 10:09 AM
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You can do all the calculations you want of possible lost time and money. Take that away from them and they will find something else to take that time from you instead. If they are happy they most likely will work faster when they are working to make up for the time they stop to change the station. I remember years back i was working in a factory and they took out all the radios out thinking it would improve productivity. Well it did not and about a year later they changed there minds about it. Music is a small thing to concede on if you have overall a good work crew. ( just to let you know i do not listed not music when i cut i want to hear my mower)
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Old 12-31-2006, 10:12 AM
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I only have to adjust my stations at one of my areas I mow. Are you guys using the good batteries? Everyone thinks I am much more pleasant at the end of the day when I am listening to music than w/o. I think Plextor makes an input only style of earmuffs that would work good for you guys that don't get good reception. The only downside is having to upload music every time you get tired of the same stuff over & over.
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Old 12-31-2006, 10:24 AM
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Ok for you guys that say you dont listen to music cuz you want to hear your mower. Why cant you hear your mower with music on I can hear every stick, twig, pebble, acorn, and kids toy that goes through my mower. I can hear every little whine of the hydraulics and every time time the deck hits a rock.
And for the guys that are constantly retuning there radios well it sounds like they are more concerned with there music than their work. If i'm mowing and I dont like the station, song, or reception is bad well I'm not stopping, Just turn it down till the song is over or turn it off. Sounds like these guys priorities are in the wrong place. I will be listening to my work tunes for many years to come.
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Old 12-31-2006, 10:36 AM
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Ok for you guys that say you dont listen to music cuz you want to hear your mower. Why cant you hear your mower with music on I can hear every stick, twig, pebble, acorn, and kids toy that goes through my mower. I can hear every little whine of the hydraulics and every time time the deck hits a rock.
And for the guys that are constantly retuning there radios well it sounds like they are more concerned with there music than their work. If i'm mowing and I dont like the station, song, or reception is bad well I'm not stopping, Just turn it down till the song is over or turn it off. Sounds like these guys priorities are in the wrong place. I will be listening to my work tunes for many years to come.
Ya, you can still hear the mower fine. I still use mine sometimes just not every property because it gets bad reception so i shut it off.
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Old 12-31-2006, 10:51 AM
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This is what I do.
Who ends up singing while thay're mowing cuz their stuck to their Worktunes all day?
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