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Old 04-15-2010, 02:01 PM
Mom22Boys80 Mom22Boys80 is offline
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Great Post!

What a great post! My husband and I have started mowing a few yards in the neighborhood (4-5). We're keeping it small -- push mower, no trailer. Alot of great tips on here that we hadn't thought about!!

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Old 05-02-2010, 11:02 PM
ANTHONY123 ANTHONY123 is offline
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i barely started my buisness i got a few customers its going smooth but how can i start to do commercial
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Old 05-03-2010, 12:38 AM
WildassBaughb WildassBaughb is offline
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Commercial Accounts

Commercial Accounts are not as appealing as people think. It is very competitive and you might get one for a year then not the next. There is no loyalty...just dollars and there is always someone who will do it cheaper the next year. Residential clients are better because they tend to stick with you as long as you do a good job. I have never lost a client to my competition due to being reasonable, consistent and reliable.
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:38 AM
Camo Lawn Camo Lawn is offline
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Go to good will and buy a couple cheap Polo shirts to work in if you don't have your own shirts. When I started out I did this and you wouldnt believe the clients that commented on how it was nice to have someone around their property that wasnt in a tattered or torn up t-shirt. I got one client because the last guy wore no shirt and had nipple piercings. Im just sayin .... lol
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Old 05-16-2010, 11:43 PM
cb171985 cb171985 is offline
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change your oil. im suprised how many guys just let their machines blow up.
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:38 PM
johntab johntab is offline
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Take care of the operator not just the equipment

1. Just because you are not sweating doesn't mean you don't need water. Keep hydrated.

2. Keep benadryl tablets and ointment in your first aid kit to deal with stings.

3. If you are allergic to bees have your epi pen with you.

4. Food is fuel - eat smart, don't let yourself get to empty.

5. Schedule your most physically demanding jobs either early or late in the day when the weather is coolest.
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Old 05-19-2010, 03:40 PM
mountfield mountfield is offline
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Originally Posted by Midwest Lawn Services View Post
spare blades, belts, coolant, hydro fluid, oil, bar oil, fuses, fix a flat, trailer tires, LOTS OF TOOLS including metric & standard, air compressor w/assorted fittings, water cooler, fluid film, grease gun, 20" bolt cutters, 2 cycle mix, bungy cords, extra tie downs, log chain, extra chain saw chain, small generator, clean clothes, rain gear, fire extingusher, first aid kit with hydrogen peroxide, crow bar, trimmer line, spark plugs, I'm sure I'm missing things...
Whats the hydrogen peroxide for?!
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Old 05-25-2010, 05:10 PM
dhnorf dhnorf is offline
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I have a Gravely zt1734, I always engage the blade at full RPM's. I never really considered engaging at a lower rpm to save the belts or clutch. Does it make a difference on this machine?
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:50 PM
Buck123 Buck123 is offline
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Keep current with local ordinances regarding LS???

Originally Posted by arpat2 View Post
Keep current with local ordinances regarding LS. Cops just love to pull landscapers over. Make sure all your paperwork is in order.
Hi I'm new to all of this. What do you mean by local ordinances? I didn't know there was any specific ordinances for lawn guys. Can anyone give me an example?

2002 Ford F-250 Powerstroke Turbo Diesel 4x4 Super Cab
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:14 PM
Triple H Triple H is offline
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Hey Fellas im starting a new lco in Arizona in light of the new immigration law. Any advice is welcomed!
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