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Old 03-08-2012, 09:21 PM
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Fellows, he just wanted to show us his new toy. To must of us it's still smaller then our smallest mower, but still it's a nice mower. I think if you can't mount a velkie on it then it's a push mower.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:56 PM
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JIM, got a question about your truck. is that just white vinly layed on top yur red truck on the sides? tht is really sharp looking.
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:03 PM
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Nice Gravely, I really wanted to get one of those, but didn't really feel like walking anymore! Ha! Very nice, hope it works well for you! As for the mulch kit, not sure what brand it is but mine was about $100...without blades.
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:20 PM
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You can either buy a blade blocker like so.


OR you can buy the actual mulching kit that you have to add baffles and what not like so.
http://www.jackssmallengines.com/gravely_mulch_kits.cfm
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:25 PM
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I dont know about mulch kits. But you are right, I cannot fathom doing 300 1k sq ft lawns with "21's"... sorry I call them pushers too but lets not get into that...

Care to elaborate on that whole concept with the 21's? I would be interested to hear the reasoning behind that. Would your customers be resentful if you finished their lawns in 5 minutes? Or do they percieve larger mowers as being damaging to turf? Are operating costs less for your labor than for $6000-7000 mowers? Are you trying to keep employees busy so they are there and at your disposal for large landscape jobs?
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:36 PM
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Nice mower!
I am planning on getting a commercial 21" soon.
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Old 03-09-2012, 12:11 AM
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Care to elaborate on that whole concept with the 21's? I would be interested to hear the reasoning behind that. Would your customers be resentful if you finished their lawns in 5 minutes? Or do they percieve larger mowers as being damaging to turf? Are operating costs less for your labor than for $6000-7000 mowers? Are you trying to keep employees busy so they are there and at your disposal for large landscape jobs?

Obviously you do not know what a 1000-2000 sq ft lawn with a fence around the backyard is you can do it as fast or faster with a 21 than a 36. I have both and yes you can use both on them but on majority of them the 36 is actually a pain they are so small. I am as lazy as anyone, when I mowed I rode whenever possible but with the lawns Jim mows the 21 is the clear choice. By the way I have found the smaller yards are the most profitable. The market does not let you double your charge for double the double the lot or the time spent on larger lots
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:06 AM
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Jim, always happy to see your posts. Congratulations on the new mower. I don't service small properties like that, but I do understand the concept of using a 21. It is kind of like using my backpack blower, or my handheld. I like the 600 a lot better, but it doesn't make much sense to use it just to blow off a patio. I can sometimes grab the handheld and be done by the time I would get the 600 unloaded and put on.
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:15 AM
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The man has 300 accounts so obviuosly he has found a business model that works just fine. For 1~2k of turf anything much bigger is a waste. A 60" Lazer is not the answer to everything.
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I laugh about some of the people that give advice on here. It's funny how the guy's with an f150 and a trailer that have been in business for 6 months feel like they are qualified give advice to people that probably gross 100 times what they do.(no one in particular on here...general statement)

Nice mower Jim....we have a 48 just like that. Never used the mulch kit but it has been a fairly trouble free mower for us.
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:37 AM
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Care to elaborate on that whole concept with the 21's? I would be interested to hear the reasoning behind that. Would your customers be resentful if you finished their lawns in 5 minutes? Or do they percieve larger mowers as being damaging to turf? Are operating costs less for your labor than for $6000-7000 mowers? Are you trying to keep employees busy so they are there and at your disposal for large landscape jobs?

Obviously you do not know what a 1000-2000 sq ft lawn with a fence around the backyard is you can do it as fast or faster with a 21 than a 36. I have both and yes you can use both on them but on majority of them the 36 is actually a pain they are so small. I am as lazy as anyone, when I mowed I rode whenever possible but with the lawns Jim mows the 21 is the clear choice. By the way I have found the smaller yards are the most profitable. The market does not let you double your charge for double the lot or the time spent on larger lots
What would the mental diagnosis be, to make you need to answer a question like that? "You obviously dont know what a small lawn is" lol. Okay so all 300 places have fences with little gates? I dont think thats the whole reason.
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