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Old 05-09-2013, 09:45 AM
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Is it worth it?

Hey guys I recently signed a commercial account that is 3.5 acres of lawn. Right now my largest mowers are 48 in walkbehinds. Obviously this mower is too small for the job so what should I do? I was considering going to buy a used 61 in ztr that I can get a decent one for around 2500. Now I can make that back in a few cuts considering this is a weekly account and each visit will be a $300 bill. Also this company has other local locations that they will consider me taking over if they like my work. What should I do, any suggestions?
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:53 AM
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Do you have another employee/helper? 2 48's should get it done reasonably fast. If not, then buy a larger mower.

Is that $300 a week income, year round or just the cutting season?
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:56 AM
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I do have other employees, but I only currently own one 48. And it is only 300 a week during cutting seasons but this account would also require 3 fall clean ups which would be an additional cost on their end.
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18 years old and fully licensed and insured
1995 Ford 7.3L powerstroke dump
1997 Ford 7.3L powerstroke dump
2005 Ford F350 powerstroke w/ fisher mm2
1986 Case Skidsteer
1999 Daewoo 1785L skidsteer
Belmar 7x18 Equipment
Lark 8x18 enclosed
Belmar 6x14 open
Wright Sentar Sport RH & Stander
Everride Hornet ZTR
Honda push mowers
Redmax backpacks, trimmers, and handhelds
Dolmar chainsaws
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:58 AM
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I'm trying to see the down side of your position. In two months you have the ztr paid for and still have the mower. And the account. And hopefully more work from the same customer. The only thing you're giving up is time - which is a premium this time of year.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:17 AM
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Yeah that's what I'm thinking now. So as long as I find a nice ztr perferably a bobcat, ill be good. And I'm going to hope that I get more accounts from this client.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:54 PM
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3.5 acres is stretching things but a 48" with a velke can do it.
It will drag much past the 1st acre but you're in that position now, suck it up and do the best you can with what you have.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:57 PM
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So how long do you think your walkbehind will take? Really. You should get two acres an hour out of your mower. Just use what you have don't spend money one job unless you have other real uses for it. now if your customer offers other large jobs get a bigger mower.
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