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Old 09-18-2013, 08:54 PM
JDA790 JDA790 is offline
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The first time was just practice

Well, as mentioned in the title, this is my second time running a lawn service. The first one failed as a result of a divorce and poor planning. I'm actually still in the planning phase. The logo you see in my profile is my logo form the first time around. Some guys don't take planning very seriously. My friends, I learned the first time that failure to plan can be very expensive. For example, when I started cutting lawns the first time, I started with what I had in the garage, homeowner grade equipment. As my business picked up, my small equipment could not handle the additional workload. As a result, I experienced a lot of breakdowns which resulted in downtime, which resulted in unexpected expenses and loss of revenue. Not to mention the embarrassment of having to explain to your customers that you could not service their property because of broken equipment.

So, this time, I am purchasing commercial grade equipment as I get the money to pay for it. Seems unheard of, I know. But, i have a full time job that helps pay the bills for now. The way I see it, grass and flowers are not going anywhere anytime soon. As long as there's sunlight and rain, there will be vegetation. I'm not going to break the bank just because I have an itch to start landscaping again... lol. And on that equipment list is an ENCLOSED trailer!!! Quality equipment isn't cheap and neither should it's method of transport be. Of course, that's just my opinion. Besides, you get the added benefit of a rolling billboard. And, from my past experience, some of these HOA's are very picky about what's on their property! Also from my past experience, I do not plan on targeting any HOA's as customers... lol

Well, in a nutshell, easy does it is my approach this time. I very much enjoy working outdoors (rain or shine) and love watching things grow.... thanks mom (my mother was an avid gardener and as a kid, I can remember people from the local community coming out and taking pictures of the landscape) So, why not get paid for it, right? I'm also planning on taking some college courses this time around. Hopefully, it will all lead to a degree in horticulture.

I also enjoy this forum. There are a lot of veteran landscape professionals on here. I enjoy reading the posts, lots and lots of wisdom to tap into. So guys and gals, keep up the good work and thanks for all the info.
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:38 PM
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You have a good mindset... I believe that what you have to say about patience is something that we can all benefit from.... You will read a lot of the longer standing, more successful guys on here talk about not growing too fast. (ETW's advice comes to mind) And if we can all remember what you say about "as long as there is sunlight and rain, there will be vegetation" then we will be golden... We can even take that a step further past maintenance and say; As long as folks are buying homes and the economy is growing, people will want landscaping features, patios, outdoor kitchens, new flower beds.... You see where I am going... Well, good luck the second time around and if you havn't bought your mower yet.... Get a Walker!!!!!
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:30 PM
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You have a good mindset... I believe that what you have to say about patience is something that we can all benefit from.... You will read a lot of the longer standing, more successful guys on here talk about not growing too fast. (ETW's advice comes to mind) And if we can all remember what you say about "as long as there is sunlight and rain, there will be vegetation" then we will be golden... We can even take that a step further past maintenance and say; As long as folks are buying homes and the economy is growing, people will want landscaping features, patios, outdoor kitchens, new flower beds.... You see where I am going... Well, good luck the second time around and if you havn't bought your mower yet.... Get a Walker!!!!!
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:34 PM
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Thanks. Never had a Walker before. All of my experiences are with SCAG, Lesco, Echo, Stihl, Toro and Redmax. I've seen a lot of guys using them though. What do you like about Walker the most? Durability? Dependability? Ease of maintenance?
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:13 PM
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In my humble opinion, all of the above... I should mention though that I do run Scag walk behinds and if I had the need for a fast midmount for acreage, I would absolutely get a turf tiger(and a Walker Super Bee) HaHaHa... But honestly I am just a Walker fanatic... I had the pleasure of being trained in the industry on Walker MT's so I have been running them for about 17 years... They are made right here in the U.S.A which is good... You can call Walker and actually speak with people who know what they are talking about...(this includes Bob and Dean Walker.. yes, they are the owners) The company as a whole also stands for good things in the community and beyond (+) and personally that is important to me... Super easy to maintain, decks flip up to get at the blades and for cleaning.. Sure, they are expensive but you most certainly get what you pay for... And finally, the finished product... The out front deck gives a cut like no other can... being able to collect clippings with out attaching a barn to your mower is great... I would suggest going to their website and having a look.... Watch the 2012 Walker product video... And finally, if a new one is not feasible right now, look at used.. There is a company called Emmett Equipment that always seems to be stocking used Walkers of all varieties... Like I said, I like Scag and I have respect for other companies of course but I always try to spread the good word about Walker because they have always had my back.....
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:23 PM
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In my humble opinion, all of the above... I should mention though that I do run Scag walk behinds and if I had the need for a fast midmount for acreage, I would absolutely get a turf tiger(and a Walker Super Bee) HaHaHa... But honestly I am just a Walker fanatic... I had the pleasure of being trained in the industry on Walker MT's so I have been running them for about 17 years... They are made right here in the U.S.A which is good... You can call Walker and actually speak with people who know what they are talking about...(this includes Bob and Dean Walker.. yes, they are the owners) The company as a whole also stands for good things in the community and beyond (+) and personally that is important to me... Super easy to maintain, decks flip up to get at the blades and for cleaning.. Sure, they are expensive but you most certainly get what you pay for... And finally, the finished product... The out front deck gives a cut like no other can... being able to collect clippings with out attaching a barn to your mower is great... I would suggest going to their website and having a look.... Watch the 2012 Walker product video... And finally, if a new one is not feasible right now, look at used.. There is a company called Emmett Equipment that always seems to be stocking used Walkers of all varieties... Like I said, I like Scag and I have respect for other companies of course but I always try to spread the good word about Walker because they have always had my back.....
Well, I will definitely be checking out Walker!
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:15 AM
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this year was my second time around as well.. I guess its always better the 2nd time. there will never be a third time though i can tell you that... good luck.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:49 PM
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Thanks, same to you.
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