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Old 04-16-2014, 06:44 PM
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Not sure why anybody would get so tired of it. You take the job or you don't. Use a 21" in places you need to or don't. Only takes a few minutes to check out an estimate. Not a big deal.
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Well, all I hear on this forum is that you can use a zero turn mower on ANY lawn. (which is nonsense)

And no, none of it is a "big deal". It was merely an attempt at conversation - trying to pick at the brains of those who have to deal with this issue.

Apparently none of those guys are interested in this. No big deal.
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:53 PM
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The problem is not $25, or 21" mower, or 1 hour to do it.

It is the combination of those numbers.

Another problem is seeding and fert for free. That is indirect low balling
for a job that takes 10 minutes, i figure i gotta do more, only takes enough material to fill my hands.
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wait why do you prefer Scag? I thought you owned a Bobcat that mowed the first American Colonies
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:55 PM
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Well, all I hear on this forum is that you can use a zero turn mower on ANY lawn. (which is nonsense)

And no, none of it is a "big deal". It was merely an attempt at conversation - trying to pick at the brains of those who have to deal with this issue.

Apparently none of those guys are interested in this. No big deal.
I have the problem.

I tell them I don't have a mower small enough. Lol
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:15 PM
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:59 AM
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Re reading the first post.

If it is a job that is beyond what my business can handle I tell them.

If I can do it and I don't want to I tell them I am too busy.
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:06 PM
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upsell. sell them on getting rid of the old crap and getting new grass.

I did a cleanup for a guy with 40 sq yards of weeds. sold him on new sod (then re did the sod at my cost) now he is a weekly 10 minute 25 dollar customer.
$25?
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:55 PM
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$25?
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He said 40 square yards, which if I'm thinking correctly is less than 400 square feet. Easy and quick enough worth of mowing for $25.00, assuming you don't have a minimum stop fee and you can unload your equipment in less than five minutes and load in less than five minutes. Ten minutes of mowing, ten minutes of loading/unloading, for a total of 20 minutes. Average of $75.00 an hour, assuming you have no drive time to this lawn considering it's a lawn being done for $25.00. I have yet to see a lawn that was 400 square feet however.
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Old 04-17-2014, 02:32 PM
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I would love to use the big ztr on everything, but doesn't always work. I had one we push mowed last year until they stopped paying then we stopped mowing. I always bid the one's that take longer for more then if it was a quick ztr lawn, but if I absolutely don't want the lawn I'll tell them that were not gonna work for them or we don't have the right equipment to do the job.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:57 PM
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He said 40 square yards, which if I'm thinking correctly is less than 400 square feet. Easy and quick enough worth of mowing for $25.00, assuming you don't have a minimum stop fee and you can unload your equipment in less than five minutes and load in less than five minutes. Ten minutes of mowing, ten minutes of loading/unloading, for a total of 20 minutes. Average of $75.00 an hour, assuming you have no drive time to this lawn considering it's a lawn being done for $25.00. I have yet to see a lawn that was 400 square feet however.

Here's one I do for $25. I think it would be measured in square inches.

Sorry. The photos were taken to show the beds before mulch, so I don't have the whole thing in one shot. That fence is about knee-height by the way.

I have it noted in my book that it takes 10-12 minutes - not just to mow - that is from the time I turn off the truck, to the time I put the key back in the ignition. I spend that much time at red lights as I drive across town and I don't get any money for THAT time.

This isn't typical of the jobs I do though - it's the smallest one.
I know I sure as heck wouldn't pay someone $25 to mow that patch of grass! LOL

Left side of "lawn".



Right side of "lawn". (that's it - there's nothing in the back - just a concrete pad)



I'm going to try and talk him into letting me remove the fence so I can use a ZTR on it!!!
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Old 04-18-2014, 08:34 AM
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$25?
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By doing all that free work he increased his costs for doing that mow.

Better to up sell seeding. Grass or weeds. They grow every week.
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