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Old 04-01-2001, 10:06 AM
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Runner is right, a compact tractor with a mower would be much more useful, if you can't afford both. Ztr's are great for mowing but a tractor can mow and do so much more.
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Old 04-01-2001, 10:34 AM
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He did originally say I'd like to cut the lawn in least amount of time and have the mower last for a long time.

Using a tractor will take twice as long to mow this. I have a 60" tractor type mower and 60" ZTR type mowers. The 60" cut tractor now sits during the mowing season. Anything with a steering wheel to mow with is worthless, in my opinion. I'm spoiled.
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Old 04-01-2001, 10:55 AM
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Dont consider myself an LCO,I only do a few lawns of my best plow commercial customers,and my own.I dont do residential anyway.The man wants to mow his own lawn,thats pretty clear in his post,I am in the same boat,and would not pay anyone to mow my 7 acres,it would cost me 250 a cut here.You must need customers bad.You can add up all the costs all day long,if he wants to do it himself-its his property.I still think I come out ahead doing it myself,and think he will too.I agree that 1300 a yr is a good # for him,but the 8K machine wil last him at the least 1o years,with 50 hrs a yr ,it will have 500 hrs on it,salvage value will be 2500-easy,so the true cost is 5500-over 10 years=550 a yr.Add 550+ the 1300-you get 1800 a yr-and he's paying himself 20 an hr to do it.the only thing not considered here is what else he could do with the money.1800 a yr-and get paid 20 an hr to mow-or 4200 a yr(that would be 6000 a yr here,for a professional )-and hope they show up on time,and do a good job-Sounds like an easy choice to me,and with the mower,he has it at his disposal for other od jobs,and just for piece of mind,with an LCo-he needs to find someone ASAP-if they dont show or drop him,since he has no mower.

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Old 04-01-2001, 12:05 PM
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Yes he said he wants to mow it, but why in a short time? Because maybe he doesn't really enjoy it?
Hire a LCO to provide the service.
Say he spends the $8,000 and finds out the mowing and upkeep for the mower is not worth the effort?
And John, I am not hard up for customers. I had a full schedule before the season started thanks!
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Old 04-01-2001, 06:33 PM
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Here is the response...

Folks,
I do appreciate all the suggestions both from the LCO's and otherwise.

1. I do enjoy mowing my own lawn, but like any good things if it goes on too long it won't be quite as enjoyable.
2. I prefer the idea of owning my own equipment and mow whenever I want.
3. Why pay someone to have the fun?

Adam
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Old 04-01-2001, 08:05 PM
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Accurate, do you mow your own lawn?

If so, wouldn't it make more sense for you to hire it out? Then you'd have more time to do extra jobs. Given that you cut lawns all day it must be a drag to come home and have to do one more.

I think you could hire a "scrub" to underbid the job. That would also have the benefit of keeping him too busy to bid any of your customers. etc.

(all in fun)
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Old 04-02-2001, 07:44 AM
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aschiou,
I don't think it's overkill. I just got done spending the family's vacationfund for the next 15years on a commercial unit to mow my 3 acres. Look around and buy a mower that really suits you. Consider to at least look at ZTR's with front-mounted decks, this could be handy.
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Old 04-02-2001, 06:23 PM
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I had a guy sent me a letter saying he would cut my lawn for $15. I should have taken him up on it. I usually cut my lawn with my back up mower, just to keep it ready for use.
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