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Old 09-24-2008, 12:10 AM
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If not already mentioned, check tire pressures on all mowers daily. And try not to do like I do and use a wrench to adjust something, then stick it in your pocket and forget it. Then when you empty your pockets at night you find it and say oops I forgot to put this back in the toolbox. And then I lay it on my dresser and tell myself, I'll grab it on the way out in the morning. Then it lays there for a week until I need it and don't have it.
lol thats happen to me once before
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Old 09-24-2008, 12:23 AM
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I did it again tonight. Used this wrench to adjust something on my Gravely and after I posted before I checked my pockets and there it was.
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Old 10-13-2008, 01:35 AM
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Jumper cables are a really good thing to have as well. Good thread guys!
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1994 F-150 XLT 4X4 8' Uni-Mount
1995 7.3L F-250 XLT 4X4 9' Uni-Mount & Pro Flo Spreader
2009 7x14 Trailmaster
2003 7x18 Trailmaster

48" Walker MT GHS
36" Walker MC GHS
48" John Deere Hydro W/B
21" Husqvarna XT7
Stihl KM-90 W/ FS-KM
Stihl FS-85R Trimmer
Stihl FC-95 Stick Edger
Stihl BR-550&600 Backpack Blower
Stihl BG-86 Handheld Blower
Stihl HS-45 Hedge Trimmers
Snapper Commercial Power Rake/Slit Seeder
Ryan Aerator
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Old 10-20-2008, 01:10 PM
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I'll add a few:

Always carry spare spark plugs, throttle cables, etc. on you. These things don't break a lot but when they do having one saves you a trip to the dealer.

Have the dealer on speed dial, talking to them often saves you a trip.

Use racks for trimmers and blowers, rather than keeping them in the truck bed. This is better for them and deters theft. I say deter, not prevents for a reason.

Always buy your new equipment in the winter to save a little $$$ and even if you don't, it's better for tax purposes.

Always have multiple business cards on you. You never know when you'll run into a potential customer.

Keep a 21" on the trailer if you run into something the big mowers can't handle.

Never give an "expected price" by phone or e-mail. Example, if someone calls you for an estimate, don't say "It will probably be XXX per cut." The customers will stick to that price, which is often too low.

Try to stick to one brand of equipment. This is easier for parts.

Lastly, always enjoy what you're doing. If you're miserable, it's time to switch careers or hire help.
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:33 PM
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Another thing I just remembered: Avoid listening to music while working. A company I worked for a few years back had a big problem at a commercial account when a worker on mowing near a sidewalk on a ZTR, with headphones on, didn't see a passerby and pelted her with wet grass clippings. The company almost lost the account, and the employee was fired mid-job.
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:41 PM
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Another thing I just remembered: Avoid listening to music while working. A company I worked for a few years back had a big problem at a commercial account when a worker on mowing near a sidewalk on a ZTR, with headphones on, didn't see a passerby and pelted her with wet grass clippings. The company almost lost the account, and the employee was fired mid-job.
Didn't anyone ever tell him the headphones go on your ears, not your eyes.
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:03 PM
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Do not just say oh that will only take a little bit of time! don't be a dope leaves are misleading.
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Old 11-11-2008, 11:26 AM
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Didn't anyone ever tell him the headphones go on your ears, not your eyes.
So the lesson learned would be to actually pay attention to what your doing and not be stuck in your own little world.

My additional advice would be to use a mulch kit when you can, this avoids side shooting grass onto streets (and people) and such which I absolutely despise!! I can't stand seeing a company side shoot grass onto streets and then not clean it up. That is so messy and tacky and doesn't look good for the business. If I'm side shooting then my first few passes always get shot to the inside and not onto a street. On my weekly lawns though we use mulch kits which reduces that problem. I say reduce becuase you still have outflow from the deck even with a mulch kit or bagger.

Sorry, just my pet peave in the lawn care business.
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Old 12-26-2008, 09:43 AM
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So the lesson learned would be to actually pay attention to what your doing and not be stuck in your own little world.

I can't stand seeing a company side shoot grass onto streets and then not clean it up. That is so messy and tacky and doesn't look good for the business.

Sorry, just my pet peave in the lawn care business.
I whole heartedly second that motion! It is lazy, unprofessional and usuaully against city ordinance. When I hire someone, that will be the first thing I tell them, "it is ok to throw the grass out there, but if you don't blow it off, you're fired."
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Old 12-27-2008, 12:05 PM
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Yes Eric newbie here( Alantis ) will read and read and then some hope to talk to you someday.
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