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Old 06-07-2006, 01:02 AM
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This is my story!

Hello everyone, My name is Brandon, I live and do business in Baltimore, Ohio.
I started mowing with zero turns when I was 12 when my grandpa died leaving my grandma to mow five acres. When I was a sophmore in high school I went to work for a golf course, crapping thing was I was under 18 and I could only trim and push mow. I worked there until I graduated, when I started working for an independent lawn care guy. I worked for him until this year ( The way he ran his business I did not agree with, and he went on vacation last year I took care of his animals, and I did all the mowing by myself. When he got back he said he was only paying for Xhours because it was bullshit that it took that long to mow all the properties. It only took ten more hours than it took for both of us to mow them. He didn't pay me for the extra ten hours or for taking care of his animals every morning and night)
So this year I started my own business. Last year I bought my 60" Lazer used off residential guy that only mowed his yard with, got a really good deal on it. This year I took out a loan and bought a truck, trailer, a 52" Exmark WB, and my handhelds. I have 16 accounts and I help out a friend of mine cut his accounts.
Last May I won the Ohio FFA State Turf grass management award, in October I won the National FFA Award in Louisville, Ky. The FFA has over 450,000 members nationwide. I don't know if anyone is familiar with the FFA, but it is one of the best organization in this country.
Currently, I am a sophmore at The Ohio State University (go BUCKS) majoring in Ag Business and Applied Economics with a minor in turf grass management.

Here are some pictures of my stuff! The one picture is of the 8 yds of mulch I had on my trailer.

The name of my business is Five Star Lawncare. It was going to be Buckeye Lawncare until I found out that it was already taken in my area.
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Old 06-07-2006, 04:52 PM
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welcome to ls, and good for you!
Don't move your truck for free

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"Gotta go, owners coming"
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Old 06-07-2006, 05:14 PM
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Welcome, you have an awesome setup. It is nice to see someone else on here that has participated in FFA cde's. I competed it Turf Managment this year. Im also going to nationals in Kentucky for Safe Tractor Driving this year.
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Old 06-07-2006, 09:39 PM
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Good lookin setup man. It's good to see some more FFA alum's and members here. I wasnt real active in our chapter, did turf and landscape, meats, and ag managment contests, but our chapter wasn't real active as a whole neither I only got to go to national convention one time, football season overlapped big time and I couldn't go my junior or senior year, but it was a great experience the one time I did go. Good luck, it is encouraging to see us young guys goin at this and that others are doing well for themselves too.
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Old 06-07-2006, 11:26 PM
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I got to go to convention my Junior and Senior years then skipped last year and went this year when I won the national award. My freshman and sophmore years football overlapped, then they moved our football season around so then I got to finish out football and still go to convention. The best of both worlds.
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Old 06-07-2006, 11:35 PM
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you are definetly going in the right route by getting an education to set you up for a very lucrative future.
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Old 06-09-2006, 10:24 PM
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Hey I see you have a prostar trailer, How do you like them? How far away are you from Lima,Ohio?

Michael Vickers, Owner
Quality Lawncare & Landscape Management, LLC
"Northern Ohio's Elite Property Maintenance Company"
Phone (419) 296-2531 Fax (419) 991-4269

Serving Northern Ohio With Professional Landscape Maintenance

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Old 06-11-2006, 04:51 PM
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I really like the trailer. It has a lot of stuff on it that costs extra from other trailer places. It has brakes on both axles, split gate on the back, the wiriing is wrapped in a rubber coating, nice white rims with new tires, I could go on and on. Really a good trailer to get. The only downfall is it is not quite as wide as other trailers, but 3" narrower.

I'm about 3 hrs southeast of Lima. I am about 20 minutes southeast of Columbus, close to Lancaster and Pickerington Ohio
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Old 06-12-2006, 07:54 AM
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Nice stuff. Good luck this year and in collage.
2002 Chevy 2500HD W/SS X-blade
Big Tex 6'X12'
08 52'' Examrk Lazer HP ultra vac
05 48'' Exmark Metro
05 32" Exmark Metro
9 HP Force Blower
All Shindaiwa Handhelds
3.5 HP Edger
Rakes-Shovels-And More
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Old 06-15-2006, 04:05 PM
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Brandon ...GO BUCKS !!! I am new as well and wondering if you are having a lot of luck gaining new clients ? What type of advertising are you using ?
08 Ford F350 15ft. Stakebed V10
06 Ford F150 5.4L V8
02 Ford F250 5.4L V8
21 Ft. Enclosed Trailer
6.5x10 Landscape Trailer x2
Quick 36 Samurai with Step-Saver
Quick 44 Samurai
Quick 44 DUALLY
Bobcat 48in. WB Gear Drive
Exmark Lazer Z 60in Ultracut 27 HP Kohler
22" Toro Pro
ECHO Backpacks
ECHO Trimmers w/ Edgeit attachments
ECHO Hedge Trimmers
Tanaka Hedge Trimmers
ECHO Chain Saw
Brown Bed edger
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