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  #101  
Old 07-23-2000, 08:29 PM
DaveOhio DaveOhio is offline
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I started in 1985 here in Ohio. We had humble beginnings. We mowed some grass and did some plowing.<p>Today we have 1 1/2 mowing crews, use:<p>Great Dane Surfers <br>Echo trimmers and stick edgers<br>Stihl trimmers and backpacks<br>Fradan blowers<br>Wells enclosed trailer<br>Dodge trucks<br>Kodiak stake dump<br>Various other trucks<br>Boss V snow plows (there is no substitute)<br>V box salt spreader<br>Mini spreader<br>New Holland skid and attachments<br>Ames hand tools<p>Less than 10 employees<br>a CPA
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Old 07-27-2000, 12:53 PM
yardmonkey yardmonkey is offline
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Location: Norman, Oklahoma
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I am Terry Slade from Norman, Oklahoma. 44 years old. Worked on computers for about ten years after working in restaurants for a long time. Had a decent-paying job for the last five years, although the computer world was a bit of a nightmare. Then I had to lay off my whole department of 8 technicians over a couple of years before they let me go.<p>Started in April 2000 with a 69 GMC pickup I got for $750.00 and a Sears mower. Trashed the Sears mower real quick and like an idiot I bought another one. Then I got a commercial Honda HRC215SXA. Started with an Echo 2100 trimmer. Later got Shindaiwa T230. Still using both. Started with an electric chainsaw, which hasn't seen much use. Later got a Stihl 021, which I use a lot. Favorite hand tools are Felco loppers ($100), Florian Ratchet Cut loppers (over $150 but I found on eBay for $50), and a mattock. Didn't know what a mattock was before I started doing this. It is way easier to dig with a mattock than with a shovel (garden beds, etc). Started with Black and Decker Hedgehog electric hedge trimmers. Still using them but very anxious to get gas-powered. Thinking of Echo HC2100. The extra reach would have been very useful on many jobs. Have a toolbox on the truck with all kinds of little tools. Pruners, rope, grass shears, hedge clippers, crowbar, sledge hammer, bow saw, etc.<p>I advertise mowing, yardwork, garden work, weeding, hedge trimming. I charge by the hour and put my rates in my ads. $25/hr for 1st hour and $15/hr for additional hours on same day. So there is no negotiating. People know what I charge before they call. I think both the hourly rate and the fact that the rate is advertised appeal to a lot of people. I enjoy getting paid to weed garden beds. It is very cool to do a variety of work rather than just mowing. Things have gone pretty well this spring and summer. I think I will do very well next year. A bit worried about the winter and tax time this year.<p>Don't intend to ever hire employees. Would like to avoid getting a trailer. Would be nice to get a newer truck, backup mower, and maybe a larger mower.
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Old 07-30-2000, 12:32 PM
Landscaper28 Landscaper28 is offline
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I am now currently doing all aspects of Lawn care , from falling trees to cutting shrubs , grass , edging walks , you name it . <p>I started out with a Lawnboy push mower and a Ryobi weed eater and a homelite blower. <p>Current equiptment :<br>Walker GHS system bagging mower <br>Exmark Lazer Z 60 in cut 25hp <br>3 echo String Trimmers <br>1 echo hedge trimmers <br>All sorts of hand tools <br>2 echo blower/vacs <br>1 2000 FORD 350- custom dump bed <br>2 16Ft 6Ft. wide dual axle trailers <p>
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  #104  
Old 08-03-2000, 03:42 PM
Evan528 Evan528 is offline
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My name is Evan. I have been doing landscaping and lawn maintenance for 7 years now. When i first started i did mostly lawn care but in the past 2-3 years ive gotten into alot of landscape installations and maintenance. <p>Started with:<br>Lawn boy 21incher<br>homelight trimmer<br>echo blower<br>black and decker hede clippers<p><br>I now have:<br>2000- f-250 extended cab xlt<br>12ft trailer<br>2000- toro z master 62inch 25hp<br>1995- 36inch gravely walkbehind<br> redmax 23cc trimmer<br> echo srm2100 trimmer<br> Echo pb210 hand blower<br> echo 60ht back pack blower<br> stihl 16inch chainsaw<br> 5hp little wander push blower<br> 8hp new style push blower (whatta beast!)<br> 3.5 hp little wader push edger<br> 21 inch lawnboy<br> bluebird 20inch(?) aerater<br> 30 inch little wander hedge clipper long reach hedge trimmer attachment for my redmax trimmer<br> earthway spreader<br> 4.5hp toro snow blower<br> 8hp toro snow blower<p> Im done spending money for a while!<br> <p>
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Old 08-05-2000, 11:21 PM
CandJ CandJ is offline
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Hi,
My name is Jim Wheeler and I am owner of C and J Lawncare in Northeast Ohio. I have been in business for 2 1/2 years now and currently service 20+ accounts on a part time basis. I am a full time Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Independence and a part time Lieutenant for my local fire department.

We started out the first 1/2 year with a Murray 21" mower, Poulan weed trimmer, and a broom - operating out of the back of a hatchback car.

We now work with an 89 Ford F150, a 5X8 tailer, a new SCAG Ultimate 52" Hydro, an Echo 2400 trimmer, and an Echo backpack blower. For fall cleanups I use a Giant Vac 8hp blower, tarps, and part time employees. I am happy with everything but the trailer - made a mistake on size and should have invested in at least a 6X10.

We offer mowing, spring and fall cleanups, mulch, and hedge/bush trimming. No snow plowing - I need time off over the winter to enjoy my family.

My family consists of a wife, 2 boys (1month and 3 years), a dog and cat, and some fish.





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  #106  
Old 08-08-2000, 07:57 AM
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We really started out last year with a 7 HP Massey Ferguson (converted to a 10 HP) with a 34" mower, that was in AWFUL shape, and a 12 HP Lowes (MTD) 38" cut (now about to be retired). We also had a Homelite curved shaft trimmer, and a couple of OLD push mowers. Now we have,

Textron Bob-Cat ZT219 19 HP 48" cut ZTR
Gilson YT11E 42" cut lawn tractor
Snapper 8.5 HP (now 10) 28" rider with bagger
1 22" 3.5 HP push mower with large back wheels
2 Strait Shaft trimmers, 1 EasyReach and 1 K400 trimmer/brushcutter
1 6'x10' trailer towed behind our '87 Suburban or our '81 Chevy pickup.


[Edited by SMB on 08-11-2000 at 03:04 AM]
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  #107  
Old 08-11-2000, 10:25 AM
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Location: Central Texas
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Started out with a friend back in highscool cutting for extra cash on Saturdays. This was his business and when he left for college I kept about six accounts that paid the best. One Sonic drive in and numerous middle class residences. My original equipment consisted of the following:

1- 20" MTD with bagger and mulch kit purchased from Ace Hardware for $189
1- Weed Eater hand held blower $109
1- Weed Eater curved shaft trimmer (borrowed from dad)
1- 1991 Chevy extended cab 1/2 ton truck
I worked out of the back of the truck till I saved enough to buy a 6.5' by 12' landscape trailer the follwing year.

Current equipment:
1- 1998 Ford F350 (crew cab)
1- 1996 Chevy 3500 (single cab)
1- 1994 Ford Ranger (x-cab)
1- Grasshopper 62" Diesel w/arevator and leaf collection system
2- Toro 44" w/b with (jungle wheels)
1- Toro 32" w/b with (jungle wheels)
1- Lawn Boy 21" 6.5hp
1- Toro 21" 5.5hp
2- Snapper 21" 5hp (High Vac)
2- Husky (string trimmers)
4- Red Max (string trimmers)
1- Husky (backpack blower)
3- Red Max (backpack blowers)
2- Husky (chain saws)
3- Husky (hedge trimmers)
2- Tillers
1- old Bobcat (ford gas engine)
1- Kubota tractor w/shredder
1- Trailer mounted sprayer unit
3- 4gal Backpack sprayers
1- 16' cage trailer (for mowers)
1- 18' gooseneck (landscape trailer)
1- 24' gooseneck (flatbed)
1- 16' gooseneck (dump trailer)
+ Many misc tools you can't find when you really need them but swear you know where they are!

As for my friend he never completed college and dropped out.
Then he tried to work for me and we couldn't get along so he started his own landscape company. In less than six months he was out of business and now is a successful Firefighter/EMT.


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Old 08-13-2000, 04:14 AM
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Location: Alexandria, MN.
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Hi. My name is Erik from Alexandira, MN. I started mowing lawns when i was 15 for my 3 neighbors, then my dad thought that it would be good for me to try to get another couple jobs. He put an ad in the paper for me and...Well 4 years pasted and now i have near 45 accounts, i have weeded out the time consuming ones, and kept the more profitable ones. It's wierd that a kid can build a business all by himslef.

Heres what i started with:
84 buick lesabre
a 4' by 4' trailer
1978 lawn boy 21" mower
an old john deer trimmer
and thats it!!

Heres what i got- 4 years later.
95 dodge Dakota
7' by 12' trailer
97 airens 21" self propelled mower
2000 exmark metro 48" w/ sulky
99 echo trimmer
2000 echo blower

Heres for next year-
98 dodge dakota-swear by these baby's
all the same equipment as above
2001 Exmark Lazer Z 60"
2001 echo trimmer
a back pack blower, not sure on what brand yet, any help ou there as to whats the best?

Yes this means i will be hiring another guy, but i need the help right now, but dont want to lose the money, so i'm working my tail off. Next year should be a little easier on myself, but i already am putting in bids for much larger accounts. I never thought that i would have my entire 4 year college education paid for before i even set foot on campus, but hey, i'm not complaining!
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Old 08-15-2000, 11:26 PM
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Location: Wolcottville IN
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Hi, my name is Joe from 35 miles north of Fort Wayne Indiana. I am 21 years old, and a senior at Purdue University. I started mowing in high school when I was a junior to save up money to go to college.

I started with the following:

1988 Dodge D150 with a 3.9L V6
12' tandem bumper trailer
Stihl FS68(?) weed eater
Lawnboy 21" self propel 4 cycle
2 John Deere 212's with 47" decks

I had 7 accounts the first season all residential.

I now have:

2001 Dodge 2500 4X4 Quad cab LB, baby cummins
1992 Dodge D250 2wd
16' tandem bumper trailer
25' 12k tandem goose neck
2001 Grasshopper 721D^2 W/61"
1999 John Deere 455 AWS w/60"
1999 John Deere F935 W/72"
6 Self propel Lawnboys
3 Huskavarna 322L's (I GAURANTEE the most powerful light weight weedeater made) AWESOME machines!!!!! I LOVE them
1 Huskavarna 225H hand held blower
1 home made 55 gallon pull behind sprayer with 8.5' boom


I now have 50 accounts, 60% residenatial, 40% commercial plus two 5 acres cemetaries every week!!! I love the work and mantaining the equipment. Our JD mowers have loged over 800 hrs in two years, and we haven't been down one day.
Grasshopper, well Kuboto isn't so hot on warranty guys.
Thanks Joe




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Old 08-18-2000, 09:09 PM
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HELLOW, I'M JIM-OWNER. STARTED WITH SMALL CUB CADET,SNAPPER HAND MOWER, CRAFTSMAN WEED EATER,3/4 TON CHEVY AND 7 1/2 FT. MYERS PLOW. NOW HAVE 1-3/4 TON PICK UP1-1TON GMC DUMP 1-FULL SIZE BLAZER 3 SNOW PLOWS,2-16FT. TRAILERS 1-20FT. DECK OVER TRAILER 1-27HP CUB CADET 4-WHEEL DRIVE WITH 7FT. FINISH MOWER 6FT. BUSH HOG 6FT. SNOW BLOWER AND LOADER 1-SCAGG TURF TIGER 61" 1-48" SCAGG HYDRO WALK 1-52" EXMARK WALK 3-SNAPPER HAND MOWERS 1-GRAVELY 16HP TRACTOR 50" CUT 1-55 GOLLON SPRAYER, SEVERAL HAND SPRAYERS 2- BACK PACK SPRAYERS 5-WEED EATERS [ECHO] 1-5HP GAS WEED EATER 3-6 CU. FT. WHEELBARROWS, AND ANY HAND TOOL UNDER THE SUN; ALSO DON'T FORGET ALL THE TOOLS TO FIX ALL THESE THINGS. PROBABLY $100,000.00 INVESTED AND 6 EMPLOYES. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF US. JIM OF PA.
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