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Old 03-11-2012, 05:56 PM
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I don't think you can go wrong with a Walker. Unfortunately mine is a $1500 repo that I patched together but I still like it. The speed is too low but I think they fixed that. The bin is too small but they put bigger bins on. The blower is to small but they put a bigger blower in the units. I mainly use this unit for spraying and some leaf cleanups after we mulch. But every time I go get on that machine I am amazed about how easy it is to drive. No body has built a unit better. The ride is bad because of those small wheels and small foot print. You know how rough our yards can be due to irrigation lines sinking in. I did notice they came out with a better seat so maybe that would help. I was looking a a 48" deck that a guy was selling for $500 but
it wouldn't fit my 36" deck carrier. Those deck are probably $2 grand.
There was a guy up in north texas that had a pretty nice one on sale on lawn site.
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:40 PM
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sorry if i missed this but how many crews are you running. what mowers do you prefer on southern grasses?

I love your threads pretty cool
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:26 PM
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sorry if i missed this but how many crews are you running. what mowers do you prefer on southern grasses?

I love your threads pretty cool
Well there is 11 people when at full strength and we go out in 5 vehicles and four trailers. Irrigation guy(my son) works alone. We are pretty much Scag guys don't have much problem with quality of cut. We mulch everything. We are getting set up for more crews and less time of us in the field. We got almost everything we need except a couple crew chief.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:35 PM
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Okay we had the worst 7 months of drought ending in November. Since then we have had rain almost every other week. This one lasted three days slow gentle rain. Now today it was 85F but tomorrow it is supposed to be cloudy and chance of rain rest of the week. Since the winter was warm the grass/weeds are going by the inch each day. Some of the holding ponds will need to be cut everyother week to stay ahead of growth. And none of this was expected by the experts. Unfortunately the lakes are not going up very fast so we will be shutting down watering soon.....but don't need to water now.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:41 PM
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Do you think you can show me some more trucks/trailers?
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:04 PM
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I think almost everything is in Hesslawns 2011 and some on our web site which i think still works. We are NOT a big company we would be considered mid size in our city.
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:53 PM
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Well there is 11 people when at full strength and we go out in 5 vehicles and four trailers. Irrigation guy(my son) works alone. We are pretty much Scag guys don't have much problem with quality of cut. We mulch everything. We are getting set up for more crews and less time of us in the field. We got almost everything we need except a couple crew chief.
Did you have any visa issues with your returning Foremen? Sunterra has zero Foremen coming back this year. I'm not sure what went down but trying to find a bunch of Foremen here that don't want an arm and a leg is difficult. Everyone thinks their worth $40K a year and that's to sit in the truck and watch the other guys work.

I have a great Foremen who through a stroke of luck was able to get a new DL good until 2018. He works for a reasonable rate and if I had to replace him I would be screwed. Finding born here folks to drive your trucks who you can trust is about as easy as finding winning lottery tickets.

Valley Crest was in the same bind starting last year. I'm sure there are other companies in the same bind which may make it very challenging to find decent Foremen who will work for any price.
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:19 PM
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Did you have any visa issues with your returning Foremen? Sunterra has zero Foremen coming back this year. I'm not sure what went down but trying to find a bunch of Foremen here that don't want an arm and a leg is difficult. Everyone thinks their worth $40K a year and that's to sit in the truck and watch the other guys work.

I have a great Foremen who through a stroke of luck was able to get a new DL good until 2018. He works for a reasonable rate and if I had to replace him I would be screwed. Finding born here folks to drive your trucks who you can trust is about as easy as finding winning lottery tickets.

Valley Crest was in the same bind starting last year. I'm sure there are other companies in the same bind which may make it very challenging to find decent Foremen who will work for any price.
The problem occurred when the gov decided at the last minute to require more information at the buness. It was a huge amount in the request. We got approved this past week so it will b three weeks until the process gets completed. Think about it.....we are approved by t he US government for specific individual with Mexican ID and US SS numbers and it will st ill take 3 weeks of stuff before they will arrive. This year the US has set the wages re high, these guys will be so be elated.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:55 PM
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The problem occurred when the gov decided at the last minute to require more information at the buness. It was a huge amount in the request. We got approved this past week so it will b three weeks until the process gets completed. Think about it.....we are approved by t he US government for specific individual with Mexican ID and US SS numbers and it will st ill take 3 weeks of stuff before they will arrive. This year the US has set the wages re high, these guys will be so be elated.
I was losing my mind in 2007 trying to use "born here" folks still. I only needed two guys but guys would come and go on a regular basis and quality control was suffering. I found two visa guys at ABC who wanted to jump ship the legal way. I was going to get skilled workers instead of getting straight out of Mexico workers who had no experience and may take a ton of training. And because they were returning workers they would not count against the cap at the time. Things were looking really good.

I spent $4000 and then the wheels came off the wagon. Two laws lapsed since Congress could agree on anything and the fact that my guys were H2BR didn't matter anymore. At first I thought my guys would be late and then it became apparent that I wasn't going to get anything but a $4000 gap in my bank statement.

Four years later the temp guys that I hired while I was waiting on my visa's are still my workers. My feeling was the government may screw me once and cause me to incur a $4000 loss but it's not going to happen twice. It's not like you can tell your clients maybe next year I'll have workers to mow your lawns. You have to do whatever it takes in this business to find and retain workers. The papers look good to me and E-Verify is not required is all I have to say.

The minimum visa pay used to be the federal minimum for visa guys. I was going to pay my guys $9 plus OT. It's funny to see the visa ads posted in the paper for job openings. The goal is to make the job look as crappy and low paying as possible. My ad had to go in the San Antonio paper even though I'm in Buda. I got two calls and sent out two certified letters about the jobs and of course never got a reply. It was just dead beats trying to extend their unemployment benefits I suspect.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:18 AM
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You had to wash your mowers decks after cutting all those weeds, right? Don't wanna infest the good lawns.
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