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Old 11-07-2013, 05:57 PM
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Sorry for the delay guys and all the bumps

Here are the pictures I promised...


#1-2: New Ryobi work tunes, they are similar to the tek tunes made by 3M.

#3-4: A mushroom (I think) that I found in one of my customers yard, I was wondering if you could help me figure out what type of mushroom it is or even it it is a mushroom!

#5-6 Before shots of a fall cleanup

#7-8 Afters of that fall cleanup


Also does anyone use an Exmark Viking 36"? If you do, Pro's, Con's, etc. How does it compare to an Exmark Turf Tracer S Series 36", does anyone use a 36" turf tracer? Pro's Con's, etc...

Which would you recommend if you were in the market for a new 36" cut mower and money was no object? The Viking or the Turf Tracer?

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Old 11-07-2013, 06:06 PM
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looks good. Not sure what that thing is. how big are your properties?? quite frankly, if you can, i would recomend getting yourself a nice 21 (Honda HRX), They are cheap, do a great job, have virtually no maintenance, and use very little gas. Easy for other workers to use, and easy to store/transport. Dont feel that you need to have a big mower, especially for such a small amount of places (not bashing). any questions, or for more info, feel free to pm me. (i mow over 40 houses with 21's only, and yes, I have MUCH bigger mowers.....)
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:07 PM
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Also what service would you "officially" offer after mowing? Right now I do mowing, Leaf Removal, Snow Removal, Mulch, and Brush Removal. What should the next "official" service(s) that I offer?

Here are some stripe shots for Chis (the Gold Pro) even though they don't come close to his stripes and an edging shot. All of my edges are done using a Toro straight shaft trimmer from home depot. I plan on upgrading to a Stihl FS110R when I purchase my Exmark Viking/Turf Tracer...

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Old 11-07-2013, 06:11 PM
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it looks like you tried to post a second response. did you get my post
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:18 PM
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Yes I did, I was writing the thread before I saw your comment. The thing with getting a nice 21" mower is that I need the efficiency (increased productivity) that comes with the 36" cut over the 21" cut.
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:39 PM
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Have u actually ran the numbers on what I costs to RUN a larger mower over its lifetime?? Gas, repairs,parts,etc.... The lower expense of a 21 may cover the decreased productivity
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:48 PM
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Have u actually ran the numbers on what I costs to RUN a larger mower over its lifetime?? Gas, repairs,parts,etc.... The lower expense of a 21 may cover the decreased productivity
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No I have not, how would you run those numbers?

However, between sports and and schools I have a limited amount of time to spend on lawn care and landscaping and I need the increased productivity from the 36" cut.
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:29 PM
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Yes I did, I was writing the thread before I saw your comment. The thing with getting a nice 21" mower is that I need the efficiency (increased productivity) that comes with the 36" cut over the 21" cut.
If you can afford it, get a 36" or a 42". When/if you need a new 21" get a good one or just skip the 21" all together and get a 30".
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Thanks for the advice guys.

Does anyone have any recommendations on what other official service(s) I should offer?
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Thanks for the advice guys.

Does anyone have any recommendations on what other official service(s) I should offer?
Seeding & fertilizing.
Aeration & thatching (until you are able to purchase your own equipment, schedule several in one day and rent the equipment)
Pruning & trimming
Plant installations & flowerbed creation

Other areas you can expand into later are gutter cleaning and pressure washing (house washing, driveways & walkways, decks, fences, outdoor furniture, etc.) When you get your pressure washer buy a long hose (100') for the gun and use the pressure washer to clean the gutters…combine this service with the house washing…offer it as a package deal or promote it as a free gutter cleaning with the purchase of an exterior house wash. Heavily promote these services in late fall/early winter and late winter/early spring. Educate yourself on damages that can occur because of clogged gutters and then use this knowledge to educate your clients as to why they need this service. Get the best pressure washer you can afford (visit the pressure washer forum for more info on this). By the way, I use to have a 2100 psi Craftsman pressure washer that cost me a few hundred dollars. I bought it new and it lasted me a little over 13 years and made me lots of money.

If you are going to pressure wash decks and fences, you might want to think about also offering deck & fence staining and sealing.
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Stihl MS391 25" Bar Chainsaw
RedMax EBZ7100 Blower
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