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Old 12-09-2013, 04:54 PM
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I figured I better get this going, as I feel like I'm bombing other member's threads with equipment pictures.

I started mowing, 30yrs ago. I was 15 and my mom would drop me at my first and only client. It was a commercial property of ~3 acres. I did that place, 21" at a time. When I turned 16, I picked up a property management company, which had numerous complexes throughout town. When, I graduated school, I joined the military. Fast forward a bunch of years and I started mowing, again. During summer '13, a couple other LCOs encouraged me to get legit, so I could broaden my horizons. I swapped a 5'X8' utility trailer for a 7'X12' V-nose and added a 60" ZTR and 30" WB to the stable. I had everything else. I contacted a local pinstriper/signmaker for my branding and signage. With a logo, I upgraded the rest of my presentation.

This is the rig.


Me and how I show up for work.


Trailer interior, empty and during initial setup.


Trailer interior, loaded with both ZTRs and a 21" up the left side.


I run an Andersen WD hitch. It's quiet, can easily change preload, and easy to hook/unhook.


I upgraded to 15"X6" wheels, so that I could run Maxxis 225/75 10-ply tires. Maxxis are about the only non-Chinese made trailer tire available.


My business cards. I use one for local work and the other for out-of-town.


Embroidered work shirts.


Embroidered work jacket.


Casual T-shirts.


Logo.


The change in grain direction causes a flip-flop effect.


I keep my stuff clean.




Difference nice wheels make.




More to come.
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'13 Hustler X-ONE, 60", Kohler ECV749 EFI
'05 Hustler FasTrak, 42", Honda GXV530
'13 Toro Timemaster 30"
'02 Lawn Boy SilverPro 21"
Stihl BR600 blower
Stihl BG55 blower
Stihl FS55R trimmer
Stihl KM55R Kombi system
Stihl MS180C chain saw
Stihl HS45 hedge trimmer
RedMax Reciprocator
Echo SRM225 trimmer
Echo GT-2000 trimmer
Gravely WB edger
Husqvarna 580BTS blower
Dolmar 245.4 string trimmer
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'13 Bravo Star, 7'X12', V-nose
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:56 PM
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Looks really nice!
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:04 PM
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Looks really nice!
Thank you.
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'13 Hustler X-ONE, 60", Kohler ECV749 EFI
'05 Hustler FasTrak, 42", Honda GXV530
'13 Toro Timemaster 30"
'02 Lawn Boy SilverPro 21"
Stihl BR600 blower
Stihl BG55 blower
Stihl FS55R trimmer
Stihl KM55R Kombi system
Stihl MS180C chain saw
Stihl HS45 hedge trimmer
RedMax Reciprocator
Echo SRM225 trimmer
Echo GT-2000 trimmer
Gravely WB edger
Husqvarna 580BTS blower
Dolmar 245.4 string trimmer
'06 Chevrolet Silverado
'13 Bravo Star, 7'X12', V-nose
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:28 PM
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Sharp looking setup for sure....
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:32 PM
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Sharp looking setup for sure....
Thank you.
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'13 Hustler X-ONE, 60", Kohler ECV749 EFI
'05 Hustler FasTrak, 42", Honda GXV530
'13 Toro Timemaster 30"
'02 Lawn Boy SilverPro 21"
Stihl BR600 blower
Stihl BG55 blower
Stihl FS55R trimmer
Stihl KM55R Kombi system
Stihl MS180C chain saw
Stihl HS45 hedge trimmer
RedMax Reciprocator
Echo SRM225 trimmer
Echo GT-2000 trimmer
Gravely WB edger
Husqvarna 580BTS blower
Dolmar 245.4 string trimmer
'06 Chevrolet Silverado
'13 Bravo Star, 7'X12', V-nose
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:59 PM
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Nice stuff man, I keep my equipment and truck clean too, started out kind of like you too. I also wear nicer clothes to work in as well, it makes for a very professional image.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:07 PM
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Very nice looking setup, wondering if that trailer has a 5k axle? It looks like it has brakes and I'm sure that WD kit helps with the single axle and 1500 truck. I'm sure your work is 1st Class.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:26 PM
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Nice stuff man, I keep my equipment and truck clean too, started out kind of like you too. I also wear nicer clothes to work in as well, it makes for a very professional image.
Thank you.

I agree, with image. Places like where you're at it pays huge dividends. Not sure of my future, but, am considering that area in a year or so.

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Very nice looking setup, wondering if that trailer has a 5k axle? It looks like it has brakes and I'm sure that WD kit helps with the single axle and 1500 truck. I'm sure your work is 1st Class.
Thank you.

It does have brakes and I'll never, again, own a trailer without them (last one didn't have them).

It's a 3500# Dexter torsion (under a 1900# EW trailer). Minus the 42", I'm right at that weight. However, the tongue is carrying a certain amount of it, too. Notice the trailer has a 6" tube frame under it. And, the total weight is why I upgraded the tires to 10-ply. It's a pretty stout trailer, which is why I felt OK to go with it.

The WD really shines in stability. The design of the tapered ball keeps everything going straight and makes a huge difference in higher winds, semi-trucks passing, etc. With my last V-nose trailer, I didn't have this hitch. The preload eliminates any porpoising. I'm really happy I spent the extra money. I needed a 2-5/16" setup and different drawbar with this trailer, anyway.
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'13 Hustler X-ONE, 60", Kohler ECV749 EFI
'05 Hustler FasTrak, 42", Honda GXV530
'13 Toro Timemaster 30"
'02 Lawn Boy SilverPro 21"
Stihl BR600 blower
Stihl BG55 blower
Stihl FS55R trimmer
Stihl KM55R Kombi system
Stihl MS180C chain saw
Stihl HS45 hedge trimmer
RedMax Reciprocator
Echo SRM225 trimmer
Echo GT-2000 trimmer
Gravely WB edger
Husqvarna 580BTS blower
Dolmar 245.4 string trimmer
'06 Chevrolet Silverado
'13 Bravo Star, 7'X12', V-nose
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:36 PM
Dr. Cornwallis Dr. Cornwallis is offline
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Thank you.

I agree, with image. Places like where you're at it pays huge dividends. Not sure of my future, but, am considering that area in a year or so.
You're welcome! You considering moving to the Valrico, FL area? If you are, I don't think you'll regret it, there are lots of nice homes and the Tampa area in general is really nice.

The areas that I mow/target are upscale. I target upper middle class to wealthy neighborhoods in Valrico and Fish Hawk with nice homes/yards; "High End" is my business model, I dress nice to mow, I use nice equipment, a nice truck etc (as do you) and it instantly makes potential clients think of me as not just "a lawn guy" but a professional, it also instantly gives them the impression that I do good work.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:44 PM
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1ST CLASS FOR SURE! Nice rig and I like your style.
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