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Old 10-26-2004, 12:43 PM
pbillings pbillings is offline
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That's Hilarious, Carolina.....Funny thing. I had acouple of those too. I also had one of the old toy mowers that when pushed it had a clear dome on top where little balls would jump around inside.....
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Old 11-27-2004, 08:57 PM
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K.Carothers K.Carothers is offline
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Originally Posted by Carolina Cuts
Started at age 2 with a Fisher Price Bubble Mower... :blob3: :blob3: :blob3:

Now I have 100 Bubble Mowers and bubble-up the whole neighborhood. :blob3:
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Old 11-28-2004, 02:38 AM
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I had a bubble mower too.

Anyway, I've been on a riding mower since I was 5 years old. It was an old Craftsman 10/36. Pop still uses that one. It's on its second engine now though. The first engine died and the Sears mechanic said that it was because he let me drive it too much.

2004 Ford F-250 XL RC/LB 4x2 Power Stroke Diesel
2010 John Deere Z710A 48" cut
1999 John Deere GT-235/54" deck
1985 John Deere 212 w/38" deck
1983 John Deere 420 w/54" hydraulic front blade
1974 John Deere 140, 54" hydraulic blade, 3pt. hitch, tandem disc, plow, 48" deck
1971 John Deere 112, 38" deck, all original, down for engine rebuild.
1967 IH Cub Cadet 124 w/creeper box, disc, plow
1947 Economy/Power King Tractor S/N 590, fully restored.

Certified John Deere Technician
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Old 12-02-2004, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Lawnboy112
I started mowing my parents lawns, and my grandparents. Thats when i was only 7 years old, and had an old craftsmen. Now, im 14 and have over 25 customers in my neighborhood only. Not including the ones i have that my dad drives my too. I was 12 when i thought i should start a lawn care business. Now that i have experience the cost of the equipment i should tell most kids my age, have at least!, 700$$$ saved up. I currently have 1 dixon 48" ZTR, 2 Toro 36" walkbehinds, 2 echo trimmers, 2 echo backpack blowers, and a 8x14' trailer. Last year i made over 15,000$$ just from mowing lawns. Right now i have nearly
40,000$$$ saved! I suggest you look into all of this before hand and not during, I found out the hard way.
All i can say is that are full of b*ll Sh*t. Don't give your self "THAT" much credit. We all had to start somewhere and there are guys out there that have been doing this before you where born and are not even making that sorta green. Do come on here and tell tell lies you can get real feedback on your posts which means you won't learn anything new!!!
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Old 02-08-2005, 02:41 AM
Todd's lawncare Todd's lawncare is offline
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alot of smack

i think alot of you kids talk smack i offer about 20 different services and i don't make 25k a year go back to 4th grade
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Old 02-10-2005, 04:05 AM
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my dad never help me
I started mowing at 8yrs old (mine and a neighbors). My daddy never bought me a mower or bottle of coke. I started with a crapsman at 8 and bought a kubota at age 10 a 19in never seen one like it since. Cause all of these guys could smoke you when it comes to making it look good and the equipment I'm 26yrs old and I'm not Impressed with equipment anyboby can buy equipment. Only some of us are going to have the touch in the grass biz when it goes to a few big companies. I'll be one will you. I'm fixin' to take over the south.
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Old 02-10-2005, 09:42 AM
Patrick.B Patrick.B is offline
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LawnBoy112 ,,,you aint got $40.000 save up and i'm sure the rest of the guys in here don't believe you ..i know guy around here been in Lawn business for 12 years and like hes said ,,,its take years to build your lawn business ,,,you don't drive and you gonna tell me you got that much money save up ? Okay if you say so pal ,.,,
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Old 02-11-2005, 12:48 PM
evont22 evont22 is offline
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I started when I was about 11 mowing at my house with my dads massey ferguson (1127?) with a 6ft pull behind... I really started mowing for other
people at age 15, but was hard because I had to get dropped off, now I have a 99' dodge 2500, 04' exmark xp, 04 polaris ranger, 00' cargo express 7x16, 02' 12k lb rated 12x7 dump trailer, and just recently bought a bobcat 743---- The lawn care business is great! Expecting another year of large growth- did lots of advertising this year.

E.T.'s Mowing & Lawn Care
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Old 02-11-2005, 06:23 PM
metiernan metiernan is offline
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I started mowing commercially when I was 13 and I am now 19. I contiribute my sucess to the fact that I was always buying new mowers. I started with my dads 36 inch snapper rider, then bought a 38 inch John Deer, then bought my uncles 36 inch bunton walk behind and put a sulky on it, then I taded up for a 61 inch snapper, then I jumped up to a 61 inch encore prowler, and this year I will have 2 exmark 60 inch lazer z's. I have just as nice of equipment as my competition if not nicer.
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Old 02-13-2005, 04:25 AM
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I started at about 22 and went into business for myself at 24. Sure I mowed a lawn at 9 or 10 but I wouldnt say thats when I started. And Lawnboy I'm gonna have to call your bluff if you saved that much then you must have zero overhead, nothing ever breaks down, your equipment magically runs without fuel, you dont have ins. and dont pay taxes. At your age I find it hard to belive that you have enough expierence managing your financials to save that kind of money.
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