Anyone over 60 doing lawncare?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by pflasch, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. pflasch

    pflasch LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 294

    Just curious as to anyone over the age of 60 doing lawncare.

    I drove past a very nice setup (new truck, new 16' Wells Cargo trailer with great lettering and graphics on it, and new ZTR mowers)

    2 guys were doing a fantastic job on a 3/4 acre upper end home. Very good attention to detail, and everything (including the way that they were dressed) looked professional.
    They looked like they were in no hurry to rush off to the next account, and were doing things very meticulously.

    Anyway, I had to stop to talk to them.
    They were about as nice as could be, and told me that they had been friends for a long time, executives of a major company, and one day decided to leave the rat race they called corporate life! They both love the outdoors, and not being "chained to a desk" was worth it.
    They purchased everything from money they had, and didn't incur any debt! (I'm jealous as hell!)
    They want to build the business slowly... and give people a fair value for their money.
    They are both in their early 60's, and having the time of their lives!!

    Anyone else here, maybe retired from a previous job, doing lawncare?

    Just curious...
     
  2. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 607

    I'll turn 66 next week and work solo most of the time. Handle 28-33 weekly accounts depending on the season.

    I was "down-sized" after 19 years by a manager? ;) who couldn't manage a good BM.

    Much the same story as the guys above, except I've been around awhile. I had to buy my equipment like most of the folks on here, over time and making payments as I went. My retirement and 401k went in the tank like a lot of otherfolks did. Everything is paid off now and I'm really enjoying everyday. Man. I wish I'd have known about this kind of life sooner. Thumbs Up

    Jim
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2009
  3. pflasch

    pflasch LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 294

    Captain,

    Thanks for chiming in!

    Speaking of "downsizing"... i just about busted a gut the other day when I saw a brand new Lexus SUV pulling an open trailer with a wb on it... sign reading "I cut grass"
    I can imagine his story... some exec with a hugh salary gets the axe, and now can't find any work in his chosen profession, and is now looking at how to put food on the table!!
     
  4. Hamatsa

    Hamatsa LawnSite Member
    Posts: 79

    My story is similar to the two guys you chatted with except I'm not quite 60 yet. I, like them, was lucky enough to have the capital to invest in the business w/o incurring debt. My goal was to get paid to get exercise.....on a P/T basis. The business has expanded dramatically and lawns are only about 30% of the income. The majority of the work is the dirty, nasty, and painful stuff (read:Removal of brush and Blackberries). I personally worked 6 days last week and we're gearing up for Fall cleanup already. I have 6 P/T employees. Its been fun growing the business but I find myself back in "boss" mode again after having done it for 30 years in my previous career.

    My GF thinks I'm a fruitcake for working so hard but it is cheaper then joining a gym.
     
  5. pflasch

    pflasch LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 294

    Hamatsa... great story!!

    Thank you for sharing!
     
  6. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,732

    I am not over 60( not even over 15 yet:laugh::laugh: ) but I know these 3 guys that all live in my neighborhoodand they have a pretty big company and they are all in there mid 60s to 70s they have mostly scag wbs, as well as 2 scag tts and a few wright sentars, They use to do fret but stopped and just threw out some of there equipment( that's where I got my lesco spreader) they do the parks in my neighborhood ( have been doing them since 1986) They have 2 years left on there contract and I would be willing to bet they will stop after this. I most likely will get the parks then( the neighborhood already had me do the landscaping in medians and at the parks)
     
  7. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,426

    Well I'm only 46 but from what I'm seeing of the young help I get they will never make it to 30. They can't push a mower without giving out, my trimmers were too heavy for some of them (even the stihl 55), can't bend over to pick up trash so I bought a pair of tongs or whatever you call them. Heck I end up doing a lot just to keep from watching them suffer. I think I'm one of the last people that still can bend down and pick up something (I think this is a lost art form, don't know who ties their shoes?).

    The guy working for me this year has been great though. He wants more work than I can find for him. He likes to push mow, and grabs the heaviest trimmer (Sthil 250) before I can get to it.
     
  8. TreeClimber57

    TreeClimber57 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 170

    Similar story for me. Although not quite 60.. but coming fast.

    I have younger guys working for me as well though. (we do tree work as well, and while I do some climbing, most is done by the 20 year olds).

    But I do get on the Z's and have a blast every now and again.
     
  9. SEMI-RETIRED

    SEMI-RETIRED LawnSite Member
    Posts: 159

    I'm 68, jan is 64, we do mostly commercial, very little residential, we
    specialize in sub-division right of ways, vac lots, brush-hog work, we
    have about 10 residential and 30 other, don't go after residential
    because the weed-eating kills my back LOL..

    We have all we can handle right now, not looking for any additional
    business but will take it if it fits our niche..

    Retired 5 years ago and started business for something to do, not
    very good at sitting around, i just wish i had thought of this about
    40 years ago, i would probably be a millionaire or at least better
    off than i am, not complaining though..

    Bob..
     
  10. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,746

    Fifty-eight years old. Started the mowing business to supplement our income and pay off our house, which I did, with the intention of retiring last year. Still haven't had the nerve to take that "leap of faith" with the issues of health insurance and inflation uppermost in my mind, but I do enjoy the business. Well, most days at least. :)
     

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