Green Industry Ranking Test

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Fareway Lawncare, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 2,222

    Here is a Copy & Paste Test to determine your stature.

    Answering “Yes” to the following adds 1 point to your total. Please note the sections are in order of importance.

    Equipment Section:

    I own or operate:

    1) Handheld Blower
    2) Curved Shaft Trimmer
    3) Any non-commercial handhelds
    3) Belt Drive Walks
    4) any unit which requires electrical cord.
    5) Walkbehind Vacs
    6) Non commercial 21” (Toro Recycler. Honda Harmony and their ilk)
    7) Cabover w/landscape beds for pure mowing crew (s)
    8) Enclosed trailer for mowing crew (s)
    8) Power Edger’s (unless this is strict necessity in your market)
    9) Handheld leaf vacs (Echo shred’n’Vac & its ilk)
    10) Lawn Tractor
    11) Attachment series stick tools
    12) My Dealer is Home Depot/Lowes/Costco/Wal-Mart
    13) I have made a significant equipment purchase at any of the above outlets.
    7) I have no back-up units
    8) I have rented a hedge trimmer or chain saw

    Total
    4-6 Riff Raff
    6-13 Scrub

    If your Total remains less than 4 you may continue, otherwise your classification stands and you may not proceed.

    “Yes” adds a point to your total.

    Procedure and operating section:

    1) I work out of a truck bed or the back of a mini-van
    2) I haul a trailer with a mini-van or car
    3) I sharpen blades weekly and never balance.
    4) I enjoy chatting with elderly customers and doing them small chores.
    5) I will do almost anything a customer asks even if it's not green industry related.
    6) I wait to get paid after each service visit.
    7) My business cards consist of my number hand written on a piece of scrap paper.
    8) I trim with right hand on throttle from right to left
    9) Billing is hand written and or sent out in no specific time frame
    10) My customers are all on a per cut payment system (no contracts)
    11) My string trimmers still have guards installed.
    12) My mowers have the discharge covers installed (applies to solo ops or companies w/1-3 employees only)
    13) I bag grass throughout the entire season
    14) I use 3 man crews for straight mow and blows
    15) Mow and Blow crews are equipped with only one blower (only applicable for 2 man crews. Not singles)
    16) My garage is my shop
    17) I do not carry pre-wound bump heads
    18) I do not carry extra gas or gas/mix
    19) I have used a customer’s equipment
    20) I or my employee (s) wear wife beaters or cut-offs while working
    21) I or my employee(s) smoke on the jobsite
    22) I or my employee(s) relieve themselves on the jobsite
    23) I or my employee(s) eat lunch sitting on a customer’s front lawn
    24) The lighting system on my trailer(s) does not function
    25) My trailer(s) are not plated
    26) My wife/girlfriend is my secretary or works with me in the field
    27) My friends of relatives help out when things get busy
    28) I am part-time (add 2 points)

    Total
    8-11 General Riff Raff
    11-15 Riff Raff
    10-25 Scrub

    If your Total remains less than 8 you may continue, otherwise your classification stands and you may not proceed.

    “Yes” adds a point to your total

    Legal and Financial Section
    1) I do not carry liability, equipment, and commercial vehicle insurance
    2) I pay my employee(s) cash
    3) My personal bank account and or phone # is same as business'
    4) I declare less than 50% of earnings
    5) My employee (s) are illegals or female
    6) My employee (s) are not paid and covered as per my States laws
    7) I call myself a landscaper when my primary focus is maintenance

    0-4 Member of Green Industry Elite
    4-8 High Class Scrub
    8-14 Riff Raff
     
  2. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,414

    Not sure how accurate this is or how bad you’re asking to get ripped for writing it but I scored a 3

    I do not have an enclosed trailer but I can see owning one how does that make you a scrub.
     
  3. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,137

    I have a problem with three of these, but don't really care enough about something so arbitrary to complain.
     
  4. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    yeah I agree...how does having an enclosed trlr make you a lowlife?? If anything, having an enclosed trlr should earn a "credit" against your score
     
  5. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,842

    FareWay, YOU ARE THE MAN! You got some serious Brass Balls, dude. I love it. I know you wrote this understanding you were about to receive the biggest pummeling in Lawnsite history. Yet you still posted it! And on almost every issue you are totally on point! More power to ya, brother.

    I feel sorry for the scourging you are about to receive. But I totally respect you for posting this even though you had to have known you were setting yourself up to be flame-broiled. You got Brass ones, man!!! I love it!

    By the way, I scored 4 or 5 depending on how you look at one question. This has got to be one of the best / most interesting threads I have EVER seen here.

    ROTFLMAO!!!! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
  6. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Equipment Section:
    2
    Procedure and operating section:
    5
    Legal and Financial Section
    1

    I like it but what is your score?


    BTW you are very unforgiving in that second section of scoring. From 10 on you are General Riff Raff, Riff Raff AND a Scrub once you hit 10 points. :p
     
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    1) Handheld Blower
    Yep, I have a Stihl hand held commercial blower for cleaning gutters

    3) Belt Drive Walks
    Uh-huh, I use it on 3 lawns Can't justify the cost of a hydro

    10) My customers are all on a per cut payment system (no contracts)
    It's worked well for 10 years so why change it? I also do monthly billings including CC payments.

    12) My mowers have the discharge covers installed (applies to solo ops or companies w/1-3 employees only)
    I don't understand why having the discharge covers installed counts against you but all of mine are installed. Bad me!

    16) My garage is my shop
    That's why it was built

    21) I or my employee(s) smoke on the jobsite
    This is something I do and there is no excuse for it.

    22) I or my employee(s) relieve themselves on the jobsite
    I do not make a habit of this but when I have to go I really have to go

    3) My personal bank account and or phone # is same as business'
    Refer to #10 above.

    The way "I" see it I am only doing 2, maybe 3 things that I shouldn't be doing. Call me what you will.
     
  8. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 471

    I think all that cold Canadian air has damaged your brain. I would reccomend a part time job or even some volunteer work in a nice warm place.
     
  9. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 963

    I think all that cold Canadian air has damaged your brain. I would reccomend a part time job or even some volunteer work in a nice warm place.


    Damaged it or frozen it????
     
  10. Updog

    Updog LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    My wife does audit deposit for an investment firm you bet she keeps my books. I also have a brother that works part time with me he is a senior in high school and considering a career in golf coarse management but I guess he should work at a fast food restaurant right. I do agree with most of these but people have to start from somewhere. But you are probably some little rich boy whose parents funded your start up. I got started with a wheel barrel some shovels and rakes and a 5x10 trailer, saved my money bought the the best and have God myself and my wife to thank. Next time think before typing. Malt liquor and computers are not compatible.
     

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