Half expecting a plane to crash into my house next

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Kelly's Landscaping, May 6, 2005.

  1. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have not been on here much lately it’s been seven days a week 12 hours plus a day for a few months. But I am having the worse start to a season I could ever think of I am stunned how much can go wrong. Estimates started much later due to weather but ballpark I have around 160 accounts atm I am not sure who they all are yet. Ill do a drive bye give the price to my mother and fine out a few days later she made the sale on the phone.

    Any ways I just got to vent I had no march it snowed up to the end I did not get to start till April 9th, which is very late. So I had only 18 days of work in April hence I still have 20 clean ups to go. I am booked for at least the next 3 months. My trucks all got worked on this spring I had the two rams repainted and did a color change on the 99. My gmc 3500 had some serious issues last fall that we waited till march to look into since we take the winter off and I did not want to spend the money then. The diesel injectors were shot and I ended up with the rebuild time going for most of April with out here which was very hard since that’s my only dump truck and she not only had a leaf box on her but also my 20 hp vac. So I slugged it out most of the month with just one truck not easy I have taken back two ex employees that seem to have figured out they like the job and have been quite good to me these last few weeks.

    That said all my new hires have been failures and I do need a 3rd man. So this week was our first real cut week and this is how it’s gone. Last Friday I blew the rear end of my 98 ram so that was out to Thursday. On Tuesday I had to work to midnight to convert our box truck to a cutting truck new hitch and wiring I can not even see the trailer in the mirrors the thing is so wide its like driving blind. Wednesday seemed to be going well I am driving this beast and I get a call from my other crew they got one of my backpacks stolen. Now I didn’t yell just went back to work that was a 12.5 hour cutting day Thursday Phil had to have off as well as Friday is wife is about to give birth and he had to be there with her. So Lou had to cut all day by himself we busted our butts and today despite only being our third cutting day it looked like we might finish our list and some of these guys are a foot or more tall. So I am out there banging out 1-2 acre lawns all morning with Ben I need to get 28 done Lou was on his own again I get to number 13 and the right hydro pump on my 60=inch lazer blows. Its like some one is trying to screw with me. So I call in my solo second crew and merge I push my lazer on the trailer add in bagging system and the things like 1500 pounds. Then I got to cut to 8 tonight the last 2 and half hours in the rain. I have 2 new mowers but both of them are not ready to pick up yet I am told track vac will not ship out the system with out a weight kit trouble is they ran out. So here it is a week and no new 52-inch lazer Z. If I had that I would not be in that much trouble but with out a back up for my 60 ouch is all I can say. I do love my 44-inch lazer but compared to the big boy it’s a toy. She is great on Lou's side of the list but my side the lawns are 10 times the size of his. So here it is mothers day weekend I have around 21 lawns out of 160 on account that have not been cut not for lack of trying. And it is suppose to rain all day tomorrow doesn't matter I will be going cutting anyways Don't want but its a holiday weekend and if I am to go down I will go down swinging. I may fail to cut them all but I will not have it said I did not do everything I could to see that did not happen.

    Oh yea I got some bi*ch new customer I met yesterday lawn was a foot and half tall and she thinks I was going to cut her bi weekly. I did not sign her up my partner did and at the time the lawn was dormant well not any more. Well she was in my face as soon as I got there and in her foreign gibberish I heard her say the price first time I heard what it was to which I responded before I even cut the lawn I am changing that lady I am not doing this that cheap. Things like a poster for chem. lawn well she calls up today all pissed and tells my mother I am calling my lawyer I am going to sue you LOL yea right. My contract has a term #8 [There is no obligation for either party to continue with this contract if unsatisfied. Either party may terminate this agreement by serving an oral or written notice.] When asked to read that on her contract this dimwit refused there is a reason I do no play games and require so many cuts or so many days notice and this lady is it when I want to fire someone I want to do it right then on the spot. Which was the highlight of my day hearing my mother fired her first PITA.
     
  2. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sorry to hear someone is having similar luck to mine....
    I must say your ordeal is on a larger scale though...
     
  3. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    Kelly, don't worry about going down swinging. Screw it, it's raining, sounds like you need a break. Take a day for yourself, your customers will still be there on Monday.
     
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hell Matthew, that sounds like one of my better weeks...LOL
     
  5. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    Ya, the problems are never ending in a lawn care biz. Just so many things that can go wrong--weather, customers, equipment etc etc. You are always putting out little fires until the big one comes along
     
  6. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Welcome to my world Matt !
     
  7. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
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    Geewhiz...... it's like looking in the mirror. It is ruff but sometimes this happens. Last year was like that for me.
     
  8. mmacsek

    mmacsek LawnSite Senior Member
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    I feel alot better. It's not just me!! Matt
     
  9. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yep sounds like a typical Spring for a small operation
     
  10. turfmann

    turfmann LawnSite Platinum Member
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    There's this scene in the movie "The World According to Garp" in which Garp and his wife are looking at a house to buy. Then this small plane comes sputtering along and crashes into the house. Garp says "I'll take it, it's pre-disastered"

    BTW...I just sold my GMC truck for exactly the same reason. I replaced it with an International, thinking it couldn't be worse. Wrong. Rusty wiring. Been in the shop more than on the road. Makes you wax nostalgic for last October when everything was running like a Swiss watch.
     

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