His Truck Broke Down

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Sammy, Jun 22, 2001.

  1. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This spring there was a guy comeing around almost every saturday looking for lawns to mow. He had a Crapsman Rider, and Homelite Trimmer in the back of his p/u truck. Always had his brother and his girl freind with him.
    I had not seen him of late until yesterday at the local eatery. I asked him how his mowing service was doing. He said he had to give it up. His truck had broke down and he had to sell his Crapsman and trimmer to get $$$ to fix it. :blob3:

    Another one bites the dust ! [isnt that a song...LOL...]
  2. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
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    Have a crew around my hometown in a old beat up Van pulling a wooden trailer with a snapper rider 3 push mowers and a unknown type weedeater and I have to give them credit they are working and earning a little money. Hope the guy in your post is earning money some where.
  3. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    got a guy in this area pulls two lazers among other things
    has a mexican working with him and runs both machines for 35 per hr,
    to each his own,but whew!!
  4. Administrator

    Administrator Administrator
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    You guys are hardcore! :blob3:

    I always wished everyone good fortune. I like to see people working for themselves to put food on their table.
  5. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    I was in my garage today doing my weekly service on my mowers, when here comes a young kid with a flyer for lawncare. He started asking me questions but when I tried to help he seemed cocky like he knew it all. I found out he has no license,no comm. equipt, no ins. and no clue. He also said he was going to cut avg lawns for $3-5 less than everyone else. Great another unlicensed, uninsured lowballer, just what we need, down here. I was just trying to steer him in the right direction. He kept looking at his watch, like he had to go. Hey, I tried. I believe in helping anyone that wants to learn, but he seemed to have all the answers already.
  6. RMDoyon

    RMDoyon LawnSite Member
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    I'd swear I saw the same rig you just described right here in High Point about 3 weeks ago.
    Are you anywhere near the Triad?
  7. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    I too like people working to put food on the table. Only wish they would choose another line of work. With a town of 200,000 people we have around 500 licensed with the city LCOs. Way too many. 10 years ago there were only 90.
  8. Those are real bad numbers Charles.

    Out of 200k there is maybe 100k housing units. Of those 100k units lets say 20% buy lawncare. With 500 LCO's that gives an average account base of only 40 homes per lco.

    It might be time to head to "greener" pastures.
  9. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    any body running two lazers and paying a helper for
    35 per hr,got to have a rich daddy or somethin,
    cause even if he is not paying taxes ,cant see how he can make money at that rate.
  10. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    Thats pretty accurate Lawrence. I even saw a man and woman riding around yesterday knocking on doors of homes with high grass. They were pulling cheap homeowner stuff trying to drum up biz that way. Not very economical but desperate people do desperated things. Luckily, I have an established biz and do a variety of things. I would hate to be starting a lawncare business in this environment. Creation of new industry had slowed dramacticly with the economic slowdown and all these people who have been laidoff dont have much choice or they could move to greener pastures. With all the rain I will have one of the best years in along time. But the cutting grass division could still be doing better. Everyone should call the license dept of their city and see how many lco they have per % of their population and report it here. That would be interesting to find out

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