I wish I had a dollar....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DLCS, Aug 5, 2006.

  1. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I was at the gas station friday afternoon filling up the mowers and this guy says, "you probably will not be able to afford to mow if the gas prices keep going up". I wish I had a dollar for everytime I heard that statement while filling up. I turned around and said, sure I will, its called price increase. He got a weird smirk on his face and said "I bet most of your customers will probably only have you mow every 2 weeks then". By then I was done filling up and I just bit my tongue, gas station was too busy for me to speak my mind. People must really think we are dumb and ignorant, I wish that arse would call me for a quote.:hammerhead:
     
  2. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
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    shoulda said well i charge double if i have to double cut, and i always double cut, lol
     
  3. imdawrlus

    imdawrlus LawnSite Member
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    it costs me 5 bucks at the MOST to mow a 50 dollar lawn.....
     
  4. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I get told that every time I fill up too. I had one guy say I went and filled up my gas can and it cost over $15 and I will go through that in less then a month and I said I go through that much before lunch time today. He said that must be terrible. Then he started on my truck how much gas does that big thing go through and I said oh about $150 to $200 or more a week. He looked horrified.
     
  5. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,380


    Oh I know.

    But its the mentality of these idiots, they act like we are a charity organization who mows lawns for free. If the cost of fuel is a problem, we can raise prices. I believe its called the trickle down effect. I just get tired of hearing those statements.
     
  6. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
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    Oh I can definitely see what you are saying, frustrating to say the least. However, I swear most people seem to be the opposite, they have no clue that this business comes with expenses. I really think they think the mower that is on their lawn didn't cost anything or cost anything to run.:dizzy:
    At least that guy was smart enough to know that this biz has expenses. he just didn't know they were displaced to the customer. :)
     
  7. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,925

    That in itself is an interesting topic. We here in the Rogue Valley have come upon some interesting aspects to vote on this November with new sales taxes for fast food and a water tax. There is also a business tax proposed. This one is interesting because it is suppose to fund police an fire. The thing is, people just don't understand that the price will be passed back to them so they think it is great. Education is key to this.
    I would say over 50 percent of my customers are business owners so it is easy to deal with them, however the other 50 percent are hard to educate as to the costs of fuel rising raises more than just fuel itself.
     
  8. MoviePimp

    MoviePimp LawnSite Member
    from IN
    Posts: 39

    If you have very efficient equipment and mow very efficiently then the cost of gas should be a very low percentage. We mow in high gears the homeowners creep along behind theirs stopping every 10 feet to catch their breath or wipe sweat off the face. I sometimes watch because I find it funny when see some homeowner trying to cut off 6+ inches of grass with a mulching mower. They have no idea that just because the cutting height will go as low as 2 inches that they should not be mulching it that low. Never mind all the grass turds seeping out from under the deck:hammerhead: . I bet my mowers use about half the gas as a typical homeowners (low on dirty oil, blade dull as a whiffleball bat, air filter full of dirt, horrible mowing practices). They can only assume we burn as much gas as they would.
     
  9. Olylawnboy

    Olylawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Oly Wa
    Posts: 312

    But gosh, he saw 15 bucks for a five gal jug. Freaks them out when we learn to live with it :)
     
  10. DuraCutter

    DuraCutter LawnSite Senior Member
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    You know, that statement by that person comes from somewhere. What is the reason? I have some ideas. When I mow, and that's 2 1/2 days a week, some people, but not all treat me different than when I do other maintenance work around sites. It's a very complex set of reasons for people to look down on lawncare, but one of them is the notion that if the school kid can do it, it's an idiot's business that anyone can do. That is one big problem with lawncare... everyone can mow. Not everyone can repair stucco, repair a deck, paint tennis court lines, paint a window, drywall and tape a wall, but everyone, just about can mow. It also doesn't help that prices are so low and that lco's are beating each other on the head to lower the price... I don't think there is an answer, but I definitely feel the "look down" or the "I can do that better than you" attitude everytime me and my guys pick up the mowers. There's a little less attitude when you use the large 6' mowers, as the customers don't have those available to them and it's viewed as more of pro setup... boy, a hard one to figure out that attitude is...
     

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