Lawn Enforcement Equipment 2011 Hartselle, AL

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by HartselleLawnEnforcement, May 17, 2011.

  1. HartselleLawnEnforcement

    HartselleLawnEnforcement LawnSite Member
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    Don't plan on going into any kind of commercial accounts anytime soon, so thats good that I don't necessarily need insurance.. As far as license goes, I might get one in Hartselle later on, right now I just need to work on the whole actually getting customers part. lol! Thanks for the advice, really helps!
     
  2. HartselleLawnEnforcement

    HartselleLawnEnforcement LawnSite Member
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    Had an idea. I have a JD Gator - 1999 model - fits on the trailer with the lawn-mower... I guess I could put slats on the bed and use it as a mulch-carrying gator. hah. beats using a wheelbarrow... thing's not in the best shape - been abused to say the least.. will post a picture tomorrow.
     
  3. HartselleLawnEnforcement

    HartselleLawnEnforcement LawnSite Member
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    Here's the JD Gator that I'll probably put to work for mulch jobs. It looks terrible, I know, but it still runs like a champ! Probably put boards up on the bed to haul more mulch - put a "push-button" start on it today (the key broke off in the ignition) and this seemed the easier solution.. definitely not worried about anyone stealing it. :laugh: :laugh:

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  4. HartselleLawnEnforcement

    HartselleLawnEnforcement LawnSite Member
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    First off, the hood was something that needed to be done, and I did it for $1.09. Already had the sheet metal and just bolted it in where the hood used to bolt in at.. this thing got RAGGED all its life.. so the hood is justified - just not that great.. but WHO LET ME GET WILD WITH THE SPRAY PAINT?!?! :nono:

    The bed rails were perfectly fine green, but I think the paint fumes were getting to me and so I decided to tape it off and paint those black. That was probably a mistake.. :dizzy:

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  5. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
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    I wouldn't use that Gator for mulch jobs, not necessary.
    A good 2 wheeled wheel barrow is just fine.
    You gotta think about it, unless your drop point is in a remote location, using that Gator would be silly.
    You got a trailer load of mulch, where you gonna put that Gator?
    A wheelbarrow you can throw on top of the mulch.
    My advice to you just starting out, listen to the old timers.
    I bought a bunch of stuff I "thought" I needed when I started.
    Also, after you know what you're looking at, check out the pawn shops for handheld stuff.
    I've made over $5000 so far off a little Echo top handle chainsaw, bought for $112 at the pawn shop.
    Also, don't pay what they ask, negotiate with them.
    Don't get sucked into the brand thing either.
    Most commercial mowers are pretty much equal.
    Just some unsolicited advice for you.
    I know Decatur and the area very well.
    I went to Austin and Decatur HS, long story.
     
  6. HartselleLawnEnforcement

    HartselleLawnEnforcement LawnSite Member
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    Lol, I knew somebody would say that about the gator..

    After I posted that and thought about it, I asked myself the same questions you did - so yeah, I won't be using the gator for mulch.

    As far as the "don't buy what you don't need" thing, I haven't bought any new equipment for the business - parents were always sticklers for brand-name, so yeah, I guess I'm lucky that my parents bought the equipment, but hey, keeps overhead down. :laugh:
     
  7. HartselleLawnEnforcement

    HartselleLawnEnforcement LawnSite Member
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    Needed a new trimmer for my helper - was using that crappy homelite trimmer. So for my birthday, I went and bought myself another Echo SRM-225. It's got a neat new head on it. Still haven't figured it out, but the idea is really neat. Will explain later and get pics up.
     
  8. bobcat48

    bobcat48 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Sounds good,the srm 225 is a great trimmer 3 years old here and runs like the day i got it,very awesome trimmer love my echos!
     
  9. HartselleLawnEnforcement

    HartselleLawnEnforcement LawnSite Member
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    The other 225 I have is 3 years old too! The new head is called a "speed feed" head. I think the shinindawai (sp?) had them earlier.. but after Echo bought them out, they put them on the echos too.

    Apparently, you run a piece of string straight through the holes that the string comes out of and just twist the head and it spools the string on the head without taking the spool out. I have a feeling this is going to save me a LOT of time :cool2:
    .. It also has the bump feed too (I guess all commercial trimmers do now?)

    Who knows, maybe I learned about the speedfeed late? haha. whatever, I'm happy.

    Next on my list = new diesel engine for the dump truck (pics up soon)
     
  10. bobcat48

    bobcat48 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Ok nice,ok yes i know what you are talkin about i picked up a echo trimmer at hd the 225 looked at the head and im like wow thats really nice,yeah thats real kool they did that..yes it is great few seconds and your done i use the .95 line always as of now im runnin arnold maxi edge commerical and usually switch echo cross fire and rhino tuff just wanted to tr the maxi edge since i had that left over from last season.haha yeah and nice i caint wait to see it:usflag:
     

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