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Manual Reel Mower Why??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ray&Christine, Jan 10, 2002.

  1. Ray&Christine

    Ray&Christine LawnSite Member
    Posts: 181

    I have a customer (wealthly senior doctor) after 10 years approaches me and says. Could you cut my grass with a walk behind manual reel mower (not gas powered). He said he would pay me extra and I could use his antique, rusty reel mower. My question is why does he want us to use this rusty old thing. To see us sweat? or less noise? or less pollution?

    P.S. We agreed to do it for extra money but we don't look forward to going there. We considered dropping him but he has been my family doctor for the last 35 years.

    Has anyone else had weird requests like this?

  2. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,940

    First of all, welcome to Lawnsite!

    Second, no, never had any requests like that!

    The reel mower wouldn't, and cant cut at 3.5" like my mowers can. They dont "lift" the grass and unless he has a short warm season or golf course grass, it will look like crap. You have to be below 2" for a reel mower to cut nice.

    Just do a sloppy job and charge him tripple! It will stop real quick!

    Good Luck
  3. Welcome to the forum

    Is the lawn a small one?We have never been asked to mow with a reel mower .If the reels are dull it will cut like crap.
    TLS is right to get a good cut on a reel it needs to be cut low
    Those reel mowers bring back bad memories from when i was a kid, mowing a big lawn of burmuda in mississippi.
  4. Ray&Christine

    Ray&Christine LawnSite Member
    Posts: 181

    The lawn is small but still kills me. Once in awhile it will stop abruptly and stab me in the gut. We fight over whose turn it is this week. And yes it looks terrible but the doctor is happy with it.

  5. If hes a good payer and the job pays well and it doesnt take to much time ,i guess thats all that matters.You might want to hint to him to get the reels sharpened
  6. The best thing I could think of would be the guy may be a little nostalgic.

    But whatever the reason I think it falls outside the realm of professional lawn care.

    In your short post you've expresssed your doubts three times.

    I don't think you should question your own instincts.

  7. It's probably sentiment and nostalgia.

    Maybe he would buy a new Brill. Easier on you.

    I dropped a customer who asked for this. There were other problems anyway. You decide if it is worth it. :)
  8. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,910

    Find out if he wants you to use the reel for the cut it does or to save the world from the pollution of the gas engine. If he just wants it done with a reel and not worried about the gas then I would suggest buying a gas powered reel mower, I know a guy who sells used ones to Amish people close to me. I'm not sure what they are worth. If he is trying to save the world I would say pass on the job to someone who wants to do it that way,, local kid maybe.
  9. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Lets See, hummm.....

    Nope, see ya. I'm outta here. Find someone else. Dr. you must be out of your mind!!!

    Good thing about being your own boss, you don't have to put up with stupid people. Work smarter not harder.
  10. plow kid

    plow kid Banned
    Posts: 516

    tell him to call this guy


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