New Commercial Accts

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by rcreech, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    yeah, that was a good price, i would pay him too!!! lesco mowers are popular in some areas of the metro kc.

    $65 might get you one acre done if i cut it!!:)
     
  2. rcreech

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    I hear ya!

    Grass cutting here are very cut throat.

    In a bigger town close to me I have literally seen while eating lunch 10-15 guys with mowers going through town!

    I am so glad I am in the apps business! :)

    One of the schools I treat...my buddy just put a bid in for $350 for 22 acres! :dizzy:

    That is crazy...and I don't want any part of it!
     
  3. Mahoney3223

    Mahoney3223 LawnSite Senior Member
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    That sounds like the market around here! What part of Ohio you from?
     
  4. rcreech

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    SW Ohio...just west of Dayton!
     
  5. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
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    Same here regarding mowing. Seems mow prices around here dropped a few years ago. Now we're seeing mow prices that we used 20 years ago. Go figure. I mow my own. Almost an acre at the shop and 2 acres at my home. I use a John Deere 54" zero-turn commercial mower (727-A). Bought it off ebay from a JD dealer in Columbus, OH back in '06. It had about 300 hours on it. I wish I could use a 60" or 72", but I have slopes, narrow areas, etc. I don't mind doing my own mowing cuz it's a way for me to relax & forget about daily stress. I just put on my hat, sunglasses, and an AM/FM radio headset. Plus it saves me a little money. Prob is I usually end up mowing on Sundays, so it's often difficult to "get out of town".

    BTW this was the only time I did not leave positive feedback on ebay. I left a negative feedback cuz it took 21 days before I received the mower cuz it's normally a 2-day ship.
     
  6. grassman177

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    i would not mow in that market, you either have nice machines or take home money, not both with that crazy pricing. i get that much money for mowing about 5-7 acres depending on a few factors
     
  7. Mahoney3223

    Mahoney3223 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm up here around the good old football hall of fame city. Man so many people lost their jobs and decided to buy a crappy truck and call themselves pro's it's outrageous. The bidding on commercial work has gotten out of hand. I am a medium sized company and I'm being told I'm being underbid by half! There really is no end in sight. I just try to concentrate on the higher end homes and big commercials/industrials that small guys don't have the capacity to handle.
     
  8. grassman177

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    that is a good chunk of what we already manage here. we saw long ago that it was the best market to be in for our industry.
     
  9. rcreech

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    I think that this may be the same for everything. You would think that the "high end" client would be best...but that isn't always the case!

    Sometimes it is the people in the nice neighborhoods, nice homes and beautiful cars that can't pay their bills...and they are also the picky ones! :dizzy:

    Sometimes I think I am better off with the o'l hillbillies off the road a ways as they have money and pay their bills! That is really most of my clients for the most part. Just good o'l farm people! I got plenty of nice neighborhoods and they are nice, but would take the o'l farm any day over them!

    There are just so many people living beyond their means in todays world!

    It's hard to tell!
     
  10. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    yeah i know, we have plenty of both, but we do our best work in the nicer areas where they do have money, obvoiously, but that is what i like to do, i have few limitations from many customers and can really optimize the lawn and landscape for them. i guess practicing my art, or trade that is!
     

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