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no stripes in Florida?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by gnosis, May 9, 2011.

  1. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    Patriot Services is right. The cost of living is less in Fla. but so are wages.When i was at Rutgers in 1996 liability insurance for my car was 3000 a year. In NC today it is 890 a year. The northeast US has some of the best paying jobs and some of the highest costs of living.
     
  2. gnosis

    gnosis LawnSite Member
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    Good insight here, glad I posted this thread. I've been on craigslist daily for months now to check out where wages are and it's obvious people are struggling down there.

    In NJ we're hiring at 10/12 hourly for laborers and from what I've seen it's more like 8/10 in FL?
     
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,441

    Yes and you get what you pay for.
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  4. gnosis

    gnosis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Yea I can see that I will definitely take a pay cut and lose my healthcare if I move down. I'll have to see what the rest of the family does lol.
     
  5. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Care to share your motives for relocation?
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  6. gnosis

    gnosis LawnSite Member
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    Sure no problem...

    My family has been steadily moving down over the past few years. It started with my mom moving to Port Orange and a few other relatives moving to Daytona area. This year my sister is going to move down to finish her degree. Everyone is kind of sick of the winters up here and are one by one going down.

    Also a pain in the butt that I have is iron deficiency anemia. It's getting harder every year to retain body heat and thus making the winters even more a pain for me considering I am working outside. There is also a plus to that being that the hotter it gets the more I enjoy it so I thought it could fit.

    I am established where I am at and currently run the show at my job. I get to do what I want when I want so that is honestly the biggest drawback to me moving. We maintain a lot of Warren County's properties here and I like it. It just really sucks for me when winter hits, sometimes under 60 degrees can feel like a freezer. I've fallen asleep a couple times on the job from being so drained.
     
  7. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,449

    I use a 36" walkbehind on all of my yards
     
  8. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,449

    I work in some rain, a lot of LCOs do. I do my best to avoid any ruts or tire tracks in my lawns but during the rainy season it is impossible to avoid altogether. My walkbehind isn't too bad, but some LCOs rut up yard pretty bad with zero turns. You can either leave tracks during the rain or after since the ground here takes forever to dry. Most customers are pretty understanding, and 5 minutes with a rake can reduce any tracks to almost no damage.

    With that being said, I don't mow during heavy downpours or lightning. I'm concerned for safety above all.
     
  9. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    well that answers my question i guess.

    i use whatever is appropriate for the size of property. if a 36" walkbehind would only allow me the manueverablility to mow one direction, i'd drop down to the 21 incher.......
     
  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,441

    Another little caveat of SA info. Low tolerance for wear. If you run the same pattern every week you will damage the turf in a months time. I have replaced a lot of sod this year caused by the "mow low and fast" crews.
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