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One of my competitors had a rouph start Yesterday!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sheppard, Oct 9, 2002.

  1. sheppard

    sheppard LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 542

    For the past three months I've started running a paper route early in the morning. Yesterday I saw a five man crew, at 4 AM!, starting on a Burger King on my route. Problem was that 72" Koboto was stuck in a ditch or had a flat tire next to the ditch. Two guys were standing around looking really dejected and not completely awake.

    Was not in my truck so I did not have anything to offer in the way of equipment help- firgured five men would eventually get the thing out. I've gotton my Wright Stander unstuck twice by myself.

    Any way, I thought "4 AM?" Geez! How can you see the grass?


  2. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,076

    That is quite early to put it mildly. Hopefully they got the machine out of there. That really must make for a long day for you though. Have a great day and be happy it wasn't you stuck!

  3. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Posts: 949

    Matbe they were stuck from the night before! :D
  4. Hoosier Mower

    Hoosier Mower LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    If they was starting at 4am then they deserve to get thier stuff stuck! Geez!
  5. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

    4 is early. I started at 5:30 a few times to beat the heat.
  6. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,093

    Probably couldnt see in the dark and ran over a pole or sign. Man, thats early. The earliest I have started was about 6:30 in Mid-Summer.

    Maybe I should order some night vision goggles so I can beat the heat next year.:p

  7. jocko1104

    jocko1104 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 141

    what time do you usually start on res yards. Me, no earlier than 8:30. Too many wrinkled noses.
  8. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Posts: 949

    I start my res. at 7:00 just because my day is so long. They are long time customers with kids so they are up early anyway and understand. When I am not crunched for time I will start at 8:00
  9. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

    Any properties I ever started before 7:30 were commercial. Never had any complaints.
  10. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Posts: 648

    I haven't seen a problem with doing commercial properties at almost anytime. If they had some decent lighting and were familiar with it, they'd do fine probably.

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