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posable 117 acer acount

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dhardin53, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
    Posts: 6,832

    In all seriousness I'd look into picking up a used WAM to tackle something like that.
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  2. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,144

    You've been watching Gold Rush Alaska, haven't you?
  3. dhardin53

    dhardin53 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 711

    You guys know my typing skills are 4 $hit ok.

    Seriously I am looking at some real money here, Just kinking this job around not really looking to be kicked back here. This new property is going to be added to a account I have had for 9 years. So it is not a given but I have a very good chance at it if I want it. I have looked at the Hustler 104 and the cost is higher than a Excalibur. This job could pay for a new DC in 9 mowers, Or a low hour used in 7 mows. I owe nothing now on any of my equipment. My compact tractor with the 2 wings is not used now and I need to us it or sell it. I can not see the cost of even a used WAM when I have one that I know should go many years with this job 6 to 8 hour day once a week.
  4. LHS Lawns

    LHS Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 253

    I agree. If you want to stay solo then this isn't the job for you. You need more equipment and labor for this one job for what could be just one year. Every year we all go into the season ready to take on every job that comes our way but being solo, as I am also, you have to know your limits.

    I would sub it out to someone you know and trust that has the crew and equipment to get it done.

    I got a call the other day for a landscaping job. Met the customer at the site and after 5 mins talking to them I knew it was way too much for just me to get done in the timespan they wanted. I called a buddy of mine that has the labor and equipment to get it done and will sub him out.

    Nothing is final yet but that is the plan.

    Hope it all works out for you.
  5. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,757

    I'm too old to even consider an account like that, but if I were not, I'd look at two things: Length of contract, and the equipment costs. Larger mowers would be great for huge areas, but, I'm guessing, are also much more difficult to sell used as it is a much more limited market. What I'm saying is I'd have to have a multiple year contract to consider purchasing a high-dollar piece of specialized equipment that I would likely take a bath on if I only used it one season, then lost the contract. Good luck to you.
  6. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    You answered your own question.
  7. dhardin53

    dhardin53 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 711

    Orangemower maybe yes maybe no, But Moturkey hit a good point. Its not as much my age but my health. I am soon to be 60 years old, retired with full pension and health benefits and the wife still working. Hey now there is a plan the wife and I take this on. I know if I was younger and with better health this is a opportunity knocking on my door I would love to jump on. I am wondering how old you are Moturkey if you don't mind?

    This new property is not intended to stay mostly vacant for much over 2 or 3 years. There is a hopeful plan for a major developer to take it over. But no one is very hopeful of who and when this might happen. I can't get to wrapped up in fear of me over investing in equipment that I would be saddled with for long. (IT could happen but not likely).

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