There was a recent thread here about talking to other LCO's. I don't do much of that but the masses on lawnsite think you should so I tried! Mowing commercial lot, next LCo is mowing a condo- we meet at the property line.This guys is in his late 60's and tells me that my toro Z is no good cuz it leaves marks when I turn - compared to his new 540JD garden tractor. I say hey - nice mower - he says yup - wrote a check for 10K - I din't have borrow or claim bankruptcy. I am like ok, whatever. He then tells me he never mows short either - his deck height was set at 2.75 on his dial. This account we were mowing - lush grass, nice and green - we don't even put the deck down! I am like 3 inches taller than his yard. He proceeds to tell me he does 22 - 25 yards a day. He is mowing a 8 plex condo (whatever you want to call it) I ask is this one yard or 8 yards - his reply 8 yards. Then he tells me that anyday I want to playball - he'll take all my accounts cuz not only does he mow better, he is cheaper! I am at a loss on how to explain his mowing practise's. To me he mows like a farmer (at least in my area) blow all clipping to the outside and just keep going in circles. Then his price - he tells me that he got 2 new accounts from another LCO and they were charging $22.5 / cut - I told the lady she was getting ripped off and I charged her $15 a cut. By this time I am shaking my head and thinking why did I stop. He then proceeds to tell me that I am a Dam@ Fool cuz I do other work for cleints that aren't my regular mowing clients - (I am full service - spray, landscape, mow on and on) himself - mow and snow only. Speaking of snow he tell me that I have way to much invested in snow equipment and driveway to driveway he could keep up if not beat me hands down in snow removal. Thing is I run a TC24D Boomer with front mount blower - he uses a 28 inch John Deere walk behind snowblower. The more he talked the more I was conveinced that this guy is/was one goofy ba*#&%d! So for listening to the advice of lawnsite - I guess I did give it a try only to learn never again!