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These are the days on our lawns 2014

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 35DollarLawns, Mar 22, 2014.

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  1. 35DollarLawns

    35DollarLawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    We did not get the paperwork as the lawyer stated it was off and he called the higher ups over this.( to refuse a ticket is priceless to my guys but likely pized of the cops)
    I don't get into the details of my lawyer and his conversation
    All that mattered was the court date and the the other stuff the lawyer said.

    In Tennessee when you build a homemade trailer to get a legal tag stating its safe on the highway before you can tag it you have to have it inspected and have an inspection plate issued. I assume this is the same person, people going to inspect this.

    I actually went today and out of curiosity I looked for a f-350 truck
    and there is not one f-350 in this county that's under $28'000
    on their windows and to be honest I don't know there is a f250 or 350 on any lot older then 5 years old.
    I may as well go buy a new one if I was going to buy one.

    I remember when a f-250 was cheap at 86k miles now people must be running them to death and parking them behind their homes.
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  2. 35DollarLawns

    35DollarLawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well today was a fun day, rained on and off all day Nd it gets better. A new guy literally took a brand new string trimmer, laid it across the trailers A-frame and FORGOT IT. When he was asked at the next job where it had went he said " oooh I guess it's gone?? " then 10 minutes later
    He remembered .

    Why is it never the old equipment that idiots lose
    This unit was 18 days old...
    $290.00 wasted
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  3. 35DollarLawns

    35DollarLawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    This is the majority of stuff that our Franklin crews use.
    More to come
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  4. 35DollarLawns

    35DollarLawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    Tomorrow I will try and get some new start ups from Franklin, today they was racing to get caught upon their regulars before the rain moves back in Friday.
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  5. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
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    I think this falls under the same law/principal that applies to new (high dollar) cars getting "door dings" in parking lots.

    I've been a muscle car fanatic since the early 60's, and it seems to me that you can park an old clunker in a parking lot and no one will ever park close to it... and would certainly never open a door into it.

    But......park an expensive car on the "back 40" of a shopping center parking lot, and after shopping, you'll come out to find that there's a car parked on each side of your car, and there's now a ding" on each side of "your baby"!

    Enough to make you sick....no doubt.
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,870

    Solution for you. I trained my lead guys to walk around truck each time before getting in. Now its a habit. Nothing in front of truck, gear in racks, trailer gate up. If no problems that pay period (two weeks) he gets a 20$ Starbucks card. Little incentives go along way.
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  7. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
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    Now that is a good idea...a "win win" for both of you!
  8. 35DollarLawns

    35DollarLawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    The unit was left out buy mistake just an expensive on.
    It was a rainy day, the guy took the trimmer off the rack,
    seen it was out of gas, placed it on the trailer and proceeded to pick up some trash on the job
    as the home just burnt down a week ago. He was picing up trash when the bottom fell out,
    The driver signaled to load up Nd this guy ran for it, the mower was loaded
    gate went up ( the gate process is a 2 man deal as its gate up then the strap for the mower.

    They sat in the truck 12-15 minutes and it was said to leave as day was done there......
    The trimmer was forgot. Then 30 miles north, next town they mowed and learned it was , well left.

    A honest mistake of new guy scared of a little rain and it was complicated by the talk time in the truck.
    Another little incentive is they both get paid by the hour this week as they both owe me a
    I can't dock pay or that would be an incentive too.
    They picked up that new rimmer today on the way by the dealer, it wasn't the cost. It the fact of simple brain laps that bothered me.
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  9. 35DollarLawns

    35DollarLawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    So today,today, where to start with it.
    Today I went to Franklin to get pictures and help them out.
    Here is the background on the location.
    We started up there in August of 2007 in one neigborhood and I handed it over to the first crew spring of 2008 with 500 full service client by 2010. They grew to include 3 neighborhoods total, none are as large as the first.
    They have 2 mowing crews in the main complex and one crew mowing the others.

    The average lot size of these homes are under 14k from the center of the roads.

    Today I went out to do 2 startups and help finish their fertilizing on their new request clients
    They had a good laugh at me because it killed me
    I fertilized 32 lawns @3 minutes each using 12 bags total.
    I wasn't used to their pace.
    9:00 am arrived in the neigborhood
    The regular 3 man crew literally trimmed 50 homes
    Filling their truck with debris by 11:45 am
    Then they unloaded their mowers and hell week went through my mind.
    They mowed all of the previously visited homes while me and guy 3 did the detail work ( I was on the trimmer)
    At 4:35 the day was over and I have never been so glad
    At 6:00 pm arrived home and I napped until 9:00
    I have never told them the pace to work at and I certainly wouldn't expect the speed they do.
    When I was building the location I was happy with 5 jobs a hour and I believe they are closer to 10 a hour all day long if not more considering they were double mowing most of them due to the rear discharge mowers don't mulch a thing.( new mowers and it sucks a bit, this weekend a shop will try building a discharge blocker for them)
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  10. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    Do you seriously have to train people to not forget to put the trailer gate up?
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