TIPS, Do's and Don'ts tips for the new guy

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Eric ELM, Apr 16, 2001.

  1. Greenkeepers

    Greenkeepers LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Posts: 695

    DO: Buy the best equipment that you possibly can, and the biggest trailer that you can afford.

    DON'T: Overextend yourself so that you have to work 20 hrs a day.
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  2. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,913

    I like the clutch on the truck comparison kinda makes sense ...don't it ...
    good advice above ....when you pressure wash ...don't at full pressure ....blow off & GREASE after ....besides extra blades, belts, plugs, GAS, ....just do the job RIGHT the FIRST time ....and you'll grow straight & tall

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  3. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 821

    Keep a fire extinguisher and a spare tire on your trailer.
  4. tomoaktree

    tomoaktree LawnSite Member
    from WNY
    Posts: 114

    Keep a toolbox handy. I Like the advice given. Good thread!
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  5. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,226

    never go around a tree or landscaping blowing grass into it or at it. clean -up at your cost and you wouldn't want little sticks or peices of bark flying at you, they don't feel good if they hit you.
  6. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    When you name a thread on Lawnsite, name it something on the list of searches on my Lawnsite Search Link Page. This way it will show up when someone does a search. For example, I named this one Tips so when someone goes to my links page and clicks on Tips from Members, this one and 38 other thread turn up. From getting tipped for good work, to tips on striping lawns. There tips on equipment, blade sharpening, and blade tip speed.

    If you name a thread "I have a question" like some do, it won't show up unless we do a search on Question, so just put in what the question is. For example: "I have a question on ZTR's" This way it will show up when you click on ZTR's on my search page.

    I just thought I would try to make it easier for all members. :)

    I do have more things to add to this Tips Thread, but I will let other members throw in their tips. ;)

    Keep it going, there are some good ones here.
  7. Got Grass?

    Got Grass? LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 363

    1, Keep a tow-rope or chains in the truck, for when you dump the mower in a pond or get stuck.

    2, When blowing/cleanups check for open windows or doors. I've known way to many people who forgot to check and lost the contract when the customer has leaves/grass/dust in the house.

    3, Look out for poison Ivy.

    4, Always have buisness cards on hand.

    5, Cary a can of wasp spray in truck. For when you hit a hive, customers love it when you spray them so thier kids can play outside. And you dont have to worry about them next week. I swear thoes suckers remember you.

    6, Cary a tool box in the truck or bolt a locking one to your trailler. Remember to include belts, and extra pins.

    7, If you loose a pins but dont have extras on hand trimmer line works untill you make it back. darn brake/clutch pins get lost to often.

    8, Keep a extra trimmer head/spool in the truck.

    9, Remember to make shure your mower will fit past that gate when pricing the job.

    10, Make sure everything on truck and trailer is secure. And drive safe, look out for thoes idiots who are blind when it comes to your trailer.
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  8. George777

    George777 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 305

    Don't forget to do an inspection of your equipment before you move to your next job. Sometimes we are in a hurry and might leave something behind lolo.
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  9. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 994

    Dont spend more than u earn.
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  10. Ssouth

    Ssouth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 437

    I agree with George, I always look in the rear view not really to make sure equipment is there as much as to make sure the Gear Caddy is locked. My employee normally locks it and sometimes he forgets.
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