waxing new mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by williams lcm, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. jod78

    jod78 LawnSite Member
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    I've never washed and waxed a mower but if I chose to it would take me 5-10 minutes. Noone is going to question hiring a guy with a waxed mower. It's completely irrelevant.
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  2. J&TLawnPA

    J&TLawnPA LawnSite Member
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    I agree cleaning of your mowers need to be done occasionally but who wants to spend more time with your equipment on the weekends then u have to....other then blade changes...oil changes etc.
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  3. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    uh so I'm no one huh?

    I most certainly would question hiring a guy with a waxed mower.

    I always try to treat clients like I would want to be treated. I always operate with the same expectations I personally would have of a lawn service, servicing my lawn.

    I'm much more likely to hire the guy who looks like he keeps busy servicing properties instead of the one who looks like he has too much time on his hands washing and waxing his equipment.

    but that's just me, I'm no one.
     
  4. ztman

    ztman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    When the mower is brand new, I wax. After waxing, the grass is easier to blow off. When you get a new mower run your finger over the paint, wax it, then do the same, amazing difference. Mower takes about ten minutes to wax, and you are going to spend that much time looking at it when its new, might as well be waxing while looking.
     
  5. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    So by some peoples accounting, the filthier you and your equipment are the more successful you must be.

    Got it.
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  6. ringahding

    ringahding LawnSite Senior Member
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    That is what we do....iiiiiiissssssh I do not even wax my Cadillac or Harley...
     
  7. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I usually take my mower straight from the dealer to the field to mow. no time to look at it or wax it.

    not exactly. not my words any way. but my opinion of those who have the time to wash and wax equipment on a regular basis must not be busy enough working in the field.

    I'm in the field 5-6 days a week. the last thing I wanna do on my day off is wash and wax my equipment.

    if I called for an estimate and the guy pulled up with a 2008 exmark tthp that was showroom shinny I'd assume he clearly has time to keep it that way. why does he have so much down time. what's wrong with his service that he's not busier. maybe I don't want to hire him.
     
  8. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have never waxed my equipment but I do wash everything once per week. Also clean under my decks at the same time. I still have equipment with over 3000 hours that looks great. All the mechanics out there know what its like to work on dirty equipment. I have always been a maintenace freek as well.

    I think customers view clean equipment as reliable equipment. But we all know thats not always the case.
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  9. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    could be.....I shouldn't assume my view of clean equipment IS everyone else's. but when running my business I do try to use my own thoughts to guide me. what would I expect if hiring a lawn service. what is my perspective when I see there rigs.

    everyone is different and it's a good thing too. how boring would the world be if we were all the same.
     
  10. jod78

    jod78 LawnSite Member
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    Treating a client with respect and caring for their lawn as you would want someone caring for yours has nothing to do with how clean a mower is or if a guy chooses to wax it. You're posting on an Internet message board. Should your clients find out about that would it be fair for them to assume you suck at lawncare and have too much free time on your hands? I don't think it would be anymore fair than looking at a shiny mower and making the same assumptions.
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