What will be the next big "thing" in lawn care?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Tim03, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. Tim03

    Tim03 LawnSite Member
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    Two questions here, just want to know people thoughts and desires.

    First question is what will be the next big thing in lawn care, be it small but noticable or large and industry changing.

    The second question is what would you like to see as the the next big thing, something that you desire but maybe others have no need of.

    I am extremely new at this, so I really can't answer the first question. But the second one is easy. I love for Hustler to start making the Gatemaster.
    Having the desk tilt on its side like that looks great. Too bad its not on Hustler's priority list.
  2. Tim03

    Tim03 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 164

    Oh I just remembered, a year or so ago I read somewhere that Dodge was thinking about putting a diesel in the New Dakota. It would have been a 4 or 5 cylinder. If it get get decent mileage unloaded I would have bought one.

    I asked the dealer about it and he said he had not heard plans for it by Dodge.

    I would not have used it to pull a heavy trailer, just something to get me started with a smaller 5x10 trailer.
  3. Hovey's Lawn Care

    Hovey's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 77

    That would be cool! I actually also heard there is a fight on which manufactuer is gonna get the cat diesel too, also ford may put a small diesel in f150, that'd be sweet! I now have an f250 and 350 dually diesels, it would be nice to have one in an f 150. they'd prolly have to beef up front suspensions on both a dakota, or 150 or anything small. I had a nice dakota, great truck just not enough of a work truck.
  4. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    High end ztr's will get GPS navigation and guidance. Farm tractors already have it. Talk about some straight striping!!:)
  5. PR Fect

    PR Fect LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,074

    I would think the next big thing is a mower that can switch from true mulch to full side (or rear) discharge, with out tools.

    I would like to see self sharpening blades!
  6. Dano50

    Dano50 LawnSite Bronze Member
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  7. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 843

    The next big thing I think will happen is diesel engines put into 1/2 ton trucks. (I hope)

    What I want is mowers, trucks and chippers to cost LESS $$$$. :clapping: :clapping:
  8. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 852

    remote control ufo's that mow late at night.
  9. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
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    Some of you guys spend way too much money on toys, and most of you apply way too much product.

    Its cutting grass, making it green and killing the weeds.

  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    If not self-sharpening, then some kind of under-deck device the operator can activate so that they sharpen perhaps with the motor on low rpm... Like flexible files of some sort that drop down and strike each blade lightly as it passes... Say 5-10 seconds of this and you're done, do it after every yard, man that would RULE !

    Of course, then comes the cost of replacing the sharpening devices...

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