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Wheaton Landscape Specialists 2007

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by W.L.S.27, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. W.L.S.27

    W.L.S.27 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 195

    Well... what can I say God is good! 15 years old getting my license in a month, full scale maintenance rig ready to kick some grass and more specialty landscape tools than I know what to do with... heres some updated pictures of the maintenance rig. More pictures of residential accounts and landscape equipment coming later this week. Thanks





  2. Matts lawn care

    Matts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Posts: 829

    Your doing great at only 15 years old. I'm almost 17 and don't have nearly as much stuff as you lol. How many accounts do you have? Keep up the good work!
  3. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,176

    Looks good, lettering the truck/trailer? Whats in that sprayer? Are you going to offer plowing? Nice truck
  4. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,205

    WLS: I love that truck!!! I'm only fourteen but next fall (i'll be 15) i'm buying a truck so i can start plowing. I only want the reg. cab long bed, but 90's style body. Do you have a plow for it? Where is Wheaton located, if its not too far, we should meet up sometime and have lunch. How do you like that trailer, whats the size? Thanks! -Mitch-
  5. W.L.S.27

    W.L.S.27 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 195

    Thanks for the compliments everyone! Now to answer some questions...

    Matt... to be honest, I currently only maintain seven houses. Now yes I know you're thinking what the heck is he doing with all this stuff for seven houses but here's the catch. I used to maintain fifteen accounts and I have chosen to drop eight of these. Why?
    1. I had several gas stations and municipal type contracts... the owners never wanted to spend the money to make the properties look good; consequently making my company look bad.
    2. I am currently trying to target only certain types of maintenance accounts
    (3/4-1 acre properties and above, and homeowners who desire to see their properties be the best they can be)
    Being more cautious in the bidding and choosing of the properties you are best suited to service is crucial... I simply have passed the "get all the business you can no matter what" stage and I am now just wanting to take my business to the next level. I am a lawn maintenance technician... not a garbage man. I do plan on doubling the accounts I currently have to give me 2 full days of mowing. ( I have one full day already with 1-3 acre properties)
  6. W.L.S.27

    W.L.S.27 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 195

    srl28... I plan on getting the truck lettered and having a sign made for the trailer next spring. For now I have magnets (Obviously they weren't on the truck while I was taking pictures) There is just roundup in that particular sprayer. I also do fertilization and weed control (I'm working on my applicators license) so I have several other products that I use for weekly maintenance... Trimec, and 2-4-D being the most common. I do already perform snow removal for all of my residential clients... I used to use a snow blower but this year I will be plowing with the truck.
    Plowing Setup
    1. Snow Way 8' Poly w/ Down Pressure ( Came w/ Truck )
    2. (3) Rotor Halogen Bar on top, Whelen Hideaway strobes in the headlights & taillights, (2) SHO-ME LED flashers in the rear window... All this hardwired to the dash. (Also all came with the truck)
  7. W.L.S.27

    W.L.S.27 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 195

    Mitch... Hey man thanks for the compliments. This will be my first year plowing with a truck instead of a snowblower and I cant wait. It sounds like a great time... now if we could just get some snow this winter :hammerhead:
    I have been told that I am going to have some difficulty maneuvering that beast of a truck (Crew Cab Long Bed) in and out of residential drives but hey... its worth it. I just posted a reply about my plowing setup... there's more details about it there. But, to answer your question, yes it did come with a plow. Trailer: I love the thing... 7'x14' Tandem, electric brakes, independent suspension, and a 7000# GVW. I bought it brand new from R&P carriages in Seneca, Illinois. Paid just shy of 2k for it... one heck of a deal if you ask me. According to mapquest you are down by Peoria, I'm up about 25 miles from Chicago. It would take me about 2 hours to get there but nonetheless I think it would be great if we could get together. BTW... the attached picture is of me putting a John Deere 4300 tractor up on to that trailer. That tractor was pushing the GVW and the trailer held it like it wasn't even there.

  8. nmez21

    nmez21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 713

    Very nice equipment. I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer, but you'd better watch your ass with the chemicals-get caught and you'll be selling your truck and equipment just to pay the fines. Good luck this year, get legit.
  9. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,205

    WLS: Yup, right by Peoria. Dude that trailer is exactly what i need!! How did the tractor work? My neighbor has a JD 3320 and i love that machine, its very nice! Plan on getting one down the road once i branch off into more serious landscaping. I really like your approach with your customers, thats what i plan on doing in a few years. But right now, i basically had to start my company over due to split partnership and am servicing around 20 properties per week. Entering HS this fall, super excited! But yeah, def. sometime you should cruise down here, we can go to Hooters, then hang out at my place and talk business! haha:cool2: . Do you have AIM? Thanks! -Mitch-
  10. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    You should not be touching chemicals without an applicator's license.

    Nice setup though...

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