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  1. Mechanic and Repair
    I have a turf tiger with 140 hours 72” velocity plus deck and it keeps eating belts. It starts fraying them on the outside top of the belt. I got less than an hour out of the last belt. I have checked the pulleys for play or rough spots and found nothing, no debris either. The belt is a monster...
  2. Lawn Mowing Equipment
    Currently I have a scag 52” walk behind. It’s ideal for my bigger yards, which right now make up most of my clients. However, next year I’m looking to go full time and expect to pick up smaller yards that my 52 just isn’t practical in. What’s everyone running in the 30 inch range that they like...
  3. Business Operations
    Story time.. So I started this business 7 years ago with nothing like most of us. My boss at the time guaranteed a $1 raise after a year for an $11 per hour job. No one got their raise and I knew I was destined for way more. I quit and started mowing. I grinded my way to a 345k gross business...
  4. Homeowner Assistance Forum
    I’m in coastal AL. This is an area of my lawn that stays pretty damp. It’s always last part of the yard to dry and I have historically had trouble since I laid the sod keeping this turf lush and thick like in the other areas of the yard. Our property backs up to a wooded swampland and in August...
  5. Lawn Mowing Equipment
    Hey!! I’m new to this but im just wondering what mower you guys think I should get. Im 16, and I have a lawn care/odd jobs business. I mow about 17 lawns per week. But i’m looking to upgrade to a zero turn: side track- Long story short I had a ex mark lazer hp 52” cut I was using to mow, my...
  6. Bidding, Estimating and Pricing
    Hey guys, I'm just getting into sod (removal/installation). I have a client that wants roughly 8,600 square feet of old sod removed and replaced. What would you guys recommend charging per sq ft to remove and install? I know "the pros" would charge anywhere from $1.25-$2 per sq foot. I was...
  7. Business Operations
    In these pictures, is one long continuous flowerbed. The customer requested mulch in the and bush trimming for the area displayed in the top picture. I told him that we could only tidy up the bushes, but do to their size, we cannot separate them or cut them any shorter than we did, as is would...
  8. Mechanic and Repair
    Mower: 2008 Exmark Lazer Z 60 in. 27 hp model: LZ27KC604 Yesterday I noticed my left rear wheel wobbling a little (or at least it was not exactly straight) on my Exmark Lazer Z. I have noticed this before earlier this year, possibly last year as well, but when jacking it up and checking...
  9. Business Operations
    Hello everyone. I have been doing lawn care by myself for one summer now. This is going to be my second summer in lawn cutting. So far, I have done all of my advertising on Kijiji, since it is popular here in Ontario Canada. I typically charge $30-$35 for an average size house. The problem I am...
  10. Introduce Yourself
    Hey all. Came across this site and it's been really helpful. I've mowed lawns all my life, something I always enjoyed doing. Mowed a few lawns in high school but now I just do my own. Looking to increase my income to the point where my wife will be able to leave work and stay home, eventually...
  11. Lawn Mowing Equipment
    I purchased a 2016 hustler super S for $4500 89hours with Qwikshute already installed, it also came with a STIHL l 131r that was 1 year old. 2 questions : Do you guys think I got a good deal? Also there is a slight issue... if you have the mower running with blades engaged and you step off...
  12. Business Operations
    Hello, Long story short we are expanding our company into a big city an hour from our homebase. We already have one full day of work in commercial contracts in the city but this coming year we have an opportunity to purchase an account list of 150 accounts. The owner is willing to sell only...
  13. Bidding, Estimating and Pricing
    Hey everyone I’m new here I was wondering if anyone could help me out on pricing. I’m usually a lawn and leaf guy for residential lots but I had a guy call and ask about picking up old limbs and bunch of old leaves said would probably take 2-3 guys a 3-5 days. I was wondering where to base my...
  14. Landscape Maintenance
    Hey everyone! How did you mount your loader? we have a 14’ dump trailer with a tarp kit built on and a brand new BG 18HP Vanguard leaf loader. I bought the rear door hangers to mount the machine but have heard mixed reviews on why to not mount the machine on Billy goats door hangers or to not...
  15. Homeowner Assistance Forum
    I'd appreciate help identifying what the issue with my Zoysia is. It's happening in 2 areas of the lawn, and appeared a few months after we had the sod put in. Could it be chinch bugs or some type of organic issue? TIA for any help identifying and how to fix it.
  16. Lawn Mowing
    Hi Im Luke, I'm 15 and I run a small lawn care business with about 15 accounts. They're all about .5 acre give or take. I've been mowing with a 2005 Snapper 26" walk behind. I'm ready to upgrade and I found a Scag 36" walk behind for sale for $1700 with a sulky with the Kawasaki. I believe it's...
  17. Lawn Mowing Equipment
    So, I have a small one man operation in South Central PA. Most lots I cut are between 1/2 to 3/4 acres. Current set up: 61” Ferris IS700z ztr, Toro 48” WB, Gravely 36” WB. I’m intrigued with the standers, and would like to trailer/garage space. Thinking about making a straight up trade. The...
  18. Business Operations
    Ok so I’ve been solo for 3 years and have been in the industry for 10 years. I’ve gotten really busy in the past year and have decided to hire someone to help mainly in lawn maintenance but he does work with me on every job no matter what it is. He’s new to the industry and I’m having a tough...
  19. Homeowner Assistance Forum
    Hey everyone, new to the forum. It's so nice to see the community of landscapers sharing knowledge and advice. I grew up like many of you with my father very much into landscaping and I caught on at an early age. We did a complete backyard makeover, and I will post pictures for you to see. Laid...
  20. Mechanic and Repair
    I just bought a vantage with 1021 hours used. When the speed lever is half way up the mower will pull to the left. But when it is set all the way up it pulls to the right. And when the speed lever is set to N the mower creeps back. Any help is greatly appreciated!!
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