$225.00 push job mow

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by PicturePerfectLawns, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
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    Ever push mowed a whole bunch of grass 10+ inches high? The fun part of our job. :usflag:

    This customer just had a huge septic tank job done and insisted on having her lawn push mowed. I kind of got a kick out of it, even after I seen it, I decided I was indeed going to push mow it after she mentioned $225.00 and considering I didn't want to use anything, but a cheap push mower on it, in case I ran into something nasty and damaged the mower. I could replace the 22" Toro for $100. bucks if something did happen. However, I lifted up the shoot, and jumped right in and the toro tore it all down.

    Keep in mind in the photo, the area you see behind the tall area has been cut down already. I just had to leave a section to snap a quick shot considering I forgot to grab one before jumping in because I was anxious to get this one out of the way. This is a half an acre lot. :laugh:

    The area of this picture is probably one of the lower spots. There were areas around the septic tanks I would say the grass was in excess of 14" inches. :cool2:

  2. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think many of my customers think they are having their yard "push mowed" when I use my walkbehind. That would be a hard job with a 21 pusher.
  3. Pro-Lawn&Grounds

    Pro-Lawn&Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm kinda getting that feeling too, I think a walk behind would've been fine with her ... idk ... I'd rather do that with a weedwacker than a 22" though. Now saying this way is wrong I just don't like using the 22"
  4. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
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    Trust me, I started with the Weed Wacker. :weightlifter: It was just way to much area to cover with the wacker. There is a lot more lawn behind me that isn't pictured in the image also. To tell you the truth, the 22 held up much better than I thought it would. It was a true test for it that's for sure. Of coarse it wanted to bog down at times, I would back it up before I would let it stall, and all worked well. Now she's a weekly and it will be much easier this week. I got it down to 4.5", so I'm going to continue taking a little bit off at a time to I get it where I want it now that I have the nasty part out of the way. I'm kind of leery about it, because she wasn't playing about the septic system. It appears there was a big mess back there with the system. Large holes dug, now has some large blue tanks in the ground, with lot's of soft ground around them. I just picked up the Turf Master, I'm going to try it out on this back side next time and use a bigger mower on the front.
  5. JonLawn

    JonLawn LawnSite Member
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    Did you pull up that dandelion?
  6. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
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    No sir. Normally I would have if there was only one or two, but this woman had so many weeds all through the back lawn from dandilines, to Dallas grass, to Chickenweeds and Crabgrass. She paid me to mow, not to pull weeds. :usflag:
  7. A. W. Landscapers  Inc.

    A. W. Landscapers Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How many square feet and how long did it take you?
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Take the guard off and then you'll have 22" of line to use...:)

  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Grass like that is why I keep my Sarlos. That would be pure misery wih anything but a high wheel mower with a strong self propel and at least 8hp. You earned that 225.
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  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sure with piles of 10" long grass and numb forearms by the time your done.
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