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gardener from england

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by jaypauldini, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. jaypauldini

    jaypauldini LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    i have been in this game for 17 years +, i started as a labourer, then got a job job with mate laying turf for the prince of kuwait's house in england, it was pouring with rain and an exposed site, but i didnt mind, i thought 'this is good'. so i did some more work for my mate. then i got a job cutting grass for the council (municipal), road verges and school football pitches etc.. did this for two years, then we got made redundant as it was privatised.
    so i thought i dont want to be unemployed, so i went to college to get my qualifications in horticulture.
    this was great, as i was at college with hundreds of gardeners, so we had a lot of fun learning what to do, meeting girls and having parties.i worked all the way through college doing local people gardens.
    when i finished i got good enough grades to go to university. so off i went to university (this was all free, paid by the British government). i did a degree in commercial horiticulture majoring in fruit production, why i dont know, i hate fruit, just seemed interesteing at the time. i also worked my way through this, and employed other students to work with me, we did fuirt tree pruning and gardens.
    three years later i walked out with a degree. i went to work on some fruit farms, had a terrible time. left and started my own gardening firm in surrey.
    then i saw ajob at my old college as nursery manager. so i applied and luckily got the job.
    i worked as the college nursery manager for two years, i also did some teaching and instruction.
    in the end the money wasnt good enough, and as i had met my wife at college, i thought i need to earn some serious money.
    so i resigned and set up my gardeniing business.
    that is where i am now. i work on my own. most my work is within a mile of my house. most of my customers are regular and have their own machinery, but i do use some of my own stuff.
    i use a bicycle to get round, with a trailer for when i use my petrol brush cutter and mower.
    i make twice what i made at the college. i cant imagine a better job.

    ryobi brush cutter
    hayter harrier mower 48
  2. S.Florida Landscapes

    S.Florida Landscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18


    Welcome to the site. I'm new here as well, been in the buisness for close to 5 years now.

    This place is incrediable what with the massive overload of information and knowladgeable people who inhabit this forum.

    Again, welcome! :)
  3. KCfireman

    KCfireman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,863

    welcome to the site brotha! You will find it very useful.:waving:
  4. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    Another chap from across the pond. :waving:

    Welcome, we don't see too many Hayters here, but they sure look like they get the job done.

    Welcome aboard.

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    Welcome, I look forward to speaking with you.
  6. jaypauldini

    jaypauldini LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    thanks for the warm welcome to all who replied to new thing.
    right now i at one of my jobs i am 'trying' to repair a hydro gear transaxle off a countax ride on C- series mower. many people told me it was impossible to repair one, even the local lawn mower garage, said it would have to be disposed of and a newone fitted at a cost of £1000. two months ago that would have been about $2000 ish, but now its only $1500, ha ha.
    still my client wasnt happy to spend that kinof money when you can buy a new mower for £2,500. so he asked me to try and see if i could fix it.
    i have got it off, and opened it up, which was easier than i thought.
    inside it looks quite good, i will try and post some pictures. so now i am aobut to take the dif part to pieces, and hopefully find a worn gear or broken shift key.
    i would like to know i any of you ahve any experience good or bad with this sort of job?

    inside hydro gear axle 003.jpg

    tecumshe gear box 005.jpg

    mower 064.jpg
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2008
  7. openbook

    openbook LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    Try the mechanic forum you will have better luck there.

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