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How old do you want to get before you stop cutting grass?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bdemir, Jun 18, 2000.

  1. bdemir

    bdemir LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 610

    Just felt like asking the members a few questions. Like, How old is the oldest person you know that is still cutting grass today, and how long do you plan on cutting grass. This is a laborous job and Im just trying to find out if there are older peolpe doing this all their lives and how they feel.
  2. AGG Lawn Maintenance

    AGG Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    from Elberon
    Messages: 422

    I am not old but have been doing landscaping for 13 years now. I'm 28 years old. Started at 15. My back kills me like I'm old sometimes!!! I know a guy who is 55 still doing landscaping. Thats not old but in this business it sure takes a toll on your body!!!<br>Me I think I might die doing it. I just love it so much!!! Travis AG&G Lawn Maintenance
  3. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,143

    there a guy that owns a buissness that does alot of lawns in my neighborhood that is easily in his late 60's or even early 70's. he right along side of his 20yr old workers too. i guess when youve been doing landscapiong for 40 years your body stays in pretty good shape... i still admire him though.
  4. jaclawn

    jaclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 490

    A cemetery near here has a caretaker that is 81 years old! He has been taking care of the place since he was 13. Now that is dedication.
  5. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    Jaclawn, That is dedication alright. Wow!!!<br>I thought I was old doing this, but I'm just a young pup at 57 I guess. I plan on doing this till I can't get on my Chopper.<p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://pages.prodigy.net/eric.erickson/&quot;&gt;Eric@ELM&lt;/a&gt;<br>The Grass is always Greener on the other side of my competitors fence
  6. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,446

    One of my employees is 63. He outworks a lot of the younger guys.<p>I tell new recruits to work with &quot;Herb&quot; for 1 week and if they can keep up, they get a full-time position.<p>Weeds out most of 'em.
  7. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 921

    I have a friend that is in his 7th year of mowing. He is now 71. Only works four days. He and his son have about 50 accounts.
  8. OP

    bdemir LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 610

    Wow! that is great. Now i am asurred i will do this till im relly old. Im 29 and i have bad knees but it doesnt stop me. This job gives ;me energy and endurance. I really like hearing about these old people it gives me more hope for the future.
  9. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    Hey guys, don't forget to think about the big picture. You having to stop mowing / manula labor doesn't mean you have to retire!! You can just sit back and run the business. I'll probobly stay in the construction scene till I can't get up into the equipment anymore, and then I'll know its my time to lean towards the office end of the biz. I'll have to stay involved till I die though. You guys have great attitudes though, I'll be reading about you dying peacfully on your ZTR's!! Just kiddin! Keep healthy all you old timers!! <p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://communities.msn.com/guidosequipmentpics/&quot;&gt;&quot;Guido&quot;&lt;/a&gt;<br>David M. Famiglietti
  10. jrblawncare

    jrblawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 445

    When the good Lord takes Me I hope I'am doing what I enjoy...this is it!Either it be 50 or 90 years of age..I may so down a bit as I age..But I hope to keep going as long as my body lets me.I see a few old timers around here doing it part time..I think its great.<p>----------<br>John <br>

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