I out smarted myself.....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LwnmwrMan22, Dec 15, 2006.

  1. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    Since there's no snow here in MN, with mid 30's to 40's forecast as far as can see with no moisture, I decided to start pushing cleanups.

    I threw a couple of ads in the local papers and got some calls, 7 jobs lined up so far.

    It figures though, that the first one that I go to do, about a 4 acre / all mature oak tree property, I blow a hole in the housing of my impeller on the bagger system.

    Now it's Tuesday before I can get the part, even over nighted, since I didn't call it in until after 2 pm today.

    I'm back to doing it the cheap but intensive way, backpack everything to a tarp, drag the tarp to the woods......

    Guess I should have just been happy getting paid on the plowing contracts with nothing to do... that's what I get for getting greedy, looking for some extra Christmas money....
  2. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 638

    Pessimistic attitude.

    You tried, had a bit of bad luck, it has nothing to do with smarts.
    Keep pluggin away, you could do the same thing the next 4 years in a row and have nothing break and make plenty of X-mas cash... How would you view your smarts then?
  3. Prime Cut Lawns LLC

    Prime Cut Lawns LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Nothin like bustin your a$$ trying to make a buck; only to have a thorn stuck in your side. I admire the work ethic myself...
  4. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    Yeo you def. out smarted yourself...lol I always use this "lull" to catch up on stuff I didn't have a chance to do while we were still doing the mowings / clean-ups we were OBLIGATED to do.

    I have never pushed leaves real hard, just do the ones that are under contract, and the residentials that are a given every year.
  5. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    I don't try to push leaves either, just do the accounts that I have on contract.

    However, this year is shaping up like last, where I didn't plow the first time until February 2nd.

    Figured what the heck, lets see if anyone still needs their leaves picked up...

    I was surprised I got as many calls as I did, this late in the season.

    Usually everyone has their collection equipment packed up by about the 10th of November around here.
  6. LawnInOrder

    LawnInOrder LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    well at least it the end of the season and you have all off season to work on it. Imagine if you went to a job next year during prime fall cleanup season. That would have been a disaster. The problem would have occurred probably next year anyways:hammerhead: . At least you got it out of the way. Hope you have better Luck next year :weightlifter: LawnInOrder
  7. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    atleast youre keeping busy and still making money we just reorganized the shop....for the second time already
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Go going Jeremy...hope ya still get snow. I sure as heck do. :)

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Next December you'll be sure to stay in bed with the covers up over your head :laugh:

    I also ran a "Leaf Removal" ad in a community newsletter ($10 for 3 months) and was shocked to get 12 calls so far and 6 jobs from it.

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