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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Flex-Deck, Oct 16, 2001.

  1. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    I know I got a little carried away and was obnoxious the first couple of weeks I bought a manufacturers sponsor forum + a banner, and I apologize for that. You may have noticed I have said nothing about our product on majot topic forums for a couple of weeks. I have also noticed that none of you really visit the sponsor forums because the one that is major in my mind is Xmark and you all talk about them, but their responses have only increased about 2 in the last 2 weeks. Every one keeps saying Manufacturers Sponsor Forums keep this site alive, but I ask where are you at?
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Brad, yes you were a pain for a while. :D

    Most of the threads on exmark and other forums are questions about the products they already own. In your case, yours is still new. You don't have a customer base yet. The BBQ may really help you out. But, remember you only produce for the DC and JD's. How many of us run those? I have a question for you, but I'll ask it later.

    My equipment list is:
    exmarks (2)
    Cud Cadet lawn tractor
    Honda 21"

  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I agree with 65hoss. It's kinda hard to ask questions or get advice about vaporhardware (to steal a computer term). And it's useless for anybody but DC ZTR owners to ask about them since you granted/sold selling rights for all ZTR Flex-Decks to DC.
  4. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    I think for the most part the MFG (in eXmarks case) are for answers to questions to problems. This is an easy way to get a quick answer from the Manufactorer themselves. Since eXmark has little or no problems ;) they don't have as many replies or questions showing up.

    I do however use it just look at past comments and questions.

    Lawn Monkey's forum, for example, helps everyone out when their is a problem. Having that forum makes it easier on Lawn Monkey (can answer the question once and can be seen by all) and it helps out the user since they will be getting a quick response. I think Lawn Monkey's forum has helped them become the elite in customer service.
  5. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    That all makes sense guys. Since I have a very new product, I am in the process of getting email adresses from owners, and am trying to get them to join this forum, but it all takes time as everyone seems to be busy. I am mentioning to them to only discuss the flex-deck in the sponsor forum as to what it does for them, good-bad-ugly. My thread for owner response however was one that was erased by the server problem. I appreciate your patience and tolerance of my eagerness and uncalled for exuberance. Thanks, Brad PS I think you would all get a kick out of my response on the "how do you steer your ZTR" or something close to that. As you know I am a steering wheel fan.
  6. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,150

    Flex Deck,
    Too bad you didn't check out this forum before you did an exclusive with Dixie & your flex deck. You will find that most of us here run Exmark equipment. I like your idea & saw it in Louisville about 7 years ago. I used to run JD 455's but after demoing a Lazer 6 years ago I ditched the garden tractors. The Lazers just flat cut more grass and do it alot better than the JD's. I too ran doubles on my JD's and they did cut better w/ doubles but still not as good as the Lazer's w/ singles. I would be very interested in your flex deck if you offered it for Lazers too. :) ;) :) ED
  7. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,211

    "Every one keeps saying Manufacturers Sponsor Forums keep this site alive, but I ask where are you at?"

    I have not seen this comment made. I have seen the comment to click on the banner ads because these keep the site alive. I was under the impression that the Manufacturer Forums were created as a way for the manufacturers to better serve their customers by answering any questions or problems (and of course that goes for potential customers). I wasn't aware that posting at those forums was generating revenue for LS. Maybe Chuck K can clarify that?
  8. Eric ELM

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

    Good point BRL. I guess I missed that part when I read his post originally. It is clicking on the banners and visiting the sponsors sites that help out Lawnsite. See what our sponsors have to offer.

    The banners will be up soon. There was a problem with IE6 not working right where the banners were stored, but soon they will be back up and working for everyone. In the mean time, click on the links at the top of the page to visit our sponsors.

    The MFG forums are for asking the MFG questions and getting answers directly. I hope this clears up all your questions. ;)
  9. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 870

    I like your product.

    It needs to be at dealers.

    You say it's new, I remember seeing it for quite some time.

    I got a video a year or 2 ago.

    Trying to be constructive here, but you need this thing on ALL machines and IN dealer showrooms.

    If it's been out for 7 years and it's SO great... ya see what I mean.
  10. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    Thank you for putting up with me at first, but now I have to clear a thing or two up. First - Manufacturer forums cost money, and they should, because this forum does cost and the person running it should make money or it would not be here. Second - I also have a banner, but I bought the minimum number of banner hits per month, therefore, my sponsor forum costs more that the banner, but we as manufacturers with both banners and forums pay for both as we should. I am sure that some of the banners that you as patrons of lawnsite see a lot cost more than what I payed, but you also see them more often. We are in this together, and I think we are all looking for the best, most efficient and most productive machine for the job we are doing. This is the place to do that. Thanks, Brad

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