Our Equipment over the years...

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by PR0 TURF, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
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    Nice pics Pro-Turf! Hopefully my Falcons will put a hurtin' on the 49ers and make it to the big dance!
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  2. PR0 TURF

    PR0 TURF LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The billboard did generate calls, but it didn't have the phone ringing off the hooks with new snow business. However it seemed like every where I went people would comment about how they had seen our billboard etc. It definitely got us noticed and maybe even helped separate us that much more from our competition in the eyes of the general public. It basically made us look bigger than we really are, which we are always trying to do. Dollar for dollar there are better places to put your advertising dollars I'm sure, but I certainly have no regrets & would most likely do it again.

  3. PR0 TURF

    PR0 TURF LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Drop me a PM if you have any questions and we can talk...I don't have any secrets though...anything I would be telling you is already in the thread.

  4. PR0 TURF

    PR0 TURF LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We do a lot of our web design & marketing materials in house these days. Our office manager is very good with that stuff which helps us a lot. However a few years ago we would outsource our work to different local companies. The rates vary depending on what type of work you are getting done.

  5. PR0 TURF

    PR0 TURF LawnSite Bronze Member
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    JContracting...I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the thread!

    I'm glad you mentioned that quote...I say that often and still struggle to follow it at times. I will occasionally get us involved in jobs that really don't fit our typical scope of work, but I take them on anyways. When I do that I often regret it, we rarely make the margins that we should and overall it's just not worth it. It is great to follow. Many of the successful chains follow a very similar philosophy...like Five Guys Burgers...all they sell is Burgers & Fries...no salads, shakes, chicken fingers, subs, pizza etc etc...they found out what they're good & efficient at and they maximize it. There are tons of places like that. It's easy to slip into the trap of being everything to every customer that calls the office. Some people do succeed being a jack of all trades, but it doesn't work for us. Don't become that old saying...Jack of all trades, master of None.

  6. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That makes a lot of sense with other chains. Although I've never been to a Five Guys, I would like to try it :laugh:. Being as my company is still in a start-up stage, we offer everything, with the exception of hydroseeding however if a client/prospect asks for it I'll find a way to get it done, I can easily find a subcontractor for that in the mean time. I have yet to find exactly what we're good at as a company and I firmly believe this year will be the year I'm able to figure out what my company will want to do. But maintenance will always be there, great cash flow. One thing that I really don't like (if I was to figure out that my company doesn't like doing irrigation for example) is saying to someone who calls/emails and having to say that we don't do that. However recommending them to a friend's company that may specialize and only offer irrigation services could work out. I guess I answered my own question. How did you decide what your company was good at?
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  7. lawns by design

    lawns by design LawnSite Member
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    Hey proturf I have read the entire threat took me 5 hours today but well worth it ! I think sean Adams would be proud lol !! But as we talked on pm I am in your place back in 01 now ! But with more properties just not a lot of equipment ! In my area we have a company started back in 04 and they have grown really fast and he has expanded Into other cites and set up all new shop what do you think about that like going 50 miles away and making a home there as well as where you are ? Ever thought about it ? Also must say this thread is really really good I have not read this much quality material for free in a long time ! When I get to your level I hope not to be rude and be an ass to everyone I hope I stay grounded and willing to give a helping hand to any one ! Just as you have done ! This post makes me want to logo everything and give away free t shirts because I have an advantage my uncle and I have a t shirt shop as well as I do graphic design so why not use my skills !! That picture with the blowing leaves was to die for man that crisp image with the leaves stuck in motion mad skills !! One more question do you recommend using like a nation wide management company like I use fm facility maintenance they send us a lot of work to do hourly jobs and things do you ever use any one like them ?
    Is it hard to gross over a million in landscaping ? How long did that take you if you don't mind me asking just would like to have something to look forward to ! (Sad face lol )
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  8. robbiep

    robbiep LawnSite Member
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    great thread pro turf. The equipment is awesome.
    However we need to see more equip and snow removal pics.
    Thanks for the great read too. It took me a bit but i got through it all.
  9. Green-Man

    Green-Man LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Awesome stuff!:cool2:
  10. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Another question, at what point did you purchase a compressor to do irrigation winterization? My company offers them as a service and it is a huge market here, all my maintenance clients irrigation systems are winterized by my company but I have had to find multiple subcontractors to do them and its a headache to line up many clients on the same day and specific times of day for when people are home, etc. I saw on your company facebook that you guys did over 800, how do you schedule all of them to so people are home or you'll have a garage code or whatever you need to access the controller and water shut off.
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