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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Lawns by Steve, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. OKSooner

    OKSooner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 228

    As has already been said, take care of these machines, change the oil often, and pray for them and you might make it.

    Once you start making money, buy a Honda and use the others for backups. You won't regret it.
  2. Lawns by Steve

    Lawns by Steve LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    I have purchased a honda commercial 21'' for this season then I'll get a 32 or 36 walk behind this winter/fall.
    Thanks everyone for your input.
  3. SLR

    SLR LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,210

    1. Emphasis on price is a terrible idea.
    I guess i'm one of those people who love it when the price is thrown into the advertisement..i get terribly irritated when i'm looking through a prooduct catalogue and all there is where the price is is the d*m product code for like 100pages..my view is if money is whats driving this world,then list the flipping price then!
  4. SLR

    SLR LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,210

    prooduct --product(spell police)
  5. Tom c.

    Tom c. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    I agree with him never put price on any thing till you see it!! Never quote over the phone. Dont go by well the last guy charged me this less!!!!
    Seems the last guy was all over town!!:dizzy:
  6. PhillyShells

    PhillyShells LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    My first season I bought a residential Honda self propelled and used it 20-25 per week all season long. Althought it runs great other things on it(wheels, plastic controls etc) couldnt take it. Since you are going to upgrade dont blow a lot of $$ on whatever you get. I also agree that you shouldnt put price on your flyer. Size, plus the amount of trimming and edging per lawn should be taken into consideration. Good luck whatever you decide !
  7. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    Wouldn't rotating the mowers every other lawn be worse? You are constantly heating up and cooling down the mowers several times a day which is even mroe stressful on parts.....Run one half a day, it will stay warm, then, switch to the second one for the second half of the day. Am i correct on this?
  8. hess

    hess LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    I use a John deere 155c for 3 years and not a problem with if you keep the stuff maintained u shouldn't have a problem.
  9. Mr.Mow-It-All

    Mr.Mow-It-All LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 506

    Steve you still haven't made it clear with your packages. Are you saying in "B" that you will mow the yard 2 times in one week. I don't think the climate is that much different 20 miles away to think that you would need to (or that they would pay for) 2 cuts in one week. Only when they are irrigated right and fertilized right could they use it cut 2 times in one week a couple of times per year. Not to mention that for the most part the $25-$30 yard aren't the ones that would apply to anyway. But if you are planning on cutting 2 times in one week, and you find 15 customers to pay you to do that, if the yard is worth $30 for one cut, it shouldn't be discounted any more to come back out to do it again. Your overhead does not change one penny, so why loose money. I am not bashing you at all, I just don't really understand the whole 2-3 times per week mow. Please clarify.
  10. Lawns by Steve

    Lawns by Steve LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    I am just starting this year, I have since changed my flyer. I know that I mow my yard twice a week almost all season, but I have a nice yard. I was just offering the service, they don't have to take it. I appreciate all the input.

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