Repairs and service only

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by RollTide, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. Irrigation Contractor

    Irrigation Contractor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 418

    +what he said!
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,148

    Double ditto, installs build-up the the customer service base, meaning: payup
  3. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,816

    Kinda the way I always saw it. Ya need to build the base. Not to mention its also enjoyable to work on systems that are not total junk. There is a reason why the guy who originaly put a system is no longer working on it. Several actualy , but many times its because he is no longer in buss.
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,148

    True, I always tried to juggle cold service calls with normal service on our systems, so the crew would not get burned-out working on junk and start developing bad habits.
  5. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 977

    There definitely a financial barrier into the install game, I think most installers run out of hustle and never make it over the barrier. It's a totally different business than repairs, and if you try to run the install part of your business like a repair you'll go broke. I am not going to divulge the way we play the game, but there is money to be had, it's just a long road. Looking back, I wouldn't do it again, and I got lucky more than once.

    I have seen on here more than once that you have to have 100,000 in equipment per truck to run an install crew. Take that advice, if you like going broke. I buy my irrigation equipment from the guys that take out big loans and go broke, and its usually at a bank auction.
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  6. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,172

    I've never seen you post.

    You must have a large company
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,385

    as long as it's someone else spending the 100K, prior to it going up for auction payup
  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,148

    Not really. If you've got an install rig, say a fresh F-250 with a Royal service body, couple of trenchers, a compressor and testing gear w/parts & tools, I'd say that's a fair price. A lot of commercial guys factor the price into their bid, and then just sell the whole package and start over on the next big box job. :dizzy:
  9. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,816

    My #2 ditch witch 255 was bought from a bank.
  10. hunterpreferred

    hunterpreferred LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    I don't post much. I check in once in a while to see what's going on. I think we have a good size company. We actively service around 2300 accounts and usually end up adding around 200 per year between new installs and picking up existing service accounts.

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