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TIPS, Do's and Don'ts tips for the new guy

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Eric ELM, Apr 16, 2001.

  1. Mowmoney00

    Mowmoney00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    If you do sod installation.....GREEN SIDE UP !
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  2. batdaddy044

    batdaddy044 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Always keep a dry chemical fire extinguisher handy!!! I'm a 29 year veteran volunteer fireman ,but still had a small push mower "light up" in a customer's yard , a few years back.It would
    not have have been too bad ,except that that my customer was a past fire chief of a neighboring fire company,and that I am a volunteer fireman in the next town!To make matters worse,the first person to see my blazing lawnmower was the president of yet another local fire company!!!!OUCH!!!
  3. Easy Way Lawn Care

    Easy Way Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    This is what a lawn mower mechanic explained to me. I have a Bobcat and the instructions also say to engage at low rpm's, here was his reasoning for that. He said its much better for the engine if you put a load on it at high rpms, yes you will burn out the electronic clutch faster but you will save on your engine life. Which is cheaper to replace. He stated the reason bobcat states low rpm is because they have to warranty the clutch and not the engine so they don't care if the engine fouls. Makes sense what he said. I engage a full rpm haven't had a problem in two years, I have an extra electronic clutch ready to go (just part of my back up supplies)
  4. bugspit

    bugspit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 767

    Did I miss the one about carrying extra mower blades?

    All good stuff here, a lot of smart folks with a lot of experience.

    Carrying water?, I freeze gallon milk jugs half full of water, top them off and the're cold all day.
  5. kkadzi1

    kkadzi1 LawnSite Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 2

  6. 1more2buy

    1more2buy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Couple things to make life easier. First go out and buy a battery/compressor combo pack at your local auto store they run around $50.00. And a tire plug kit. These are great help for tires and battery's, also always blow the engine area clean with your blower. clean grass and leaves from around engine and at least once a year pull the top cover off and blow out around the cylinders. This is the cooling area of the engines more guys kill their engine because they don't take the time to clean them. It's like taking the radiator out of your truck. Sometimes when you use a pressure washer on them if you don't get it good enough then it just packs it better in the engine area where you can not see. hope this helps

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  8. srx1211

    srx1211 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    OK so get insurance I understand that part but all I have is a mower and weedwacker do I need a license too. What else do I need.
  9. Fido Boy

    Fido Boy LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Messages: 2

    srx1211 - you need to register with the state so that you can collect sales tax, and I think the business entity tax will appply to you also. You don't need any special license for lawn maintenance, but if you do landscape alteration jobs in excess of $200 you need a home improvement contractors license.

    This link should get you started in understanding what you need. The people at smartstart are really helpful too. http://www.sots.state.ct.us/Business/BusMainPage/StartaBiz.html
  10. srx1211

    srx1211 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    ok so registering with the state does that mean I will need some sort off business license, also how do I figure out what the tax will be or will the state let me know when I register. Also what is an entity tax.

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