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Transportation on commercial sites

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by alpine692003, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    Wow, I just picked up my 1st commercial account..

    Boy, this is a change from residential work due to the fact that you must walk far, far to get work done...

    Anyhow, I just went to my dealer today and I saw a mini-golf cart / riding mower for sale for $500...

    I picked this up immediately because I knew this would come in handy for this account and more accounts to come..

    Anyways, what do you guys out there use for transportation within the same commercial account?

    You guys just drop off all the tools/equipment in one spot and then get the guys to pickup and do their job or do you have golfcarts as well?
  2. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    I ride the mower around and make everyone else walk.
  3. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    I do all the trimming first. You're going to have to walk it anyways. The only thing that does suck, is when you're walking 1-2 blocks back to get to the gas can. Even then, it SHOULD only be a 1 way walk, since you can drive the truck back to where you were and finish up.

    The only time that this happens to me, is when I'm trimming one school I do, about 80 acres of turf, with about 2 miles of chainlink fencing. The Wal-Marts that I do, along with the other commercial properties, just grab the trimmer, and start walking the properties. If you do them all in a pattern, so you're not skipping areas and walking back to them, you're really not walking all that much.

    The golfcart / riding mower isn't going to do you anything, unless you only have 1 tree every 1000'. Anything closer than that, you're going to trim stuff, then walk back to the riding unit to drive it to the next place, to trim for a while, to walk back to it.

    You're going to be covering the same turf more than once. Not efficient.
  4. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Good God man, how big is the account?
  5. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502


    LOL, well I dont know what big is to you but its not that big..

    I just couldn't pass up this offer, lol :p

    takes a few mins of walking from place to another.. it has like 3 sections. probably 2-3 acres?
  6. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    Um..... my front yard is that big. It's gotta be bigger than that. I'll give you 5-6 acres, but even at that, you're going to find out it's just as easy to walk.

    I agree though, for $500, you need to increase your cylinder index.
  7. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    Well, I'm sure it will come in handy later on anyways when I pick up larger accounts that require a lot of walking and picking up equipment lol..
  8. pfifla1

    pfifla1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    when i had bigger accounts, i have 2 fourwheelers with equipment mounts we used to use till the guys thought it would be funny one day to race up and down the neighborhood (homeowneres LOVED that) lol i guess i should have put a governer on the 650, he was clocked at 50+.... i mainly do home owners now
  9. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502


    What can ya do?
  10. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,454

    Can you post a pic? Sounds interesting.

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