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We've been known to wax the exmarks and the kubota as well as the trucks and tongues of the trailers.

The better shape you keep your equipment in the higher the price you can sell them for later on!

It may seem anal, but do you think customers like seeing 02' GMC Sierra z71's pulling 20ft trailers loaded with clean equipment in front of their houses...OR... trucks with dirty trailers towing equipment that hasn't been washed in weeks/ever.

Waxing may be overkill but we take pride in our stuff.

I realize some customers couldn't care any less about this, but some see the pride we take in our equipment and realize that same care will be applied to their lawn! :cool2:

Also, why let thousands upon thousands of dollars of great equipment go to crap?
 

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Thanks Joe!

Yeah the name thing.... Not sure why I chose bulletproof, first thing that came to mind...know when you draw a blank? ;) haha

I love what I do more than anything in the world.

Cleaning and maintenance is very time consuming but it is well worth it! We (2 from the crew) spend probably 5 hours a week cleaning and doing maintenance and it doesn't seem like a headache.

Plus waxing only needs to be done 3-4 times a year so it's really not that bad, plus you get a few brews and even out the farmers tan!
 

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Bulletproof said:
I realize some customers couldn't care any less about this, but some see the pride we take in our equipment and realize that same care will be applied to their lawn! :cool2:
I keep my black truck waxed and washed and my open trailer stays touched up with black spray paint so you never see surface rust.

What you say is true that people see that you take pride in the condition of your equipment and that will be applied to their lawn/landscape.

I have gotten work SOLEY because of the condition of my truck/trailer. For example, not long ago a retired gentleman came over as I was doing work in his neighborhood, said I obviously take pride in my truck (thought it was an 03 though its a 97 F150) and asked me to do work for him.

I also keep a neat appearance as best I can.
 

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I wash my stuff every weekend, both trailers, machines, and trimmers. i use QuiK Detailer on everything, it gives it the just waxed looked without the hassle....I wash the truck as well. I just bought a pressure washer, it makes the trailer washing go a bit faster...i even spray tires with dressing, all of them, truck and trailers....image is everything!!
 

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i use QuiK Detailer on everything, it gives it the just waxed looked without the hassle....I wash the truck as well. I just bought a pressure washer, it makes the trailer washing go a bit faster...
We were looking into getting a pressure washer as well... Do you recommend using it on the riders or not? I've heard a few people say that the pressure from the sprayer will get water in the joints and others area's it shouldn't be in.... Any idea whether that is accurate, it makes sense but I'm unsure.

Also, how much PSI is your sprayer and would you recommend a larger, smaller or identical unit?

Thanks
 

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I got mine at Sears, was about $300.00, it's 2200 PSI, gas type, I used it on the 36"WB, I don't go crazy and do a pin spray, this will tear crap off...I just use the fan spray, I then release the cleaner though the wand (simple green) move to the 21"s and then back to the 36" to rinse off. I then look at everything to see if needs grease, air, whatever. I then replace the blades with sharp ones. On the truck and trailers I use car wash soap instead of SG. I then spray the driveway or wash floor mats, etc...It's like having a good air compressor...it's handy.. :D
 

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Toy2 said:
I wash my stuff every weekend, both trailers, machines, and trimmers. i use QuiK Detailer on everything, it gives it the just waxed looked without the hassle....I wash the truck as well. I just bought a pressure washer, it makes the trailer washing go a bit faster...i even spray tires with dressing, all of them, truck and trailers....image is everything!!
Hummm... I want the look AND the protection.
Does that stuff give you both or just a shine?

I just picked up the "AS SEEN ON TV" TurtleWax Jet Wax in the hose-end sprayer.
I thought I would try it because there are so many hard to get spots on equipment.
Anyone ever tried it?
 

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The detailer makes it appear its just waxed, the first time I saw it used the guy had a classic Mustang, black, good layer of dust, he broke out this huge bottle and blue paper towels and started wiping, I figured he just scratched the crap out of the paint, nope within 10 minutes the car was glowing, he was a bodyman-painter...I've been sold ever since, Megiuars makes it, costs about $6.00 a bottle. It also helps with the black lines my enclosed gets when it rains..
 

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I have a black/chrome 03 GMC 2500HD crew cab and a matching black/chrome enclosed trailer. I ALWAYs maintain all my equipment including mowers, trimmers ect and keep them looking brand new as best as possible. I use quick detailer on all my equipment and even "armoral" the plastic on the mowers and gaurds on the trimmers. Doing this make clean up a snap. I would much rather spend a few minutes cleaning it up and use new looking equipment everyday than run filthy stuff then try to spend hours attempting to clean it up only to get discouraged and give up on the cleaning all together. Just the way I do it!

I'm so anal about things that my 05 Exmark W/B will be repainted this fall all black and the wheels powder coated silver to match. My wife says I'm sick in the head!!!
 

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CutNlawns, your my kind of guy, if you get it under control, then it gets easier to do. My wife gave up on me, everything gets detailed, she freaked yesterday when I sprayed detailer on my pressure washer?? It looked brand new like the rest of my stuff and some customers know you will do an awesome job, I landed a couple because of my equipment. so it does help. :)
 

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I do my pressure washer too. I think what made my wife give up on me is when I had our old vacuum (a metal Kirby) dissasembled and did a full polish job on all the aluminum parts! Damn thing looked cool when I was done! Just couldn't take looking at the dull aluminum all the time! Its a sickness!
 

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I agree with you on the sickness, just came in from touching up my black open trailer, yes I used a Scotchbrite pad to dull the paint, grease remover, then black auto spray paint, followed by auto clear on top....this is done after every use....but I know if I parked it on the street and asked $2000.00, it would be sold today....I did the same to my 02GT, it sold in less than 6 hours, for the price I was asking!! :D
 
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