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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Eric ELM, Jan 27, 2000.

  1. rob m

    rob m LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    hey, my name is Rob and I'm the grounds supervisor at a large retirement community- 80 acres total. 50 of those acres are a newly finished expansion- the other 30 are small houses from the 50's and 60's.I have a full-time crew of 3 plus myself- a number figured out by a consulting firm during the set up of the new construction. We are responsible for all lawn maintenance, leaf removal, irrigation system repairs, pest control, road work including snow removal, planting,pruning, fertilizing of shrubs and trees- if it's outside we do it! We have a John Deere F1145 (older model)with 60" deck and brush attachment(works great on light snows),F150 with plow and salt spreader, Exmark Metro 36" deck, 2 Honda 21" self-propelled mowers, 2 stihl backpack blowers, a new trac-vac system that attaches to the JDF mower deck, a kawasaki mule with plow and many hand tools.We know we're understaffed but we do our best and enjoy the work. We are located in the mountains of western north carolina so we never know what to expect - altho these days nobody does. I enjoy this forum and plan to use it more regularly

    BLLSCO LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Brent's Lawn & Landscaping Service has been in service since 1994.

    I Started Off With:

    A 1992 Ford F-350 Pickup Truck
    A 12 by 6 foor trailer
    A John Deer Commercial 36" Riding Mower
    A John Deer Trimmer

    with only 30 customers

    I Now Have:
    A 1992 Ford F-350 Pickup Truck
    A 1999 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck
    A 1999 Ford F 250 Pickup Truck
    A 1998 Ford F Dump Truck 20 ton
    A 12 by 6 foot trailer
    A 20 by 6 foot trailer (2)
    A John Deer Commercial 36" Riding Mower (2)
    A Troy Built 33" Mulching Mower
    A Lesco Viper Plus Zero Turning Mower (2)
    A John Deer Trimmer (5)

    with only 295 customers

    I started out being told by other services they would put me out of service! But they where wrong, I worked hard of six years to build up a great service and customer database!

    Also for the winter of 2000 I will be plowing for the first year!

  3. Great site! I've learned alot and reinforced my determination to stay involved after 15 years in lawn buisness. I'm Kevin McKenzie and live in Hawaii and have 35 accounts that keep me in shape. My equipment:2 Honda HRC216 WB, 1 21'Lawn-Boy (staggered wheel), 1 Pro-Master 10 blade reel-mower w B&S 5hpI/C (used for southern turfgrasses/top-drawer big bucccos accounts), 1 Shindaiwa T-27, 1 Shindaiwa T-270 (just bought), 1 Honda GS31 trimmer (not too happy with - live and learn then go back to Shindaiwa), 1 40' Echo hedge trimmer, 1 Echo es-2100 vac/blower (set as designated vac), 1 Shindaiwa 230 hedge trimmer, 1 Echo Bacpac (the quiet one), 1 Shindaiwa backpac (the original noise monster buck-maker), 1 Shindaiwa sprayer (used to spray Cyclo-Cel growth regulant on my rosa-hibiscus hedges)my #1 money maker/time saver! Regulates the green foliage growth for months on end, allowing for lots of blooms since you don't trim them off. The property manager don't know I'm using Cyclo-Cel! He just keeps commenting on how nice the hedges look! And yes, all this expensive equipment is regularly hauled around on my 1986 Mazda B-2000 runnin amsoil synthetic since I bought her new 190,000 miles and 3 timing belts/water pumps opened the valve-cover once to adjust the valves after the Weber Conversion, also runnin a centerforce clutch since the stock one gave out. My moto for some time - 'Expect Nothing, Appreciate Everything'. Keep the sun screen on and take your vites. Aloha, Kevin
  4. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    Hi Im 14 years old in live in st.louis missouri. I currently have 13 lawn acounts charging $20or $25 dollars each.i started out with a toro 5.5 hp recycler and momlite trimmer and blower.

    I now own a Exmark Metro metro and paid $3,000 for it is that to much? Any way i also have an echoe 2100 echo trimmer and a stilh hand held blower. Lawn buisnes is great this year i made over $7,000 but with expenses it around $4,000 next year im going to probbly get a velky for the ExMark.

    My lattest news is that my house burned down my equipment is okay but it is harder to cut my neighbors grass.

    I love this buisness and i might to this the rest of my life.
  5. tranum

    tranum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    larry, from southcentral alabama. spent 19 years in the transportation (trucking) industry b4 having all i could stomach in early '99. started this business with nothing and still have some of it left.
    what i have left:
    '99 chevy silverado
    '99 52 " turf tiger. l/c kawa.
    '95 cub super garden tractor w/peco vac. (fine machine, all hydraulic, 54" deck....b4 mtd turned them into junk)
    '00 721d 52" grasshopper w/collection system. (started out as 61". jury still out but has potential)
    16X8 open trailer
    21" cub trim mower
    4) echo trimmers
    1) stihl trimmer
    echo b/p & h/h blowers
    echo sTiCK (niNE!!) edger
    echo hedge trimmer
    25 gal. pull behind sprayer
    3 power saws, 2 bushooks, 1 machete & a pruner in a pear tree (bradford)
    and my most valuable piece of equipment..................

    a great wife with a GOOD JOB.....allows me to do what i enjoy & sleep late when the weather is ugly!!!!!!!! i count my blessings.......
  6. Indiana

    Indiana LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    We started in 1991 with:

    1983 Chevy 4x4 pick-up
    1984 10' Open untility trailer
    1979 YanMar 4 4wd tractor
    48" Bush-hog finish mower
    Robin curved shaft weedeater

    We started with one major account (I was unmarried and living at home at the time)

    We now have:

    1997 Chevy 1 ton w/ 9' dump
    2000 7x16 landscape trailer
    1983 Chevy 4wd p/u
    1984 10' Utility trailer
    1995 4 x8 utility trailer
    2000 Turbo-turf 100 gallon skid sprayer
    1994 Walker model C
    2000 Husky 48" walk behind
    4 Robin trimmers (straight shaft)
    2 Husky back pack blowers
    1 Power pruner
    1 Articulated hedge trimmer
    1 Robin hedge trimmer
    1 Stihl H85 vacuum/blower
    1987 Finn T-50 hydroseeder
    1979 YanMar 4wd tractor
    2 small 5 hp push mowers
    several 3 point hitch attachments for tractor
    Billy Goat 11hp leaf loader

    We maintain about 60-65 homes, 2 private resorts, 1 industrial property & 1 bank.
  7. turfsurfer

    turfsurfer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 364

    Well, I thought since I'm benefitting from all the good info on this site I'd have the decency to post my bio. I am a full-time firefighter for Cols.,Ohio. I started my mowing business in 1994 to help the wife stay at home with the kids. since then I have stuck to around 35 mowing accounts plus some mulch work and aeration in the spring and fall. New for this year I plan to get into the fertilizing side and let my 1 reliable employee handle most of the mowing.

    Equipment when I started:
    1984 chevy 1/2 ton
    1980 Sears craftsman 20" mower ( for about 2 weeks!!)
    1984 mcCulloch trimmer
    weedeater handheld blower

    Equipment 2000
    1996 chevy 1/2 ton 4x4
    5x12 landscape trailer
    2000 exmark 52" lazer hp w/ 23 horse kaw.
    1998 exmark 52" turf tracer w/ 16 horse briggs vanguard
    1994 scag 48" belt drive walk behind
    (2) shindaiwa t230 trimmers
    Homelite bp-250 backpack blower
    1999 ryan lawnaire v aerator
    2000 blue-bird tow behind aerator
    Green Velvet granular spreader

    New equipment needed for 2001:

    100 or 200 gallon skid sprayer for hopefully successful fert. expansion.
  8. plow kid

    plow kid Banned
    Messages: 516

    Hi all , I am Nate, 18 and i started off with a 8 hp ridermower and a electric trimmer when i was 13. I
    havent been too successful until this year when i landed 10 new commercial accounts,last year i bummed 2 grand from my grandparents for new equipment i didnt get too far...
    then i came along a auction where i bought my newer equipment and that is as follows:

    1997 6x12 enclosed haulmark trailer
    3 newer lawnboys
    a 36" jacobsen walk mower
    a 48" jacobsen walk mower
    2 stihl trimmers
    old echo backpack blower
    and a 029,and 066 chainsaw

    not bad for $1300.oo isit?

    and i pull it with a dodge dakota

    next year i want to get a new(er) truck and maybe even a grasshopper

    if you are in north ohio or southeast michigan and have junk mowers or trimmers leave me a e-mail, i am always looking for parts equipment
  9. well had to join in.Started out as a twelve year old fascinated with equipment took itapart fixed it,had lots of training and experience.Took on different factory jobs then got back into lawn and garden at age 21 because of alayoff.ran two different repair shops for total of five years the boss offered me a ten cent raise,gooooood bye i will try my own thing,well store cost too much capital.Started landscaping with: lawn boy (out of store trash hopper i am a mechanic) ford 1978 1/2 ton 4x4 lawnboy weedeater,lawn boy hand held blower dads rakes and shovels My current equipment:
    1994 Super Duty dump
    1986 F250 4x4 w/Meyers plow
    1986 Nissan 4x4 w/plow
    1978 F150 4x4 w/plow
    1978 F350 12ft. flatbed
    1990 4x4 Kubota w/loader
    1997 Exmark 60" Hydro
    1996 Scag 52" Hydro
    1991 Snapper 48" belt
    1991 Bobcat 36" belt
    1999 Lawnboy 21" SP
    Bagging equipment for all mowers
    track vac 5hp.
    12 ft. leaf vaccum box 16hp. self contained
    16 & 12 ft. open trailers
    2 Stihl back pack blowers br 400
    2 Stihl hand helds
    1 Shindiawa backpack blower
    4 Shindiawa trimmers
    1 Shindiawa edger
    1 Shindiawa chainsaw
    1 8hp Little wonder push blower
    3 different types fert. speaders
    tons shovels, racks, pruners
    300 tons compost made yrly. ( customer yard waste!)
    probably forgot something but who cares.
    7 lg. estates
    35 residentual
    10 commerical accounts
    We do mostly maintenance and what ever installations customers need as time goes on. Just starting into water features. My favorite aspect. 15 yrs. and LOVE IT!
    Hobby: Riding quads, watching bald eagles
    wife 12yrs. boys 11 and 9. daughter 4 going on 21. haha
    That's it!
  10. Bob's Lawn Care

    Bob's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    Hi all, I thought I would tell you a little about myself.
    I work full time as a Correction Officer working the 3-11 shift. About 5 years ago, a friends dad (a retired state police officer) asked for some help mowing with his lawn business. Unfortunately 2 years later he got sick and decided to sell everything, he gave me the first option to buy it. So in September of '97 I went to the bank and got a 4 year business loan and I bought everything. It included the truck, trailer, mowers, trimmers, blowers, even all the accounts. I paid the loan off this last fall (a Year early) so its time to go back in debt. This spring I plan on buying my first commercial mower, an Exmark Lazer Z 60" deck, 23hp liquid cooled Kawasaki with the UltraVac. I am also seriously considering hiring someone to help out. I have 25 accounts that I was barley able to keep up with, hopefully with this mower and some help I might be able to enjoy some of this next summer. At least that is the plan, we'll see. This is something that I really enjoy, it's a great feeling when I drive away from a lawn, look back and say " That lawn looks great". It's even better when the customer walks out and says the same. This fall I decided to ad snow removal to my services, I was tired of refering my customers to someone else. I took on 1 plowing account this year to get my feet wet, but not to much that it will interfere with snowmobiling.

    Current Lawn Equiptment:
    1987 Ford F-250
    6x12 open trailer
    John Deere LX188 with 48" deck
    John Deere GT275 with 48" deck
    Toro 21" push mower
    Stihl trimmers
    Stihl back pack blower
    Grass collection bagger for mowers

    Current Plowing Equiptment:
    1993 GMC 1500 Z71 4x4
    7 1/2 foot Fisher Minute mount Plow

    Future Equiptment:
    2001 Exmark Lazer Z 60" deck 23hp liqiud cooled Kawasaki motor
    2001 13.4 bushel UltraVac (3 bag)
    a walk behind yet to be determined.
    2002 Dodge 2500 4x4
    8 ft Fisher Minuter Mount Plow

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