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

  1. cutntrim

    cutntrim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    Haven't bothered to post here since I posted info in the old forum thread, but I'm bored so I'll repost. <p>Myself and my partner own full service, year-round company in Southern Ontario. We're both 30 and have been friends since age 12. I'm married and have a new baby boy born January 18th. We've been in business since 1991 but have been seriously full time since 1994 when we finished university. I've got a degree in Physical Education and at one time planned on teaching but I love working outdoors and being my own boss. Last year we serviced 200+ properties for lawn cutting (commercial and residential) and 40 fertilizing properties. This winter we have 30 commercial properties and 10 driveways for snowplowing and salting. Last year we had 5 employees besides myself and my partner. My partner and I plus my dad (retired) handle the plowing. <p>Our equipment: <p>1989 Chevy 3/4 ton 4x4 with 7.5' Snoway plow<br>1989 GMC 3/4 ton 4x4 with 8' Meyers plow<br>1985 GMC 3/4 ton 4x4 with 7.5' Snoway plow<br>(the two 89's have Buyers tailgate salters)<br>6'x14' landscape trailer<br>6'x12' landscape trailer<br>5'x10' landscape trailer<br>52&quot; Toro Z-Master<br>54&quot; Ransomes gear-drive WB<br>three 36&quot; Ransomes gear-drive WB's<br>21&quot; Commercial Hondas<br>21&quot; Commercial Lawnboys<br>T-260 Shindaiwa Trimmers<br>Shindaiwa Hand and Backpack Blowers<br>Backpack Sprayers<br>10hp 26&quot; Snowblower<br>Usual other small stuff<p><p>----------<br>Dave in S.Ontario<br>
  2. Getmow

    Getmow LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 445

    My name is David from Hampton Va. I too posted on the original thread but feel it's important for us to &quot;know&quot; each other. We have been in business for 11 years with the last 5 &quot;full&quot; time. I still work full time as a Captain in a local fire department (21years). We presently service 120 accounts from the little old ladies (60%) to the HOA and cemeteries. <br>Our equipment is as follows<p>Started with;<br>86 F150<br>21&quot; Snapper self propelled<br>year?? John Deere 116 ($500)<br>McCullough trimmer and hh blower<br>2 wooden ramps<p>NOW<br>97 Dodge 2500 cummins<br>90 Dodge 250 with EZ Dumper<br>86 Dodge 350 12' Dump<br>87 Ford 350 Diesel with landscape/equipment <br> bed (just put together)<br>16'trailer with side gate and custom tool <br> storage<br>12'trailer<br>2 Dixie Choppers 60&quot; (buying new 50&quot;)<br>3 Toro Walk Behind<br>echo pb6000 blowers ( I like the anchors )<br>echo 2501 and 2601 trimmers<br>echo hedge trimmers (20&quot; and articulating)<br>Little Wonder and Giant vac push blowers<br>Billy Goat Leaf loader and vacs<br>aerators -Ryan and Spyker<br>spreaders - Big Foot and Agrifab<br>sprayers - Shindawa<p>Thanks to all of you for making this a great place for ideas and information. A special thanks to those who run this site. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Chuck.<p><p><font size="1">Edited by: Getmow
  3. EDL

    EDL LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Messages: 110

    Hi my name is Tom, I have been in business for almost 3 yrs. We do 60% consruction & 40% Lawn Care. We are located in Massachusetts. I am 25 and have either landscaped for someone or have worked in a nursery since I was 13. <br>Started out with<br>1989 3/4 chevy <br>16X6 trailer<br>snapper 48&quot;<br>murray 21&quot;<br>ryobi trimmer<br>echo hand blower<br> Equipment includes 1999 Chevy 3/4 <br>1994 GMC Top Kick <br>60&quot; Lazer <br>48&quot; Snapper <br>48&quot; Lesco <br>16' open trailer Design Imaging Group Program <br>2 Push Blowers <br>1 Leaf Loader <br>1 Rototiller <br>Echo & Stihl (trimmers backpack blowers, hedgetrimmers, cut off saw) <br>I find this forum very helpful, and addictive especially in the winter.<p><p><font size="1">Edited by: EDL
  4. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    Well alot of new people have come to this site since I posted back on the old forum, so I thought that I should repost and tell a little about my company and what we do. <br>My frim builds Parks and Forest preserves in the Chicago area. Over half of my work involves hardscaping with specialties in large stone installation in rivers and lakes.<br>The equipment list is long so here is a rough list:<br>3 97-00 ford F450-F550 dumps<br>1 Sterling 29,000 gvw flat bed<br>1 85 gmc Dump (spare truck)<br>1 dodge 2500 4x4 (my office on wheels)<br>4 skid loaders (New Holland<br>2 mini excavators<br>2 ford tractors (a new JD is comming in two weeks)<br>4 equipment trailers (flat beds)<br>2 Enclosed trailers ( hardscape equipment)<br>1 9 ton roller<br>If you want to see what I put in the enclosed trailers just go to the landscape forum and look for paver tools.<br>About myself; I have been in landscaping for over 25 years (no I'm not old but started young) I have a wife and two daughters, insterests are Deer hunting with My oldest daughter (younger one whats to go this year)and cars (just bmw's fast ones)<p><p>----------<br>paul<br>
  5. steveair

    steveair LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073

    Hello, name is steve and I'm from N. West Jersey, the farm country. And for all of you out there, yes, there is some of that left in Jersey, though were losing it quick.<br>Im 26 and only been in the business for about 5 years. Went to college to study engineering, but couldn't speak chinese, so I switched to something that a simple country boy could understand and went with landscape construction. Currently Im employed by Morristown Municipal Aiport as a ground specialist. Basically in charge of all aspects from maintenance, construction, designing, etc. I kind of stumbled on the oppurtunity, but am really enjoying the it. Its hard to believe I get paid to sit in a air conditioned case 5130 and watch planes all day. <p>Besides the airport, I also do landscape design work on the side. I currently do designs for local contractors in and about my area. They range from choosing 1 tree to 100K plans. My equipment...<p>1 computer<br>1 scanner<br>1 HP1120c inkjet<br>1 copy of intellicad (too cheap to buy autocad, but convinced the airport to buy it and will steal a copy from them)<br>1 drafting table<br>and 1 box of worn out drafting supplies<p>(just figured i'd make my list a little diff't)<p>My future plans are to go into business for myself. I don't know if I want to just stick with the design end or move into construction also. I just bought a 90 dodge rack body dump with 65 thousand on it for 3k before winter and plan to put it to work on the weekends. I've been using my 99 sonoma, but figured it was just a matter of time before ther rear bumper wore off from having a yard of mulch in the back. Enjoy doing small paver jobs and and weekend plantings. Also, what works out good is I can trade designs for equipment with my clients. A lot of times I do plans and exchange them for a tractor rental for the weekend. Works out good for both of us that way.<p>For now though, I just want to figure out exactly what I'm doing and what I want to do before I make the plunge. Taking risks with someone else's money is definetely safer than using your own. (I know you owners love to hear that one....lol)<p>Anyway, this forum is great and have enjoyed everything you have all said. To tell you the truth, I learned more here in a week than I did in 4 years at collegel......Thanks all.<p>steveair <p><p>
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I have been in business about 5 years in Mayo, Md. The name of my company is AM Lawn Service and I work primarily in grass cutting. I also do limited landscaping for selected customers.<p>My equiptment consists of:<p>1995 F-150 5.0 XL<br>1997 6X12 Landscape Trailer<br>1990 Woods 36&quot; Hydro (retired this week)<br>2000 Exmark Metro 36&quot;<br>1998 Modified Gravely Pro 150 50&quot;<br>1999 Stihl BR400 Blower<br>1999 Shindaiwa T-230 Line Trimmer<br>2000 Shindaiwa T-230 Line Trimmer<br>1996 Husqavarna 36 Chain Saw<br>ect... <br>
  7. ProCut Lawn Service

    ProCut Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    My name is Kevin and I am the owner/operator of ProCut Lawn Service here in central Florida. Im 22 years old. I usually work solo in the winter and hire friends in the summer to help out. I have been in business for about 3 years, but have been mowing lawns ever since I could ride a mower. I work full-time and have commercial, residental, and HOA accounts.<p>My equipment is:<br>(1) '94 F-150 converted to a flatbed dually<br>(1) 16' Trailer<br>(1) John Deere 655 54&quot; rider<br>(1) John Deere Deluxe 48&quot; WB w/ Velke<br>(1) John Deere GS30 36&quot; WB w/ Velke<br>(1) 21&quot; Toro 2-Cycle<br>(1) 21&quot; Sarlo<br>(2) Echo Line Trimmers<br>(4) Stihl Line Trimmers<br>(1) Echo Stick Edger<br>(1) Stihl Stick Edger<br>(1) Stihl Brushcutter<br>(1) Echo Backpack Blower<br>(1) Stihl Backpack Blower<br>(1) Homelite Backpack Blower<br>(2) Stihl Hedgetrimmers<br>and lots of other misc. stuff<p>Hope to be talking to you guys soon!<p><br>----------<br>ProCut Lawn Service<br>Lakeland, Fl<br>
  8. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    I'm Ed and the solo operator of Bay Area Lawn Care in the Green Bay Wisconsin area. I started out 5 years ago with some non commercial equipment and soon learned why its non commercial.<br>My starting lineup was <br>Toro17HP Hydro Lawn and Garden Tractor w/bagger<br>6.5 Craftsman 22&quot;walk behind<br>Homelite Trimmer<br>Singer hand held blower/vac<br>homemade trailer 6x10 w/added gate<br>1985 Jeep Cherokee Chief - rest its soul. <br>No idea on how to price any of the work I was doing.<br> I currently have expanded into granular fertilizing on a small scale. I service 22 accounts per week and about 50 to 60 spring cleans. I fertilize only 12 customers as of 4-1-2000. I do the lawn stuff about 16 hours per week and another 56 hours per week I'm a firefighter/paramedic. I NEED to do lawns and appreciate the job that all of us do for whatever reason.<p>I HAD a 1998 Walker MTGHS25 with a cursed kohler 25 that I've had nothing but problems with.<p>2000 Walker MTGHS26 EFI 42&quot;deck and no catch deflector - comfort seat and 9.8bbl catcher. 6-1-2000<br>Traded old 98 in and feel great.<p>1999 Toro Proline 44&quot; Kohler 15hp hydro that is an accountsaver when the Walker is down. Also great for hills.<br>I use 2 cheap, light homelite trimmers<br>1 Husky backpack blower<br>1 lawnboy 21&quot; trim mower<br>1 backup Crapsman 22&quot; slow hi-wheel trim mower<br>a 14' trailer w/2 gates<br>1998 Chevy Z-71 Silverado that I already scratched but I really need.<br>I have been in the G.B. area for about 10 years and still think the Packers suck. Bear fan forever. But the Packers are trying to get a .5% sales tax passed for a new stadium so I used this threat to increase my prices. Just kidding. <br>Stay safe, be careful, go home and have fun.<br>Lifes is too short to worry.<p><br>&lt;font size=&quot;1&quot;&gt;Edited by: MOW ED<br><p><font size="1">Edited by: MOW ED
  9. LiVe2

    LiVe2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    Hi my name is Eric and I own Eric's lawn service. I have been mowing for about 7 years now, I do mostly com accounts but I do some yards for my friends. I am from Gainesville Fl. <p>I mow about 500+ acres a month<p>1995 f-350 power stroke 4X4<br>John Deere 4630 (150hp) with cab a/c and radio I use a Rhino 15foot bat wing with it<p>2000 john deere 620 with a 54inch deck<br>Ferris 52 WB<br>Scag 48 Wb<br>15 foot trailer<br>Echo weed eater 2400<br>Echo blower<br>Sthil edger<br>Echo hedge trimmer<p>
  10. Toroguy

    Toroguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,075

    Who: toroguy-34 years old-no kids<br> Owner/Operator<p>Started with a 21' MTD, weedeater trimmer and blower. All purchased at Target with an employee discount. Hauled in the trunk of a 1984 Ford Tempo that I purchased at a tax lien auction for $50. End of first year I had seven customers.<p>Current equipment: 2000 Exmark Metro HP walk behind<br> 1999 21&quot;commercial Lawn Boy <br> Shindaiwa T-230 trimmer<br> Homelite blower<br> JRCO tine dethatcher<br> Grass Gobbler clippings can<br> 5X10 trailer<br> weedeater hedge trimmer<br> 51 customers <p>Where: Third year. Wright Co. MN.<p>Wants: More customers, especially <br>celebrity types, a Chopper or <br>Lazer as I grow. New blade sharpener. Aerator. A Viking Super Bowl win.<p>Im memory...Homelite trimmer R.I.P<p><br><p><font size="1">Edited by: toroguy

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