will you give us some mowers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by promower, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,233

    I had a a nonprofit hit me up on donating some lawn equipment so they could take care of there property. I asked what they were looking for so they sent me a list of stuff they needed.

    (2) commercial WB
    (1) commercial rider
    (4) commercial trimmers
    (1) commercial blower
    (1) commercial edger

    Sounds like kind of a lot to ask for I thought. I was willing to part with a few rakes, shovels and maybe a push mower but they are asking for some high ticket items. I know it would be a write off for me, but it would also be a write off for them to buy some used equipment or hire out. So now instead of companies taking the lowest bid I guess we should donate our equipment so they can do it them selves.:rolleyes: I suppose big companies can give stuff like this away, unfortunately for them my equipment is what pays the bills.
  2. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,565

    Forward that kind of thing to the big operators like Brickman and Valley Crest. An operation that's much smaller at all simply cannot afford that kind of donation unless the equipment is pretty banged up, in which case it's not much help to the party receiving the equipment.
  3. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,454

    Not to say there aren't legitimate causes worthy of donating to. . .but be aware. . .

    Don't let the "nonprofit" status smoke-cloud confuse you into a "charity" sort of thinking. Most "nonprofits" are actually "not-for-profits" (which may intentionally say they are "nonprofit" either because they don't know the difference or, more frequently, because it plays to their advantage to act like they don't know the difference due to perks like this in which they may get some free equipment from someone) which merely means they have a tax-exempt status. It does NOT mean they don't earn a profit. If they don't earn a profit they go out of business. Otherwise they would not be legally called a not-for-profit "business". The difference is they must not pay those profits to shareholders - rather they must help the community with the profits.

    In other words, by donating equipment to them, it simply makes them more profitable if they can save money by having a full-time maintenance person do the job you should be contracted to do; and with your equipment while the officers laugh at you all the way to the bank.payup
  4. DeereHauler

    DeereHauler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 604

    sounds like a former or wanna be LCO wrote that wish list. you would think if they are asking for something for nothin' they would ask for cheaper items like a lawn tractor, or donated service.

    i mow for the local American Red Cross for nothing. about an acre of grass, i don't ask for a penny, but if they would ask for equipment, not from me, i would rather keep mowing for free.
  5. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    Asking for some small donations...okay.

    Asking for my 6-12k mowers...get lost.

    Give me a break, I can see asking for a mower...but to say "Commercial" Rider. What the heck do they need "Commerical" mowers for if it is just for there establishment????:dizzy:
  6. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    exactly !!!!! you cant tell me that if and when they get that eqp. that they wont get some volunteers to start a mowing bus. for them . they have alterior motives ..beleive it...
  7. DeereHauler

    DeereHauler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 604


    maybe once they get that equipment they'll start their own mowing crew...haha
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Not too picky, are they:rolleyes: Give me a break.
  9. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    A little story I was told a few years back by one of the larger companies around,,,,
    Once upon a time a small not for profit company did that here. They received many 21" and hand held items(trimmers, hedgers, hand tools and other misc.) Now about 13 years later they are the second largest LCO here. They use all handicapped people for work and make it hard to put in light commercial bids. They pull down the price for small commercial work by about 30% of what it should be. Beware.
  10. Branchland

    Branchland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    uuuuuuu, NO. They really are picky about what they want somebody to donate.

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