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Winter months

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by lcooper, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,353

    Us Florida LCO's enjoy a vacation every other week as we are still getting paid the same amount every month as we did in the growing season. Gotta love that!
  2. Toro 455

    Toro 455 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    I take winters off. I'm just south of the snow belt. Average 2 plowable snows per winter. That wouldn't even pay for a blade for my truck.

    Plus nobody around here fears the snow so they don't want to pay anything.

    So I talked my neighbor who had a plow on his wrecker to take my customers that insists on snow plowing.
    He was plowing for a local foreign owned motel. He talked to the manager of the motel. He told her he was going to have to raise his rates from $25/hr. to $35/hr. (this was back in the 80's) She gave him a lot of grief telling him she wouldn't pay more. He got really mad and went out to plow the lot for the last time. He was jamming the automatic transmission from forward to reverse and burst a transmission line! It sprayed fluid on the exhaust, caught on fire and burned to the ground! He got beet red, went back inside and yelled, "Is that worth $35 an hour!"
    When the insurance bought him a new wrecker I timidly ask him, "Are you getting a blade for the new wrecker?" He just said "NO! I'm never plowing snow again!"

    I've been going to Florida for the past 10 years. I work like crazy all spring. summer and fall so I feel entitled to take winter off. The bluegrass around here grows like weeds in the spring. I cut it every 4-5 days in the spring. With all the rain this has been one of the best summers ever! This year is the first time I've mowed on a 6 day schedule in August! Woo HOO!
  3. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,111


    since when?
  4. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,111

    when i talk with someone about raising rates i'v already decided i'm not working for the same cost so if they do not agree to it i don't do the job
  5. trock

    trock LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    How hard is it to get in the truck and plow?
    Its always been easy. I carry all the repair parts for my plows in the truck. All my customers are on monthly credit card billing once a month I hit the button and Im paid. What makes this process hard?
  6. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,111

    well. for starters, last winter soon as it started my 4x4 went out. need to get it fixed before this winter.
  7. trock

    trock LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    Thats why I only run new trucks for plowing.
  8. K&L Landscaping

    K&L Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    Dec. 1 I'm finished and don't think about grass until the beginning of March. Winter can't come soon enough this year, I've never been this burned out.
  9. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    No way, winter's the time for repairs and maintenance, I have enough machines a lot of times I can just drop off the broken one and pick up a working one, unfortunately all that eventually gets to that point where it all needs fixing... Even if that weren't the case there's still that seasonal stuff in ways of maintenance, oil changes and other types of preventative maintenance, winter's the best time for it, I can't afford down time.
  10. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,111

    new truck every year. I find that hard to believe

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