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hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011, 01:01 AM
Okay im starting a new thread here to post our pics and show off our stuff. Lets give the new guys that have joined things to see and ideas. I will post mine later today. have to take new pics.

Steve
12-23-2011, 03:05 PM
I am looking forwards to it!

Cmon everyone jump in!

Ducke
12-23-2011, 09:32 PM
Took this picture today.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/390930_10150431750600938_524480937_9122802_2142764 494_n.jpg

Ducke
12-23-2011, 09:39 PM
some more
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/302649_10150349221480938_524480937_8828348_8861065 49_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/163655_489784672571_228473077571_6175228_5720858_n .jpg

Ducke
12-23-2011, 10:02 PM
found some more pics
http://www.gopherforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4006&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1308620590

http://www.gopherforum.com/picture.php?pictureid=221&albumid=65&dl=1290470002&thumb=1

http://www.gopherforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4273&d=1315346499

justin_time
12-26-2011, 09:37 AM
http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=14109

SouthallMowing
12-26-2011, 05:32 PM
Not bad for someone who is 18 and 2012 will be the second year. :D

CHEESE2009
12-27-2011, 07:06 PM
Here is that pic I posted during the fall;

http://i920.photobucket.com/albums/ad41/breeze2009/tractorglow.jpg

gatewayuser
12-27-2011, 09:29 PM
Here is my setup, adding a new and second trailer next year, this one has seen better days.

52" Gateway, John Deere 54" and a 54" Gravely HD on a 16ft PJ Trailer gets pulled by a 2001 ford f-350.

lawn4rlife
01-02-2012, 02:14 AM
found some more pics
http://www.gopherforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4006&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1308620590

http://www.gopherforum.com/picture.php?pictureid=221&albumid=65&dl=1290470002&thumb=1

http://www.gopherforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4273&d=1315346499

How do you like that Honda mower?

Ducke
01-02-2012, 07:17 AM
I love the Honda
Its so much better then the old Craftsmen that I was running.
Its fast, quite and easier on gas.

hawthornelawncare
01-05-2012, 05:47 PM
okay here are a few pics of angles i took of my setup. just basic things.

Clays Landscape
01-09-2012, 09:21 PM
Here is a picture of some of my equipment.

Clays Landscape
01-09-2012, 09:47 PM
One more view. I do not have an walk behind turfco plugger, husquvarna tow behind plugger 48", or a Billy Goat lawn vac included in the picture.

hawthornelawncare
01-11-2012, 10:46 PM
One more view. I do not have an walk behind turfco plugger, husquvarna tow behind plugger 48", or a Billy Goat lawn vac included in the picture.

pic is upside down

Hedgemaster
01-12-2012, 01:12 AM
:D You may regret asking for photos...


2001 Chevy Silverado 5.3 V-8 4x4 - daily driver turned work truck with 6-way power, leather, heated seats and every option available except the engine block heater. :D
It killed me to press my baby into service, but you do what you gotta do.

Shown is my cargo carrier. (mobility scooter carrier) Of all my gear, this was one of the best investments I made. It was worth every penny. This is essentially how it all began.

http://i886.photobucket.com/albums/ac64/Pepwalker2/Lawn%20Care%20Handyman/104_5202.jpg


http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Truck/IMAG2328.jpg


http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Truck/IMAG2327.jpg


http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5882.jpg


5x8 trailer as purchased...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/104_5762.jpg



trailer refinished...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5858.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5863.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5867.jpg




18" Craftsman (GASP! It's not commercial grade!) chain saw...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Cleanup%20and%20Tree%20Removal/104_5895.jpg



Mighty Mac hammermill chipper/shredder...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/104_5693.jpg



Stihl FS90R trimmer (Haha Look how clean it was!)...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/104_5642.jpg



Stihl articulating hedge trimmer attachment...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Stihl%20Hedge%20Trimmer%20Attachment/104_6249.jpg



Toro 21" Super Recycler...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Toro%20Super%20Recycler%2020092/IMAG1101.jpg



with a few of the spares...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Toro%20Super%20Recycler%2020092/4%20Mowers/IMAG1585.jpg



26" two stage Craftsman snowblower (Oh noes! It's not commercial grade!)...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Snowthrower/104_5951.jpg


http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Snowthrower/104_5944.jpg



My $15.00 21" single stage MTD snowblower...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Snowblower%20Single%20Stage%20MTD/IMAG2435.jpg



My original Craftsman blower and the Stihl that replaced it before I returned it...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Blowers/IMAG2285.jpg



Echo PB-251 that replaced the Stihl...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Blowers/IMAG2313.jpg



Echo PB-770T backpack blower...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Blowers/DSCI0085.jpg


http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Blowers/DSCI0082.jpg



Yard Man 4-Cycle split shaft trimmer I picked up as a backup along with a pole pruner attachment...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/4%20Cycle%20Trimmer%20and%20Attachments/IMAG2391.jpg


The rest of the attachments...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/4%20Cycle%20Trimmer%20and%20Attachments/IMAG2469.jpg



Acer Aspire laptop which I hope to have loaded with Gopher software sooner than later...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Laptop%20for%20Business/IMAG2624.jpg



Husqvarna 24hp 54" ZTR that I just picked up a couple weeks ago (12/29/11)...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Husqvarna%20RZ5424%20ZTR/HusqvarnaInStore007.jpg


http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Husqvarna%20RZ5424%20ZTR/HusqvarnaInStore004.jpg





Whew! :eek: That's a lott'a pics!!!


I'll finish up with something I consider just as important as my other pieces of equipment - my lawn signs. I never leave home without them!

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Promotional%20Items/Yard%20Signs/IMAG2416.jpg

Hope you enjoyed the show!

:D

HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE
02-11-2012, 10:21 PM
:D You may regret asking for photos...


2001 Chevy Silverado 5.3 V-8 4x4 - daily driver turned work truck with 6-way power, leather, heated seats and every option available except the engine block heater.

I didn't know that gas motors came with engine block heaters???

Hedgemaster
02-11-2012, 11:02 PM
I didn't know that gas motors came with engine block heaters???

I'm not 100% certain. I assumed they are an option for those who live in Alaska or something. I just recall that it has every option that Chevy offered at the time except that. Oh, and a snow plow package - forgot about that - didn't come with that either.

I actually walked away from that truck on the lot when I looked in the window and saw the leather seats. "Pfffttt! Can't afford THAT!"
Turns out it was a demo model with 300 miles and it was a better price than anything brand new with less options. No regrets.


The very next day I removed the stupid bedliner* that was in it and started pricing caps. My wife needed the step, so I chose the fiberglass step/running boards and had them installed at the same place I got the cap from.


*Bebliners are fine if you're tossing rocks and stuff back there, but otherwise they cause rust underneath. I may eventually have it coated with a spray-on liner, but for now I have padding and carpeting back there. :D
Hey, it's hell on the knees to crawl around back there without it.

Ducke
02-12-2012, 09:30 AM
I didn't know that gas motors came with engine block heaters???

I have been getting one in my vehicles since the 80's when we had a real bad freeze I do believe it was something like -32 and my car would not start. I never have a problem any more. It only takes a few minutes to get a nice toasty truck/car on the morning.

Ducke
02-12-2012, 09:42 AM
So why did you take the Sthil blower back ???

F-350
02-12-2012, 11:13 AM
31419158_7337707_n.jpg?dl=1 pictures of the trucks wish we had some more snow though. Located in central jersey

Hedgemaster
02-13-2012, 12:29 AM
So why did you take the Sthil blower back ???

It was a pain in the butt to start.
I likely had a lemon, as I've not heard anything bad about that model and my dealer sells a ton of them and says it's a popular blower with the landscapers even though it's from the homeowner line.
It was really random - one job it starts on the first pull, the next, I'm pulling ten times, the next, three pulls, the next six pulls, the next, just once... it was crazy.

It was lighter and slimmer than the Echo I replaced it with (and slightly more CFM), but the intake design is better on the Echo, in that if it rests against your leg, the "cage" protrudes enough to allow air in on the sides, where the Stihl sounded like it was being choked if it sucked against your leg because it's "flat". If not for the starting issues, I'd have loved it - quite powerful for it's size and price. ($150)

My dealer was kind enough to offer to do whatever I wanted - swap the Stihl for another identical unit, or give me something else.
I asked what he had in an Echo and that's what he brought out. He gave me an even trade even though the Echo should have cost $30 more than the Stihl.

jklawncare
02-13-2012, 12:50 AM
Here is my truck..anyone have anything to say about using a lifted truck for business?

right now it has bigger tires on it then what was taken with..

Steve
02-13-2012, 04:17 PM
The truck looks great. I would just be concerned with it using more gas and costing you more to operate.

Ducke
02-13-2012, 08:45 PM
I agree Steve the big old 4x4 look nice but the are HOGS on the fuel.
That is why I am looking at one of these once my current truck goes.
http://mactownminitrucks.homestead.com/Mini_Trucks_Front_Line_04.27.07_003.jpg
you can get a 4x4 diesel like new for around $8000.00 Canadian
They just sip fuel and they will do everything I need it to do
Haul a small trailer couple yards of mulch etc..
You can even get a dump bed for about $2000.00 more.
http://mactownminitrucks.homestead.com/1994_honda_dump.jpg

http://mactownminitrucks.homestead.com/100_0846.JPG

http://mactownminitrucks.homestead.com/Blackline_Plow_on_MiniTruck_op_732x244.jpg

willshome
02-13-2012, 08:52 PM
I agree Steve the big old 4x4 look nice but the are HOGS on the fuel.
That is why I am looking at one of these once my current truck goes.
http://mactownminitrucks.homestead.com/Mini_Trucks_Front_Line_04.27.07_003.jpg
you can get a 4x4 diesel like new for around $8000.00 Canadian
They just sip fuel and they will do everything I need it to do
Haul a small trailer couple yards of mulch etc..
You can even get a dump bed for about $2000.00 more.
http://mactownminitrucks.homestead.com/1994_honda_dump.jpg

http://mactownminitrucks.homestead.com/100_0846.JPG

http://mactownminitrucks.homestead.com/Blackline_Plow_on_MiniTruck_op_732x244.jpg

I would love one it would pay for it self in fuel savings. You could put any worker in it no problem

fullblast
02-13-2012, 09:01 PM
One of these little trucks would be pretty cool to have. Be a nice for sure if all your jobs are close.

How fast do these trucks go?

Wonder if they bmake them with a quad cab.

Ducke
02-13-2012, 09:18 PM
Just Google "Suzuki Mini Trucks"
there are all kinds of options.

turfranger
03-02-2012, 11:24 AM
This is some pics from this years Christmas parade in the little town where I live. We have done the parade two years now. (in business since 1993) Good way to get your name out there in front of potential customers in your service area. We also threw out some T-shirts we had printed with our logo on them to further getting our name out there. So far I think it has been a good marketing tool. This year we are budgeting around 500-600 dollars for shirts for the parade.

Steve
03-02-2012, 03:32 PM
This is some pics from this years Christmas parade

That is fantastic! How did you initially get involved with that? What kinds of responses have you gotten from customers about it?

Do you find it attracts new customers or is it more to improve public relations in the community?

turfranger
03-03-2012, 07:46 AM
Hey Steve,

Great to hear from you. Great job on this forum BTW. I think what I get from the parade is that we put our name and "logo" (very important) in front of around 80%-90% of the residents of the city I live in. I feel like we are "brand"ing our image into the brains of potential customers and creating a public relationship. I originally came up with the idea by being the guy standing on the side of the road watching the parade and seeing how many other business used it as the same tool. A new check cashing place in town was in the parade and were throwing out little plastic cups with their logo and phone number on them. I thought it was a great idea. We did our first year without any "gifts" (we just tossed out candy) and had a good experience. We had almost everyone in this city looking directly at us in our truck and thery were smiling and waiving. (A positive first experience for anyone who didn't already know us). We have an ad in our local phone book (just covers our city) that has our logo in it exactly as it is on our trucks. That is using what the big guys figured out a long time ago works, brand recognition.
I live about 30 min outside of Nashville. Most of the competition seems to concentrate on Nashville. I try to go after the work that is here where I live. That practice helps to lower my expenses by reducing my fuel bill greatly since I live within six or seven miles of everyone in my town. It has been my experience that marketing a smaller town as apposed to working in suberbs and big cities provides a much higher profit margin and reduces the amount of competition. I have been doing this stuff for almost twenty years and I think I love it more each year.

gil500
03-04-2012, 06:29 PM
How do you like the Toro ZTR? It looks really nice and it has a bagger. Does it fit thru most of the back yard gates where you mow?


Here is that pic I posted during the fall;

http://i920.photobucket.com/albums/ad41/breeze2009/tractorglow.jpg

kmzlawncare
03-04-2012, 08:49 PM
Here Is my 1999 f-350 I bought new and only has 40'000 mile's on it. The trailer is a 2009 gator made 16' trailer. 2760 Dixie chopper/ A Toro z262.

Hedgemaster
03-04-2012, 11:38 PM
Here Is my 1999 f-350 I bought new and only has 40'000 mile's on it. The trailer is a 2009 gator made 16' trailer. 2760 Dixie chopper/ A Toro z262.

Nice setup.
Nice truck. That's some low miles! My 2001 Silverado just turned over 50,000 this past season.

I'd love to have a trailer that size, but I don't think I could go bigger than 12' - my driveway just isn't big enough. (current trailer is 5x8)

lov2mow
03-05-2012, 06:15 AM
Just starting out

Steve
03-05-2012, 03:58 PM
Frank,

That is a great picture.

I love the fall clean up sign on your truck bed. Do you change that out seasonally with other signs?

Have you had any feedback from customers about it?

lov2mow
03-06-2012, 06:42 AM
Hi Steve,

Yes I flip it over and it says snowplowing on the other side. I have another one for the summer that says Organic Lawn Care and the other side says Mowing.

Steve
03-06-2012, 05:15 PM
That is fantastic! Since you have been using them, have you found they made an impact in getting calls?

lov2mow
03-06-2012, 05:56 PM
I only had one call I know of. Guy saw me at the postoffice called for snowplowing but never hired me.

Steve
03-07-2012, 12:30 PM
I would think it would be great for neighbors too, when they look out their window and see you working, they can easily see your number and call you.

Al Kessinger
04-17-2012, 10:43 PM
our truck 1994 Chevy 1500 Z71

http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r625/kcspropertyservice/tammytruck.jpg

Our Main Mower

http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r625/kcspropertyservice/100_3607.jpg

I also have an old school lawn boy with the off-set front wheels, a yard man straight shaft weed whacker (mine) and a sthil curved shaft weed whacker (the wifes) but no pictures of that stuff yet.


And Im still looking for a trailer will post an entire thread when I find one.

hawthornelawncare
04-17-2012, 10:51 PM
Just starting out

hey what size trailer is that and what kind of truck is that

Apex Lawn & Landscape
04-18-2012, 01:08 AM
I APOLOGIZE.....MY PICS ARE GINORMOUS!


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Halloween Costume Contest 09....Took 2nd, some fat guy in a thong beat me
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Steve
04-18-2012, 04:18 PM
They are also great! I like them!

Al Kessinger
04-18-2012, 07:42 PM
As Promised Pix of my weed whackers and the lawn boy........ (still looking for a trailer)
http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r625/kcspropertyservice/100_3713.jpg

http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r625/kcspropertyservice/100_3715.jpg

http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r625/kcspropertyservice/100_3716.jpg

http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r625/kcspropertyservice/100_3717.jpg

Steve's Lawn Care
04-18-2012, 10:39 PM
Heres my contribution

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv184/dsm4g63punk/1333250468.jpg

Al Kessinger
04-18-2012, 11:19 PM
Heres my contribution

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv184/dsm4g63punk/1333250468.jpg


Are those the xtreme weed-eater racks you got on your trailer.

Steve's Lawn Care
04-19-2012, 11:10 PM
You are correct they are the xtreme racks.. Well worth the money

Al Kessinger
04-20-2012, 12:21 AM
You are correct they are the xtreme racks.. Well worth the money


Ive researched them online and on the forum here and considering them when i get a trailer, m only concern is ive read a couple stories where they snap the motor off the shaft. Have you had any issues like this or heard of this?

JeffK26
04-20-2012, 01:26 PM
Here's my stuff....

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-mvrp0Obe_rU/T4Y8Z6vrXsI/AAAAAAAAAcM/WNNs5aWEV7Q/s640/00.JPG

A quick snapshot today when I remembered this thread. I live in an apartment and rented one of the garages here to throw my trailer and equipment in. I rigged up a fake half wall ( the plywood you see ) to keep the Christmas, camping and misc stuff behind and the rest is my area. I have to clean it out and reorganize this weekend.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-LItL17D-wLM/T5Gdsjr1xxI/AAAAAAAAAfs/9gUvPMCguTo/s640/DSCF2002.JPG

Steve's Lawn Care
04-21-2012, 12:16 AM
Ive researched them online and on the forum here and considering them when i get a trailer, m only concern is ive read a couple stories where they snap the motor off the shaft. Have you had any issues like this or heard of this?

Well i hope i dont lol... But no ive never had any problems yet or seen any reason for this to happen. But if you set it up wrong and have to much shaft sticking out on the motor side where the back clamp attaches i could see that happening.. So far this season my trimmers have probably 1300 miles.. So far so good haha

avetslawncare
04-23-2012, 01:49 AM
http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg487/avetslawncare/myrig.jpg

This is only my first year, started in September....did it for year before joining the Army. When I started, I bought a 36 inch ExMark and Stihl Equipment....this year I bought a new truck and just got a used package deal....48 inch zero turn with 190 hrs, a beast of a trailer for debris & mulch...2 more weedeaters, edger, another pole trimmer, another chain saw, another backpack blower & other odds and ins. Have had a lot of sod jobs so got a tiller. I now have 3 trailers & more work I can handle, about to start a second crew....the hardest thing is finding reliable help.

JeffK26
04-23-2012, 07:21 AM
the hardest thing is finding reliable help.

I'm curious, do you find it's more difficult to find reliable help being a Vet and you naturally expect people to have the same standards and work ethic?

Nice setup btw! I love the trailer.

strength
04-23-2012, 10:51 AM
my mower the beast

mpriester
04-24-2012, 09:03 PM
heres some of mine.

bluebird
04-28-2012, 09:39 PM
Human powered towing .

lawnman3fl
04-29-2012, 05:32 AM
Human powered towing . hey a guy has to start somewere right...

what kind of bike is that looks like my gary fisher a little.. nice

ya can't say you have no way to get your equipment to the job thats for sure...

lawnman3 fl...:cool::cool::cool:

Steve
04-30-2012, 09:00 AM
Human powered towing .

That is great! How far of an area do you service with your setup? How long did it take you to put that all together?

bluebird
04-30-2012, 09:11 PM
That is great! How far of an area do you service with your setup? How long did it take you to put that all together?


I am travelling within a 10 sq mile range.
most of my customers are within 5 mi.
It was most difficult to locate a bike trailer wide enough.
I just extended the length with plywood. Trial and error. A day of work.
Lots of error, but Its getting better.

Steve
05-01-2012, 12:40 PM
I am travelling within a 10 sq mile range.
Did you ever think about getting one of those electric motor bike assists?

http://www.tri-ped.com/

http://www.tri-ped.com/images/PICT1659.JPG

avetslawncare
05-02-2012, 12:07 AM
I am pretty picking about guys who help, not sure if it is because I am a Vet....I pay well and I expect good workers. I would rather have a worker who is hard working and pay him 12 an hour than someone who is ok and pay him 10. I just hired 2 guys full-time, I pay each of them 12 and we knock out some bit jobs. One of them mows full-time while I do the landscaping jobs with the other.... i pay them 12 an hour and throw in some bonuses when we are doing the bigger jobs. I needed help so bad and finally found some great help! Now I can put the signs back on the truck & trailer, I was turning down business left & right

bluebird
05-03-2012, 12:11 AM
I was considering the electric assist early on.
It does look like it would be a big help.
The ones I have looked didnt seem to have the range i thought
I would need. I mean between re-charging .
that along with price... I always seem to be needing a better blower
or weedeater or whatever. I just decided to keep simple as poss.

avetslawncare
05-03-2012, 03:53 AM
2 months ago I was hunting for work.... now I am a week behind and hired 2 full time guys this week. I have one of them doing all the mowing and the other doing the bigger projects with me, it wasn't easy to find good help though. In the past month I bought a landscape package to include:

a big trailer perfect for mulch and debris
48 inch encore xtreme zero turn mower
2 self propelled mowers
2 weed eaters edger
tons of other odds and ins

Today, I bought a commercial vaccum, I do so many major clean-ups I knew it would come in handy and pay itself off. The hoses will be in within three days Anyone else have experienece with the Little Wonder?

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg487/avetslawncare/photo5.jpg

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg487/avetslawncare/photo1.jpg

Cashin H&P
05-03-2012, 06:53 AM
2 months ago I was hunting for work.... now I am a week behind and hired 2 full time guys this week. I have one of them doing all the mowing and the other doing the bigger projects with me, it wasn't easy to find good help though. In the past month I bought a landscape package to include:

a big trailer perfect for mulch and debris
48 inch encore xtreme zero turn mower
2 self propelled mowers
2 weed eaters edger
tons of other odds and ins

Today, I bought a commercial vaccum, I do so many major clean-ups I knew it would come in handy and pay itself off. The hoses will be in within three days Anyone else have experienece with the Little Wonder?

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg487/avetslawncare/photo5.jpg

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg487/avetslawncare/photo1.jpg

What are you towing the mulch with?
Thats gotta be like 8+ yards?

SECTLANDSCAPING
05-03-2012, 10:44 AM
The chevy below blew the transmission and I'm left with this 5 mpg rig. I have a toro z master that is getting the hydros replaced. Good thing I bought the great dane as a back up. I still havent found a deck for the kubota.

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/578449_10150815485399544_605874543_9564759_1388777 763_n.jpg

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/148971_10150816024909544_605874543_9564828_1659711 178_n.jpg

avetslawncare
05-03-2012, 10:24 PM
Toyota Tacoma.... it pulls fine. That is 12 yards, the most I have put on there yet...still has more room though.

HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE
05-09-2012, 08:54 PM
I'm curious, do you find it's more difficult to find reliable help being a Vet and you naturally expect people to have the same standards and work ethic?


I think this might be the case for me. Most people I interview seem like they will work out and after a day or 2 on the job they are done. I don't know what it is if they are LAZY or just don't want to EARN their paycheck but im like come on!!!!

usmc3391
05-10-2012, 10:58 PM
2 months ago I was hunting for work.... now I am a week behind and hired 2 full time guys this week.

Thats great! how did you go from hunting from work to turning it down...did you mostly hand out fliers? word of mouth? internet listing? would appriciate the advice still in the hunting stage.

Also hows that tacoma with pulling that trailer. I have a 07' Tacoma 4cyl 5 speed manual and im hesitant as to how big of a trailer to get.

Hedgemaster
06-04-2012, 10:35 PM
I posted already, but here are three more I took today since I waxed it yesterday.

Last season I recall one of the employees at my dealer telling me (after telling him I just started my own business) "That truck won't look that good NEXT year!"

He was wrong. :D



2001 Silverado

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Equipment%20and%20Truck/Truck%20Chrome%206_4_12/20120604_175430.jpg

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Equipment%20and%20Truck/Truck%20Chrome%206_4_12/20120604_175421.jpg

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Equipment%20and%20Truck/Truck%20Chrome%206_4_12/20120604_175447.jpg


Ugh. I REALLY, REALLY need to find some time to get my lettering done.

WorkForMySelf
06-04-2012, 11:43 PM
I agree Steve the big old 4x4 look nice but the are HOGS on the fuel.
That is why I am looking at one of these once my current truck goes.
http://mactownminitrucks.homestead.com/Mini_Trucks_Front_Line_04.27.07_003.jpg
you can get a 4x4 diesel like new for around $8000.00 Canadian
They just sip fuel and they will do everything I need it to do
Haul a small trailer couple yards of mulch etc..
You can even get a dump bed for about $2000.00 more.
http://mactownminitrucks.homestead.com/1994_honda_dump.jpg

http://mactownminitrucks.homestead.com/100_0846.JPG

http://mactownminitrucks.homestead.com/Blackline_Plow_on_MiniTruck_op_732x244.jpg


Might need to start a thread just for mini trucks... I have never seen such things lol. How much power do they have? Could one pull a 6 in chipper (I do alot of light tree work and that thing with a dump and 4x4 could be my future love)

Steve
06-05-2012, 03:10 PM
I saw one the other day where a property management company was using it to haul out garage bags and perform other tasks for the properties it owns. I don't know much about their power though.

kmzlawncare
04-03-2014, 09:29 PM
This picture has a mix of my work and my equipment .6516
Not sure why my pics are so small on this website.

ExtremeLawncareServices
04-03-2014, 10:36 PM
Here is my crew #5. There is nothing much you can make out, it is a Gravely hd60 with bagger (as good as our walkers and 2 times faster)http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad256/thirtyfivedollarlawns/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_2535_zps08a474be.jpg (http://s941.photobucket.com/user/thirtyfivedollarlawns/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_2535_zps08a474be.jpg.html)

ExtremeLawncareServices
04-03-2014, 10:38 PM
If I remember this thread tomorrow I will snap a few different trucks as they unload

t-10yrs2retire
04-04-2014, 06:16 AM
http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae153/toddslawncare/20130906_111957_zpse12ac4a1.jpg

2012 my first year.

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae153/toddslawncare/2012-08-17074633_zps51ca85fa.jpg

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae153/toddslawncare/20130706_183843_zpsfc42e125.jpg

missing the trimmer racks and trimmers that are on it now

2013 to present

edited: ok apparently photo bucket decided to shuffle the links but im sure you can figure out what was my starting out set up and my setup now.

ExtremeLawncareServices
04-04-2014, 12:03 PM
Here is CREW 1- http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad256/thirtyfivedollarlawns/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_8958_zpsb4068f2e.jpg (http://s941.photobucket.com/user/thirtyfivedollarlawns/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_8958_zpsb4068f2e.jpg.html)

ExtremeLawncareServices
04-04-2014, 09:49 PM
http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad256/thirtyfivedollarlawns/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_7338_zps93438f72.jpg (http://s941.photobucket.com/user/thirtyfivedollarlawns/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_7338_zps93438f72.jpg.html)

Here is truck #62 they brought in their stuff from spring start ups and I remembered to get them for the sites.
52" stander, Monster push blower, Bed shaper, Spreader, 36" worldlawn walk
I took the photo before we painted it and sent it back out.

ExtremeLawncareServices
04-08-2014, 09:28 PM
http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad256/thirtyfivedollarlawns/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_3873_zps17210993.jpg (http://s941.photobucket.com/user/thirtyfivedollarlawns/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_3873_zps17210993.jpg.html)

ExtremeLawncareServices
04-10-2014, 11:33 PM
http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad256/thirtyfivedollarlawns/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_5012_zpsed44be08.jpg (http://s941.photobucket.com/user/thirtyfivedollarlawns/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_5012_zpsed44be08.jpg.html)
Another crew of ours

bobwill2009
04-23-2014, 01:17 PM
AQ couple of early morning shots of the equipment getting ready to head out

http://i1154.photobucket.com/albums/p534/bobwill2009/FGT/20140403_115240.jpg (http://s1154.photobucket.com/user/bobwill2009/media/FGT/20140403_115240.jpg.html)

http://i1154.photobucket.com/albums/p534/bobwill2009/FGT/20140402_075648.jpg (http://s1154.photobucket.com/user/bobwill2009/media/FGT/20140402_075648.jpg.html)

http://i1154.photobucket.com/albums/p534/bobwill2009/FGT/BucketTruck.jpg (http://s1154.photobucket.com/user/bobwill2009/media/FGT/BucketTruck.jpg.html)

Steve
04-24-2014, 01:39 PM
Those are great pictures! Nice work on it all! What do you use the car for?

jrs.landscaping
11-13-2014, 08:35 AM
You guys have some good looking setups.

arazucontracting
12-04-2014, 10:17 AM
Here is some pics all recent,
my 1st year starting out :cool:. the 2000 Silverado was my start truck in june with a 8x10 snowmobile trailer and a 98 Cub Cadet Z54, now i have the new Silverado, New 5*8 carry-on trailer, new cub-cadet, with bagger system for leaves, and a Curtis SNO-PRO 3000 steel, new last year.
Ive learned to stop buying used equipment, make a few payments and get new. ended this season with only 35 hrs on new mower (wasnt used all season)

There is also a photo taken of a driveway b4 i started to plow it in Buffalo NY's Winter storm knife, entire seasons snow fall in 1 day, November 2014
providers from all over the north-east came to help with the releaf efforts

Located in Syracuse NY with a 30 mile service radius in summer 20 mile in winter (gets bad up here drive time can be an hour house to house in snow), also sub-contracted threw Plowz And Mowz :D witch i highly recommend everyone to look into, there available across the U.S. in many states.

Anyone else from syracuse:confused:

Steve
12-04-2014, 12:47 PM
Now that is some serious snow! How long did it take you to plow out your average sized driveways after that storm?

jrs.landscaping
12-04-2014, 04:08 PM
How do you like the carry on? Purchased one in the spring, have problems with lights so will most likely switch to LEDs, also thought the gate and latches were flimsy.

Other than that overall satisfied with the construction and price.

arazucontracting
12-05-2014, 10:15 AM
Now that is some serious snow! How long did it take you to plow out your average sized driveways after that storm?

Was about an hour per driveway. lots of back drags and pushes to the side. the trucks couldnt even drive into the driveways without getting stuck, even the city plows where stuck in the streets.

Just for Cuts
12-05-2014, 10:21 AM
How do you like the carry on? Purchased one in the spring, have problems with lights so will most likely switch to LEDs, also thought the gate and latches were flimsy.

Other than that overall satisfied with the construction and price.

A note about the carry-on trailers. I've gotten their trailers twice. Never had a lighting issue, but both had loose axle u-bolts which I was unaware of until the (cheap made in China) tires started to wear funny. Also check the wheel bearing preload. Both of them were WAY loose.

arazucontracting
12-05-2014, 10:26 AM
How do you like the carry on? Purchased one in the spring, have problems with lights so will most likely switch to LEDs, also thought the gate and latches were flimsy.

Other than that overall satisfied with the construction and price.

It is a great trailer. the gate and latches are very strong, The plow on the front of my truck now was loaded on the trailer, and when i got home i hooked my tow chain to the plow and hooked the other end to a fence and dragged the plow down the ramp to get it off the trailer, not one spot did the expanded steel gate bend, or break or even show signs of sagging so they didnt lie when they say weight bearing ramp LOL.

THE ONLY CON ive noticed so far is the little cotter pins inside the gate latch to hold the spring and keep latches closed wear out very easy will be replacing with solid pin, the one from manufacturer are hollow.

i also had a light issue with mine, turned out to be the wiring so i got new wire harness (truck side and trailer side) and replaced the lights as well and all is well (they ship these not put together as well, and the store puts them together so go tighten all ur bolts never know what kinda mood guy was in putting it together. . i have the wood deck not a steel one can haul alot more with the wood deck than expanded steel decks.

And always remember to tighten your lug nuts and secure down your spare tire, here in ny last year a trailers spare tire fell off on highway went threw a elemantary schools teachers windshield on her way into work and killed her instantly. straps and bungees are your friends.

Just for Cuts
12-05-2014, 10:39 AM
i have the wood deck not a steel one can haul alot more with the wood deck than expanded steel decks.

Even walking on the mesh floor models I was "sinking" into the mesh. That's why I opted for the wood floor.

jrs.landscaping
12-05-2014, 04:46 PM
A note about the carry-on trailers. I've gotten their trailers twice. Never had a lighting issue, but both had loose axle u-bolts which I was unaware of until the (cheap made in China) tires started to wear funny. Also check the wheel bearing preload. Both of them were WAY loose.

Thanks for the tip, I'll be sure to check when we dig trailers out in the spring.

stevef1201
12-05-2014, 04:53 PM
Even walking on the mesh floor models I was "sinking" into the mesh. That's why I opted for the wood floor.

Yeah try carrying sand, gravel, dirt etc with a wire mesh floor.

Just for Cuts
12-05-2014, 05:13 PM
You can carry dirt with a mesh trailer, just strap it down :D

6657

jrs.landscaping
12-05-2014, 05:16 PM
You can carry dirt with a mesh trailer, just strap it down :D

6657

That's awesome :cool:

stevef1201
12-05-2014, 06:28 PM
I would post pics of my stuff, but a 1993 beater Chevy, a free 5x10 trailer, although carrying a 2010 and a 2014 Gravely, Echo trimmer and edger, Husky blower are all GOOD.

jrs.landscaping
12-05-2014, 06:45 PM
I would post pics of my stuff, but a 1993 beater Chevy, a free 5x10 trailer, although carrying a 2010 and a 2014 Gravely, Echo trimmer and edger, Husky blower are all GOOD.

You should post pics, don't feel bad I drive a '95 Ford :)

Just for Cuts
12-05-2014, 06:52 PM
You should post pics, don't feel bad I drive a '95 Ford :)

When I see these guys pulling a ratty trailer with their new lifted quad cab diesel 4x4 fords, I just think to myself "I wonder what that thing is costing them a month".

jrs.landscaping
12-05-2014, 07:19 PM
When I see these guys pulling a ratty trailer with their new lifted quad cab diesel 4x4 fords, I just think to myself "I wonder what that thing is costing them a month".

Around $900 a month, I can't believe pickups are selling at 70k :eek:

Would I love to have one, oh yeah. Do I want that payment book, oh no :(

ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2014, 11:24 PM
I would post pics of my stuff, but a 1993 beater Chevy, a free 5x10 trailer, although carrying a 2010 and a 2014 Gravely, Echo trimmer and edger, Husky blower are all GOOD.

As long as it makes you money, be proud! Post them up bud.
Don't worry about that new rig guy, chances are he will be gone in a year or two.

stevef1201
12-06-2014, 03:44 PM
As long as it makes you money, be proud! Post them up bud.
Don't worry about that new rig guy, chances are he will be gone in a year or two.

The realy good part is -PAID FOR

stevef1201
12-06-2014, 03:45 PM
You can carry dirt with a mesh trailer, just strap it down :D

6657

OMG Just looked at the pict-to quote Larry the Cable guy 'now that's funny'

stevef1201
12-06-2014, 03:47 PM
Around $900 a month, I can't believe pickups are selling at 70k :eek:

Would I love to have one, oh yeah. Do I want that payment book, oh no :(

I have already picked mine out-I call it my lottery truck

jrs.landscaping
12-07-2014, 07:51 AM
I have already picked mine out-I call it my lottery truck

Me too, Ford 350 platinum with the 6.7. Hopefully someday :)

arazucontracting
12-07-2014, 10:07 AM
As long as it makes you money, be proud! Post them up bud.
Don't worry about that new rig guy, chances are he will be gone in a year or two.
"As long as it makes you money, be proud! Post them up bud."
gotta start somewhere i had a 2000 silverado b4 new one, it was a P.O.S rust bucket lol with something breaking every week now i got warranty.

"Don't worry about that new rig guy, chances are he will be gone in a year or two."

that is prolly the dumbest thing ive heard. you must not be able to manage money.

Around $900 a month, I can't believe pickups are selling at 70k :eek:

Would I love to have one, oh yeah. Do I want that payment book, oh no :(

Payments on my 09 chevy silverado 2500 HD is 275 per mnth (pic is a few posts back) if you pay 900mnth/or 70,000 (brand new 2014 3500 HD silverados here are 30k-45k) on a truck move the f**k away from where ever you are (pardon language), its all about how much you put as a down payment, see i had a truck, 2 old zero turns and $2500.00 cash for the downpayment. also helps to buy all your equipment outright and not finance it so all you have to pay is the 275 truck payment, and insurance is paid yearly. i make my truck payment in 2 days of lawn mowing or 1 day of plowing, stick to your word and customers pour in alot of my customers are family daughter hires me at her house than her mom hires me and her grandmother hire me as well. the best advertisement is word of mouth.

ExtremeLawncareServices
12-07-2014, 11:04 AM
arazucontracting

I agree it's money management possibly poor business sense or even jumping the gun with those 20 yards he has this year to be 16 next spring that cause him to go under, however it's not "ignorant"as you may think
A kid get a truck from daddy's money or grandpa and he has that nice 80,000.00 new rig this year and is gone next. My statement is very common for new guys.
A 1500 will go $52'000.00 here so you must live in perfect??
Can't argue at mid 60's to 70k for a crew cab flatbed at all.

ExtremeLawncareServices
12-07-2014, 11:23 AM
arazucontracting- Payments on my 09 chevy silverado 2500 HD is 275 per mnth

So If i I have this straight that
Is you paid $2500 down and 275 a month FOR 5 years
This was a new truck? Cost what?@$40,000 and 2500 down with 275 month payment that
Would be 136 monthly payments,11 years got a few more years to go hope warranty makes it that long.

When did they start selling trucks like houses ?? I hope your paying 2-3 payments a month bud

jrs.landscaping
12-07-2014, 11:54 AM
http://www.rowe-ford.calls.net/mobile/New-2014-Ford-F-350-Lariat-Westbrook-ME/vd/22488278

If you can find one cheaper give me a link........

Last new truck purchased was in 09, we put 10k down......

arazucontracting
12-08-2014, 09:36 AM
arazucontracting- Payments on my 09 chevy silverado 2500 HD is 275 per mnth

So If i I have this straight that
Is you paid $2500 down and 275 a month FOR 5 years
This was a new truck? Cost what?@$40,000 and 2500 down with 275 month payment that
Would be 136 monthly payments,11 years got a few more years to go hope warranty makes it that long.

When did they start selling trucks like houses ?? I hope your paying 2-3 payments a month bud


my family has worked for GM since my great great grandfather from my cousins, to my mom, i was employed there when i bought the truck, employee incentives at the time where amazing along with getting the GM employee discount. i worked at the plant untill it closed for good

arazucontracting
12-08-2014, 09:57 AM
http://www.rowe-ford.calls.net/mobile/New-2014-Ford-F-350-Lariat-Westbrook-ME/vd/22488278

If you can find one cheaper give me a link........

Last new truck purchased was in 09, we put 10k down......

i put 2500 cash, two tractors tht gave me 2500 tradein credit plus the 2000 silverado gave me 800 trade in credit, trade-in incentive for current chevy owners got me 1500, GM employee discount and employee incentives (discount for life on GM products), here most cars u dont need down payments to get they just get you with the APR. everytime im at the dealer for service (mow there property) they try to sell me a dump truck for 0 down 300 a mnth. also helps to hire a penny pincher.

with no downpayment or tradein credits my truck would have been 416 a mnth dealers around me advertise trade in anything with a motor on it and i did just that

jrs.landscaping
12-08-2014, 12:37 PM
Depending on interest % that sounds like a good deal on that dump. Ours was around 420 even with the 10k down.