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lawnsofutah
03-26-2012, 09:22 PM
Hello all, I am just wondering how many of you have vinyl decals or magnetic signs for your company that is placed on your vehicle or trailer.

Which one is better, decal of magnet?
How much business is gained by having them?

Thanks!!!

Hedgemaster
03-26-2012, 09:33 PM
Personally, I don't care for magnets. They appear less professional, and I've never been a fan of stuff that can rub the paint.
Maybe if it's your daily driver and you don't want to be seen with your business info while driving around "off duty"?


How much business is gained by having them?

Here's a better question...

How much business is LOST by NOT having them?

:)


I'm getting mine done soon. I didn't have the money last season, but I'm going to scrape some up and get it done. I KNOW I'm losing money by not having lettering on my truck. How do I know? Because I DO have yard signs that I place out while mowing, and THEY have gotten me some work - a lettered truck can only help.

lawnsofutah
03-26-2012, 09:35 PM
How much business is LOST by NOT having them?
:)

I'm getting mine done soon. I didn't have the money last season, but I'm going to scrape some up and get it done. I KNOW I'm losing money by not having lettering on my truck. How do I know? Because I DO have yard signs that I place out while mowing, and THEY have gotten me some work - a lettered truck can only help.

Too true, good point. Are you going to do just the truck or both truck and trailer?

JeffK26
03-26-2012, 09:51 PM
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-S0AoQXgJjUA/T2-ec83vDXI/AAAAAAAAAYg/MQLecAxHfTk/s640/DSCF1773.JPG

Only pic so far...I'm mowing tomorrow and will take more pics...

BUT I only did applied these this past Sunday, and today I noticed people looking, and one guy writing while looking...so perhaps I'll get a call from him soon....but It catches the eye and anything that catches anyone's eye is worth it.

Got them from BuildaSign.com.

Hedgemaster
03-26-2012, 09:52 PM
Heh. I have to be nuts not to do my trailer too. It's screaming for something to be stuck on there...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5869.jpg


http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/104_5922.jpg



I didn't really think about the trailer because last season I used this setup almost exclusively...

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


More equipment this season, so I'll be dragging out the trailer more often.

I'm going to start with something simple on the back window of the truck cap and also across the top of the windshield.
I wanted to get one of those perforated designs that covers the entire back window, but it's hard enough seeing through 3 layers of tinted glass when I'm trying to back up with the trailer. No sense obstructing my view even more.

shadrach
03-26-2012, 10:15 PM
Have done both and vinyl looks so much better & is not that much more expensive.

willshome
03-26-2012, 10:22 PM
<a href="http://s1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/?action=view&amp;current=120214_0000.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/120214_0000.jpg" border="0" alt="Brockton Lawn Care, willslawns.com Will's Home Maintenance 508-513-7669"></a>

I made this 8' sign from a vistaprint banner folded it over a 1/2 sheet of plywood and small bolt every 6" along the edge
Cost about $120 for both sides all said and done.

avetslawncare
03-26-2012, 11:07 PM
http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg487/avetslawncare/avets/newsign.jpg

Only had it on for two days, everyone asks for cards now...especially at the gas station... only bad thing is I have to put the ramp back up after getting the mower of while cutting lawns so people can see it.

JeffK26
03-26-2012, 11:44 PM
Avets, that's a pretty nice trailer set up!

Good to see another Vet...thanks for your service...

:)

avetslawncare
03-27-2012, 12:16 AM
Thank You Saber... do you seem to get more business because you have veteran owned on your ads? I seem to get A LOT of business from Vets and wives, whose husbands are in Afghanistan right now.

lawnsofutah
03-27-2012, 12:25 AM
All the replies are appreciated.

I spoke with my old man and he said that when he had a construction business his magnetic door sign flew off when he was driving...he thinks.

I am leaning towards getting an outdoor banner and wrapping around something.

Thanks again!!!!!!

avetslawncare
03-27-2012, 02:48 AM
Happened to me once as well... and my bro in law... just take it off every once and awhile and clean the area....also, make sure it is flat when you put it on... If I take it off, I usually put a couple of heavy books on it the night before putting it back on....no issues since doing that

CS-LawnService
03-27-2012, 05:41 AM
All the replies are appreciated.

I spoke with my old man and he said that when he had a construction business his magnetic door sign flew off when he was driving...he thinks.

I am leaning towards getting an outdoor banner and wrapping around something.

Thanks again!!!!!!

I use vista print magnets they are on there second year and yet to have one fly off .

But I do plan on having truck lettered this year as I feel it looks more professional

willshome
03-27-2012, 07:44 AM
http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg487/avetslawncare/avets/newsign.jpg

Only had it on for two days, everyone asks for cards now...especially at the gas station... only bad thing is I have to put the ramp back up after getting the mower of while cutting lawns so people can see it.

You should always put your tailgate back up for safety someone could trip and fall over it. Someone around here got sued for someone falling over the wheelchair lift on their handicap van

mark123
03-27-2012, 08:11 AM
This will be my 4th year using magnets on my truck. They are starting to warp a bit, probably from heat and cold cycles. I've never had one fly off though. You've got to get good magnet material. Not the thin cheap stuff.

696 Signs
03-27-2012, 03:35 PM
Yes, the thin magnets are cheap matterials.
(we only use thick high quality magnets)

Here is a tip.. keep your paint in good shape by removing your magnets atleast weekly and cleaning the back on the magnets and the truck.
They can permently attach to the paint if left on for a long time.

For those guys wanting to letter their truck(s) we are going to be having a special coming in april for truck lettering and graphics.

Tony
696 Signs

stevef1201
03-27-2012, 03:42 PM
Using manets for truck signs, does not mean you have a commercial truck, and therefore may ( I did) have trouble using the truck, and it's expenses as a tax deduction. Having lettering permentantly on your truck makes it much easier to prove to the IRS that the truck is part of the business. (You also have to have a second vehicle available to use for personal errands) wife's, mom and dads, etc.

696 Signs
03-27-2012, 04:03 PM
Also banner matterial will not last using it that way.
It will get by for temp usage, but it will shred at some point and be a danger to other drivers. So keep an eye on it and remove at any signs of a rip or tare. You want to keep your liability down as much as you can.

Aluminum or a outdoor durable plastic should be used with vinyl lettering, paint, or a digital print over it.
It would have cost you about the same...maybe $20-$40 or so more for the right matterials and it would last much much longer (5-10 years depending on which type was done).

Yes the irs perfers your truck be lettered and only used for biz.
But also a lot of clients will feel your a pro if its lettered vs the magnets that can be removed anytime you "dont want to be in biz" or be hard to find.

Just offering some advice.
Have any questions let me know.

Tony
696 Signs

JeffK26
03-27-2012, 07:35 PM
Thank You Saber... do you seem to get more business because you have veteran owned on your ads? I seem to get A LOT of business from Vets and wives, whose husbands are in Afghanistan right now.

A few of my customers called because of the veteran owned. It helps and if it's kept a few hippies from calling, I don't want those types of customers anyhoo haha

willshome
03-27-2012, 09:52 PM
Also banner matterial will not last using it that way.
It will get by for temp usage, but it will shred at some point and be a danger to other drivers. So keep an eye on it and remove at any signs of a rip or tare. You want to keep your liability down as much as you can.

Aluminum or a outdoor durable plastic should be used with vinyl lettering, paint, or a digital print over it.
It would have cost you about the same...maybe $20-$40 or so more for the right matterials and it would last much much longer (5-10 years depending on which type was done).


Well I have been using this for a year now with driving around town and 65mph with very like weathering and I am sorry by plywood I mean plastic B-board cut in 1/2 and cut down to 7' 8" so I could fold the banner over every corner. I know a "Pro made" sign maybe best but spending $120 last year was about $50 more than I wanted to. BTW I glue the banner to the b-board front and back
<a href="http://s1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/?action=view&amp;current=P1010077.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/P1010077.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
BACK SIDE
<a href="http://s1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/?action=view&amp;current=P1010076.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/P1010076.jpg" border="0" alt="back of sign"></a>

Steve
03-28-2012, 01:03 PM
Is that curved? Where do you put it and what does it say?