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    Some of the guys on the John deere forum wanted pictures of some of my gear and expecially an X749 tractor I bought last week, all wheel steer, will go around a telephone pole mowing, four wheel drive, 3 cylinder diesel, it's a friggin dream machine, personally I would take it over a ZTR in a heart beat. I bought this mainly for two contracts that have very steep hills to mow, I can tell you so far it will go anywhere.

    As for the job, I have a lot of gear at this site, it's a twenty grand contract and will take weeks, we are grubbing the crap off the rocks, leaving some stands of trees, a professional landscape designer came in and did the plan, we are just following instructions.

    I need staff so bad it's not funnt and even at the rates I pay, I just can't get people that will work and I think I am a very easy person to work for, my University guys work for me on the weekends which gives me 14, I have 4 full time that are doing ok, not great but....

    Anyhow I am off to work, we have 5 jobs on the go today,,,
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    Andy
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

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    Here is the 749
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    Andy
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

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    • #3
      Those are some fantastic tractors!

      I need staff so bad it's not funnt and even at the rates I pay, I just can't get people that will work and I think I am a very easy person to work for, my University guys work for me on the weekends which gives me 14, I have 4 full time that are doing ok, not great but....
      It is amazing how no matter what we all do in life there always seems to be a limiting factor. Sometimes it's money, man power, imagination, education etc.

      What do you think causes others to not want to jump on the job positions you make available?

      Is this something that is geographic? Or are there other issues?
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      • #4
        Those are some fantastic tractors!



        It is amazing how no matter what we all do in life there always seems to be a limiting factor. Sometimes it's money, man power, imagination, education etc.

        What do you think causes others to not want to jump on the job positions you make available?

        Is this something that is geographic? Or are there other issues?
        I think you answered the question, Money, man power, confidence and marketing ability.

        I am not bragging at all so please don't take it that way, in three days we picked up fifty grand in excavation work on this street because of peope walking or driving buy, I am going to Deere tomorrow to buy more equipment, I mean why not the work id there although it is getting late in the season.
        Andy
        Halifax, Nova Scotia

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        • #5
          WoW!

          What is next on the wish list?
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          • #6
            Do you get the Multi-Unit Discount Program: Green Fleet program for all your equipment ?

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            • #7
              Do you get the Multi-Unit Discount Program: Green Fleet program for all your equipment ?
              I do get a contractor discount because I am a member of Landscape Nova Scotia, I never go or attand their meetings as I don't have time but the $2,500.00 membership has saved me around 20 grand this year.
              Andy
              Halifax, Nova Scotia

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              • #8
                WoW!

                What is next on the wish list?
                3 Ton truck with dump, flatbed trailer and a bigger excavator with a thumb, it's an attachment for the bucket for building retaining walls, they are so expensive I haven't bought one yet.
                Andy
                Halifax, Nova Scotia

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                • #9
                  I do get a contractor discount because I am a member of Landscape Nova Scotia, I never go or attand their meetings as I don't have time but the $2,500.00 membership has saved me around 20 grand this year.
                  http://www.deere.com/en_US/groundsca...y_program.html

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                  • #10
                    a bigger excavator with a thumb
                    How does that help on a job site?
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                    • #11
                      Building rock walls, major bucks very few companies have them here as they are so expensive, basically to pick a rock up, no matter the size and turn to position it perfectly, these walls bring in around three hundred an hour, I am taking a course this winter
                      Andy
                      Halifax, Nova Scotia

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                      • #12
                        I found a picture of one. They don't offer these thumbs on smaller models? Any reason why?

                        That class sounds like it would be very interesting! How much of a rock wall could be built in an hour? I have built some rock walls by hand and it was amazingly difficult.

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                        • #13
                          Yes, they have these for my equipment but you are moving major weight, I bought a 60D excavator today, around 14,000 pounds and JD will handle the transporation until snow fall. Putting a thumb even on a two ton unit is not a good idea, I am all about safety for my staff.
                          Andy
                          Halifax, Nova Scotia

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                          • #14
                            My opinion on the join deer tractor is.. I find them to be way to weak for any real use (in my field i guess..). I done some tree work for a city and they had loaned me one to keep my big rig off the lawn.. I found it had no real moving power/lifting power(lifting power was ok, but logs was to much for it) and even in 4x4 it would spin the wheels when pushing dirt/rock. Although I'm sure i worked it harder then it was meant to be worked now that i think about it

                            Although that was just one experience and I'm sure you used it enough to know better then me

                            I like john deer, but that was my first experience using something that small.. I guess i was expecting more cause it was green

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                            • #15
                              Yes, they have these for my equipment but you are moving major weight, I bought a 60D excavator today,
                              How do you like the new excavator so far?
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