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Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 07-16-2011, 12:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,726
Posted By lukus223
Thanks again for all the thoughts and...

Thanks again for all the thoughts and opinions.

I am starting to question the benefits of a larger mower. Like I mentioned before, lawns here are small. I would say 75% of my accounts take me less...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 07-14-2011, 01:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,726
Posted By lukus223
Thanks for the responses guys. I do have some...

Thanks for the responses guys. I do have some pretty sharp sloped lawns, but they are pretty small and would probably be easier with my 22". Price is always an issue, but if I am going to by big I...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 07-13-2011, 02:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,726
Posted By lukus223
Walk Behind Vs. Rider (z or otherwise)

Hello All,

I seldom post here, been so busy this year. In my area lawns are pretty small. Most residentals are only .25 to .33 acres. I have got by the last couple of years with commercial 22"...
Forum: Community Assistance 12-28-2010, 12:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,203
Posted By lukus223
Great Discussion!! Ok, to address a couple of...

Great Discussion!!

Ok, to address a couple of questions. I did have a full time job, I got layed off a week ago. I am deciding now whether to take my part time gig to the next level or pound the...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 12-23-2010, 07:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,636
Posted By lukus223
Couple of emails and letters. Phone calls as...

Couple of emails and letters. Phone calls as well.

A couple the phones were disconnected and the other said they just couldn't pay. Lost their job, losing their house. I didn't want to go to...
Forum: Community Assistance 12-23-2010, 11:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,203
Posted By lukus223
I don't know why. Maybe it's only being...

I don't know why. Maybe it's only being part-time that has a lot to do with it. I think an underlying issue is that there is just too many guys out there offering service at that level. It seems...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 12-22-2010, 09:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,636
Posted By lukus223
I think the occaisionaly non-payer is just part...

I think the occaisionaly non-payer is just part of doing business. We had two or three this year. Most were for $50 - $200. We get a signed agreement with all of the work we do. We send a bill at...
Forum: Community Assistance 12-22-2010, 09:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,203
Posted By lukus223
Ah Steve, we can always count on you to respond...

Ah Steve, we can always count on you to respond to each post with a clarifing question. I like that.

At the rate I'm moving, it is going to take years for me to build up a solid book of business...
Forum: Community Assistance 12-20-2010, 09:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,203
Posted By lukus223
Going fully licensed

Hello All,

I don't post that often, but I am about to make an important business decision and I would appreciate your feedback.

I have been running now for two years part-time. We have a good...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 08-13-2010, 11:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,862
Posted By lukus223
babysitters are if you have a Dependent savings...

babysitters are if you have a Dependent savings account through your employer.
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 08-13-2010, 11:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,824
Posted By lukus223
Not in Oregon. Maintenance is not a write off. ...

Not in Oregon. Maintenance is not a write off. Now, improvements might be another thing, but you would want your customers to talk to their tax folks about their plans.
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 08-13-2010, 11:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,502
Posted By lukus223
My stihl dealer steered me away from the system. ...

My stihl dealer steered me away from the system. The recommend getting at FS 90 or 110 and purchasing the attachments that swap off the tip. They say it will hold up longer and deliver more power. ...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 07-04-2010, 08:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,524
Posted By lukus223
I agree! The best place I found is your states...

I agree! The best place I found is your states Landscaping Contractors Board website. They usually provide guidence about what you can and can not do without a license.

Start with the city you...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 07-04-2010, 10:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,249
Posted By lukus223
Steve, Is this true with all grasses? In Oregon...

Steve,

Is this true with all grasses? In Oregon we have a perinnial Rye/Fescue mix. This is about ht only grass in this area. Everyone bags here. The local recycling yard will have 50 lawn guys...
Forum: Lawn Care Business Marketing - GopherHaul Forum News 07-04-2010, 10:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,729
Posted By lukus223
You never know! I still go to each and every...

You never know! I still go to each and every lead we get. We have never turned anyone away as sometimes we didn't get the job, but got a referral. Sometimes I have quoted a clean up very high and...
Forum: Lawn Care Business Marketing - GopherHaul Forum News 07-03-2010, 12:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,729
Posted By lukus223
Never had luck with the paper. All of my...

Never had luck with the paper. All of my non-referral leads have come from google maps, google adwords and my websit.

A little CL here and there, but they are mostly crap leads
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 07-03-2010, 12:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,524
Posted By lukus223
I do the same thing. I work full time and do...

I do the same thing. I work full time and do this in the evening, weekends and use vacation days if I have a lot of work scheduled. All you really have to do is register a business name with your...
Forum: Community Assistance 07-03-2010, 12:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,809
Posted By lukus223
We never ask for payment up front. To date, I...

We never ask for payment up front. To date, I have never been burned on getting paid. If someone meets with you face to face and you have an agreement I don't think it's too risky. Plus, my helper...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 06-27-2010, 05:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 11,661
Posted By lukus223
I really like this. How did you get your CL ad...

I really like this. How did you get your CL ad to look like this? Can you share the code? I promise I won't pouch any of your accounts (I'm in Oregon)
Forum: Introduce Yourself 04-16-2010, 09:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,858
Posted By lukus223
Hey Steve J. Best of luck out there. We are in...

Hey Steve J. Best of luck out there. We are in the So. Oregon area. Nice to see a fellow Oregonian on here. How up things up north? We are in full swing down here.
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-04-2010, 10:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,058
Posted By lukus223
We do it a couple ways. In some areas a "green"...

We do it a couple ways. In some areas a "green" can is offered with your garbage pick up. We discount that amount from the service if the customer will subscribe and let us use it. Saves a lot of...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-02-2010, 04:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,058
Posted By lukus223
Always bagging. I depends on the type of grass...

Always bagging. I depends on the type of grass you are mowing. I talked with our mower shop and commercial product supplier and they both agree. In southern Oregon you can not mulch. The grass...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-29-2010, 12:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,988
Posted By lukus223
I can relate! I'm a part-timer and usually do 5...

I can relate! I'm a part-timer and usually do 5 - 6 yards a week. I tend to do a lot of clean ups as well. I have several bids out that exceed 10k annually and am getting a little panicky. The...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 03-25-2010, 05:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,983
Posted By lukus223
Yes, you can mow w/o the self propel. I don't...

Yes, you can mow w/o the self propel. I don't like it through the turns, but it's a must for the strait a ways.

I started out by buying ramps at lowes. It was a kit with the aluminum ramp heads. ...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 03-21-2010, 10:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,721
Posted By lukus223
I agree that the 22 seems small, but for only...

I agree that the 22 seems small, but for only light work I was hoping it would be enough. How is the body harness set up? Most of the work we would do with this trimmer would be at a sharp angle,...
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