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Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 01-29-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 291
Posted By lxarth
Right, they do take their cut. And less if you...

Right, they do take their cut. And less if you have your own insurance.

Most of the time the customer wants it cut within a couple of days, and if you can't do that they give it to another...
Forum: General Business Discussions 01-29-2015, 01:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 262
Posted By lxarth
For some reason a bunch of asterisks popped up...

For some reason a bunch of asterisks popped up from the copy/paste.

For the most part my customers sign back up every year. It's always a gamble with ones I've only had for a single season, but...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 01-29-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 291
Posted By lxarth
I've used TaskEasy. I'd have to say...I don't...

I've used TaskEasy. I'd have to say...I don't like them. Now for the explanations on why I don't like them.

They are geared towards "Customers Satisfaction" first...not "Contractor Satisfaction". ...
Forum: General Business Discussions 01-29-2015, 12:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 262
Posted By lxarth
I’m sending this letter because not so long ago...

I’m sending this letter because not so long ago you we were providing landscape maintenance for you. It is approaching what we like to call the “growing season”, where the lawn, shrubs, and trees are...
Forum: General Talk 01-17-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 484
Posted By lxarth
I just installed two Trimmer Traps on my trailer....

I just installed two Trimmer Traps on my trailer. Love the free space and not having to constantly move the blowers out of the way. But I'm always looking in the mirror and worrying that they might...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 01-17-2015, 02:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 566
Posted By lxarth
The last time I hired a marketing company it was...

The last time I hired a marketing company it was a total ripoff. I'm not trying to riff on Breadcrumb, I'm just very leery outsourcing anything anymore.
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 12-30-2014, 03:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,042
Posted By lxarth
Right now a larger mower would only work on the...

Right now a larger mower would only work on the properties I use the 36" on. But even so...a 48" might be overkill on a 1/4-acre of grass. I think the biggest I have right now is about 1/3-acre...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 12-30-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,457
Posted By lxarth
Geez, that's a lot of loss! I am guilty of not...

Geez, that's a lot of loss!

I am guilty of not checking my equipment. It's the reason I broke one. I hadn't been checking the oil as often as I guess I should have.

I think a simple daily...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 12-30-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 663
Posted By lxarth
I plan to do aggressive door-to-door canvassing...

I plan to do aggressive door-to-door canvassing in late February. And then probably again 6-8 weeks later.

Once people start thinking about having to mow the lawn, then they start thinking they...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 12-30-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,264
Posted By lxarth
I ordered the parts yesterday. It'll probably be...

I ordered the parts yesterday. It'll probably be next week when I get them, so my brother and I will sit down and fix it. I'll take a few pictures of the process so maybe it will help people out if...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 12-30-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,457
Posted By lxarth
Most of my equipment is bought used. Since I'm...

Most of my equipment is bought used. Since I'm not super busy all the time it allows me to hunt for a good deal.

So right now I have:
36" Scag hydro walk-behind
21" Toro Commercial
21" Honda...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 12-30-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,042
Posted By lxarth
My original 36" hydro was purchased because it's...

My original 36" hydro was purchased because it's what I found and what I could afford. It was bought used, and was only like $800, and was running fine until user error broke up.

Most of my lots...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 12-29-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,042
Posted By lxarth
I'm not sure why I would sell the old one to buy...

I'm not sure why I would sell the old one to buy a new one, then to save money to buy another backup. Wouldn't it be smarter to just buy a new one and keep the old one as the backup?

So buying new,...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 12-26-2014, 11:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,457
Posted By lxarth
I took a long break from the forum, though I...

I took a long break from the forum, though I still lurked a lot and used the calculators. I'm kinda in and out.

I've been busy which is why I haven't been on as much. I went from a small 4x8 Harbor...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 12-26-2014, 10:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,042
Posted By lxarth
Buy new or used?

Ok, ladies and gentlemen, this is somewhat of an expansion to a previous thread about repairing a mower.

I currently have a 36" Scag (hydro) that I am servicing.

I have a lead on a 36" Scag. It's...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 12-26-2014, 10:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,264
Posted By lxarth
Thanks for all the input guys! I'm going to...

Thanks for all the input guys!

I'm going to place an order, either through the online dealer, or through SuperiorPower (I sent an email through your website).

I figure since it will cost less thatn...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 12-21-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,264
Posted By lxarth
I'm able to do all the work myself, so the parts...

I'm able to do all the work myself, so the parts are the only thing I have to worry about.

I'm not too worried about fixing anything since my brother knows his way around a garage, and nothing is...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 12-17-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,264
Posted By lxarth
Repair or replace the mower?

I bought a ~7yo 36" Scag hydro walk-behind with a Kawasaki FH451V-AS19 engine at the beginning of the year. It was purchased from a large landscaping company who was cycling out equipment.

One of...
Forum: General Talk 11-04-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,094
Posted By lxarth
Exclamation Bi-weekly winter schedule...loosing customers

I'm not sure if this belongs here or in another forum.

So here we go...I work in the PNW (Pacific Northwest for those not from here), we are pretty temperate up here. Wet spring, warm summers, wet...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-16-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,176
Posted By lxarth
Pricing out topiary pruning

Yet another questions about pruning. (I swear, everyone wants jobs to be done for pennies. I think I'm going to start telling people to go out and buy a pruner for $500+, buy a pickup while they...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 03-04-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,531
Posted By lxarth
It's a no-go on the Ferris I was considering. The...

It's a no-go on the Ferris I was considering. The guy ignored my requests for better pictures. Pictures to verify it was a hydro. And wouldn't give me his address.

I'm tempted to just forget the...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 03-03-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,531
Posted By lxarth
I'm going to head up tomorrow to get bit. I just...

I'm going to head up tomorrow to get bit. I just hope it checks out ok.

There is another one that is belt drive, and local. But it's 48", so I'm worries it's too big. Though maybe I should get it...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 03-03-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,531
Posted By lxarth
I found a 2001 36" hydro Ferris. Comes with a...

I found a 2001 36" hydro Ferris. Comes with a grass catch and sulky. They guy will sell it for $700. I feel like it's a good deal. But I have to drive over 2 hours to get it. I hope it's in decent...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 02-28-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,201
Posted By lxarth
I went to the property today...it's not an acre. ...

I went to the property today...it's not an acre. Well, the lawn isn't. The lawn is only about 13,500 sq-ft.

I bid it at $505...for labor, cleanup, dump fees, and rental.

Based on the size, it...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 02-28-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,201
Posted By lxarth
I'm not afraid to tell a customer it's too much...

I'm not afraid to tell a customer it's too much for me, and this account might be.

But if it's not, I would like to price it right, and use the right equipment. I'm not going to hook up some tines...
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