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Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 11-16-2011, 04:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,654
Posted By hotwired
2 cents

I would agree with the WB acquisition. They are very deceiving unless you've owned one. Very quick, agile, versatile. They are ONLY weak on wide open area where you can go full tilt with a Z. On 10k...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 11-12-2011, 04:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,927
Posted By hotwired
More fall cleanup data

Sounds like you have a plan. I know I let my "guard down" in fall. Suddenly my attitude is, "it's going to snow soon, no more money coming in ... take what I can get..." But luckily fall doesn't last...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 11-10-2011, 04:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,272
Posted By hotwired
snow plowing

Hi
Here's our two cents. We live in Central Maine (just got 6" two weeks ago).

We generally charge "per visit" (push) though we often charge less for subsequent visits under various circumstances....
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 11-10-2011, 04:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,927
Posted By hotwired
fcu

Gutters are an exception. You will find some that want that done, especially in the northeast because gutters full of leaves will prevent melting snow from properly getting channelled. Usually...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 08-27-2011, 05:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,504
Posted By hotwired
hedge trimmers

I have never used a 4 cycle but would love to try. I genearlly use the cheap echo hc-150's coupled with the HT extension on the PAS split booms. THAT tends to save on the back as well. Instead of...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 01-09-2011, 05:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,963
Posted By hotwired
trimmers

My two cents:
Because I'm in rural maine, there aren't that many choices but here's what I've found for trimmers:

1. Shindaiwa USED to be the best, hands down, but have degraded severely. They have...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 11-05-2010, 05:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,161
Posted By hotwired
Questions

Steve,
How is your "tips" book selling? I gotta get a copy! Is it downloadable? (I did send you my updated copy of "how to start a lawn care business a whole new way, didn't I?) - If not, PM me your...
Forum: Health, Safety and Accident Issues. 06-06-2010, 05:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,989
Posted By hotwired
feedback

1. Don't worry too much if your friend hasn't priced them properly, as long as they're in teh "ball park." It's much easier to increase prices (reasonably) with a "captive audience" that knows you...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 05-26-2010, 04:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,683
Posted By hotwired
more thoughts

Hi All
Great thoughts. We actually lost nearly all our commercial and municipal work this year to lower bids. We charge $60-$70 per man hour, and even though we're efficient enough to get the same...
Forum: Promote your products or services 03-02-2010, 04:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,006
Posted By hotwired
How to start a lawn care business a whole NEW way ** 20% off program

How to start a lawn care business a whole NEW way
A guide to creating a fun, profitable lawn care business and becoming a better human being in the...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 02-08-2010, 06:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,039
Posted By hotwired
great post

Great post. Please do post your results. "getting it right" with organic lawn care takes a LITTLE more thought and timing, I've found, so this is valuable stuff.
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 01-09-2010, 04:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,503
Posted By hotwired
two cents

Basically your lawn's shoots will match the lawn's roots. If you leave lawn long, over time, the roots will also lengthen, giving the grass plant more resilience and strength. However, "one time"...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 09-01-2009, 06:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,896
Posted By hotwired
where our you?

also, where are you located? This makes a big difference. Other than that, we usually do something like this:

Spring cleanup (usually 7-12 times mowing price for us)

Edge and Mulch (don't put the...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 08-21-2009, 04:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,032
Posted By hotwired
tools

Well, what I use and what SHOULD be used are PROBABLY two different things! I am slower to spend money because we are a two person "boutique" firm, if you will, and I budget cafefully - Right now, we...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 08-20-2009, 07:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,032
Posted By hotwired
update

I suppose it's all about "patterns" - over time, we have found that our mulch jobs, based on very observable criteria, come in at 1-4 man hour per cubic yard - BUT, as I wrote in my book, I also like...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 08-20-2009, 06:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,032
Posted By hotwired
explanations:

Ah, yes, this sheet has alot of personal client references and my own abbreviations - here goes:

What does SCU stand for?
SPRING CLEANUP - THE LAST SECTION I INCLUDED JUST BECAUSE IT WAS WITH THE...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 08-20-2009, 05:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,032
Posted By hotwired
some notes

here are some notes I've taken over the years that you might find handy: (the attached bedwork.jpg) ** on the other hand, are you mulching? doing the whole job? If so, I've found using a "multiple"...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 07-23-2009, 04:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,703
Posted By hotwired
mowing info

This is from my book, from the chapter on pricing mowing services.

I price mowing at $1 a minute per man. Very simple, so we can estimate a lawn quickly, on the fly. This gives me $60 per man hour...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 06-11-2009, 04:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,841
Posted By hotwired
Two cents

I am glad to hear someone else mention their techniques, especially regarding trimming, that allow them to outwork 3 others. My foreman and I have been working together for 16 years now (in...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 05-13-2009, 05:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,951
Posted By hotwired
ranting and raving

I was just ranting and raving about this yesterday!! I would say that 99.99% of my 2 cycle wear and tear comes from being on the racks. These do look like they'll solve quite a bit. I use a smaller...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 05-10-2009, 05:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,443
Posted By hotwired
Quick summary of equipment!

Hi Guy, and welcome to the forum!

I thought I'd chime in with a quick summary of what's worked for me, what hasn't and why.

1. Trimmers: Used to use Shindaiwa, had questionable luck with the new...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 04-23-2009, 06:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,435
Posted By hotwired
Loosely related

Addressing jimlewis' most excellent and detailed post, I'd add something to the "plans for the future" comment: Make sure you add in some overhead for an owner's "off the tools" salary - in other...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 04-23-2009, 05:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 25,423
Posted By hotwired
New vs. Older

What I've noticed is a discrepency of reviews based on age of equipment, especially since the new CARB standards came out a few years ago. For instance, I'd have shouted Shindaiwa from the mountain...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 03-31-2009, 05:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,169
Posted By hotwired
break even

Hi JJones
Another way I've seen these deals calculated is by a multiple of net profit. If your accounts GROSS $100,000 per year and your net profit, after all expense, including owner's salary, is...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 03-25-2009, 04:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,426
Posted By hotwired
sources

I like http://www.landscaperpro.com/
I've been using them since 1992 give or take when they were Landscaper's Supply, Inc.
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