Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

Need some opinions.


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 08-01-2010, 01:12 AM
workdog workdog is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Kearns,UT
Posts: 38
Rep Power: 6
workdog is on a distinguished road
Default Need some opinions.

Well Im getting ready to buy some accessories for my tractor too use for the business. I cant decide on a few thing and was wondering if I could get some opinions?
Questions are:
Should I get a thatcher and offer that as a service?
Chemical sprayer? Worth the money?
Should I get another trailor/cart?
Spreader? Is it worth the $80 or should I use a push style?

and the final 2 questions:
Should I get one of those smaller gate style lawn tractors? For customers with smaller gates and small jobs.
Another trimmer? I have 2 but the Craftsman is about dead.

Thanks in advance!
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 08-01-2010, 02:41 AM
LawnMoore's Avatar
LawnMoore LawnMoore is offline
Mr. Moore
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Suwannee River Florida
Age: 30
Posts: 288
Rep Power: 6
LawnMoore is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I have really been looking for a core aerator, with the seader/fertilizer built in!

But the only ones i see and can find on the web are tine aerators(thecrappyones) with seeder/fert..

If i would find a core aerator with spreader within the next month or two i will buy that if not im buying a core aerator by itself, i think..

I might get a hedge trimmer instead but im not sure.

And i noticed neither of those are in your suggested items list..

What do you need that you dont have?

Well i do need a spreader, but first i need to learn what to spread and when!!

I do need a 34 inch Z but not that bad, and not just yet!

A sprayer would be nice as well, but are you licensed for this spraying?

On the thatching, i do not know much about those services, how much to charge and about how often there really needed (i think you dethatch about every 1-3 years) Some yards dont even need it at all if properly taken care of.

I would like some info on the thatcher as well, if anyone can help it will be needed
__________________
(352)682-3094 Suwannee River, Florida 32680

Visit my site, http://www.lawnmoore.com, Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-01-2010, 07:32 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 11
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Two questions what size of tractor do you currently have and what services do you find people ask aboutthe most, that should be the focus for attachments when starting.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-01-2010, 10:04 AM
workdog workdog is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Kearns,UT
Posts: 38
Rep Power: 6
workdog is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LawnMoore View Post
I have really been looking for a core aerator, with the seader/fertilizer built in!

But the only ones i see and can find on the web are tine aerators(thecrappyones) with seeder/fert..

If i would find a core aerator with spreader within the next month or two i will buy that if not im buying a core aerator by itself, i think..

I might get a hedge trimmer instead but im not sure.

And i noticed neither of those are in your suggested items list..

What do you need that you dont have?

Well i do need a spreader, but first i need to learn what to spread and when!!

I do need a 34 inch Z but not that bad, and not just yet!

A sprayer would be nice as well, but are you licensed for this spraying?

On the thatching, i do not know much about those services, how much to charge and about how often there really needed (i think you dethatch about every 1-3 years) Some yards dont even need it at all if properly taken care of.

I would like some info on the thatcher as well, if anyone can help it will be needed
So have I! Id love one!
Im pretty sure they had one at Lowes for around $260 or so. I think it was a 46". Im going to try and sneek over there today and look at them.

I dont know yet, I have a tractor, 2 good push mowers, 2 trimmers,1 drop spreader, 1 broadcast spreader, and 2 (got one for free last night) dump carts. Id like a tractor to use for when I get a aerator or other accessories. There is a Honda Riding Mower H2113 here for sale for $250 with out the deck I may look at for this purpose.

Thats the thing about a chemical sprayer is being licensed to do so.If I got one Id probably get licensed. But I dont want too drop $100 and not be able to use it but I guess I could always use it for personal use.

Thanks for the reply!
__________________
WorkmanLawnCare.yolasite.com

-Hunter
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-01-2010, 10:05 AM
workdog workdog is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Kearns,UT
Posts: 38
Rep Power: 6
workdog is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by picframer View Post
Two questions what size of tractor do you currently have and what services do you find people ask aboutthe most, that should be the focus for attachments when starting.
I have a 42" Troy Built with a 20HP Kohler engine.
I think aerating and spreading would be the most asked services.
__________________
WorkmanLawnCare.yolasite.com

-Hunter
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-01-2010, 04:57 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 11
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by workdog View Post
I have a 42" Troy Built with a 20HP Kohler engine.
I think aerating and spreading would be the most asked services.
Not trying to push Organic Products, Core Aeration is, IMHO and experience simply a patch for a lawn that has compavted soil, take a look at Nature's Lawn Care and the product Aerify, trust me this stuff really works and works well and the profit margin is far higher than core aeration, best part is you can buy a tow behind or a unit that attaches to your tractor and offer a host of spray products with a high profit margin.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-01-2010, 06:07 PM
workdog workdog is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Kearns,UT
Posts: 38
Rep Power: 6
workdog is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by picframer View Post
Not trying to push Organic Products, Core Aeration is, IMHO and experience simply a patch for a lawn that has compavted soil, take a look at Nature's Lawn Care and the product Aerify, trust me this stuff really works and works well and the profit margin is far higher than core aeration, best part is you can buy a tow behind or a unit that attaches to your tractor and offer a host of spray products with a high profit margin.
Thanks for the info!
__________________
WorkmanLawnCare.yolasite.com

-Hunter
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-01-2010, 06:29 PM
LawnMoore's Avatar
LawnMoore LawnMoore is offline
Mr. Moore
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Suwannee River Florida
Age: 30
Posts: 288
Rep Power: 6
LawnMoore is on a distinguished road
Default

Thats funny, i actually ran across that company last night searching for organic products, as i learned its NOT REQUIRED to have a licence when applying Organic materials!

So i might just get a sprayer instead of a core aerator, and maybe look for a decent used pull behind spreader for seeding/granules..

I havent noticed the asking about those services as i have only been at it a month, but i SEE that most yards i go to, door to door, they need some help growing grass very badly.

I thank you as well for the information
__________________
(352)682-3094 Suwannee River, Florida 32680

Visit my site, http://www.lawnmoore.com, Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-01-2010, 08:03 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 11
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

You are welcome!

Two things, I can't tell you the number of spreaders we have tried and in all cases disappointed. I did an excavation job for a client three weeks ago, he had a 48" wide drop spreader with a shaker, I had never seen one but have been searching everywhere, I will post the name the next time it is around but OMG does it work well. The client was no longer in need of it, mint condition, he had paid $750 for it three years ago so I offered $350 and he accepted.

Next is a small gold mine for you, overseeding. For us it starts the last week of August and we seed right into the latter part of September, this is a very good money maker as we spray at the same time and look around the property for fall clean ups, trees near power lines etc.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-02-2010, 06:32 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,821
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Is the difference in that it has a shaker built in?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Opinions on Stihl F3Nelson Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 8 05-31-2010 09:45 PM
Logo Opinions cmpenn67 General Talk 4 04-28-2010 11:42 PM
I have three trimmer I’m looking at I want anyone’s opinions Bradspgm Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 3 04-22-2010 10:22 AM
What ad to run...opinions please. ritchiem Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 10 02-23-2009 02:15 AM
Opinions Please tiedeman General Business Discussions 16 06-23-2006 01:59 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Best two stroke oil
Greg_TopYardServices
02-08-2016 07:53 PM
Today 08:29 AM
by Just for Cuts
10 170
Most requested days for...
Just for Cuts
Today 06:44 AM
Today 06:44 AM
by Just for Cuts
0 29
back surgery
Bradcook21
01-28-2016 08:51 PM
Yesterday 02:04 PM
by Bradcook21
16 433
Help Spread the word...
Sprinkler Buddy
12-02-2015 08:41 AM
Yesterday 08:19 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
19 1,341
Howdy Yall !!!
B&C
02-10-2016 10:06 AM
Yesterday 01:05 AM
by Steve
1 48
hello
2menandmowers
02-10-2016 07:32 AM
Yesterday 12:53 AM
by Steve
1 50
Hello everyone!!!
1newkirk05
02-09-2016 03:16 PM
02-10-2016 04:05 PM
by jrs.landscaping
7 146
Tine Rake Detaching vs...
wigglesworth
02-09-2016 05:32 PM
02-09-2016 07:43 PM
by Steve
1 65
Finding open bids?!?
C&DPropertyManagement
02-07-2016 01:48 AM
02-09-2016 07:11 PM
by Steve
3 143
hello all
romanlandscape
01-29-2016 03:46 PM
02-07-2016 10:20 AM
by Bradcook21
6 242
Lawn Care Book Ranked #1
Steve
02-06-2016 12:36 AM
02-06-2016 12:36 AM
by Steve
0 120
Hi
Sellers Lawn Care
02-02-2016 01:48 PM
02-05-2016 08:03 AM
by Sellers Lawn Care
4 185
Collecting payments from...
Niagara Mowing
02-03-2016 05:21 PM
02-05-2016 08:00 AM
by Niagara Mowing
7 247
SMS assist? The good,...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:24 PM
02-04-2016 11:53 PM
by Steve
5 277
I need some help...
Anise
02-04-2016 01:39 PM
02-04-2016 11:51 PM
by Steve
3 153
Customers dodging the...
Rocky
11-06-2015 06:22 AM
02-04-2016 03:41 AM
by C&DPropertyManagement
7 1,530
Offering a "Trial"...
wybut076
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
02-03-2016 08:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
7 274
Iowa Caucus Predictions?
Steve
02-01-2016 06:31 PM
02-03-2016 12:40 AM
by Steve
1 129
Laying White River Rock
DiamondLawnCare
02-01-2016 08:27 PM
02-03-2016 12:17 AM
by Steve
1 148
Networking for a...
jcurr33
01-30-2016 09:26 PM
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
by Steve
4 222
Customer giving a 1099?
apmAkron
01-27-2016 07:22 PM
01-31-2016 08:55 PM
by Chilehead
6 282
happy to be here
redrobin
01-29-2016 10:45 AM
01-31-2016 08:44 PM
by Steve
1 162
Thought's on an "E-Z...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:48 PM
01-31-2016 08:38 PM
by Steve
4 255
Changes
Knaubone
01-30-2016 10:56 PM
01-31-2016 08:31 PM
by Steve
1 150
Thoughts on this Exmark...
googus
01-28-2016 04:24 PM
01-28-2016 08:09 PM
by Chilehead
1 172
1st year in
jcurr33
10-18-2015 05:07 PM
01-28-2016 07:49 PM
by Chilehead
6 4,168
Need opinion on zero...
Mr. Mow
01-24-2016 05:42 PM
01-28-2016 07:41 PM
by Chilehead
10 387
Opinion on liquid vs...
Bradcook21
01-25-2016 02:03 PM
01-28-2016 07:38 PM
by Chilehead
9 332
Finding property size
Gageslawncare
01-25-2016 11:08 AM
01-28-2016 12:05 PM
by Gageslawncare
10 343
Tiger TG 2661 Commercial...
lawnman1959
01-25-2016 08:12 PM
01-27-2016 07:57 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 270
Spouse as a dependent?
Steve
01-26-2016 01:51 AM
01-27-2016 10:44 AM
by Chilehead
3 224
Hello All
C&DPropertyManagement
01-23-2016 12:21 PM
01-26-2016 01:24 AM
by Steve
1 196
Credit Cards - What's in...
Shark1611
06-16-2015 04:04 PM
01-23-2016 03:43 PM
by C&DPropertyManagement
17 7,715
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 08:43 PM
01-19-2016 07:00 PM
by Steve
12 678
State of the nation 2016.
Steve
01-12-2016 12:05 AM
01-19-2016 06:57 PM
by Steve
6 409
little help? first big...
Brian3137
12-31-2015 12:39 PM
01-19-2016 06:54 PM
by Steve
23 1,127
Hi everybody...
Greg_TopYardServices
01-14-2016 08:10 AM
01-19-2016 02:47 PM
by SC93
12 482
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 12:54 PM
01-17-2016 08:48 PM
by Homeland unlimited
25 7,957
Plow controller problems
scaypa
01-12-2016 05:49 PM
01-16-2016 10:46 AM
by scaypa
4 320
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
01-15-2016 07:23 PM
by tannerduncan
1,244 428,257
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 07:15 AM
01-15-2016 11:20 AM
by djlandscaping06
23 5,457
New College Course
Dr. D
01-14-2016 01:45 PM
01-14-2016 05:35 PM
by Steve
1 232
Yelp
Shark1611
01-13-2016 10:00 AM
01-14-2016 05:32 PM
by Steve
4 287
New to the forum from...
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:23 PM
01-14-2016 08:34 AM
by Doug Green
2 275
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:46 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:46 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy