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Old 10-19-2012, 08:40 PM
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So I read this huge thread on Just Mow It owner TJ Justice. Anyway, this guy would have really competitive prices but would make up for it in huge volume. The thread was in 2005, and at the time he had over 2K accounts. So, part of the business concept was using 4 cylinder trucks, using 21" mowers and paying his employees by piece work.

This thread really intrigued me and I wanted to ask everyone here what they thought about this? Good and bad please provide your thoughts.

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using 21" mowers and paying his employees by piece work.
Getting a worker to walk around the edge to trimmer is hard but push a 21" all day good luck


what size lawns?
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First off theres no snow in TX. So he can get away with a fleet of 2wd 4 cyl trucks. Saving a bundle on trucks, repairs, and gas.

Second he doesnt do lots over 16k. You have to live in a populated city with lots of small yards. This also allows him not to use trailers and big mowers.

Third they bill with auto payments at the beginning of the month. No need to chase payments or people owing money.

Fourth theres a answering service so theres no missed calls.
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Around 8-14K sq ft. I'm just wondering what others have to think about this business model for a LCO.

Great point on the lack of snow...definitely can't snow blow a parking lot. Keep the feed back coming. I'm interested on everyone's opinions of this type of operation.

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I sell mowing with a 21 as an upgrade. Does a better job and no damage to the lawn
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I sell mowing with a 21 as an upgrade. Does a better job and no damage to the lawn
How does that work out? Do you try a percentage more compared to using a ZT?
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How does that work out? Do you try a percentage more compared to using a ZT?
Two times as much because it takes 3 times longer
My basic mow I pick what mower will work best/fastest
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the reason the cut looks so much nicer with a 21" mower, is because you are going a hell of a lot slower. You'll notice a big difference when you walk behind your walk-behind at "walking pace", rather than standing on it, going a little faster than "walking pace"
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Two times as much because it takes 3 times longer
My basic mow I pick what mower will work best/fastest
Two times as much...that's a good idea there. How long have you been pricing it like that and how do customers like that?
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the reason the cut looks so much nicer with a 21" mower, is because you are going a hell of a lot slower. You'll notice a big difference when you walk behind your walk-behind at "walking pace", rather than standing on it, going a little faster than "walking pace"
Plus
z-turns compact soil
Rutting a lawn (even with changing directions)
turfing when turning (once and awhile)

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Two times as much...that's a good idea there. How long have you been pricing it like that and how do customers like that?
most like the z-turn mow but the few the want the "best" need to know that takes time and time is money
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