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Well after watching several "lawn care" people butcher yards, I believe Scalp is the correct term. I started getting a little pissed, so I've been researching the subject and put together a spread sheet on potential income. That looked promising so I bit the bullet and started.

I have an 5X8 enclosed trailer, inside I have a 36v mower (lead acid) and the Edger, string trimmer, hedger and blower are all 36v LiIon. The blower is a little weak but I only use it on hard surfaces.

The trailer has 160 watts of solar panels keeping a nice big deep cycle 12 battery charged all day and the inverter keeps the LiIon and mower charged between uses.

I started last month and have 6 clients without really doing any advertising, that starts this weekend. I'll be going door to door in the areas I'm already working and picking up the locals.

I'm incorporated, have a Million dollar liability and business lisc I want to start off Right and put some Illegal workers out of a job.

Any advice on the care of the lawns would be helpful.

Whats it take to get a Lisc for Fertilizer. I'd like to stay as organic as possible.

I'd also like to do weeklys but what do you do in the "off" season as we never have Snow? Southern California, Los Angeles area.

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I live in Florida and here we also have no off season, I mow year round
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That's kind of fun, I received our first e-mail to quote someone this morning.

They saw our brightly colored trailer on the way to another job.

Nice.

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The trailer has 160 watts of solar panels keeping a nice big deep cycle 12 battery charged all day and the inverter keeps the LiIon and mower charged between uses.
I'd love to see some pics of your set up.

Are you including that you are a solar powered business in your marketing material?
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Yup, I have the sides and back of the trailer vinyl wrapped, it's pretty festive.

The solar panels I had custom made for me for another project. Seems anything on a house needs to be UL approved or the city won't allow them. I didn't have $80,000 sitting around for testing so one ward and up ward.

No sitting around at a gas station for 30ish minutes at 4+ a gallon. No oil changes, no spark plugs, no air filters, etc. etc. etc.

The biggest thing is keeping the blade sharp, it makes a real difference.

I got hired yesterday because I am the only "Green" guy they could find. Thankfully their lawn is about 100 square feet. I can do roughly 1/2 acre a day keeping the one battery on charge in between uses. A second battery will be needed soon for the mower. All the other equipment I just rotate the LiIon and don't have a problem.

I'll get some photos of the trailer.

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How come all you can do is 1/2 acre a day ? Unfortunately if thats the case ,I fail to see how you can make a real go of this as thats less than an hours production with a gas push mower .
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How come all you can do is 1/2 acre a day ? Unfortunately if thats the case ,I fail to see how you can make a real go of this as thats less than an hours production with a gas push mower .
Maybe hes charging $250 a hour. Other then that I see the same problem. He would need like 8 batteries.
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All the other equipment I just rotate the LiIon and don't have a problem.
What kind of life expectancy can you get with those batteries? Have you had any die on you yet?
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Thanks for the interest.

The battery for the mower can do 1/2 acre per charge, sorry if I wasn't clear. Keeping it on the charger in between use, keeps the voltage up. The LiIon can take thousands of charges and don't suffer from the voltage drop the Lead Acid Battery experience. Life span of the Lead Acid - not sure, there are a boat load of variables to take into consideration. A second Battery is only $100.00 so still less than sitting at a gas station more than once a week @4.00 a gallon plus time.

FYI- The average lawn here in SoCal is measured in feet not acres. The one I'm doing this Wed is only 20'X10' Long side and 20'x5' on the short side. The biggest lawn I'm doing is a corner lot that wraps around and takes about 15 minutes to mow, no power loss by time I'm done, and it's thick Bermuda Grass. Most lawns are around 300 square feet. More edging and hedging than anything.

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Maybe hes charging $250 a hour. Other then that I see the same problem. He would need like 8 batteries.
I wish it was $250 an hour, that's my bill out rate for Fiber Optic Component testing at my full time job. I'm attempting to keep it around $50.00 per hour so I'm here for the long term.

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