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When my Husqvarna reaches 500 hrs, i'm thinking of going to buy a John Deere X300. I don't see myself getting a X500 like yours. I don't see myself using is more than a mower unless I get bigger in the future. I love the warranty on John Deere... 4 yrs / 500 hrs.. WOW nothing beats that.
The X300 is a nice tractor, I belong to a tractor forum and have never seen a complaint on the X series, they are really built well.
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When my Husqvarna reaches 500 hrs, i'm thinking of going to buy a John Deere X300. I don't see myself getting a X500 like yours. I don't see myself using is more than a mower unless I get bigger in the future. I love the warranty on John Deere... 4 yrs / 500 hrs.. WOW nothing beats that.
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Andy,

For lawn care business owners who have a tractor or are thinking about getting one, what is the best way to market the services you can offer with a tractor? Should you network with others in your area and let them know you can be called to sub-contract out tractor work? Or should you market to your customers that you have a tractor and can do the following jobs?

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For lawn care business owners who have a tractor or are thinking about getting one, what is the best way to market the services you can offer with a tractor? Should you network with others in your area and let them know you can be called to sub-contract out tractor work? Or should you market to your customers that you have a tractor and can do the following jobs?

What is your advice on that?
What I did was send a post card and cover letter to my current woodworking clients, I exported a client list into excel then sorted by postal code, I wanted to start with clients who live in what we quite often call the rich or upper scale are. The letter basically said Oakridge Woodworking has expanded into Organic Lawn Care (anything Organic is a big seller here), deck construction and mini excavation, from the 200 +/- letters I sent i received just over 50 inquiries, we now have a few months of excavation work and quite a few lawn care contracts, some want snow removal also.

Now what I did with snow removal was I was only interested in our area, so after or during a storm I would drive around in the truck, I had a card made up for snow removal, if a driveway wasn't plowed I left the card in their door, if they were outside I stopped, introduced myself, said I offered snow removal if they wanted to give their back a break just give me a call, by the storm or every storm, picked up just over 30 driveways which is more than enough, word of mouth spread and I started getting calls from others.

What I did also was tell these people I offer lawn care, mini excavation, tree chipping, I try to take note of something I could do at their home, it's tough as we have so much snow but if I saw a tree(s) that needed to be removed for example, I would simply say if you are interested we perform tree removal and chipping, give it some thought and give me a shout in the spring/summer.

Next we have a medical clinic in our area with a free bill board for local services, I posted these cards there, the local pizza joint and a take out, I have since taken these down as I do not want any more driveways this season.

Here are the cards I had done up, maganetic sign to match the color of the truck also.

There is an area fairly close to here I call the retirement area so I did up a funny card which I will have mail dropped to this area only, probably in late April.

Now when it comes to buying a tractor, most of the CUT's are similar, I believe JD is considered the most expensive however, what is critical is that you have a very good feeling about the dealer, it doesn't matter much what brand although you should do some research but stuff happens and when you need service you need to know the dealer will back you up, that is #1 in my books. They can be expensive and if you are considering a tractor, I would encourage you to buy something a little bigger than you need, they hold their value very well and I believe there is 0% interest financing in the USA at the moment from many of them. Join a tractor forum and ask for assistance, I personally belong to My Tractor Forum, they are great and most do not care what color your tractor is, they just want to help you.
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Should you network with others in your area and let them know you can be called to sub-contract out tractor work?

What is your advice on that?
Sorry I overlooked this question, personally I stay clear of sub contracting work, I can't be bothered trying to collect money from a contractor that says they are trying to collect from the owner, I go direct and will go head on with a bigger more established company.

If you know the contractor well and are not concerned about payment, then yes this will get you a pile of work fast. I have had contractors call me but I tell them I really appreciate the consideration however we are booked solid at the moment, a polite way of saying thanks but no thanks. I consider myself fortunate that I do not need the extra work at the moment.

I picked up a reno project in the wealthy area of the city, all inside work that will take myself and two helpers at least two months, building and installing Jatoba cupboards and stairway. It's funny as a neighbour came over on Friday and asked if I built decks or did outside work, and I replied sure, lets wait for the snow to clear and have a coffee over what you would like, we will make it the talk of the neighbourhood, perhaps it won't be but people like to feel important and they are.
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Here are the cards I had done up, maganetic sign to match the color of the truck also.
Very creative! Now were all the postcard designs you made also duplicated to being magnetic truck signs as well or were there just a few different magnetic truck signs?
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Very creative! Now were all the postcard designs you made also duplicated to being magnetic truck signs as well or were there just a few different magnetic truck signs?
No I kept them seperate, I have different signs for each trailer and am taking the truck in tomorrow for lettering.
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Here's mine... a 4100 I got for chores around our small acreage. I'm going to be marketing cutting to acreage and lot owners, so this ought to come in handy.
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