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Local LAWN Enforcement -snow division-

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by Lawn Enforcer, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Hey everyone, I posted these pics on lawnsite, but I thought you guys over here would like to see 'em. I wasn't planning on doing any snow removal this winter until last week. A local LCO in my town who did lots of snow removal died suddenly of a heart attack, then the phone calls started rolling in. I didn't have a lot of money to invest in a plow, tractor, or skid steer, but my Grandpa Bob hooked me up with some tough-nut blowers wesport. The 2 on the right I bought from him for $150, and the blower on the right I've owned for years. This isn't the quickest or best way to do my driveways, but I'll have to make due with what I have.

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  2. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Another shot for y'all-----------------------------

    I'm having a tough time with some of the old folks around here. One old lady complained to me about having to pay $25 to have her driveway cleared. She wanted to pay $10!:help: I told her I am not doing this for fun, but for a living. I have expenses like equipment, gas, insurance, taxes, payroll, etc. and she finally agreed to the price, but she was pissed about it. I'm not going to drag my butt out of bed at 4 am, go out in the freezing cold and use a walk-behind blower on her driveway for $10.

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  3. TPC Services

    TPC Services Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    hell no stick to your guns (LOL) this is a not for sh&* and giggles It cost money to run this stuff Did you tell here this was not the 70' and your not a 12 year old looking for money to take care of his acme

    I had a client do the same this year I told fine because I was not sure yet of the work I would get line up , I told him nest year I have to raise my price by five at least !!!
     
  4. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    I know, I told her that it costs money to run a business and that this is for a living. Some people just don't get it. Oh, I forgot to mention, she drives a 2004ish Caddy
     
  5. AndyTblc

    AndyTblc Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    I've raised my prices this year as well. My equipment is getting old, Even though gas is going down. I still have bills to pay, some people don't understand that.
     
  6. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    Damn, you would make more money selling them to the Smithsonian then actually using them!


    Just kidding... ;-)
     
  7. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    the carbs on blowers like that like to get pretty nesty over the summer. if they start acting up clean them or rebuild them. other then that nice old blowers there
     
  8. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,202

    They might be older but as long as they get the job done! Good luck this winter!
     
  9. Green Grass

    Green Grass PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,571

    Lawn where you at in MN?
     
  10. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Arlington, about 35 miles SW of Shakopee

    Thanks for the compliments guys-I just did a little bit of maintenance on them today and the only thing is I had to adjust the drive system on the big one, other than that, just changed the oil and they are ready to go!

    I ran into the same lady again today and she wanted to argue about prices, so to sum up what I told her, "I've got bills to pay, deal with it"
     
  11. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    That's what I said when I picked 'em up!:D
     
  12. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    Hey, two or three years from now you might be picking up a new plow truck with the money you made with those blowers...GOOD LUCK with them! payup
     
  13. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Thanks man, I hope I can make enough this year with the snow, lawn care, and landscaping to pick up a Kubota compact tractor with a loader for next year.
     
  14. AndyTblc

    AndyTblc Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    Do you know how much those cost? 12G's
     
  15. wannabeplowing

    wannabeplowing Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    GREAT way to get into the snow business with low overhead!! You will have a great profit margin this winterpayup good luck this winter!!
     
  16. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    I just sold in august my kubota b6000 with a post hole dogger, and backblade for $4000. if you can find a b7100 even tho it is older they do circles around the new ones. and there good for around your house. I am going to raise my drives $5 more and if they don't like it o well. we all have bills.

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  17. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Thanks man- I just hope we get some snow!

    Wizz- I know how much they cost, if I can get my truck paid off next year I can definietely get something like a Kubota tractor

    Tailpipes- How did you like using your tractor for driveways?
     
  18. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    Where's that lady complainer? I'll do her property for $24 to make her happy!

    I bet those machines are heavy, back in the day when equipment was built right.

    And where's the love of just doing something nice for someone else?!? Ok, I can't keep a straight face on that one either -- If I happen to help someone in my travels, great. 4am, I'd better be making some good payup to be out of bed!
     
  19. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    it is easier then walking behind a snowblower for a day lol. the loader had float that it locked in so it made it easy to use for plowing. and was great for sidewalks because the bucket was ft wide and that is what most sidewalks are. I mainly used it for at my camp and at my house to remove the snow banks and do my sidewalk. bu I plow with my truck and my atv. this is what I sold my kubota for.

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  20. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Lol, you wouldn't want her as a customer, I guarantee it. The blowers are built very well, and should last for quite a long time.

    Tailpipes- thanks for the info!