Archive for the 'Mower' Category

Looking professional and getting more lawn care customer referrals.

When you look professional, you are perceived by others as being professional. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, looking professional is an important step a new entrepreneur needs to take in order to grow. Then the next step is to project confidence that the customer can trust [...]

Buying my first commercial lawn mower.

Are you starting out and looking into buying your first used commercial lawn mower? With so many makes, models, and options, what should you be looking for? In this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get some insight as to what the pros look for when they are buying used lawn care [...]

4th mowing season update on where I am at.

Every lawn care business grows at different paces but it’s always nice to know a little about how others are doing compared to you. Maybe you can pick up a tip about which mowing setup works best? Or possible which landscape trailer is ideal. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one [...]

ZTR Mowers and seatbelts. Do you wear them?

Many larger lawn mowers nowadays come with seat belts and roll over protection systems. Even with all the time and energy spent on safety, there are still many operators who feel the safety devices will lead to more injury during the event of an accident, so they fail to utilize them. The fact of the [...]

Homemade lawn striping kit.

Here is a great example of necessity being the mother of invention. What do you do when you don’t have the budget to go out and spend $400 on a lawn striper to create wonderful looking stripes on a lawn? You make one yourself for a fraction of the cost as we will see in [...]

Should I buy that consumer grade lawn mower?

The prices for consumer grade mowers can make them a tempting option for the new startup entrepreneur. But when you get down to the nuts and bolts of it all, there is a hidden cost associated with those cheaper mowers. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there [...]

What mower for a new aparment complex mowing bid?

It is very important to buy mowing equipment that is going to be versatile, especially when you are relatively new to the business. Each dollar you spend on equipment has to be spent wisely as you probably can’t afford to have equipment sitting around that is only used on one or two jobs. In this [...]

Should I get a walk behind mower or a stander?

Are you in the market for a new lawn mower? Have you looked at the options available to you and considered getting a stander? Here are some pros and cons members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us. After reading through this discussion, you may find yourself better educated on which mower [...]

The top 5 lawn care business start up questions answered.

A new business owner is going to have a lot of questions about getting themselves up and running. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we cover 5 of the top questions asked about getting started. From what grade of equipment should be purchased to if you should be performing small tasks [...]

Saved big money replacing my lawn mower ignition coil.

Using older lawn mowers for your business can save you money in one way. You don’t have to pay a new mower price for them. But the downside to using them is they will break down more often than a new mower. So what do you do when your local repair shop gives you a [...]

Dealing with grass clumps on bi-weekly customers.

There are lawn care customer that will call you when they feel their grass needs mowing, in order to save a few dollars. If you take such customers on, you will probably find these lawns require a lot more of your time and end up looking bad when you are finished with them, no matter [...]

Why should you bag grass clippings?

Some lawn care customers can be real picky about what they want. That can translate into more work for you. If you find yourself spending a lot of time bagging grass clippings, take a moment and think why you are doing it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear the [...]

Should I start a lawn mower shop as a second venture?

It can be really frustrating taking a broken lawn mower to your local mower repair shop, only to have them not get it fixed for weeks because they are swamped with work. Such situations might actually get you to think about starting your own lawn mower repair shop. But should you do it? In this [...]

Should my next mower be a walk behind or a rider

There are what seems to be an infinite amount of lawn mowers available on the market today. If you are looking to upgrade your current mower to a larger model, don’t just feel you need to scale up to the biggest available. The right mower, as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher [...]

I want to start a lawn care business but I only have a car.

What to do when you are interested in starting your own lawn care business but you are driving around in a car with no money to buy a truck any time in the near future. If you think you have no options though, think again. Here are a couple great ideas, from the Gopher Lawn [...]

Beginner lawn care business mistakes to avoid.

Here are a few tips from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on how to improve your mowing operation by streamlining the time spent at each customer’s property. As a business owner, you need to be as productive as possible and knowing which services yield the biggest bang for the buck and which don’t can [...]

A lawn edger education.

Using a lawn mower is the first tool that a new lawn care business owner learns about. Next is using a line trimmer to keep the areas you can’t mow, trimmed back. Other tools like hedge trimmers and pole saws then come into play. Lastly it seems the lawn edger is the least used tool [...]

Should you buy a mower with suspension?

It seems like a no brainer. Riding any machine is better with suspension than without it. But there are downsides to buying a lawn mower with a suspension system. Some factors that are involved are added costs, added weight, and a riding style you need to get used to. Here is a great discussion from [...]

Should you sanitize your lawn mower between jobs?

Sanitizing your lawn care equipment between mowing jobs tends to be something you don’t normally do unless you are specifically asked by a client to do so or you decide to use it as a way to stand out from competitors. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear a few [...]

Should you let the lawn care customer choose how low you mow?

You might think in a perfect world, you should let the lawn care customer dictate to you how everything should be done. They should be able to tell you how often they want their lawn cut. At what height their lawn should be mowed. You should customize all that you do to what the customer’s [...]

Should I buy this used commercial lawn mower?

With the grass growing, many new lawn care business owners are scouring the classified ads, looking for deals on commercial lawn mowers they can get to replace one of their current mowers or upgrade to a larger mowing deck. Sometimes there is a good deal to be found while other times, you may find yourself [...]

Lawn mowing equipment tips when getting started.

What the best way to go about your lawn care equipment purchases when you are just starting out? Should you go big and get all commercial equipment or should you stay conservative and either use what you already own or buy some consumer grade equipment? That is what one entrepreneur was looking for advice in [...]

Advice to take your lawn care business full time.

Oh the things you wish you knew when you got started. If you only did this or if you only did that. Sure we all can look back on anything we started and find ways we could have made growth come easier and faster but what were the real important issues? What steps could we [...]

Lessons learned after landscape trailer was stolen.

What would happen to your business if your landscape trailer and equipment were stolen today or tonight? Would you be able to recover fast enough that you wouldn’t lose any customers? Would you be able to recover at all? If not, why not? You need a plan to take effect if this were to happen [...]

Should you go with a 36″ or 48″ lawn mower deck?

When your next walk behind mower choice comes down to a 36″ or 48″ walk behind, it is quite amazing how much more money a larger mower can make you throughout the year for just a little extra in purchase cost. How much more and is it worth it? That is the question asked on [...]

Which lawn mower should I start off with?

What is the best lawn mower for a new start up landscape business owner? A small walk behind consumer grade model? A larger commercial grade ztr? What about a larger walk behind unit with a sulke? One part of the decision should be based on how much you are willing to spend, another part is [...]

What’s the real difference in commercial lawn care equipment?

There is a step a new lawn care business owner takes when they go from using their own home mowing equipment, to needing more productivity from their mower with less down time. That is when they start looking around and either wanting a larger cutting deck, or more engine power, or maybe a commercial grade [...]

What health issues should a lawn care business owner be concerned with?

Any industry has the potential to cause you medical problems if you find yourself doing the same thing over and over again. Repetitive stress issues can occur using most equipment, from heavy mowers, to computer keyboards. Inhaling fumes from gas as well as sprayed fertilizer can also cause health problems, so be aware and stay [...]

Getting your lawn care business started can be very frustrating.

It can be very frustrating trying to get your lawn care business started. Unless you are 100% focused on making it work and have the time/funding to support your new business, the small problems can quickly become bigger ones and end up driving you crazy. Here is a story about how things can go wrong [...]

What size lawn mower engine should you go with?

If you are in the market for a new lawn mower, you will soon be faced with a multitude of decisions to make. After choosing on a mower style, you will then need to focus on a brand. Once you have that figured out, you will then need to decide what size engine to go [...]