Archive for the 'Mower' Category

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 [...]

Don’t forget to grease your mower spindle bearings.

Do you have a preventative maintenance checklist for all of your lawn care equipment? If not, you need to remember that machines are destined to fail. Sometimes the failure is a small component but sometimes it’s a pricey one. In this example from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we see how 1 hour of [...]

How long will a consumer grade mower last doing commercial mowing?

Starting out with a minimal budget leads many a business owner to consider saving a few bucks by purchasing consumer grade lawn care equipment. Sure it can cost a lot less, but what is the downside to it? That is what one entrepreneur was curious to know when he asked on the Gopher Lawn Care [...]

How to make extra money sharpening lawn mower blades.

There are many opportunities you can jump on to not only increase your revenues but to meet new customers by offering them one service and later upselling them on another. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur needed his mowing blades sharpened and could not find anyone to do it. [...]

Lessons for your first year leaf removal season.

There are many variables you need to take into account for fall leaf cleanups. Do you wait until all the leaves have fallen or keep up on the property until the last leaf has dropped?  What about equipment? Is it worthwhile simply starting off with a rake and some bags or will you need more [...]

Finding that sweet spot of equipment size that is perfect for your lawn care company.

No matter what size your lawn care business is, there is an ideal size and selection of equipment that will maximize your profitability. Having equipment that is too small or slow will limit your ability to finish a job within a reasonable period of time needed to make a profit. Having equipment that is too [...]

Knucklehead mistakes made by one lawn care business owner.

You can learn a lot of lessons from trial and error. But there are many lessons you would rather know about beforehand so you don’t have to go out and experience them. Here is a great collection of some of those mistakes from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Taking note of these mistakes and [...]

Should I replace my mower spindle bearings?

As soon as you buy that new lawn mower, it begins to wear itself apart. Different parts of the mower will fail at different times. The more knowledge you have on how to diagnose and repair these issues, the more money you can save and the faster you can move ahead. Here is a great [...]

How to bid & mow lawns with steep inclines.

There are some jobs you will come across that aren’t taken by other lawn care business owners for a reason. Sure you might get some extra money out of mowing on a hazardous property, but you have to consider if it is worth it. You also have to confidently know your limitations and the limitations [...]

5 things I would do different after two years in the lawn care business.

Once you get your business started, your list of things you would do differently begins to grow. Wouldn’t it be nice to know what that list is though before you got started? Or maybe know what is on someone else’s list so you could compare it with your own and see what you might be [...]

Do you bag or mulch lawns you mow?

When you mow a lawn, your mower clips off the top of the grass and the clippings are left. Some service providers will mulch the clippings while others will bag the clippings. There are pros and cons to each method. Which one you choose to perform will depend on a bunch of factors like your [...]

Should you get a walk behind lawn mower or ZTR?

There are a lot of mowers out there with many different styles. Some mowers allow you to sit, while others have you stand. Even others need you to walk behind them. But which one is better for you? That is the question asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum by one member who is [...]

Unbalanced lawn mower blades can cause big problems.

You might not think an unbalanced lawn mower blade could cause damage to your mower but as you will see from this topic on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, anything out of balance that is spinning over a thousand times a minute can cause big problems. In this discussion we see how an unbalanced [...]

What to do about landscape equipment tire problems?

There are a lot of different things that can go wrong with your equipment during the work day. Getting a flat tire is one of them that can be real frustrating and time consuming to deal with. There are alternatives to the standard tubeless tire but are those alternatives worthwhile? That is what one landscaper [...]

Is it me or does every landscaper seem to be constantly buying new equipment?

There seems to be a constant arms race going on in the lawn care industry. New equipment, mowers, trimmers, blowers, saws, trucks, trailers all seem to constantly being replaced. But how cost effective are all those purchases? If you can save up to buy some new equipment, should you? Or should you hold off? That [...]

Raising prices as your mowing schedule fills.

Everyone landscaper dreams of hitting the big time as soon as possible. Of having so many lawn care customers, you don’t know what to do with them all. Of growing growing at leaps and bounds so fast that local competitors sit their scratching their heads wondering what you did to achieve that. Here is some [...]

I want to start a lawn care business but people tell me I shouldn’t.

People in general poo poo new ideas. They don’t like change. If you want to change something in your life, you can almost guarantee if you ask others around you, they will say why change things, stay the same. Don’t do anything different, don’t think about anything differently. Keep going just [...]

Buying old versus new lawn care equipment.

Buying new lawn care equipment can save you with repair headaches. They are less prone to breaking down and you usually have a dealer warranty that covers repair issues that pop up. The down side though is the price. If you are trying to save some money, you could consider doing what these other business [...]

Top 3 early lawn care business mistakes.

There are so many ways you can go wrong when you are first getting your business started. You can run out of money. You can get frustrated on the response from your marketing. Then you can just find yourself giving up because what you perceive as a lack of interest in your business, but before [...]

How to negotiate when purchasing lawn care equipment.

There are certain times of the year when it is better for a consumer to purchase a product than other times. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we will see when the best time is to purchase lawn care equipment and also how to go about getting the lowest price you [...]

How to get fall leaf clean up customers.

When mowing season starts to slow down, leaf clean up services can pick up. There is quite a bit of money to be made in the fall that can help you get through the slower winter month, but how do you go about getting customers for such services? Also is there a most profitable way [...]

What kind of lawn mower should I start my business with?

Decisions, decisions! Which lawn mower type is the best to start your mowing business with? Should you get a walk-behind? A lawn tractor? Or maybe even a ZTR? There are a bunch of factors that go into the decision making process but most landscapers will agree on one type to get started with as we [...]

Where’s the money in the lawn care industry?

Depending how many competitors you have in your area, making serious money in the lawn care business can be tough if you simply try to go out there and stand out on price. Sometimes a better way to go about things is to offer additional services that your competitors don’t. Such upsell services can really [...]

Can I put a commercial motor in a consumer mower?

Entrepreneurs are creative thinkers and problem solvers by nature, so it is no wonder they would be thinking about creative ways to save money on lawn mower upgrades. From a discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we see a great question on whether it would be worthwhile to put a commercial grade motor [...]

Being obsessed about your own lawn care business.

Are you a stickler for high quality when it comes to lawn care? Do you find you need to perform a perfect mowing each and every time? If a job is not completed up to your standards, do you go back and redo it or do you just pass it by and work on it [...]

Learn more about lawn mower belts.

Lawn mower belts are the ink that directs the energy produced by the lawn mower engine and directs it to spin the mower blade. The are not visible when you look at a mower from above and because of that, they tend to not get much attention. But there is much we can learn about [...]