When to switch from a walk behind to a riding lawn mower?

You can waste a lot of time during your day when using the wrong lawn care equipment for the job you are doing. But when should you make the switch and upgrade the equipment you are using for something better? It all comes down to time. If you can save time with an equipment upgrade, it is worth investigating. Here is an example from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on how a lawn mower upgrade can shave 2 hours of one job and really make it worthwhile.

One lawn care business owner wrote “how large of a lawn would you do with a push mower before deciding to use a rider? I have only one large lawn and my truck is too high off the ground to put my rider in so each time I do it. Instead I would have to load the riding lawn mower onto the trailer and haul the trailer to the person’s house. This, needless to say, is a little inconvenient to say the least. The lawn is about a half acre in size. Is the rider a little overboard for that? I can get the job done in about an hour with the rider as apposed to 3 hours with the push mower.

I am a lazy person and would love to have all large lawns and never push a mower again but my 42″ deck won’t fit through the gate of many of the other yards, so I can’t use it there.”

A second lawn care business owner responded and said “time is money, load the trailer. I think a two hour time saving per job is worth the hassle of loading your bigger mower.

Is it possible for you to get some other large lawns to do on the same day as that one? You can do all the large lawns on one day then drop your trailer off and go back to your smaller mower on the other days. You can also consider installing a wider gate at the homes of customers who’s gates are too narrow for your mower, if the property is large enough to necessitate it. Figured out how many hours could be saved over a season, if you could use a larger mower on the property, and then make the call if you want to install a wider gate.

There is a difference between being lazy and working smart. Lazy is not working. Working smart is using the right tools to do the work that you have and making the biggest profit you can get.

If you save 2 hours, then it is worth the extra loading time. For example, if it takes you 15 minutes to hook up the trailer, load the mower at home, unload the mower when you get home again, and then unhook the trailer, then you still have 1 hour, 45 minutes saved. That is 1 hour, 45 minutes to mow other lawns or to….. be LAZY!!!!”

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