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Grass cut season 2016 who is ready

This guy is lots atleast .75acre, sg flat rate ftw!

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Lol how long did it take him to earn that $30 or whatever they pay?
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$20 I believe, I took the photos 15min in, then left 10min later. Easy 1.5hrs, was starting to rain too. $6 is $6 I guess

Area code from their van says they are from milwaukee wi, this was twin lakes, wi. Drive alone isnt worth $20, ouch
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got to love them companies that pay a flat rate for lawn. they can have them.no thanks
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Yet people are scrambling to get into this business.
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Even starting out, one should be able to find a riding mower at a garage sale or an auction for $200. It would save a lot of time for that poor slob in the pics, and at National prices, should pay for itself in only 30 or 40 mows
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Neighbor next to a job site told us about a couple pulling a wooden apple cart looking trailer like that behind a jeep. They showed up one day to mow with a 40 year old orange sears roebuck rider and a rusty white deck. They didn't have ramps, but instead used a steel exterior security door. Guy laid the door out, the woman got on and started to back the mower up and the deck hooked over the edge of the door; instead of raising the deck she just throttled up and pushed the door off the trailer, causing the mower (and her) to fall out of the trailer arse first. The neighbor thought one of the deck belts broke and they didn't have any tools. After a near domestic situation, they grabbed a weed eater and swept the front yard and around the foundation. We came in a week later for the rehab and mowed the first and last day we were there.
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Had to gut a house years ago and the national wouldn't accept our mowing bid. About 2 acres in a small town, grass was over 3' with debris hidden everywhere. This was late June and hot and dusty.
Guy in his 60s shows up with his wife in a nice Ford truck and trailer, but with a 42" Craftsman rider. They look at the yard, talk awhile and then finally unload the mower. This was about 9 in the morning. The sun was setting when they called it quits. He made three trips for parts-first time he ran over rebar and bent the blades; 2nd trip he sliced a tire; third trip was to try and find some more belts.
He could only cut a few feet at once, since everytime he dropped the deck the grass would bog the motor down and smoke the belts. The entire day all we heard was the guy engaging the deck then creeping forward, followed by a loud squall and then disengaging the deck...over and over and over. The wife tried walking in front of him with a weedeater in order to shorten the grass a bit...
We gave them both water and lunch. They signed up with this national to supplement his retirement and he had done 7 jobs his first week, and all were 70-150 miles one way. He was mowing this yard for $125 sight unseen, and tearing the ****e out of his equipment, not to mention beating the sides of his new F150 with sweet gum balls. No money for walking the yard or removing debris.
He should have cut his loss as soon as he pulled up by just taking his wife to see some local sites and lunch and call it a day. I believe that was his last job for them.
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Ran to the dump yesterday and saw a guy in a ragged out Ford Explorer pulling a trailer the size of a wooden pallet. Come to think of it maybe it was a pallet with an axle? Anyway he had some chubby girl who looked like she was in between welfare checks and had attached her financial well being to this genius. He had piled that explorer full to the max with trash. SOO much so that she had it stacked in around her. They saw our load and asked if I did trash outs. I said yep! She goes "how do you make any money doing these? This is our 3 rd trip to the dump and this bag of trash from the refrigerator stinks so bad" I didn't know whether to laugh or cry?

On one hand they are out working not collecting gov checks on the couch. Of course they are probably collecting the check and working.

On the other hand they are hurting good business people by supplying a workforce for a fraction of what it should cost.

I think the key to stopping these guys is legislation through the cities. My city isn't even aware that this problem exists.
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