Had a funny and sad story told to me today from a fella who used to compete with me through my departure date in 2011 from bank work.
Heres the short version that everyone can relate to:
In 2012 Grass cut pay was cut drastically so he went and bought 2 "smaller" trucks that got better fuel mileage. 2 used trucks at $5500 avg. $11,000.
Found out that these used smaller trucks couldnt pull the larger trailers so he purchased 2 12'ers at $1800 each. $3600.00
Purchased 2 used bigger mowers since he couldnt get 2 riders on his new smaller trailers that was pulled by the smaller trucks. $6000.00
$20,600 spent to try to make grass cutting still profitable.... Started out with 136 properties to mow and by June they were doing "spot mowing" on apprx 40 properties while the others sat and grew or sold or whatever happened to them.
Lost $$ in 2012 on GC. Made a little $$ on the routine work. It helped when he let go of his extra crew.
2013 came and he told 3 Nats to Screwoff on GC's. Had an extra truck and mowing equiped trailer for sale. Picked up doing extra lockchanges. Bought several cases of these certain keycodes...Month later the servicer changed to random keycodes and the realtors held them to it... Got lots of locks making dust so sold for a loss on ebay--maybe you bought them.
Held on thinking Wz season might be better... It just got worse than 2012, 2011 , 2010 etc etc. Got Winterize list in Sept and the route was 1100 miles long on 85 properties. Held onto list for 2-3 weeks and sent back to 2 Nats with a nice email note.
I told him thats to bad. But his concrete business really picked up so all is good AND he has 2 older smaller trucks
. Nope 1 of them blew up motor