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#174170 - 08/12/07 06:07 PM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: tomtuttle]
RickF Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
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Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
Tom...

Two words - lawn service.

After years of going through the best of mowers and equipment for the countless hours of mowing, trimming, edging and manicuring our lawn to a 'T', about three years ago we *finally* decided to try a lawn service and haven't looked back since.

You may be surprised about how well this service may fit into the budget.
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#174171 - 08/12/07 11:45 PM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: RickF]
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Does a year of lawn service cost less than purchasing a riding mower?
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#174172 - 08/13/07 12:00 AM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: michael_d]
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Mike, if you read and follow the manual for the mower from Costco it'll last you at least 20 years(and they have better sound than Honda).
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#174173 - 08/13/07 12:31 AM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: tomtuttle]
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Registered: 02/23/04
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Let's see now............no riders, no pushers, eco friendly....it will have to be an electric, with a long, long, cord.........no, no, you said no pushers...hmmmmm.

The only choice left: a couple of goats.


Edited by LT61 (08/13/07 12:34 AM)
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#174174 - 08/13/07 12:46 AM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: LT61]
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Registered: 06/20/03
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Err, umm, "thanks" guys.

Larry, I meant I wanted to burn petroleum rather than human calories to power the cutting and propulsion. Although, the goats do have some appeal. For the lawn.

I might actually look into lawn service. Thanks for the suggestion, Rick. I firmly expect to be too damn cheap to do it, but I like the idea.

Mike, you always make the truth funny. I like that. Thanks.

Is a Craftsman-with-a-Honda-Engine the same as a Honda?

I really dig the idea of riding around and drinking beer, but the repairs and maintenance for a riding mower have got to make the privilege costly. Besides, then I'd have to find a place to park the SOB.

Don't think I haven't floated the "let's have less yard maintenance to do" past Mrs. Tuttle. She likes having grass and flowers and stuff, and keeps telling me that I do, too. It's not working. I've always hated yard work, and I want to gravitate towards doing none of it as I get older.

Maybe I could suck up a big part of the yard with an addition for a dedicated theatre room...

I really do appreciate your time. You all make this a wonderful place. Well, except JP, who is obviously ignoring my plight. Bastige.
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#174175 - 08/13/07 01:01 AM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: tomtuttle]
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Maybe I could suck up a big part of the yard with an addition for a dedicated theatre room...




Seriously, do this.

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#174176 - 08/13/07 01:16 AM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: tomtuttle]
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Registered: 03/07/05
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Loc: Glendale, Arizona
Tom, just buy a cheap mower and have one of your kids do the yardwork. I swore that was the sole reason for my dad raising me. I didn't quite understand the glint in his eye when he first showed me how to work the mower. It soon became all too clear, though. One of the happiest days of his life. Probably.
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#174177 - 08/13/07 01:44 AM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: tomtuttle]
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Toro.
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#174178 - 08/13/07 05:17 AM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: pmbuko]
RickF Offline
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Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
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Does a year of lawn service cost less than purchasing a riding mower?




Peter we usually spend around $760 a year for our lawn service....$20 per cutting @ 4 cuttings per month for the 7 active growing months (April-Oct) and 2 cuttings per month during the slow months. This service also includes edging, trimming and blowing.
Most lawn services typically charge a flat rate for 12 months but there's plenty of freelancers around that will charge a per cutting rate.

Due to my rigorous work schedule throughout the summer months I just don't want to take the time to mess around with yard work for a couple of hours on my one day off during the week and I'm certainly not going to have my wife doing the yard work in the sweltering heat so the service was a no brainer for us and now that we've had the service for over a couple of years we love it....no mowers, trimmer, edgers and blowers to buy, no gas to mix and no more trips to the gas station with gas cans in tow all while having a neatly cut and trimmed lawn works out absolutely great for my wife and I.
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#174179 - 08/13/07 10:24 AM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: tomtuttle]
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Is a Craftsman-with-a-Honda-Engine the same as a Honda?






Nope.... My last Costco POS has a Honda engine. It passed away last weekend.

John, I'm burrying the manual with the POS.
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