The defining moment that would set the stage for the Kinkead family legacy came in the European countryside during World War I, when Robert Kinkead took note of the sickle mowers being used to manage tall grass.
There’s this contractor . . . let’s call him ‘John Doe.’ He’s a 30-year
industry veteran, and he should have known better. One day, out on a
job, he realized that his mower wasn’t mowing at the right height. He
had cabled down the throttle bar to keep the gas flowing. Then, instead
of bending down to adjust the height, Doe put his hand under the deck to
lift the mower up. And that’s when the still-moving mower blade cut off
the tips of three of his fingers.
Despite the variety of landscape contracting companies that exist, the mower is a universal element for almost all of them. Even many companies that now focus exclusively on design/build projects were probably originally founded by a guy with nothing but a pickup truck and a lawnmower.
If you’re in the lawn mower business, you’ve probably heard of Tegtmeier, one of the most respected names in the business, and rightly so. Both Dick and his son Doug Tegtmeier learned the lawn mower manufacturing business from the ground up.
the time spent on maintenance is one of your wisest investments
When winter begins to loosen its hold and spring is in
the air, a contractor’s thoughts turn to one thing: mowing.
Lawn care is the granddaddy of maintenance services, and
mowers are its favorite child. Yet whether you own one
mower or 100, your services aren’t worth their salt if you
can’t cut quickly and professionally.
In Little Shop of Horrors, a down-on-his-luck shopkeeper’s assistant named Seymour discovers a rare plant
species that brings him fame and fortune. The plant is christened Twoey (short for Audrey II), after Seymour’s
secret love, Audrey. But Twoey is no ordinary plant. He is, in fact, an alien that lives off of human
blood. “Feed me, Seymour, feed me!” he cries. And Seymour has no choice but to open up his veins in reply.
Mowing seems untouched in today's over-analyzed business world. Shouldn't we be doing time-motion studies to make sure we have the most efficient mower for particular sites and checking the productivity of employees on a biweekly basis?
Do you remember when you purchased your first piece of power equipment?
Maybe you were still a teenager, and you bought a walk-behind mower
that you stored in your dad’s garage. Maybe it was the first riding
mower you bought when you decided to go into business for yourself,
after putting in a few years working for another company. Whatever it
was, the decision was probably not a difficult one. You knew what you
needed and you knew exactly how much money you had to spend.