First off I'd like to thank the incredible community here. With out them I would of never got the trailer working!
Top speed: 35mph on the windless flats Range: 30-50 miles Price: $1500 Battery: 48v 20ah ping Controller: Lyen 12 fet Motor: 9x7 DD nine continents Features: Integrated charger, water proof control box, thermometer, keyswitch, 5v phone charger, fan cooled battery box, and a lawn care trailer!
You can read more about the build and see more pictures on my site.
very cool love the fact that you are towing a lawn mower on your ebike, now if you can get the electric mower going on there as well that would be even cooler nice video too, like the kick stand as well and you are right those cheap side stands dont last very long do they, still propping all mine up against the wall must get a stand.
Oh and hey just noticed you are in Denton? Denton Texas? Home of my favourite band of all time Lift To Experience!! one perfect album!!
Nice work be interesting to see this develop
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And yes an electric lawn mower is next, and is in progress.
That's an awesome band! I can't believe I've never heard of them! Good thing Grooveshark has their albums I have played (I'm a singer/song writer) in the pizza joint that they filmed that video at though! Small world! Denton has a large music scene.... the largest Jazz music school is at the local university.
Thanks Nep, all I need now is a matching lime green saddle.
Hey, how are you getting the word out about your business?
I'm also starting a lawn care company as a summer job and I'm using advertisements that I'm printing off of card-stock paper and turning them into door-hangers. I wonder if there's a more efficient method? So far, the pay-off has been good (2 customers per 160 advertisements), but it'd nice if there were more effective forms of advertisement. Right now, I'm doing the door-hanger approach to try to target customers in my local neighborhood because I want to keep the service radius small, in order to keep down travel time and travel costs (In order to be more competitive.), but I've heard that the door-to-door sales approach is more effective.
Exclusively on craigslist... I tried facebook ---- For $10 I got like 12,000 impressions.....and one click... but that was at the beginning of the season so it might be better now.
By this time - people have already gotten lots of flyers on their door.... but if their lawns are long, they still haven't got anyone to do it, so it might work for you!
Sadly, the people who let their lawns get really tall, don't give a damn about their lawn. These aren't good customers because they don't want to pay much and don't want you to come often. The longer between mows, the harder it is to mow the lawn!
I see people all the time cruising around and cold calling on peoples doors. Not my style....but if it works for them?
I will say that it seems like an easy job to do. It's hard work, but work that's ZEN AS frock! OTOH, be prepared to buy NICE equipment and spend $$$ to keep it maintained. My cheap leaf blower died yesterday - and it's not like I'm dumb enough to drop $80 on another cheap one...which means... big bucks for a nice one (electric).... and that's like 10 lawns right there....... so mowing lawns is something that takes good equipment if you plan on making it a really profitable endeavor.
Dude this thread made my night tonight...real signs of big change coming. Auralip driving around on bike with trailer instead of pickup....who would not want to hire him if they understood?
Auraslip is proof of real change....the fact that green mowing services do exist....a bicycle towing mowers to job sites..that freaking awesome bike with the whole green theme....and the dashboard that looks like a sprinkler control system. Beyond brilliant.
Auraslip...if there is anyway you could buy a couple of electric mowers so your theme is consistent ..and maybe a few solar cells that shade your whole rig and add a little juice just so you can say your using sun power....beg, borrow or steal....damn man i would sell my wife for that kind of set up. Just really make your set up green..not gas. Not only would the whole mowing company take off...man i can imagine you on the late night talk circuit...imagine you could be the first sphere rock star.
I've wanted to do a lawn business with my ebike, but don't want to use gas mowers and electric/reel mowers have not been as good as I would have liked.
Mush! Mush you electrons! Push harder! Main ride: Old School Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Clyte HT3525, 74v lifepo4, 12fet Infineon set to 26amps. And a bunch of others... viewtopic.php?f=6&t=34236&p=497325#p497325.