Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout March on the Grounds Maintenance Web site,

Once you've decided to purchase new equipment, what most influences the brand you select? Dealer location 20%
Past experience with brand 39%
Referral/recommendation from friend 6%
Warranty/service agreement 7%
Financing programs 4%
Equipment options 11%
Test driving the equipment 13%

Look for this new reader poll question at

How specific are your mowing contracts?

A. I bid each job individually and propose a flat fee for each time I mow.

B. I bid each job by proposing a standard hourly fee.

C. I bid each job by proposing a menu-type contract consisting of a flat fee for mowing, a flat fee for trimming and a flat fee for maintaining beds and let the client choose which options he or she wants.

D. I bid jobs by proposing a monthly or weekly fee for overall care, without specifying a set number of times to mow, etc.

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