There is a house in our neighborhood that is a forclosure and I can see about half the yard from my back porch. The yard actually abuts mine on one side. There is a property management company that comes in about every 10-14 days to take care of the lawn, but by the time they get there it's more like a hayfield. Since about early June I was cutting the side I can see from my back porch just so I didn't have to look at the hayfield or the windrows of grass after it was cut.
Well, about the time I picked up the 312, the management company "caught" me mowing the yard. We got to talking and he said if I did the entire yard every week they would pay me $40.00 a week. This sounded like a a grand arrangement to me especially since they sprayed grass killer around all of the buildings so I never have to get off my tractor. It's only a little over 1/4 acre so I can do it in about 15-20 minutes with the 46" deck.
He asked if I would be interested in doing other properties in town & I told him if I had to load the tractor up on a trailer it wasn't worth it to me. The only reason I agreed to do this one is because it's right next door.
Well, about the end of July the house next to that one, which is a rental property, was vacated by the tenants. The landlord approched me and asked about mowing for him until it was re-rented. He said would probably be until the end of the mowing season as he has alot of renovations to do. (sounds like they really trashed the place) I said I would do it but only the main grass areas, I wouldn't get off the tractor to use a push mower for trimming. He agreed to my price & I've ben doing that for a few weeks now.
I've already collected almost $500.00 between the 2 properties so by the end of the mowing season I should have the 312 paid for. This doesn't cover any fuel, wear on the tractor or my time but hey...makes me feel like the tractor is paying for itself.