READER POLL

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout March on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com.

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%

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Look for this new reader poll question at www.grounds-mag.com.

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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