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Brianslawn
08-17-2005, 10:58 PM
did you spend more on your truck or your mower?

HOOLIE
08-17-2005, 11:07 PM
More on the truck.

amtrucker22
08-17-2005, 11:15 PM
Lawnmower.... Hustler 60inch efi... Old Ford truck with a lot of miles.

jbell113
08-17-2005, 11:16 PM
I have about $6000 invested in mowers and $2700 for my used F-150

mcwlandscaping
08-17-2005, 11:18 PM
Mower since i don't have a truck!!!! That will change once i get one

Lawn Wolf
08-17-2005, 11:28 PM
It's almost the same. $2200 for a mower and $2,500 hundred for a well used truck .

Lawn Wolf
08-17-2005, 11:29 PM
When I decide to sell my truck. I will make sure it will cost more than the mower and look better too. My mower looks better with the chicks then my old truck. :realmad: :realmad:

lwcmattlifter
08-18-2005, 12:01 AM
Truck, you need something reliable that can get you and all your gear around easily. Don't want to be worried about breakdowns or overloading the vehicle.

Envy Lawn Service
08-18-2005, 01:25 AM
Well, I would have to say that at this point, one ZTR is "worth" more than my truck.

But that does not matter to me in the least.
It looks acceptable and does it's job reliably...
Which is getting me where I need to be to make money.
Me and the equipment take care of the rest.

Personally, I always have to snicker just a little when I see these big $40,000 trucks with a pricy, heavy duty, long tandem axle trailer.... and they are hauling one 36" walkbehind. Priorities in the wrong place....

matth04
08-18-2005, 01:33 AM
$24,000 Nissan Titan $6,400 Scag Tiger Cub

jt5019
08-18-2005, 01:33 AM
Truck .. i have about 10k invested in mowers and 19k in a truck

bobbygedd
08-18-2005, 05:47 AM
my hedge trimmers are worth more than both

rodfather
08-18-2005, 06:11 AM
Too many trucks and mowers to really care...or know for that matter.

Richard Martin
08-18-2005, 06:13 AM
$11,000 for the truck and $8,700 for the mower.

qps
08-18-2005, 08:20 AM
did you spend more on your truck or your mower?

Only someone who list all there equipment would ask :)

MBDiagMan
08-18-2005, 08:51 AM
I'm a calf and steer roper by hobby, not near good enough to be pro. The pro's or wannabe pro's ask a question; "would you rather show up in a $50,000 rig with a $5,000 horse, or a $5,000 rig with a $50,000 horse?" Yes there are rope horses that bring $50,000.

The correct answer is that if you are on a REALLY good horse then you can win the money to buy the nice rig, but the other way around won't earn any money.

I think that to a certain degree this holds true for an LCO. Although your truck will have to be reliable enough to always get you and your equipment to the job, it won't mow yards and leave behind a job that your customer is happy with, but a quality mower can make you the money to drive a decent truck.

My $0.02,
Doc

Pro-Scapes
08-18-2005, 10:41 AM
Moweer was 6k for new ztr this summer and new truck coming tmrw for 23k.

Our v6 dakota just aint pulling as good as we would like anymore and with the ford family pricing right now I can get intoan 05 f150 with 5.4 and tow pacakge... Spray in liner and xlt package for 18,900 out the door. Its about cheaper to go with this than a 2 yr old with 40k on it because you will need tires and brakes soon. May as well go new!

jbell113
08-18-2005, 11:03 AM
Around here that truck starts at $30,000. Havent seen a new truck priced that low since 1997.

arborist-28
08-18-2005, 11:09 AM
the horse & buggy cost me alot more ...c

jtrice11
08-18-2005, 11:12 AM
Truck-- 05 F-350

Mower 04 Toro 60" ZTR

ElephantNest
08-18-2005, 11:14 AM
$50,000 in trucks (2), less than $10,000 in mowers.

CutNLawns
08-18-2005, 01:02 PM
$50K truck...$8K on ZTR

MBDiagMan
08-18-2005, 01:09 PM
Sounds like there are alot of you that should not plan on taking this business plan into pro roping.

Have a great day,
Doc

Richard Martin
08-18-2005, 01:30 PM
Around here that truck starts at $30,000. Havent seen a new truck priced that low since 1997.

Head down to your local Ford dealer. Everybody is getting the same low price for a limited time. Don't expect them to go any lower though.

ince8728
08-18-2005, 01:41 PM
4500 F150, 4800 Walker both used

scagwildcat
08-18-2005, 02:32 PM
22,000 in my scag's, 52,590 in my ford

Envy Lawn Service
08-18-2005, 03:25 PM
Head down to your local Ford dealer. Everybody is getting the same low price for a limited time. Don't expect them to go any lower though.

Yeah... and I'll be crying and whining sometime in the future when I go to buy a new truck because I didn't take advantage of this I guess...

rodfather
08-18-2005, 05:56 PM
3 trucks, 4 trailers, 11 mowers...frankly don't wanna know one way or the other.

Lux Lawn
08-18-2005, 06:08 PM
3 trucks, 4 trailers, 11 mowers...frankly don't wanna know one way or the other.


Just a guess but it could be the mowers.

rodfather
08-18-2005, 06:12 PM
Probably right Larry...still waiting for Toro and Ferris to send me my stock.

Mr.Mow-It-All
08-18-2005, 06:12 PM
34k on new truck
22k on ztrs

qps
08-18-2005, 06:52 PM
did you spend more on your truck or your mower?


o.k. I'll bite....42,000.00 in one mower alone (jacobsen 5111 wide area mower) I don't want to think about the rest of it...my business property tax is a killer ;)

Mowerboy04
08-18-2005, 06:56 PM
truck cost more then my mower

Brianslawn
08-18-2005, 08:31 PM
I'm a calf and steer roper by hobby, not near good enough to be pro. The pro's or wannabe pro's ask a question; "would you rather show up in a $50,000 rig with a $5,000 horse, or a $5,000 rig with a $50,000 horse?" Yes there are rope horses that bring $50,000.

The correct answer is that if you are on a REALLY good horse then you can win the money to buy the nice rig, but the other way around won't earn any money.

I think that to a certain degree this holds true for an LCO. Although your truck will have to be reliable enough to always get you and your equipment to the job, it won't mow yards and leave behind a job that your customer is happy with, but a quality mower can make you the money to drive a decent truck.

My $0.02,
Doc



good answer. thats the philosophy that got me the money to buy my new 06. Bobby your answer gets second prize. thanx for all the interesting replies and keep em comin!

Itsgottobegreen
08-18-2005, 08:44 PM
Well I spent $30,000 on a dump truck last month, $20,000 on two new diesel ztrs for next year. Coming soon. plus another $15,000 or so in current mowers.

Gizmo_019
08-18-2005, 10:33 PM
Right now, the '94 Chevy is wroth more than the Crapsman by alot. But I plan on changing that to a '70 Ford F-100 and a new '05 ZTR soon.I got the Ford for free, thrown around $500 ( plus or minus say $30 )in it and it runs fine, still needs tires ( just don't hold air but for afew days ), back glass ( got help from the neighbor with a golf ball ), gauges, a window regulator on passenger side, and a new exhaust though plus minor other things that should put it right at a $1,000 truck and be dependable. :cool: Old truck = less insurance and no payments. Sometimes I think some people like a shiney older truck than a newer one too. One elderly lady who I mow for ask me occasionally when I am going to start driving my grandpaws old trucks around.

MDScpr
08-20-2005, 11:45 PM
Well I spent $30,000 on a dump truck last month, $20,000 on two new diesel ztrs for next year. Coming soon. plus another $15,000 or so in current mowers.

You spent $30k on a 7 yr old truck?

Itsgottobegreen
08-21-2005, 01:28 AM
You spent $30k on a 7 yr old truck?

Its 1999 with 12,000 miles, central hydraulics, plow, untailgate spreader, ext cab, XLT, 4x4, diesel and as mint as you can get. Hell the cab didn't even have a scratch in it. The dump had minor scratches for a dump truck. Wasn't even up fitted until 2000. It was owned by a camp ground to plow it's private roads. So it never got used. $30,000 included tax and financing charges. I put half down on it. payup Its only 6 years old, but only 5 years of light use.

Its better than your F-250 4x4 xl V10 plow and Chevy 2wd 3500 stake body combined. So just shut up and leave me alone. :realmad:

FrankenScagMachines
08-21-2005, 11:55 AM
I have spent over $10k just on the 05 Exmark Lazer and 99 TTHP (TTHP bought used).

I've owned 5 trucks and spent $11k total on all 5 of them...
90 F250 $2800
89 F350 $2000
76 Dodge M880 $600
94 Ram 2500 $5,000
66 Chevy 2 ton $300
...................................

Ya a new mower makes more money than a new truck for me... older ones do the same job as an older one with trucks, with a newer mower you usually get more power and speed and sometimes other features that can increase productivity or comfort (which is productivity). My '94 Ram is as nice of a truck as I need. not sure if i could work out of a new $40k truck with leather and perfect paint/body....

MDScpr
08-21-2005, 02:47 PM
Its 1999 with 12,000 miles, central hydraulics, plow, untailgate spreader, ext cab, XLT, 4x4, diesel and as mint as you can get. Hell the cab didn't even have a scratch in it. The dump had minor scratches for a dump truck. Wasn't even up fitted until 2000. It was owned by a camp ground to plow it's private roads. So it never got used. $30,000 included tax and financing charges. I put half down on it. payup Its only 6 years old, but only 5 years of light use.

Its better than your F-250 4x4 xl V10 plow and Chevy 2wd 3500 stake body combined. So just shut up and leave me alone. :realmad:


Trust me, you don't even want to compare your piddly **** to what I have. I will run circles around you all day long. You want me to leave you alone? Quit talking **** about us - if you want examples, I will be happy to oblige. And if you keep it up, I will send some pics I have of your work to DLLR since you have no MHIC license. Bring it.

tinman
08-21-2005, 04:24 PM
good thread, 1st mower (commercial) was 7200 & truck was old ford $1500.... box truck I use now was 5500 & last mower was 6200.......

Sharp Services
09-16-2005, 05:00 AM
I would have to say that the truck cost more ... but once you start adding up what I have spent on equipment ... I would say that the trailer and gear is pricer than my 2003 F-150.

SproulsLawnCare
09-16-2005, 08:54 AM
My ZTR cost me about 8 times what my truck did. With that said, the truck is catching up in cost with all of the parts that I have put into it since it was purchased. I'm getting ready to change the upper and lower ball joints in it this morning! It has been a really good truck; but with 229K miles, it is beginning to show the wear.