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howardsells2000
02-27-2006, 10:41 PM
I was laid off about 2 weeks ago. I have a little money in the bank and have been thinking of going into business for myself. I have been doing lots of reading and talking to local dealers in my area. I was planing on starting with my business with a 36" belt drive walk behind mower, trimmers and necessary equipment. I want mostly residential jobs but will take what ever I can get. I found a deal on a used 52" Ferris, dual hydr WB with only 150 hours for about $2500.00 dollars. I know I will still need a smaller mower to get inside gates. Should I start with something that big or stick with my fist thoughts to buy a 36". Your advise will be appreciated.

torontoyoman
02-27-2006, 11:10 PM
Start with 36" for now and move to 52" later , You need OK trimmer like Tanka TBC230 $189.99 and Blower don't buy hand held buy backpack is much better like Redmax EBZ4800 with 680cfm i think i paid $299 or 329 , Check with www.russopower.com (very good price) .
Do you have truck ??? If not VAN will be ok .
I hope this help ......

mow2nd
02-27-2006, 11:57 PM
i agree, start small, 36 wb belt is the way to go. i only do residential and use my 36 more than any other mower. of course my yds are less than 7,000sq ft, so i dont need anything big, more money in the small yds anyway

howardsells2000
02-28-2006, 09:39 AM
Thanks for yor replys. I think your right and I should start with the 36". I will be buying a 5X8 or 5X10 utiliy trailer to carry my supplies in.

lawnsbyrj
02-28-2006, 10:28 AM
I would look at price and size of lots in you area.
I started with a 48 in Wb and have a 21 for gated yards. i knownew wbehinds are still more expensive.

daveintoledo
02-28-2006, 12:39 PM
match the mower to the size of lots you will be working on.....

howardsells2000
02-28-2006, 11:07 PM
Anymore suggestions would be appreciated.

mcwlandscaping
02-28-2006, 11:51 PM
Try and go 6*12 on the trailer, then you can, i think, fit a ZTR and a WB on there. I learned the hard way 5ft is cutting it pretty close. just my .02

cwlawley
03-01-2006, 01:29 AM
I would go with the 36" as well. 52"'s us a lot of deck and you will need some pretty big properties to take full advantage of the size. With a 36" you can get into more places and around corners, etc faster, which in turn is more money for you in the long run. Plus, I think that if you look for a while you will find an even better deal on a used mower later on...especially right after the season ends.

PMLAWN
03-01-2006, 07:20 AM
We use the 44" the most and than the 36" in 2nd place. The 44 is great for homes and smaller lots, The 48's never get used on smaller stuff so I think the 52" would be even less useful, but only you know your lots.

You called what you are doing , a business. so I take it that you want to make money. If that is truly the case than ditch the belt idea and get a hydro unit. Much more profitable!

howardsells2000
03-01-2006, 07:03 PM
Thanks again. I sure like this web site. Lots of good advice.