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08-10-2001, 01:59 AM
Just wondering what your best and most profitable
equipment investments you made

Walker model T $10000
Hustler 1500 bac-vac 23hp $8000
echo 2100 weed whips $200
Old Bobcat w/B 48" $900
88 toyota pu $1200
Turfgrass Schooling $1000

08-10-2001, 02:12 AM
This year,
By far the BEST mower I've ever bought EXMARK TTHP with ECS. Incredible control system coupled with the hydro drive has boosted production over the belts & even the hydro T bars. Hats off to EXMARK. Buying the 32 hydro Viking with ECS & another TTHP next year.

08-10-2001, 03:02 AM
EXMARK plain and simple


Paradise Yard Service
08-10-2001, 03:17 AM
Everything! Nah I would have to say my EB-45 Shin back pack. Payed for itself the first day in service. That was way back in 86, and things have not changed much. Second most profitable equip. One pint of Cyclo-Cel PGR for my hibiscus hedges. One ap and no trim for 3-4 months!

08-10-2001, 07:57 AM
my most profitable piece of equipment is the hcl(?)-1500, echo hedge trimmers.

they were a return at home depot when I was working there,

retailing for $379 they were a scarf up deal for 50 bucks.

I have trimmed a bunch of bushes and I have never charged less than fifty bucks for the job.


08-10-2001, 09:20 AM
ive owned some equipment that id swear by, but the lazer
did more to change my situation for the better than anything else.big statement made after much thought. this z increased mowing production by 150%. i take it back that thing aint worth a plug. so dont buy one.:D

08-10-2001, 09:45 AM
Where did you hear that Exmark was making a 32" Viking Hydro with ECS next year?

08-10-2001, 10:07 AM
I was just thinking someone should start a thread like this!!

Stihl FS80 Used $100.00

Lawn Boy 21" Used $125.00

16' tandem New $1395.00

"Scheduling" software $29.95 (really for appointments but works great for "to do items" like mowings.

"My invoices" software $9.95

My favorite '00 Dodge 2500 Quad cab 4x4 with Cummins. - ....
Bought new in '99 ........Price ....Well, Not important :p

08-10-2001, 10:24 AM
in order from most profitable to least

6'x12' single axle trailer
61" scag turf tiger
the Shin. t230x trimmer and eb 480 blower
48" scag hydro walk behind
36" scag hydro walk behind

and hopefully this winter my new Pathfinder plow for my 92 full size Blazer Sport.

08-10-2001, 10:41 AM
BTW, the most profitable equipment by far is my computer with internet access, so I can log on to Lawn Site!
If LawnSite.com was a piece of equipment, then it would win - hands down.

Lawn Dog2001
08-10-2001, 10:44 AM
Echo 2100 trimmer- I got seven good years out of this trimmer until it passed away this Spring. (Caught on fire on the job and burned for about twenty min. Very sad day)

Echo PB1000 Blower- Now on its 7th season with no major trouble. I have never had to replace anything but the spark plug. Best $150 I ever spent!

2 Emark MetroHP 48" - Both new this year, but I am very happy with both.

08-10-2001, 10:50 AM
The Lazer EPS is is top of my list, but I have to say, the JRCO tine rake, the Stihl sweeper, and the Echo Power Pruner, with 17 ft. reach, run right up there as well.:)

08-10-2001, 10:57 AM
1) Exmark Laser Z 60"...DOUBLED my productivity!

2) Redmax HT-2200 hedge trimmers...SWEET and paid for itself in 1 day!

08-10-2001, 11:58 AM
Best purchase ive ever invested in was My Snapper 52" walkbehind with the 16hp Vanguard engine. Purchased it new in 93 and have only replaced 1-set of drive tires,regulator and pto switch,and 2-belts hour meter is getting ready to see 5000hrs. Plus engine has only had the normal maintance plugs filters ect. Hands down its been my best purchase, Ive went through 2-Scags in the same time 9yrs. Marks Mowing Service

08-10-2001, 03:51 PM
My Exmark TT hydro I bought in 96 by far has been my best investment, as far as making me money with little downtime.

My Stihl HS80 hedge trimmer is fast becoming my favorite piece of equipment this year. 30 inch blade, but due to its design I can reach a foot or more than I could with my Echo.

08-10-2001, 04:09 PM
I still have a t-27 Shindaiwa. Think it was the first year they came out. Still runs strong, actually runs better than some of my new 270's. Only put clutches and filters in it!! :)

08-10-2001, 05:33 PM
Exmark lazer 60" best thing I bought. Second is my Kubota belly mower with 3 point hitch

Pauls Mowing
08-10-2001, 05:42 PM
John Deere 1050 diesel tractor. While I just bought it about 2 months ago, it's a real work horse.


08-10-2001, 07:31 PM
Best and most profitable equipment?

2001 LC Lazer Very well engineered.

I believe I make educated, extensively researched purchasing decisions and for the whole, cant really complain about any of my past equipment.

Everything that I buy has had a very extensive research history. Asparagus to ZTR's !!!


edward hedrick
08-10-2001, 08:56 PM
my first trimmer a Ryan from K-mart $ 65, Sears dethatch rank
$ 100 mounted on WB, 52 Lesco belt drive bought on their credit
plan, no money down and split payments,

08-10-2001, 10:08 PM
My Great Danes!

Shindiawa products!

08-10-2001, 10:21 PM
my 6.5hp , 6 spd, 21" snapper $400
echo srm2100 weed trimmer
stihl backpack blower,BR400, bought reconditioned in 1994 for $200, still use it
giant vac 8hp push blower, bought used $300
my trailer and my old 48" exmark, both i got free


Eric ELM
08-10-2001, 10:25 PM
Just wondering what your best and most profitable?

That would have to be my 1995 Chopper. It has made us a lot of money for what we have spent on it. It has been very reliable and now has 3,565 hours on it. It hasn't gotten many hours on it this summer since it's been so darn dry. :(

I am going to give it some new life tomorrow. I will be putting on a new carb for the first time, putting a new brass bushing in the clutch pivot arm and putting on a new low oil alarm buzzer on it. The old buzzer is all buzzed out. ;)

08-10-2001, 10:26 PM
I'd have to say my first T230 trimmer. I never had a trimmer run well for more than a year. Every one of our Shindaiwas have run just as well, but the original T230 is still going strong.

08-10-2001, 10:47 PM
My Maruyama back pack blower. I have drowned it twice driving through a hard rain. I just drained the water out of the carb and dried off the spark plug and it fired right up. I did have to dry the filters.

08-10-2001, 11:11 PM
Hey Eric, dont spend all your money in one place. ok? LOL. Glad to here of somethings going strong for so long. Makes me want to go out and buy something good!

08-11-2001, 12:48 AM
Originally posted by AltaLawnCare
16' tandem New $1395.00

ALTALAWN---is that trailer enclosed?

if not, we have those down here for $750!


08-11-2001, 01:08 AM
My best purchase this year was a slightly used RedMax EB6200 backpack blower and a just about new hand held Echo blower for $70. Two guys stopped me at a yard and told me they were getting out of the business and had sold the rest of their equipment. $70 sounded great to me but later the thought occurred to me that they probably were stolen.

08-11-2001, 01:16 AM
My best investments are my Stihl FS-85 with the articulating hedge clipper and my Echo gas powered drill with 7"auger bit for planting annuals. I used to crawl on my knees and dig holes by hand, now I just zip them with my drill. Lots faster. Oh, and another thing, my baby, my DC!

08-11-2001, 01:37 PM
Originally posted by geogunn

ALTALAWN---is that trailer enclosed?

if not, we have those down here for $750!


I looked for 3 months found 2 used ones both were over 1 thousand dollars.
This is open, tandem with electric brakes.
Let me know where they are that cheap, in case I add another one later on.

08-11-2001, 03:39 PM
2000 Walker 26HP EFI 42"GHS deck.

Paid for it a couple times already!

08-11-2001, 04:02 PM
Billy, from readin the posts on here I have come to the conlusion that for some reason some states who can buy trailer extremly cheap. I bought a new 16ft tandem with tube contruction in Febuary for 2400 bucks. IN Pa a 16ft angle iron tandem is about 1800-2000 while a tube contruction 16ft tandem is 2300-2500.

08-11-2001, 08:33 PM
I just purchased an Exmark 52" Lazer HP on Monday. It's a fabulous piece of equipment, I wish I had bought it sooner. Saves me hours each day and cuts great.

08-11-2001, 08:45 PM
my lawnboy! bought it used for 75 bucks and it hasn't shown the least sign of givin' up yet

08-12-2001, 01:04 AM
I have to say the best equipment purchase was my 96 and 98 Dixie Choppers, I have almost 6000 hours between both of them. Two more thing that are high on my list is the Jrco leaf plow and the Trac vac that mount on the Dixies.

08-12-2001, 02:59 PM
My cheap weedeater brand trimmer. I bought it for 89.99 and payed for it the same day. I have had it 2 years and no problem.

08-12-2001, 04:20 PM
My Hustler Hydo W/B :blob3:
RedMax EB7000 BPB
Shindaiwa Hedge Trimmer

mdb landscaping
08-12-2001, 04:59 PM
my exmark lazer 60 inch, and my split shaft echo with all the attachments. comes in real handy.

08-12-2001, 05:32 PM
new holland Gt18's they keep running and running and running

08-12-2001, 05:46 PM
My Pro Slide on the back of my 36" scag belt drive

Walker MT

Redmax blowers and trimmers..

09-22-2001, 07:52 AM
Lots of these replies seem to list a large mower as the most profitable piece of equipment. While it is true, that a mower will produce 1000's of dollars over it's lifetime, is it really PROFITABLE???

That being said, I have two pieces of equipment that are my most PROFITABLE.

1. PermaGreen ultra low volume sprayer that mounts on a spreader. This will ensure much better coverage than a backpack, with no additional time. Cost:$350.

2. Mantis mini tiller. This will culitvate small areas, mix soil, loosen soil, prepare small turf areas for patching... faster and better than any other method.

09-22-2001, 09:37 AM
I have often said (and truly mean it) - I may not have stayed in this business if it wasn't for eXmark! It is the most dependable, rugged & forgiving mower I've ever seen. I wouldn't buy any other brand. My Stihl handhelds are also incredible. They hold up to the demands of the job as well as the abuse of the employees. I haven't retired one yet.
oh, and 2 F150's w/ straight 6's........good trucks.

09-22-2001, 05:26 PM
Stihl Power Pole Saw

Shindawa Power Broom

Andy Lewis
09-22-2001, 05:45 PM
Hi! Best equipment purchase has to be my Kubota ZD-18 ZTR. It is the Lexus (smooth,reliable, get exactly what you hoped for) of ZTRs. I tried Exmark/John Deere ZTR (my other favorities), Husky, Gravely(wickedly tough) and others. Just try the Kubota, its features and comfort may surprise you. I like all tractors/ztrs because they all are fun and faster than a push mower, but isn't all mechanical stuff fun?Yea! Andy.

09-22-2001, 07:35 PM
A measuring wheel for $25

It has taken all the guess work out of estimates.

Production wise... Lazer Z

09-22-2001, 07:44 PM
Echo trimmer (Actually a JD 350 made by echo - 1994 model) which has trimmed a cemetary with 258 stones for 8 yrs + more, and of course my JD 455's which handle up to 4 acres per hr and never have to go to the shop, (knock on wood)

09-22-2001, 08:19 PM
My old Bobcat walkbehinds with 12.5 Kaws and 16hp Vangaurds. Those machines are bullet-proof. Russ

09-22-2001, 09:12 PM
Echo Trimmer ( Actually JD 350G trimmer made by Echo - The advance never plugged, and it has been trimming a 258 stone cemetary for 10 yrs.) I am glad to see some of you mention echo because I was hoping they are still around.

Fareway Lawncare
08-12-2004, 10:40 PM
Turf Tracers & Magnamatic 8000 have Definately Saved Me Time & Money !

08-13-2004, 04:42 AM
gravely 34z - $3999.00 with mulch kit

by far the best purchase I have made in 7 years in buisness

08-13-2004, 08:34 AM
Pro-Slide - $120 on e-Bay.
My legs are MUCh fresher!

08-13-2004, 09:04 AM
Trac-Vac 1680-bought it 3 years ago and paid for itself in 3 weeks.

JD 757 Z- Trak 60"- changed things a whole lot!!!

08-13-2004, 10:54 AM
Robin string trimmers, about 2 pounds less than most trimmers, and my scag tiger cub

08-13-2004, 11:28 AM
The most profitable (and best) equipment I have bought are the following:

2004 48", Bob-Cat Mower, belt drive, w/15HP Kawi engine. $3,300. ( I love it!!!!!!)

2004 Red Max BCZ2600S, 26CC Trimmer, strato charged. $299. ( I love it!!!!!)

2003 Little Wonder Blower, w/10 HP Briggs Intek I/C engine. $924 ( I love it!!!!!)

2003 Stihl MS250C 45CC Chainsaw. $310. ( I love it!!!!!)

1997 Stihl BR320 32cc back pack blolwer. $389. ( I love it !!!!!)

08-13-2004, 11:49 AM
My gravely 36" wb and the sthil fc 85 stick edger

08-13-2004, 12:55 PM
Exmark Lazer Z 52". Bought it two days ago and it had almost doubled my production, and its just a blast to operate!!

08-13-2004, 01:00 PM
My 52" Surfer.... My productivity improved 300%!!!! Vs. a 21"er LOL

08-15-2004, 01:39 AM
48" 20 Kohler, SCAG Tiger Cub

08-15-2004, 02:06 AM
Originally posted by Fareway Lawncare
my own tongue and dildo's have Definately Saved Me Time & Money not haveing to go out to pay little boys..... and i can i do the dildo to my own ass just perfect!

08-15-2004, 03:45 AM
Best equip ever bought eh?

That's easy!

Toro Z588E

CJ GreenScapes
08-15-2004, 11:06 AM
Walker 25hp 42"GHS

Stihl FS85

Stripe This
08-15-2004, 07:09 PM
Exmark Lazer Z HP....52" 23 hp Kawi

It's been sooooo good to me, that we had to buy another one, the big brother.

Lazer Z EPS....60" 26 hp EFI Kolher

08-16-2004, 01:20 PM
Well I would have to say:

1. I went to an auction in early spring and this is what I picked up

2 bluebird dethatchers w/honda motors
1 bluebird aerator w/ honda motor
1 bluebird overseeder w/ briggs motor

Total cost $320.00

2. My new John Deere 777
Price $9096.00 It has shaved a day and a half off of my cutting schedule.

C & T
08-16-2004, 01:47 PM
TTHP 52" w/ECS and Proslide.