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Lawn-Scapes
11-06-2001, 01:40 AM
I think I over-spent a little but I have no regrets. I felt I had to have the right equipment...

I bought..

50" Gravely WB (belt) w/velky
60" Lazer Z
Lesco Aerator (tow behind)
Lesco WB spreader
Lesco Truckster spreader
RedMax line trimmer

Next year I'd like..

A new truck - current ('95 Dodge) is pushing 125,000 miles
Trailer - need something larger to hold everything above
Logo and signs plastered all over truck & trailer
Ultra-Vac

Scag48
11-06-2001, 01:55 AM
Great post to start! We all need some stuff to wish for or this job wouldn't be as much fun! LOL. Toys, toys... Anyway, I bought one thing this year. Toro Groundsmaster 118 for $1,000. Great deal on a mower that has performed very well except for the belts and tire and other things I had to replace. Other than that, it's been great. My Christmas list includes the following:

-Exmark Turf Tracer HP 48" with ECS
-Stihl FS 85 RT trimmer
-Trailer or truck bed with beavertail for hauling stuff around
-Paint job for my truck
-truck signs
-And for extreme measures, an Exmark Lazer Z XP 60" with 27 HP Dihatsu. It's fun to wish! Have fun with this thread guys!

GreenQuest Lawn
11-06-2001, 02:09 AM
2002 Explorer

"director" (discharge chute from York)

Striping roller (we made this)

sthil extendable pole chainsaw (ht-75 I think)

gate assist for the trailer (we made this also)

and a few toys not related to LC

Next yr I dont know. Mabey a 8hp blower and mount it to the front of the ZTR.

Actually i dont really need anything so I may not spend much next yr.

Runner
11-06-2001, 04:21 AM
This year was light:
Stihl stick edger / sweep attachment
York Director OCDC
York Striping kit
Lesco stainless spreader
GMC Extended Cab 4x4
Next year all I have planned is:
300 gal. Lesco sprayer
Boss V plow and another truck (older 3/4 or 1 ton)
(If I stay on projection)
:)

sheppard
11-06-2001, 07:01 AM
Finishing up my first season: purchased Snapper 36" WB; Huskvarna trimmer & edger & blower; 93 Ford F-150; 6X10 trailer; Huskvarna 45 chain saw.

Next year I want Santa to bring me 52" (or better) ZTR; fertilizer spreader; Parking lot blower- I'll think of more later.

By for now,

Sheppard

1stclasslawns
11-06-2001, 08:04 AM
Hmmm, well a wish list. OK.

This year I bought an echo shc 1700 hedge clipper,
and a 97 1 ton 4x4 truck,
a membership to a hunting club where the deer are almost as thick as the skeeters.

Next year,
A walkbehind 48 " or so
a stick edger
a goose neck trialer to haul equipment stock type so I can also haul horses.
possably a plow for the truck.

Jim

HOMER
11-06-2001, 08:08 AM
Lets see....

House and new ride for my lovely wife.................got to re-group now and find some better paying accounts!

She loves them both so who gives a rats azz!

She deserves it after 21 years with me.:rolleyes:

JB1
11-06-2001, 08:54 AM
this year;
new computer system
250 john deere skid steer
321 grasshopper midmount
3- 230 shindaiwa trimmers
harley rock rake
2001 f-250 diesel 4x4

next year , havent't thought about it yet.

Fine Lines Lawn
11-06-2001, 09:08 AM
2001 Dixie Chopper XF2400-60
Scag Ultra 36
3 Stihl hand blowers (1 was won in St. Louis. :) )
2 Stihl string trimmers
Trac Vav 880 (to be delivered Fri.)

Next year:
2002 Dixie Chopper XW??00-60
additional 3/4 ton pick-up Ford or Chev. 4x4 ext. long. HD
...whatever we break between now and then

Richard Martin
11-06-2001, 09:13 AM
This year I bought (am buying) my XW2500 Dixie Chopper and a Shindy T-230.

For next year I will continue my quest for the perfect self-propelled side discharge mower. I will also be buying either an Echo PB650 or the Shindy/Redmax equivalent and paying off my Exmark Metro 36.

Chuck Sinclair
11-06-2001, 09:38 AM
This Year:

99 F-150
36 Kees WB
21 Honda 216
Echo stick edger
Stil hs 45 headge trimmers
Echo pb 610 blower
Rack for the 98 Ranger
Signs on the ranger

Next year:
New 6 x 10 trailer.

Got Grass?
11-06-2001, 10:16 AM
This being my first year on my own I bought:

2001 K2500HD w/ bedliner, mag. signs and other stuff.
8.5' Western MVP Plow
6.5' X 12' open trailer
52" Lesco walkbehind w/ Sulky
MTD 21" push mower
Craftsman edger (thier best one)
Kawasaki trimmer
Stihl 85 handheld blower/vac
A lot of mis. stuff: hand tools, parts, ad's, etc...

Everything above has been payed off with money saved and earned except for the truck.
Didnt take on to many jobs this year as I wanted to keep it light and see how things would go, mainly on the buisness aspect and to get a reputation. Overall it's been a great year.

Dont plan on getting anything major next year but would like:

nice hedge trimmers
roll blower
aerator
dethatcher
36" mower

bruces
11-06-2001, 10:34 AM
This year

Toro 52" Z W/ 19HP Kaw

10 ft trailer w/ ramp

1995 Ford F 150

Shin T230

DR 46 mower (Country Home Products)

Next year

Toro 62" Z

16 or 18 ft trailer

Walk behind (probably 36")

Backpack blower

Additional trimmer

Trimmer rack

Eric ELM
11-06-2001, 10:36 AM
A roll of .095 string :rolleyes:
2002 XW2600 w/Flexdeck

mdb landscaping
11-06-2001, 01:42 PM
exmark lazer Z 60 inch
little wonder 9 hp
2002 chevrolet 2500HD


next year:
ultra vac
giant vac 16 hp truck loader
metal leaf box
possibly, a sweepster too

Jay ALC
11-06-2001, 02:16 PM
Well here's the list of new this year:

36" Encore Hydro Pro (and 1 sulky and 1 bagger)
Stihl 029 Farm Boss w/ 16" Bar
Exmark Lazer HP 48" - 21 Kaw
Exmark Ultravac - 2 bag model
EZ Gate - gate lift assist
Blizzard 8ft Straight Snow Plow
Sno-Way Opta-Flow Spreader
Fireball 300 Blade Grinder
Simplicity Single Stage Snow Thrower
Redmax handheld blower
Arma Coat Bed Liner (on 1993 F-250)
Powermaster Alternator (on 1993 F-250)
Whelen Mini Lightbar
Magnamatic Blade Balancer
Compressor and air tools for shop
Signs for truck and trailer

I think I remembered it all.. not sure though

Wish list for next season:
replace lazer hp with 60" XP or maybe 1 Dixie Chopper and
1 Walker GHS
replace encore 48" and 36" with exmark ecs 36" and 48"
2002 Ford F-350 Diesel flatbed dump (and another plow)
new trailer minimum of 18ft
truck loader vac
truckcraft dump bed for current truck
lesco/classen tow aerator
a couple backpack blowers
a power seeder/power slicer

Thats all i can think of for now.....

BTW great post to start! :)

dhicks
11-06-2001, 03:03 PM
Hmmm let's see, this year:

2001 Duramax
2001 Deville DHS
2001 Ford Explorer Sport
Shindaiwa AH 230 Pole Trimmer
Shindaiwa DH230 Hedge Clippers
Shindaiwa 360 16" Chain Saw
Spyker Tow Spreader
Sony DSC-70 Digital Camera
HP-60 Office Jet fax, printer, scanner,etc
Compaq IPAC PDA 64 Megs of Ram

Next year, the only thing I want is an aera-vator (sp) and something to pull it with. The AE-40 weighs in at 528 lbs and my Toro Z-Master will only pull 125 lbs.

LAWNGODFATHER
11-06-2001, 03:26 PM
New Nextel phone
Exmark Turf Tracer 52" w/velke x2
Easy gate
Computer
Scanner
'89 Jeep Wrangler
Heavy duty jack
New engine for the 21" snapper
New engine for peco vac
Red Max weed eater

Didn't buy much this year, the Mrs. wouldn't let me.

Next year:

4- Exmark Lazer EPS 60"
4- Peco Vac's for ^^^^
John Deere 4200 hydro tractor
60" 3pt aerater
Aera-vater AE40 or AE60
Many Red Max weed eaters
Many Red Max EB7000 blowers
Trimmer traps
Z-Spray (which is to be dilivered in FEB)
Truck for apps only
Curtis SS V-box salt spreader
'91 IHC 4600 low-pro w/12' flat bed dump
Bobcat 883 w/ cab and heat and A/C
Finn 302 mulch blower

And hopefuly an Exmark 32" Viking hydro w/ Flex-Deck on it

Lots of other things

JimK
11-06-2001, 03:38 PM
Hey, it's Jim, publisher at TURF. As I've said I am not a LCO ... but I do have over 2 acres of weeds around the farm that -- if I mow weekly -- look just like a lawn (from a distance). Here in northern Vermont, the grass only grows for a few months ... but when it grows, it GROWS! Less than one mow a week and I'm cutting dandylions with my chainsaw.

So I followed lawnsite winter and spring and armed with your wisdom, I purchased a "crapsman" riding mower.

Next year? I'm gonna buy a lawn mower.

Esby
11-06-2001, 03:45 PM
This year:
2001 Exmark Lazer Z HP 52"/23hp Kaw.
Stihl Br400
Echo SRM 2400

Next year:
JRCO thatcher for the Lazer Z
Ultra Vac

stslawncare
11-06-2001, 04:14 PM
well this year i purchases a trailer frame, axle and wheels (one piece). through the course of the year ive been custom makeing it (deck, sides, boxes etc). over the winter i plan on buying a commercial weedwacker and blower. next years items include a truck, and a wb mower most likely, but nobody knows.

Richard Martin
11-06-2001, 04:22 PM
JimK wrote:
...........................
So I followed lawnsite winter and spring and armed with your wisdom, I purchased a "crapsman" riding mower.
...........................

I am a little confused. If you follow us on a regular basis why did you buy a "crapsman" riding tractor? :eek: Surely you must know that the only thing the vast majority of members here would do with a "crapsman" riding tractor is sell it for scrap or hope the junk man doesn't charge us to get rid of it.

eslawns
11-06-2001, 04:46 PM
This year:

Husky 48 ZTR
Computer
Printer/scanner/fax/copier
Digital Camera
Tool cabinet
Ladder for trimming hedgerows

Got away cheap this year, only one big expense.

Next year:

Tow behind Bluebird aerator
Husky 36 WB
New BP blower
HH Hedge shears
replace all hand tools
Flat bed for truck
signs for truck and trailer
paint cab of truck
recover seats in truck
add 10' to the shop
and maybe a laptop

I expect all this stuff will be less than 2001 expenses.

AltaLawnCare
11-06-2001, 06:08 PM
This Year:
61/2 x 16' Tandem Trailer
52" Toro Gear Drive Walk
Used Stihl FS80
Stihl BR320 Back pack Blower
New Computer (Upgrade)
Various Software (Business Related)
Truck Lettering
Mulcher Kit For John Deere 345

Next Year:
As little as possible.

CSRA Landscaping
11-06-2001, 07:07 PM
This year:
Gas

Gas

Gas ....

cheap broadcast spreader

shelves for my trailer :D

Next year's wish list:

36" WB for gated yards

Lesco wb spreader

maybe a mower-mounted spreader.

Stihl straight-shaft edger

Another Stihl trimmer

BR400/420

65hoss
11-06-2001, 07:31 PM
Originally posted by JimK

So I followed lawnsite winter and spring and armed with your wisdom, I purchased a "crapsman" riding mower.

Next year? I'm gonna buy a lawn mower.

Haha JimK. In the spring how about a push murray? Maybe we can get eXmark to send you a demo so after you use it for a season you could write an article on it. :)

MOW ED
11-06-2001, 07:39 PM
Payin off my 98 Chev.

Bought a Shindiawa EB630

Was thinkin about buyin a JRCO Hooker for the Walker but didn't.

Bought alot of gas at prices ranging from 1.16 to 1.99 a gallon.

Bought 2 Gridiron backpack blower holders. Cool Stuff


Next year - will be waitin for some commercial callbacks . Then I'll be buyin some big fast toys/ Fingers crossed with my eyes.:rolleyes:

greenngrow
11-06-2001, 07:50 PM
Well let's see.

1986 Ford 1 ton 4x4 dump truck
1989 Ford 1 ton 4x4 flat bed truck
Lexmark x73 copier scanner printer for the office.
business software.

For 2002

newer trucks
2 zero turn mowers

dlandscaping
11-06-2001, 08:29 PM
6.5 by 12ft open trailer with gate
2001 lesco 48 gear with bag
2001 10hsp billygoat blower
stihl br 420
echo curved 2100 (won in exmark contest)
echo pas hedge trimmer attachment and blade set
leso commercial spreader
stihl hs45? hedgetrimmers
kawaski 2600 trimmer
14*12ft shed with ramps for storage
wheelbarrow
barrels
21 honda and bunch of toros
bluebird dethatcher with 2 bags
bluebird aerator
ariens snowblower 8/24
sears chainsaw
gas, trimmer line, blades filters, fertilizer, etc
for next year,
more clients, 52 exmark or toro ztr and toro 44 hydro walkbehind with trac vac, echo 650. also new truck either f350 with plow and extended cab with ezdump or isuzu dump body 12ft wheel base with plow and leafloader.

K9LWT
11-06-2001, 08:29 PM
Big Tex 12x6.5 trailer
Stander 52"
Stihl FS85 trimmer
Stilh BR400
Stihl 029 chainsaw
Little Wonder 10hp blower
JRCO Leaf plow

Not sure what to buy next year, maybe a bigger truck with a dump body and a truck loader.

Albemarle Lawn
11-06-2001, 08:36 PM
New Mitsubishi-Fuso Landscape truck.
New Gravely 260Z 60" with 25 Kawasaki
Husqvarna chain saw
Meyer power-angle E60 Poly Plow

Next Year:
Hopefully nothing. Fully equipped and then some for current customer level.

Ken

General Grounds
11-06-2001, 08:38 PM
:blob3: Think i spent enough for a few years


2001 F450 12ft. rack truck
2001 CAT 226 skid steer, cab & Heat, forks, bucket, auger
lesco truck loader
bear cat wood chipper
3- redmax eb-7000 blowers
bluebird lawn comber
hydro lift to put my mowers on.


wish list for next year

lazer and a walker



T

AltaLawnCare
11-06-2001, 09:56 PM
Woops forgot my favorite...

used Lawn Boy,

after searching it on here and starting a thread about the 4.5 hp model, bought it and love it.

Mowingman
11-06-2001, 10:31 PM
This Year:
Grasshopper 428D midmount;72"/28hp diesel
Toro Z Master; 62"/23hp
1994 Chevy 3500HD truck
9' flatbed for Chevy
Echo 2400 trimmer (two)
Whipper Clipper edger
Stihl longreach hedge trimmer
Utility trailer; 7'x18'
Toro 32" wb
Ariens 21" trim mower

Next year:
72"/diesel powered midmount ztr; make & model to be
determined
Aerator of some type



:)

odin
11-06-2001, 11:11 PM
this year
dixie chopper 60in
sthil string trimmers
shindawa backpack blower

next year 2002 cheverolet hd one ton dump, we get a 20%discount on this beast

trimmer
11-06-2001, 11:49 PM
This year:

Echo pb630 back pack blower
Fixed a lot of broken things around the shop

Next year:

Echo extended hedge trimmer
3/4 ton truck
Debating enclosed trailer (to save on tissues to wipe the tears everytime my equipment gets wet from the rain)

Davis TLC
11-07-2001, 10:29 AM
This year:

PrizeLawn Bigfoot push spreader
Redmax EB 6200 backpack blower
Lesco 48 in tow aerator
lots of high $$ gas

Next year wish list:

Lesco front mount spreader
Magna matic blade balancer
Magna matic blade sharpner
Sprayer

cp
11-07-2001, 12:07 PM
I kinda, maybe, sort of over did it?

Exmark 60" Lazer Z
Exmark Metro 36" WB
Echo trimmer
Echo edger
Echo hedge clipper
Echo backpack blower
Grid Iron tool rack
6 x 16 tandem trailer
Spyker spreader
Asst. hand tools

Did I mention a new Silverado.:cool:


Wish list:

2002 Siverado 2500HD Duramax with Allison 5 speed auto.
New tractor w/bucket and Harley rake.
Enclosed trailer for the above equipment.
Pretty much everything that is in the store.:o

Runner
11-07-2001, 12:20 PM
Hey, Chris, you should run for mayor down there! This could put you into some pretty lucrative contracts down there!:) Vote Chris P. for Mayor~:D

SCAPEASAURUSREX
11-07-2001, 12:29 PM
This year, Hummmm

a 1985 F150 w plow
a New Holland LS160 Skid Steer
alot of repair parts for trucks and equip
a few shovels , etc.
I think that s it

Next year....

Hopefully nothing untill I pay off the stuff I got this year : )

But a new truck would be nice
A Ford F550 or 450 ex cab, with a back pack tool box and 10 foot rack dump and a nice Boss V plow
- a welder would be nice too

- oh and many many more accts.. at least 100 or so...

BLakin01
11-07-2001, 01:00 PM
This year we bought a 1973 970 Case and a 21 ft. Farm King mower. Best thing we ever bought. Next year looking for a newer truck (got to replace the old '84 GMC Sierra. It's seen better days.) Also looking for a new ZTR (currently have a 1991 John Deere F911 with a 60" deck. Also seen better days about 2 years ago. Way past life expectancy, with it having almost 4000 hours.) Also overhauling 1965 630 Case with a 7' Farm King behind it. New engine rebuild, and new paint. Got to look good for the customers.


Brandon Lakin
B&H Mowing Service
Rensselaer, IN

awm
11-07-2001, 04:34 PM
didnt buy much new this yr. next yr hope to demo a dixie somewhere.i like what i hear about longivity. also want to demo this super hustler. then if i want either bad enough,ill get it.
i know my self.
ps i did buy a few things this yr to replace stolen items.
not something i like to think about.

mklawnman
11-07-2001, 06:28 PM
Well lets see this year of big expansion bought:
2001 Scag Turf Tiger 52inch 23Kaw
Echo 2400 Trimmer
Trimmer string
Gas, Gas and more gas
Echo Handheld Blower
Echo Hedge Trimmer
1998 Ford Ranger Ext. Cab 4x4 4.0L

Next Year
16ft Open Trailer
JD F710 48inch mower with 42inch snow thrower (used, from uncle, so i get a cheap price on it)
Ultra Vac for Turf Tiger
Echo Stick Edger/Trimmer????

WISH /HOPE LIST
F-450 Diesel Dumper
Scag Turf Tiger 61inch 27KAW
More accounts
have My Degree in Landscaping
JD Skid Steer
Thats my list so far, Matt

gorrell
11-07-2001, 06:39 PM
This years purchases included 2 Dixie Chopper Suburb'n Turbn's, a 52" Lesco Walkbehind, 2 Husqvarna trimmers, 3 Maruyama trimmers, a Redmax backpack trimmer, 3 Shindaiwa T-230 trimmers, a Husqvarna HVT-40 hover trimmer, 2 6.5 x 10 trailers, a 30 gallon Dobins trailer sprayer and a Vandermolen BTx850 backpack blower. I probably forgot something, but what the heck. Next season will bring a 4th Suburb'n Turb'n and a 25' gooseneck trailer.............Lynn

JOshua Gallerick
11-07-2001, 07:58 PM
for 2002 two new pairs of levis and a new flex dek

Pauls Mowing
11-07-2001, 09:03 PM
This year:

1986 John Deere 1050 diesel tractor
1995 John Deere 955 diesel tractor w/loader
16' t/a trailer
6' rotary mower
6.5' flail mower

Next year:

30 x 48 pole building

It's been a great year!!

Paul

Green Care
11-07-2001, 09:05 PM
Gateway Computer
17 in monitor
printer
scanner
fax


Also Echo

pruner/hedge
drill w/auger bits
saw


ANT.

accuratelawn
11-07-2001, 10:17 PM
Purchases this year:
Ford F-350 PSD
Great Dane Gateway 52 walkbehind
Kawasaki string trimmer---Better than shindaiwa!
95 Walker GHS 20hp 48" (156 hours)

Next season zero (I hope)

landscaper3
11-07-2001, 11:02 PM
This year : Ford 1 ton 4wd diesel dump sander and plow
Chevy 1 ton 4wd plow
Dodge 1 ton 4wd plow
Chevy 1/2 ton 2wd
2001 Walker
2001 Toro Z255
2.0 yrd Air flow sander
12' Landscape trailer
Fraden 8hp blower
Echo trimmers, hedge clippers, pole saws and more hand held power equipment.

Next year:
2002 Walker
2002 Toro Z255 or bigger
Ford F550 12" dump 4WD 10' plow, 3.3 yrd sander
650 gallon hydroseeder
used Bobcat or Case skidsteer and trailer
20' Enclosed trailer.

Along with our other trucks, sanders, plows, Walker mowers and Toro mowers. Our shop needs EXPANSION baddly. We grew 125% this past year and are already projecting 100% increase for 2002 season.

HOMER
11-07-2001, 11:05 PM
Dang Lynn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Need any help up thar in Mo.?

Sounds like business is booming.

LAWNGODFATHER
11-07-2001, 11:41 PM
Looks like everyone has BIG dreams for next season.

landscaper3
11-08-2001, 12:24 AM
We are located in S. Maine and our 100% groth is a low number due to we didnt even include hydroseeding, or our retail mulch facilty along with misc services like irrigation. Our maintenance services should be approx 100% groth and we have 32 lawn set up a 5cents sqft at 22,000 sqft per property so that alone should bring in around $35,000 which 80% is profit. So no dreams here only trying to find reliable help.

( Homer we have openings and a company vehicle plus use of a 2,800sqft lake side condo in winter months for employees while plowing.) So come on up Homer we will put ya anywhere ya want.

JimK
11-08-2001, 12:10 PM
Jim at TURF again ...

Yes I did ignore you guys and got the crapsman ... Reason? I didn't figure I needed an expensive mower just for one weekly mowing of 2 acres. (cheap, cheap, cheap). So now you suggest I buy a Murry push mower? That's what I replaced with the crapsman (just kiddin).

kutnkru
11-08-2001, 03:12 PM
This fall I sold my half of the biz to my partner and Cin and I just put a down payment on a house. Its nothing fancy but its something to call home in the older neighborhood on the quiet side of town.

She doesnt want me to contract the mowing out our friend who does our duplex so this weekend I have to buy a YardMan 21" for the lawn and a Cub for the drive.

Heres the cub I have in mind:
http://www.cubcadet.com/Scripts/Common/Generic_Nav.asp?Brand=1&Content=160&Nav=2&prod=805

Kris

scottb
11-08-2001, 04:03 PM
Didnt buy anything this year but I did pay off the Toro wb. For next year I hope to purchase a new weedeater,backpackblower and 52" supersurfer.

CODYHEATHER
11-08-2001, 04:53 PM
This year:
Used 48" Exmark wb mower,
2001 GMC 1/2 ton 4x4
Walk behind Aerator

Next year:
60" Dixie Chopper
21" trim mower
Thinking about trading my belt drive 48" wb for a new hydro model.
7' x 18' enclosed trailer (if I can sign a couple more commercial jobs, or building a 30' x 30 garage for my toys).
Stihl trimmer.

leaflawnandlimb
11-08-2001, 10:56 PM
This year

Exmark lazer XP 60"w/31 hp.
Exmark turf tracer 36" ecs
Exmark turf tracer 48" ecs
Echo srm 260 (2)
Echo pb650

Next year

Maybe a truck loader

fivestarlawnken
11-08-2001, 11:22 PM
98 f-150,echo hedge trimmers,edger,back pack blower(and some nice stuff for the wife):)

HOMER
11-09-2001, 01:19 AM
Brian,

That sure sounds appealing.

By the way, what is snow and what would you plant in it after you plowed it?

The lake house sounds cozy as heck. I could stay there while ya'll were plantin' huh?

65hoss
11-09-2001, 01:30 AM
Us southn boys don't know what snow is. We remember someone telling us about snow cream once.

65hoss
11-09-2001, 02:51 AM
I guess I can add my new Redmax EB7000 to my this year list. If it gets the hours my Stihl BR400 has with no trouble, I should be in good shape.

David Haggerty
11-09-2001, 11:21 AM
I guess I've upgraded about everything this year.

1994 Toro 580-D w/5000 hrs
1994 Toro 325-D 4WD w/1500hrs
New Stihl FS85 w/angle head hedge trimmer & pole pruner attachments
New Stihl BR400 backpack blower (love the light weight)
New Stihl 029 chainsaw
New Millcreek 60" core aerator (which I mounted to the front of the Toro 325-D with four wheel drive)
30 Gig Western Digital hard drive
Windows 2000 professional
CD burner

It cost me $10k for the 580, $7k for the 325-D 4wd, so all in all I've spent about the equivalent of a pick up truck. But that's OK, I've billed enough additional this year I'd have to say they've already paid for themselves. The 580 leaks like a sive though. It's in the shop right now for a rebuild of the pumps and one wheel motor. The estimate is for $5k. I'm OK with that, because when they're done it will be a first class machine.

I credit my success in no small part to Lawnsite. The information and advice I've gathered from here gave me the confidence to improve my business. I thank you all.

Our Son Doug who is 24, will be helping me next year. So when all those accounts go to a 5 day rotation in the spring I'll be able to keep up. I've been solo this summer.

If next year's as good as I anticipate, I may get an Isuzu NPR or a compact utility tractor or a pull behind top dresser.
Gawd...look at me, it never really stops for a true equipment junkie like me does it?

I'm what my son-in-law called me "equipment poor"

Dave

WREBELMACHINE
11-09-2001, 12:33 PM
Purchased One new bladerunner D3272
One new bladerunner GKW2772
Two Robin string trimmers
One Kawasaki trimmer
One Robin 22hp engine
One Kohler 25hp engine
One Robin hand held blower

I plan on buying at least two more bladerunners to replace some of my old d/c's.

Barkleymut
11-09-2001, 12:52 PM
2001: Big new house with a 2 car garage, we are closing on Dec 14th -anyone want to help me move? LOL. We love our current house but with more chillens on the way we have to get a bigger home.
Faster Computer which will likely be outdated in 2 years
Incorporated my business to an S-corp.
Quickbooks Pro so my wife could simplify the invoicing and do employee payroll. (I only have one part time employee)
Murray 21"-no I'm not kidding; it is not that bad and since I trashed my $400 Lawnboy in 2 years I figured I'll trash a $150 mower this time. Plus it doesn't have that moronic offset wheel and a much easier bagger than the LB.
Kawasaki 25cc or 26cc Trimmer
Stihl handheld vac for leaves along parking lot curblines.
Built a small 8x8 shed to handle some of the overflow from my 10x30 storage unit-then my wife told me I couldn't put any of my big smelly equipment in there because she was going to put my daughters toys in there. And now we are moving and not taking the shed. You win some you lose some.


Next year: shed for the new house, and anything that I wear out I will replace. I hope my expensive stuff doesn't need replacing!
I also hope that I will continue in 2002 to purchase cheap gas! Saw it for 93 cents per gallon at an Exxon yesterday!!! Yee haw!!!

kutnkru
11-09-2001, 12:57 PM
93 CENTS!!!
The last time I bought gas that cheap was in HS (88) for my 66 stang. I was filling it up with regular cause I didnt want to pay the outrageous price of a buck 5 for unleaded -LOL!!!

Amazing how things and times sure do change :eek:
Kris

AltaLawnCare
11-09-2001, 05:51 PM
93 cents!:blob3:

It's holding at .98 per gallon in Lynchburg.:D

JML
11-09-2001, 07:50 PM
.93 a gallon for regular here in central n.j.

cclllc
11-10-2001, 11:02 AM
this yr:

99 f-250 supercab
2 shin. trimmers
1 shin. edger
new pc -built myself

next yr:

a dif. truck-selling ford
hopefully a gooseneck
maybe a new chopper

TGCummings
11-10-2001, 12:19 PM
Didn't buy quite as much this year as previous, but did improve a few areas:

1) Stihl BR420 Backpack Blower.
2) Stihl FS85 Trimmer (to complement my older one).
3) (2) Shindawa Backpack Sprayers.
4) Dedicated Rotary Blade Grinder.
5) New Hauling Package for my pickup.

Previous year I upgraded in many, many expensive areas: New computer, 36" Exmark TTH, 21" Toro Recycler, Stihl Stick Edger, 6.5x12' Trailer, yadda yadda yadda.

Next year I'd like to get an aerator, dethatcher, and overseeder and expand into those areas of the business. It's been a tough market to crack into around here as I can't find anyone who wants those services yet.

I'd also like to tear down and rebuild my garage/shop but that might wait until another year... ;)

-TGC

Just Cut
11-11-2001, 12:34 AM
This year
Exmark w/b
6x12 trailer
2001 F150

Next year
exmark w/b
trimmer rack
leaf vac system

Stephen
11-11-2001, 04:41 PM
started out this year purchasing a 2yd stainless steel sander, but the year got more expensive as it went on. Ended up with:

1983 Mack cab over sweeper and a sweeping business
60" Exmark Lazer Z
Echo split boom trimmer w/edger attatchment
Echo power pruner
5x10 trailer for leaf vac, replaces trailer totaled in accident
1995 1 ton chevy dump w/plow, replaces truck totaled in accident
Copier for office
misc. hand tools
stihl br 400 backpack blower
and misc. smaller items needed

for the winter blues a 1998 Polaris 440 snowmobile w/low miles
and a triton aluminum snowmobile trailer

and also ended up with a slightly peeved off girlfriend which came mostly after the snowmobile........LOL

so far for next year I ordered an Exmark Ultra-vac and am wishing for an 18 foot enclosed trailer and a new diesel pickup

........and really in my dreams is some good help



Stephen

stslawncare
11-11-2001, 04:53 PM
looks like business is going well stephen. keep up the good work

BOTURF
11-11-2001, 06:48 PM
2 scag ultimate 48 w/b"s with velkes (trader older hydro in ) echo b/p blower another trailer 14 ft with trimmer trap racks echo hedge trimmers ariens 21 walk behind and many miscellous items i try to trade one mower a yr as to have a new one or 2 always running wish list another new walk and many more miscellous items ( always buying and replacing older euipment with newer stuff)

snow
11-11-2001, 09:48 PM
this year-
fuel and oil for equipment, trimmer line, 1995 F250 HD XL 351 5.8L gas 4wd auto fisher 8' m/m plow, strobes for the truck.

next year (depending on how business goes)-

-1 ton mason dump (used)
- another walkbehind or a used ztr
- a new backpack leaf blower
- another 8 or 9hp push blower
-possibly a v-box spreader for the 250
- a bigger trailer
and hopefully a used 4 wheeler for me :D


bryan:cool:

pic of truck enclosed

cantoo
11-11-2001, 10:03 PM
Chuck, maybe you should e-mail this thread to some potential sponsor's of this site. It might give them an idea of the buying power of this group..
GM, Ford, Dodge, Nissan etc
Jim from Turf might want to edit his about the crapsman.

THIEM ENT.
11-12-2001, 12:53 AM
This Year:

Exmark Turf Tracer 60"
Scag 36"
Bobcat 36"
Bunton 48"
Echo SRM-2400
Echo PB-650
Stihl 019T
Echo HC-1500
Tool Box for my truck

I think next year I'll buy a bigger trailer to haul all the stuff I bought this year. 6.5 x 16 maybe?

casey
11-12-2001, 01:08 AM
This Year:

A spool of Barracuda trimmer line (it was on sale at Wal Mart).

JimK
11-12-2001, 05:36 PM
cantoo:

Jim at TURF Magazine here. You're right. I should not be slamming folks ... I was just kidding ... but you are right.

As far as this thread being great exposure for lawnsite ... I will be running this as a column in the January issue (minus my wise cracks) ... and before that ... I'll be faxing a copy to a long list of fine companies who advertise in TURF and who should be sponsoring lawnsite. Hope this will help.

stslawncare
11-12-2001, 05:45 PM
wow thanks a lot jim for all that u are doing we at lawnsite appreciate it! IM GOING TO BE FAMOUS!!!!!!!!

TSS
11-12-2001, 06:11 PM
Starting slow and p/t since I had a full time job at a country club. This was my second year (first full year) in business and didn't really do any advertising until the end of the year just to kinda get my name out there. Next year hope to hit the ground running since this is my f/t gig now.

Gateway computer
redmax wacker & hh blower
6.5 x 12 trailer
2001 chevy 4/4 (now selling)
3 landscape programs
pressure washer
20" stihl chain saw
48" exmart walk behind

Next year:

8 something bobcat
tc35 new holland w/ hydrostat
f450 w 4/4 diesel (should be coming in two weeks)
52" lazer
fertilizer spreaders
:angel: new accounts?!?!

lee b
11-12-2001, 07:43 PM
This year I bought: Deere M665 z , Husky stick edger, Stihl BR420 blower, 16' trailer and 2001 F150 supercrew. Next year I want to add another z mower with bagger [maybe one of the new Deere/Danes] , bed-edger, another 322L husky trimmer, and a diesel f250 crewcab.

cantoo
11-12-2001, 11:06 PM
1991 cube van, 2001 MTD Pro Z, Homelite trimmer, couple of small trailers, gas hedge trimmer, ladders, 3 point hitch grass seeder, self propelled lawn roller, Bunton reel mower, numerous small tools, P4 Cicero computer and all the accessories, new cell phone, Honda 3 wheeler, 3' crows foot crumbler, and 1 1/2 months to go yet.

edward hedrick
11-13-2001, 08:43 PM
This year: Engineaire precleaner, larger muffler 2400 Echo,

Husq left baffle put on STHM, Next year a new backpac??

owen bryant
11-14-2001, 11:44 PM
Well I am just starting out and I purchased a 7x14 enclosed trailer looking at echo trimer and blower, just recieved a hustler super z with a 52in deck. I hope to have everything ready for the spring...... I do love the super Z, still need to practice on the turns so I don't tear up grass....