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Outdoor_Maintenance_2010
01-18-2010, 09:02 PM
hi Guys,

i just started my company in the fall with my buddy,and well summer will be here 3-4 months so im trying to prepare myself early.this summer i'll be working solo
we already have a about 30 customers from are snow removal contracts,

Now i've been scanning thru this site in the few weeks and still haves some questions that i didnt find.

My equipement i plan on buying
6x10 open trailer
21" Mower
42 or 46 or 48 ride on mower
stihl trimmer
**maybe** a blower

now im still thinking on what ride mower to get...im a big Toro fan myself,but some say you pay for the price
John deer is also very pricey,craftsman and husqvarna seem good,cub cadet,aeriens heard there where bad.

right now im maybe thinking of getting a 21" Toro Super recycler mower

but a toro ride on are expensive,and zero turn are not in my league

i dont mind going use either for ex: (a 2008 Toro LX465 46" 1,800$cad) which i find a good deal for a 46"

you guys have any other good company's that have good mowers out there that i could get in Canada mostly?

any other things i should consider?

thks

Greg78
01-18-2010, 09:06 PM
What size properties are you targeting?

Depending on size of property I would say get a good used 36" to 48" walk behind mower, it will be much better then a residential model rider and will last a lot longer.

You should be able to pick up a used walk behind for around the same cash as a residential rider.

Outdoor_Maintenance_2010
01-18-2010, 09:09 PM
What size properties are you targeting?

Depending on size of property I would say get a good used 36" to 48" walk behind mower, it will be much better then a residential model rider and will last a lot longer.

You should be able to pick up a used walk behind for around the same cash as a residential rider.

mostly 1,500 to 2,000sq/ft homes

but then again,i might get few acres lawns

Greg78
01-18-2010, 09:11 PM
mostly 1,500 to 2,000sq/ft homes
but then again,i might get few acres lawns

I would probably go with a 48" walk behind.
Oh you will definitely need a blower. I have both a hand held blower and a backpack blower, if I could only have one it would be the backpack for sure it is way more versatile.

Outdoor_Maintenance_2010
01-18-2010, 09:21 PM
I would probably go with a 48" walk behind.
Oh you will definitely need a blower. I have both a hand held blower and a backpack blower, if I could only have one it would be the backpack for sure it is way more versatile.

damn...i meant lawns not Homes.. sorry..lol

Greg78
01-18-2010, 09:24 PM
damn...i meant lawns not Homes.. sorry..lol

No problem. I have really never seen lot sizes that small, 1500 to 2000 sqft, if they have a home on the property there can't be much turf. If they are that small you can knock them out real quick with a 21" no problem.

Outdoor_Maintenance_2010
01-18-2010, 09:42 PM
No problem. I have really never seen lot sizes that small, 1500 to 2000 sqft, if they have a home on the property there can't be much turf. If they are that small you can knock them out real quick with a 21" no problem.

sorry,i just look and it would be around 5,000 to 7,500 sq=ft

lifetree
01-18-2010, 10:02 PM
No problem. I have really never seen lot sizes that small, 1500 to 2000 sqft, if they have a home on the property there can't be much turf. If they are that small you can knock them out real quick with a 21" no problem.

That's what I thought stay with a 21" !!

sorry,i just look and it would be around 5,000 to 7,500 sq=ft

Even at that size lawn, a 36" WB would be the most you would need !!

Grass Shark
01-18-2010, 11:25 PM
Don't by a garden tractor, search craigslist for a used walk behind 36" or 48"

Outdoor_Maintenance_2010
01-19-2010, 01:35 AM
and the best walk behinds are?

rcslawncare
01-19-2010, 02:47 AM
A broom is gonna get real old!!! Stihl has a nice handheld blower, I believe that starts at 100 bucks! Good investment! Backpack better, but handheld will be fine until you can get one.

ProcsLC
01-19-2010, 08:47 AM
As far as the best walk behind mower comment... Its hard to say, obviously commercial grade (even used) is the best place to start... I would look at craigslist like others mentioned but I would make sure you have a dealer in your area for whatever mower you consider buying!

As long as its a commercial grade unit and you have a good dealer in your area which model mower you get won't matter much this season... You need to try different machines as your business grows and see which one you like the best, If I told you "Buy Commercial Snapper's" you'll get 300 reasons not too and 301 more agreeing with me.... So its gotta be up to you, start with commercial grade and grow it from there... Best of luck to you in 2010!

rods55
01-19-2010, 07:37 PM
look around for some used equipment, i'm just getting started and just bought a 6'x12' trailer,48" scag walk-behind(belt), 32 billy goat mower for $800.00, they all need alittle bit of work but nothing major

jeffslawnservice
01-19-2010, 07:56 PM
Looks like you already have a decent customer base. I would ditch the rider and but a 48 WB. Save the money you would have spend on the rider and buy a blower. You will need a blower. Even if it is some homeowner grade piece of crap it will due until you can buy a commercial blower. Unless your mowering fields i would ditch the rider. Best of Luck!

lifetree
01-19-2010, 08:42 PM
For you're first commercial WB get a Quick 36" Dually Samurai machine, they start at $ 3,400 ... you won't be disappointed !!

Grass Shark
01-19-2010, 09:08 PM
Toro, Bobcat, Bunton, Exmark, Scag, Hustler, Ferris... in no particular order. Good Luck

Greg78
01-19-2010, 10:02 PM
Lots of good deals going around.
Just picked up the following:
2001 Exmark Turf Tracer dual hydro 36"
Stihl backpack blower
Stihl trimmer
Stihl edger
all for $1200. Mower runs and cuts great and all the Stihl stuff started right up less than 4 pulls each.

Grass Shark
01-20-2010, 11:57 AM
I think you are confused on your square footages, most of the homes I maintain are about 5000 sq ft two stories which means they take up about 2500 sq ft of ground space. The lots are 10000- 80000 sq ft. Double check your calculations and come back withwhat you find. The smallest house I do takes up about 1600 sq ft of ground space so I doubt your property sizes are that small, if they are just by a good trimmer lol

Outdoor_Maintenance_2010
01-20-2010, 05:39 PM
just found a 2003 42" zero turn z300 for 1500$cad might be taking that