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JTS Landscaping lawn
09-08-2010, 06:52 PM
wanted see how everyone started out there lawn care & landscaping business. i had a little 4cylinder s10 with 5x10 trailer and $200 riding mower. now 10 1/2yrs later and 5 trucks later have a 99 crew cab F-250 v10 and 18' trailer with 2 mowers. hard to beleive that been that long pretty sweet though. started the day i got my drivers license pretty much lol. how have you guys started.

09-08-2010, 07:36 PM
cart honda 21 troybit trimmer stihl br420 and got a hs45 had a truck but my dad sold it

09-08-2010, 07:37 PM
Craftsman push mower, and my dad drove me to the one job I had.
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09-08-2010, 07:45 PM
I started in high school with a new woods zero turn. I got the money to buy the new mower from selling my fair steers. I still have that 18 year old mower and it is used as a back up mower.lol. I drove a ford ranger that was so rusty you had to get your tetanus shot, just to ride in it. lol

09-08-2010, 07:50 PM
I had a 1981 Ford F350 with a Dump bed. Enclosed trailer, Exmark 48" Lazer, Honda push for back yards and all echo handhelds.

09-08-2010, 07:58 PM
Had my 2002 F-150 and I bought a single axle trailer with an 06 husqvarna EZ series mower and a 48 inch toro WB. 3 and a half years later I have 2 new Dixons (kodiak and grizzly) and a 08 f-250 (just traded off my 05 lariat 6.0 dually).
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09-08-2010, 08:35 PM
started out with a 1988 full size chevy blazer, with a crapsman hand mower! then moved to a chevy pickup with two mtd tractors. years later two trucks and 4 mowers with three workers.their was less competition back then. i bagged all the grass and used garbage bags to haul clippings away.

09-08-2010, 10:50 PM
Started at 7 or 8 with my dads ride on John Deere tractor. Had 5 houses that I mowed, within a quarter mile. I would just drive the tractor there.

Once I was big enough to use my Dad's Gravely walk behind I expanded. I used a lawn cart you tow behind your tractor to carry my trimmer, blower, and gas, and hooked it to the Gravely and drove to all of my lawns. My farthest lawn was about 2 miles away. Did that till I got my license and started using my Ford Escort to tow!

cut level
09-08-2010, 11:19 PM
Briggs 21 inch pushmower Sears weedeater then onto the old yellow Sears Craftsman 48 inch 3 speed with reverse. My pop drove me around I was the trim guy.

ZD326 60 inch
Snapper Pro 52
Shindaiwa and Stihl handhelds

09-09-2010, 01:28 PM
As a self employed LCO - I started with an '81 Mercedes 300TD wagon, a cheap 5X8 tilt trailer, a used Scag 36" belt driven walk behind, a cheap Murray 21" walk behind and all Home Depot 2 cycle equipment.

At my peak before the economy tanked I was running four trucks and crews, 3 for maintenance and one irrigation/landscape.

Now I have a '05 F350 quad cab dump with the V-10 and 6spd which just turned 77K miles, two other trucks for the remaining crew, a Dodge Dakota which hauls the spray rig and a crew cab F350 srw p/u for the guys and about $100K in equipment/trailers/dingo/tractor, you name it - all paid for thank you very much.

If I hadn't lost over $540K in my divorce my one home would have been paid for by now. As it is I have maybe five more years and my second one will be paid off - the first home went to the battle axe ex.

All with-in the last ten years.

09-10-2010, 01:22 AM
10 years ago i started with a toro 21 a stihl blower and trimmer......with a borrowed trailer and a toyota p/u.....lost my house as well in the divorce which she sold for double right before the market crashed, basically came out with my equipment and nothing else.....5 years after that i now have 3 trucks running with all the euipment i could ever dream of having. back when i started anyway.

09-11-2010, 01:55 AM
You'd think I'm joking but:

Honda 21" mower with a smoky engine I borrowed from my dad (later that year bought a 21" crapsman), red radio flyer wagon, weedeater trimmer, and broom (though at some point I bought a weedeater blower).

Eventually went on to get my BS in Horticulture....and still doing this crap after all these years. I think I'm nuts for not looking into other options when I was younger. :dizzy:

09-11-2010, 08:44 AM
Way back when I first started out (aka: earlier this year.....) I used a half-ton Chevy pickup that I already had. I knew I couldn't do what I wanted with just a push mower, so I went and got a loan (GASP!!!) and bought a used landscape trailer with 4-ft sides, cage, trimmer racks, line spool holder, gas can racks, etc. Also bought a used Scag 36" belt drive, and a used Cub Cadet Z-Wing 48". Bought new trimmers, edger, and BR600 backpack blower.

All season I have kept only what I needed of the earnings, and put the rest in my business account. Now it's all paid for, and I'm currently in the process of trading off my Z for a new Bob-Cat hydro walk behind, which will be paid for as well.

So I did what I set out to do in my first year: collect and pay for some nice equipment, and get enough accounts to keep the money flowing (schedule has been full since June). Now, next year, barring any major breakdowns or other unforseen event, I'll be able to actually POCKET some money.

09-11-2010, 10:34 AM
i started with a 04 6 cyclinder chevy silverado, 5' x 10' open trailer, exmark metro 36" with mulch kit, ryobi split shaft trimmer with edger attachment, stihl br400 backpack blower, honda harmony 21 incher and a craftsman walkbehind edger.

by my second year i had a exmark 52" tthp with stand on, bagger and stripe kit. also bought pruner attachment for ryobi and a stihl fs55 trimmer. also got a 6' x 12' open trailer.

by my third year i had a trac vac for the exmark 52" ttph. also bought a stihl kombi motor with trimmer attachment and i got the edger and pruner attachment. end of third year purchased 52" toro grandstand. also got a 6' x 12' enclosed trailer.

this year i still have the chevy and it's pulling a 6' x 12' enclosed trailer loaded with a exmark 36" metro, toro commercial 21", 52" toro grandstand with stripe kit, an fs70 stihl trimmer, stihl kombi motor with edger attachment and a br400 blower.

Turf Commando
09-11-2010, 09:02 PM
In May 2007 started with 92 ranger, 6x12 trailer and 48'' ferris walk-behind ..
Now have 2 F150 4x4 's (91)' (92) same Ferris mower, added 48''eXmark Turf Tracer HP and Stihl trimmer and blower and xtreme racks on the 6x12, (2) 7ft Western plows...ETC

Every year adding to the arsenal.

09-11-2010, 10:30 PM
Started two years ago with a '93 Chevy 1/2 ton, new Snapper 21," Echo PAS260 with a trimmer attachment, and a broom.

09-13-2010, 12:40 PM
2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Crewcab

21" Craftsman Professional

Two 22" Murray pushmowers just for back up

Husqvarna 125L

Ryobi Powerhead with all attachments (blower, edger, trimmer, hedge trimmer)

I am only part time and have a handful of small yards.

09-15-2010, 01:31 AM
1989. I was 23 years old now almost 46. I had an ugly beige nissan short bed truck with no air cond and I live in Arizona. I pulled a homemade trailer from a datsun truck and it had a bent axel that scrubbed the tires. I used my grandfathers old craftsman mower and a bent shaft line trimmer that ran like a raped ape and I yearned for the just introduced brand new honda commercial mower. I later settled for a sensation with a five horse briggs motor and was in heaven. Now I use honda's, exmarks, redmax, and shindaiwas. I still have six 21" sensations just waiting to be put to use one day in the future, maybe. Now I feel old....

Hell on Blades
09-15-2010, 04:22 AM
Started with my chevy 1500 and a 22" yard machines push mower. I already had a 2 cycle Poulan curved shaft trinner -- but the real pain was the cord on my Toro Yardbroom blower.