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DiSantolandscaping
10-10-2011, 09:19 PM
ok so i have been mowing lawns for 5 years now. I am wanting to go full time in the spring. I have service aggreements, i got a new fs 90r trimmer, i got a troy built 21 in self propelled. Im looking spring time on buying a trailer from like lowes or something for 1500. im going to check my local trailer stores first, but my concern is i dont have good enough credit to buy a zero turn. and if i spend 1500 on a trailer i dont knwo if ill have enough to buy a nice mower outright. ill have about 2000 to 2500 to spend. should i look for a walk behind and put it in my truck or should i get the trailer and keep looking for mower.

flyingdutch16
10-10-2011, 09:22 PM
I'd say get a walk behind. If you've been getting around for 5 years with a 21 inch a walkbehind will be perfect for you. You save money that way and you wont have to worry about paying it off. (i recommend used btw)

DiSantolandscaping
10-10-2011, 09:38 PM
so i dont probably have enough to get an exmark or deere. so what would you recomend i can get a cub cadet which i havnt heard anything good about for like 1599 its 33 in or i know sears sells something for around 1499. what would be something good to look for.

DiSantolandscaping
10-10-2011, 09:41 PM
so i see that you have a snowblower. do you make any money with that and is it profitable? I got a brand new one ive used twice because i blew mine up at end of season last year. the last two storms we had like 24 inch of snow ea and it handled that no problem.

flyingdutch16
10-10-2011, 09:43 PM
as for the mower im not sure, i my self am looking into purchasing a walkbehind as well. Lots of hills around here that the Ztr just cant handle. As for the snowblower i am starting up that part of the business right now. Trying to find out if my customers are interested in snow service.

DiSantolandscaping
10-10-2011, 09:54 PM
yea i dont know where to look because the ones that like to have theres snowblowed usually have their own around here. and if there to big it will take to long. so its a tuff call.

MowingMowingMowing
10-11-2011, 03:54 AM
so i dont probably have enough to get an exmark or deere. so what would you recomend i can get a cub cadet which i havnt heard anything good about for like 1599 its 33 in or i know sears sells something for around 1499. what would be something good to look for.

If you've been in business for 5 years you would know that that mower is a pos...

mnglocker
10-11-2011, 05:18 AM
If you've been in business for 5 years you would know that that mower is a pos...

+1

Get a used hydro walk behind, get a tailer that fits it & get insurance.

TheMadLandscaper
10-11-2011, 06:33 AM
+1

Get a used hydro walk behind, get a tailer that fits it & get insurance.

Excellent Advice!!

DiSantolandscaping
10-11-2011, 07:34 AM
Excellent Advice!!

I have insurance 1 million coverage. Just looking for decent mower so i can go full time
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TheMadLandscaper
10-11-2011, 04:33 PM
For $2,000-2,500 you should be able to find a used walkbehind with low hours in decent condition. I would try to get a hydro vs. a belt driven walkbehind.

It should last you long enough to make and save up enough money to put towards a zero turn mower.

I would get a trailer, putting a walk behind in and out of the pickup bed with ramps is a pain in the ass. You will not be leaving much room for your other equipment.

DiSantolandscaping
10-11-2011, 07:09 PM
do you think i can get a mower and a trailer for 2500 if i look hard enough. i was thinking of starting with liek an 5 x 8 or something. there like 1599 at lowes and places. but id rather get from local trailer company. now also i have service agreements so should i try to get some money up front from comm accounts and use that towards a mower?

Aaronnc
10-12-2011, 12:53 AM
You can definitely find a good combo if you look hard enough. With $2-2.5k in cash, a dealer might work with you too on some in-house financing on a demo or something, if you have a good relationship with them. Just keep asking and looking around.

You should be able to find a good used trailer for $500 and a good walk-behind mower for $1000-1500. Don't wait till spring when prices go up and every Joe Blow out there is buying equipment. End of season and winter is always the best time to buy mowing equipment.

Here are some examples:

Mower w/sulky: http://www.ebay.com/itm/36-SCAG-Walkbehind-Lawn-mower-sulke-2010-/270831576921?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f0ed1e759

Trailer: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-5-X-10-UTILITY-LAWN-MOWER-TRAILER-NEW-TIRES-AND-WHE-/360196552770

Good Luck.