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DLS1
12-21-2004, 01:26 PM
BEST - hopefully will be 2005 Quickbooks Pro but have not set it up yet.
I got "Quickbooks 2005 The official Guide" book by Kathy Ivens. to read up on ins/outs of Quickbooks. I have an accounting background but never did like accounting (to boring for me) so hopefully I can pickup Quickbooks fairly quick.

WORST - luckly nothing since I always go to lawnsite to research what everyone thinks of a product before I buy.

AEW
12-21-2004, 01:29 PM
My new Shindaiwa blower....Best I have ever had. I think the model is 630? I cant remember off the top of my head. But it blows all others I have used out of the water.

splatz100
12-21-2004, 01:37 PM
yea the 630 is the top of the line shindaiwa for about $469

TClawn
12-21-2004, 01:58 PM
my worst I would say is a hand push toro proline. my best I would hope is a better quick 36. (I should be getting it tommorow).

J&R
12-21-2004, 02:02 PM
Nothing new this year. But my worst last year a new Scag Turf Tiger.

rodfather
12-21-2004, 02:07 PM
BEST
Another Ford Pickup
2 new Ferris 61" WB's
3 Redmax Trimmers
3 Redmax 8000 BP's

WORST
Nothing yet (but there's still time LOL)

Remsen1
12-21-2004, 03:46 PM
best: little wonder 11hp
worst: not buying a new husqvarna chainsaw that I could have got for a steal!

richard coffman
12-21-2004, 04:46 PM
worst- kawasaki 15 horse v twin engine, electric start.

best- echo stick edger.
husqvarna chain saw- 394xp(8 horsepower engine), with a 33" 404 steel bar and skiptooth chain.
Toro snow blower for the wife. :p :p

Respectfully,

Richard/Owner

walker-talker
12-21-2004, 05:25 PM
Best....Redmax 7001 & Plugr Aerator
Worse....well, it was the end of last year. It was the upgrade for Lawn Monkey...$300

YardPro
12-21-2004, 05:32 PM
best
my new 04 2500 hd with a utility body

worst.
stihl br340 back pack

Itsgottobegreen
12-21-2004, 06:00 PM
Best: my kubota tractor I bought in december of last year and all its attachements. It added $25,000 worth of work. So it paid itself off in a year.

Worse: my 61" wright sentar. Sole due to the fact I bought it to do one major account and the lost the account because the property owner died. Its to big for any of my other accounts. I love the machine. But I need a 52" model. Will somebody please buy it from me.

olderthandirt
12-21-2004, 06:13 PM
BEST
Another Ford Pickup
2 new Ferris 61" WB's
3 Redmax Trimmers
3 Redmax 8000 BP's

WORST
Nothing yet (but there's still time LOL)

Thought there was going to be a dimonnd ring purchased? Still trying to decide which colume you want to put it in :D or you just chicken? :angel:
Mac

Rhett
12-21-2004, 06:20 PM
Best- Echo 651 Blower
Worst- Another 85 stihl. Think I would know better by now.

stickalip
12-21-2004, 06:22 PM
Best: toss up///lesco leaf vac, eco backpack blower.

Worst: 36" hydro deck mower

rodfather
12-21-2004, 06:40 PM
Thought there was going to be a dimonnd ring purchased? Still trying to decide which colume you want to put it in :D or you just chicken? :angel:
Mac

5000 comedians out of work and you're trying to be one again. Don't ever give up your day job my friend, lol. BTW, diamonds are long term investments. Equipment comes, equipment goes...of all, YOU should know :)

olderthandirt
12-21-2004, 07:03 PM
5000 comedians out of work and you're trying to be one again. Don't ever give up your day job my friend, lol. BTW, diamonds are long term investments. Equipment comes, equipment goes...of all, YOU should know :)

What are you refering to? I thought you wanted to buy a diamond pinky ring with all your money. So you would have that complete josey boy look :p lol
Rodfather= player by name, hustler by game :cool:

Mac

Fareway Lawncare
12-21-2004, 07:34 PM
I demo everything extensively now before I buy....Made Too Many Bad Purchases in the Past.

So Almost Worst Purchases 2004

-Gravely 34"Z--Thing was Slower in most cases & had more complaints than w/the Hydro Walks

-Ferris 32" Hydro-Cut----Once you use twin pumps & Wheel Motors there's No Going Back.

-Shindaiwa Power Broom----May work well for some applications but not for Small Area Snow Removal like I was going to buy them for.

-Billy Goat 33"---Was looking for some cheap alternatives to larger Twin Hydros...Bad Idea.

Best Purchases

-The last Remaing Stock of 21" Suzuki/Prolines...May they RIP
-The Last Remaing Stock of Lawnboy/Duraforce Commercial Units...May they RIP
-One Metro/Proline/Kaw.....Was better than I thought...Nice Torque.
-RedMax 8000-Sweet
-God Love the TracerHP's

CamLand
12-21-2004, 07:37 PM
I bought a few Redmax 7001 and relly like them...And New 2005 HD to add to the line up...

procut
12-21-2004, 07:43 PM
Worst: 52" Black Rock walk behind

Best: 52" Toro Z Master

LLandscaping
12-21-2004, 07:46 PM
Best purchases were our 2004 Chevy 2500HD 4X4 Duramax, 2004 Scag Tiger Cub, 2002 Chevy 1500, Stihl FS110, Stihl 026. We got lucky this year and were happy with all of our purchases. We plan to buy a Oregon blade grinder in the next few days, so hopefully we will be happy with that purchase also.

ealbertson
12-21-2004, 07:57 PM
Best: 60" eXmark walk behind Turf Tracer with sulkie

impactlandscaping
12-21-2004, 08:46 PM
Best bought : 2 Wright Stander 17/48's
Chevrolet 1500 Pickup
12' trailer set up for mowing only...

Worst decision...: Should have kept one of my hydro 48's or a 36".. :dizzy:

Cobra Jock
12-21-2004, 09:02 PM
Best: Stihl BR 420 C Blower
Stihl KM85 2 Stroke Split-Shaft w/ Hedgetrimmer, edger, line trimmer, and pruner attachments (so far)
Stihl MS 260 Pro Chainsaw 20" Bar
Stihl HS 85 Hedgetrimmer
Ford F150 XLT Extended Cab, Short Box (59,000 Miles)

Worst: Nothing that I can think of at the moment! :) :cool2:

siclmn
12-21-2004, 11:26 PM
Best: E-Z dump box for my 3/4 pickup.

captaingreen
12-22-2004, 12:34 AM
Best buys
Stihl FS 110 trimmer
14' Doolittle trailer
Exmark TTHP
EZ Chute for TTHP



Worst buys
generic sulky I bought on ebay, jackknife's

Turfcutters Plus
12-22-2004, 01:18 AM
Best purchases were 96gmc,echo 651 backpack(great for blowing light snow off everything!),pro-slide,winch for pick-up bed with e-z gate,extention cable for plow controller.No worse ones "yet". :)

rodfather
12-22-2004, 07:55 AM
What are you refering to? I thought you wanted to buy a diamond pinky ring with all your money. So you would have that complete josey boy look :p lol
Rodfather= player by name, hustler by game :cool:

Mac

I would, but I hear they already have a full cast on The Sopranos mac...lol

GreenMonster
12-22-2004, 08:09 AM
Best: toss up///lesco leaf vac, eco backpack blower.

Worst: 36" hydro deck mower


Best: I bought lots o' crap this year that I've been happy with. I was probably most pleased in terms of increased productivity with 10HP LW blower

Worst: slightly used toro 21" homeowner POS


Stickalip: Why was the 36" hydro a bad buy? I'm in the market for one.

Mowmoney00
12-22-2004, 10:59 AM
Best - (2) Isuzu 1400 GVW Landscaper Cab Overs
Exmark Lazer z with Vac

Worst - Mauryama String Trimmers

Bryan Wilson
12-31-2004, 06:12 PM
WORST EQUIPMENT: Stihl KM85 trimmer and have gone through 3 carbs since purchasing this June.

coastallandscapesolutions
12-31-2004, 06:22 PM
Best Personal - 2005 Screamin' Eagle Electra Glide :blob3:

Worst Personal - A Car for my 18 year old son (don't ask) :cry:

Best Business - Bobcat A300 with all the bells and whistles payup

Worst Busienss - Billygoat push Vac (junk) :realmad:

Best on this site - The new 2005 Calendar thread :angel:

Worst on this site - The unprofessional bickering - PM each other if you have something to say to someone else. Don't drag us into the BS. :angry:

Travis Followell
12-31-2004, 07:02 PM
Best: Stihl FS 110 trimmer
Echo PB-200 blower


Worst: None this year

TURF DOCTOR
12-31-2004, 07:12 PM
Best redmax ope.

Jusmowin
12-31-2004, 07:26 PM
Best: 04 Exmark lazer Z
Exmark 21 metro
326 husquvana trimmer

Worst: Troybuilt extended hedge trimmers that Im taking back and buying the Stihl kohbi system that I should of bought in the first place!

Planet Landscaping
12-31-2004, 08:49 PM
Best, 10' Boss v plow Great invention for parking lots payup . Best, RCS Snow pusher, Should last 50 years and does a good job in lots. Worst Redmax recipricating trimmer. Only use I can see is underwater. :realmad:

Lazer_Z
12-31-2004, 09:09 PM
Best: STIHL FC110 also have a hedge trimmer for it.

Worst: Bought an HT101 with no work planed for it. But, I have a great dealer and he took care of me so I can't complain.

Precision
01-01-2005, 09:31 AM
best: gravely pm 260, let me stay solo till the end of the year.

Worst: bought out someones business, a friends dad died
what is it they say about friendship and business. Well they should say it
louder. How do you tell someone there dad was a scrub?
At least the large equipment is decent.

SpudsM15
01-01-2005, 10:13 AM
Best- Redmax String timmer,Trimmer rack!, 16hp Billy goat leaf loader, oh and a rain jacket!
Worst- nothing this season i regret...

MImowerkid
01-01-2005, 11:05 AM
Best by far! 6.5 x12 ft aluminum trailor and 4h.p. honda Bluebird aerator (400 bucks almost brand new) Good- echo pe-260 stick edger Worst - safety goggles that got ran over the first day out on duty! oouch their went 15 bucks!