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Old 10-30-2011, 11:55 PM
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Originally Posted by abates View Post
1) I already have a 2wd Chevy Avalanche that is paid for
It's a good starter, when I and my dad started we had a mini van

Originally Posted by abates View Post
2) a custon built 16x8 landscape open trailer with tandem axles ($2800ish)
If you can afford try and get a dump trailer, you WILL thank me.
It is a time saver + back saver, that is if you are doing more than just mowing lawns.

Originally Posted by abates View Post
3) Echo handhelds (I'm not opposed to Redmax or Stihl, I'm just more familiar with Echo)

a) PE-280 edger

b) SRM-280 trimmer

c) PB-770H/T backpack blower

d) PAS-225 combo edger/trimmer as a backup

e) PB-255 handheld blower as a backup

f) and maybe a small chainsaw
Echos are great, I have a bunch of them and they have always been the most reliable ones of the bunch, Although they might not perform as well as other brands.
For Blowers on a start up, really you only need one (to save you money) the PB-770H/T will do fine, handhelds are a waste of money. But I really like the BR 600 (stihl) even though they break every year, all the time they save me are worth it plus they are light, if you have lots of leaves ask the dealer for the strap belt... it works great.

As for the trimmer/hedger, get the PAS-265 and the 3 attachments heads, it will be a multi use tool with professional quality, will save you money and space. I rarely use the metal head trimmer, the line is what I use.
In my opinion your backup will only frustrate you, that is if you ever get to use them. If you are buying equipment new, and just starting... trust me you won't need a backup.

As for a chainsaw, go Sthil... MS261 or MS362 (whichever your budget allows)

My opinion:
Sthil BR600
Echo PAS-265 + 99944200470 + 99944200545 + 99944200485
Sthil MS261 or MS362

Originally Posted by abates View Post
4) a Toro 22198 Heavy Duty Recycler push mower
Depending on the use of your mower you might not need a professional one... out of 50 lawns I have 2 or 3 that need the use of it (maybe 40 minutes/week of use) I bought a GCV190 this year to replace my old mower, and I am very satisfied. but if you are using it a lot more than, that is a good entry choice

Originally Posted by abates View Post
5) a 36" Toro Grandstand
I am an eXmark fan, (toro owns it now) so I think you are good with it.

Originally Posted by abates View Post
6) a 61" Ferris IS5100Z
Unless if you are planning of using it for commercial sites (with LOTS of open spaces) I'd not use a 61".
A 48" or 52" will do a better job on tighter spaces. If you are planning on using on lot sizes up to 1/2 acre (if not even 3/4 acre), a 61" will just be too big and hard to do damage to the lawn/plants/everything.

Don't forget to allow for your budget for a trimmer (HCA-265), wheel barrows, tarps, shovels.... and so on if you are going to provide with more than just mowing services, which in my opinion is where you make your money.
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