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Old 04-10-2013, 06:13 PM
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Mower setup for a new business

I hate to ask this cause im sure its been asked before several times, but im trying to figure the most efficient setup before i drop 4 grand on a walk behind. while most of my clients will be residential at first my goal is to get as much commercial work as possible as soon as possible. A few factors: i live in houston, big city but a lot of competition. most of the older houses have the 36'' gates newer houses or using larger gates. with that being said my question is what size deck/mower combo would be the smartest most efficient. should i get one 32'' walk behind to do front/back in residential and use that on the larger commercial properties if i go out and get them sooner than later. or should i get a larger deck (36-48) that more than likely wont fit in backyards and just use a 21'' push mower for the fenced yards.
the scag dealer im talking to only has the 32'' SW belt drive WB on his showroom floor so i think thats why hes pushing me towards the 32'' so i figured id get everyones input. Thank you and any additional info is always appreciated!
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:41 PM
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Start out with residential. How big are the back yards of the residential homes? If they aren't too big can can get away with a 21". My personal opinion is to get a 36" and a 21". Once you make some money get a 48" or bigger and then you would be setup for commercial. My other question is why are you so interested in commercial?
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:45 PM
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3000 to 3200 square foot is about average for back yards. commercial is where the money is at. id rather get a several commercial than have to do 50 residential. not saying i do not want to do residential or only commercial i know i need to be diverse but id rather lean more towards commercial. and thank you for the advice. i think i will get the 36'' sw scag and a 21'' self propelled to start with. i want to buy equipment that i can use to grow as my business does and not buy something that is going to limit me or slow me down if the business picks up quickly. i think the 32'' wouldnt be worth the money for my goals. i dont want to have to turn around and sell it to buy something bigger.

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Old 04-10-2013, 09:44 PM
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The 21" and the 36" will work for the comm and resi because alot of our commercials have lots of small islands where the 21" comes into play and small little patches of turf where the 36" comes into play. And then obviously the 36" works for fronts of resi and bucks where the gate is wide enough and the 21" gets everything else. do you have any accounts yet?
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:29 AM
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Exmarking..Just got off the phone not to long ago to do general maintanence on 30+ forclosed homes weekly during mowing season and bi weekly during winter months. Deal isnt set in stone but more than likely ill get it.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:33 AM
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Exmarking..Just got off the phone not to long ago to do general maintanence on 30+ forclosed homes weekly during mowing season and bi weekly during winter months. Deal isnt set in stone but more than likely ill get it.
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You should be careful with those foreclosed home companies. Check them out before you do biz with them. Foreclosed homes have no money coming in to the banks so therefore they don't like to pay someone to upkeep them either. Try to get paid up front but I doubt they will.
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:05 PM
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You should be careful with those foreclosed home companies. Check them out before you do biz with them. Foreclosed homes have no money coming in to the banks so therefore they don't like to pay someone to upkeep them either. Try to get paid up front but I doubt they will.
the job is through a friend who has worked with them before. i havent got all the details but thank you for the warning ill see if they will pay upfront.
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:27 PM
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You should be careful with those foreclosed home companies. Check them out before you do biz with them. Foreclosed homes have no money coming in to the banks so therefore they don't like to pay someone to upkeep them either. Try to get paid up front but I doubt they will.
I agree with this. Check out the company you'll be working for. Do a google search on them and ripoffreport.com as well. If you can get them to pay upfront that's great. Haven't ran into any that will do that yet. I bill out 2 times a month (15th and last day of he month) for that month and always get paid within 7 days of invoice.

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Old 04-10-2013, 09:52 PM
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I am just starting this year (as soon as the grass starts growing) and I went with and Exmark 21 with BBC and a 48" Hydro Viking. I keep this in mind when I go to give estimates and price them accordingly. If there is a gate that the 48 can't fit through, I will charge more as I will have more time on the property. If I dont get it, then I move on to the next one. If I do get it then I am making money on it. Plus with the 48" I have the ability to take on bigger properties and still be profitable on them as well. I will have room to grow into the 48, as a 32 would be what I need right now, I would expect to out grow it soon.

But alot of this is dependant on your size lots. Around here, 1/4 acre is the smallest I do, and not uncommon to see 3/4+ lots. A 48 will let you grow into it.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:50 PM
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You said " commercial is where the money's at". That may not always be the case.
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