Originally Posted by twins_lawn_care
here's what I would do...
considering what you have to work with, and your short term goals...
buy a brand new homeowner model toro mower, say $300-$400
this should last you a year no problem, and if not, they should still warranty it.
get a hand held blower, maybe $100 or so range.
get a commercial grade trimmer.
I am saying this as it is exactly how I started, with the exception I went cheap on a trimmer the first year, then got one the second year. the time I saved by not reloading line, and easier trimming, and less back fatigue was well worth it, plus, it will last years! so about $250-$300 there.
so you're in the $650-$800 range with those items. you'll need some others, but buy as you need them, and as you grow.
by all means, if you can afford sommercial grade off the bat, it is a much wiser thing to do (as I have learned) but you have to start somewhere.
Good luck with it, and remember to reinvest in your business if you are serious about it. it's very hard to do once you get those paychecks coming in, but where the business grows to is all up to how you handle it.
Yes! Sometimes good advice is simple.