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Old 04-09-2008, 11:23 PM
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buying a lawcare business

$15,000 for a grasshopper 223, 350 hours,a 16 foot trailer with sides,2 sthil trimmers and blowers,2 snapper push mowers all mowers with baggers $1500 every two weeks in accounts in work pay all year wat yall think
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:33 PM
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If it were me, I would use $5-$7k to start up on my own.
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:03 AM
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do the math and figure out if its worth the work too you..... imo
been in business for 1 year, and im loving it
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:55 PM
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i expanded my business by buying one, i paid 42,000 for a 2002 F-350 dump diesel with a 9 ft Meyer's plow and a 2004 8ft Henderson Stainless sander, 2001 Big Tex 16 ft open trailer, 2004 Exmark lazer 25 kohler with ultra vac JRCO leaf plow and detacher, Little Wonder 8Hp blower, Shindiawa T-230 trimmer, 16 Hp Giant Vac Leaf Vac, Wood Leaf Box (which would have cost me a few hundred in wood if i had to build one) 40 residential lawn accounts, 1 year condo contract that was 1,200 a month for 8 months for the grass season and 4,500 a month for 4 months for the snow season which also had extras which i made about $2,000 on mulch and about 3,000 on extra sanding. i lost some of the residential but over all i think it was worth it. i did not keep there business name. just make sure you find out why there selling there business, and make sure there are no pending law suits because you may end up being responsible for the law suits after you buy the business. Also have a lawyer draw up a contract out lining the equipment and price and also include a no competition clause that states the seller can not have a business within x of miles from you, and that he can not take the costumers he sold you back, i have herd way to many horror stories about people buying a business and the the seller reopens and takes back all the accounts, then you end up out a lot of money for nothing, i hope this helps.
2002 Ford F-350 7.3 Turbo Diesel DRW 9ft Dump
9ft Meyer Plow - 8ft SS Henderson Sander
2000 GMC 2500 6.0 Gas Reg Cab Long Bed
8ft Meyer Plow
1998 GMC 2500 6.5 Turbo Diesel Ext Cab Short Bed
8ft Fisher Plow
1995 GMC 3500 5.7 Gas SRW Reg Cab Long Bed
8.5ft Meyer Plow - 8ft SS Henderson Sander
2003 Big Tex 6 1/2' x 16' 7,000 gvw Open Trailer
2001 Big Tex 6' x 12' 3,000 gvw Open Trailer
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Old 04-11-2008, 03:37 PM
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Just make sure you can carry a pistol. LAWcare is pretty dangerous. If you don't have a pistol they won't even bother pulling over.
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