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Old 05-11-2009, 09:26 PM
Okielawman28 Okielawman28 is offline
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New Guy needs HELP!!!!

I have been mowing grass in my neighborhood, and I have about 11 customers already. I am a full time college student and all I could get when I started out was a cheapo 21' and I now have 2 cheapo 21's and a couple of ryobi trimmers.

They all work ok, but I am tired of pushing them around, I need to get some new equipment obviously, lol. I did get a Stihl blower though, it is sweet.

I have a trailer, a 6x10, but with no ramp, so hmmm,,, what to do what to do.

I have about a 2,000.00 budget to work with, any advise would be greatly appreciated, there is so much grass to cut where I am at, and business is booming, but here I am killing myself with cheap equipment. any advise

Chris, been in business almost 2 months, 10-12 clients
2001 Dodge 1/2 ton
6x10 trailer
2 cheap 21'
2 cheap trimmers
stihl hand heald blower
and a good ole leaf rake, lol, lol
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:31 PM
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get some metal ramps, a good used walkbehind and a good stihl trimmer. You can get a good used walkbehind for about 1,000 a good stihl trimmer for about 300 and ramps for say around 200 or less
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:34 PM
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Go to John Deere.com and look around at used equiptment in your area. Thier will be all different brands and selections. Maybe a couple of 2x12's and some hinges will get you by for ramps.

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Old 05-11-2009, 10:45 PM
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2x12's ??

Dunno how much weight would a 2x12 hold up , if they were 6ft long, and to attach hinges to em, them would have to be some massive hinges, I might see if I can make some metal ramps, I did make the trailer,,, made it out of an old boat trailer,,, it is a beast, 3500 pound axle, I will post pics when it gets done drying tomorrow.

Just could not figure out how to put a gate on,,, I looked at some new ones at a trailer place, but I just could not get it figured out though,,, so no gate for now,, but it is a sweet trailer,,, now for some equipment,,,

Chris
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:46 PM
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deere website,

tried looking on deere website and could not find the classified section, lol
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:59 PM
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I hear you bud. If you have some fab skills then metal is the way to go. 1 x 2 (.065) and some expanded metal. should not cost you more than $60 or so to get it built if you have access to a mig welder. John Deere Dealers: Some local dealers may not have a used inventory tab to click on. My local dealer does which is Carolina Lawn and Tractor. You can go to thier site and click on used inventory and then find JD links to find nationwide inventory.

Hope this helps
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:00 PM
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on used commercial mowers its my opinion to be looking for one with a kawasaki engine , and avoiding ones with a briggs and stratton

a 13 / 15 horse kawasaki are great engines in my experience of nine years

ive mainly ran redmax whips , but hear alot of guys liking shindiawa .
theres other favorites you see that im not gonna back

ide run either .80 or .95 square string on whips . .95 is rougher for heavy jobs but gives less for small detail residential work - for which i like the .80

when looking at mowers be aware if how many back yard gates you must get thru and their dimensions . a 32 " fits thru most gates buts gonna cost time on big spaces , for which you'drather have a 48" / 52"

when you get to buying an edger dont underestimate the poqwer of a stick edger , the things can do most jobs . get a straight shaft rather then bent as a straight has a solid drive shaft and a bent has a weaker cable drive

when you have the whip turned upside down to do detail work like say edging a curb ( ALWAYS put an edge on your curbs , it sets off the job) always keep lips together in case a rock kicks up - youd rather it hit / cut lip than crack tooth

remember youve got to grease your mower fittings and trimmer shafts .
keep a maintenance schedule on all your equipment . and write down all your equipments serial / model numbers and have in truck so if going for a part you can give the dealer the needed info

inside heads of whips dirt can build up and cause it to be difficult for string to feed out , so a few times per week clean out the dirt

use whip to undercut any overhanging sod on concrete before you then come back with whip upside down while walking to left and standing on grass side of concrete to put an edge on it

make homemade trail mix and carry in those plastic peanut jars so can always have some quick food to ' drink ' outta the jars

keep your mower blades sharp , and check oil level every day
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:09 PM
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Great post Red. I grew up in Troy BTW. Hello from the Palmetto state.

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Old 05-11-2009, 11:17 PM
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Great post Red. I grew up in Troy BTW. Hello from the Palmetto state.

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im at 16 and gratiot , went to clintondale
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