Originally Posted by AllAmericanlawn
How do you make a profit if buy all new equip every year?
I usually get about half the price of new for my used stuff, so I end up paying 50-60% of the price for new equip. I have almost zero down time, and I don't need an inventory of spares. A crew's worth of equipment runs about $2100 for a 21", weedeater, blower and edger divided by 50%, equals $1050 divided by 40 weeks of mowing is $26 per week for all new stuff. Coincidentally, $26 is what I charge for the average yard, and it takes two guys about 20-30 minutes to do one yard, which is a fraction of the time it would take them to load up and take the broken equipment to the shop, not to mention the actual cost of the repair. I know where you're coming from, I spent the first 20 years of my career trying to keep old stuff running. Once I put pencil to paper and realized what I was spending on repairs, it was a no-brainer.
nepatsfan: There's actually 6 items, and my other stuff was bought by my workers and their friends already. That's one of the benefits I give my guys is first access to buy the used stuff at a discount. I posted my stuff for sale on here, so that someone could get some decent equipment to start a business, not to get criticism about how I run mine.