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Old 10-08-2000, 10:30 AM
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Hello My Name is, Dana Costello

I am from the philadelphia suburb area. I work at ups part time and do landscaping and tree work. Here is a list of start out equipment, and then the equipment that I acquired over time.

START OUT EQUIPMENT:

48" bobcat walkbehind (older model with new motor)
homelite string trimmer
craftsman hand blower
craftsman pushmower
craftsman hedge trimmer
craftsman chainsaw
craftsman trimmer
1977 chevy pick-up (bad condition)
8x5 home made trailer (made from a small boat trailer)




EQUIPMENT NOW:

61" zero turn Scag (with jungle wheels)
52" gravely walk behind with changable 60" deck (with jungle wheels)
48" bobcat walk behind
32" bunton walk behind
61" 3 wheel scag rider (just bought and needs work)
61" grass hopper (also needs work)
21" lawn boy push mower
21" craftsman push mower
2 red max weed eater
1 homelite weed eater
1 echo hand held blower
2 pb 4600 back pak echo blowers
1 craftsman handheld blower
1 little wonder push blower
1 red max stick edger
1 little wonder push edger
1 solo back pak sprayer
1 hand held sprayer
1 craftsmen snow thrower
4 chainsaws (1 24" husky, 1 14" stihl climb saw, 1 20" homelite, 1 20" crafstman saw)
All climbing rope saddles and etc.
96 ford f-250 with meyer plow
77 ford f-350 dump truck
1 16' trailer
1 12' trailer
1 8' trailer
and a slew of hand tools
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Old 10-08-2000, 11:27 AM
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Well i've been doing the on a part time basis for 7 yrs now

I started with a 21"Lowes brand push mower
15"homelite bent shaft trimmer
weedeater hand blower
87 nissan pickup
Now i've still got the 87 nissan (best trucks ever made)
5x8 trailer
John Deere 36"walk behind w/jungle wheels
Redmaxx 62oo backpack blower
John Deere t2700 trimmer
snapper 21"commercial mower
lesco push spreader
countless hand tools
an can't forget this p.c. best tool for any trade!
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Old 10-10-2000, 05:26 PM
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Who? Where?What did you start with?

Well i've been doing the on a part time basis for 7 yrs now

I started with a 21"Lowes brand push mower
15"homelite bent shaft trimmer
weedeater hand blower
87 nissan pickup
Now i've still got the 87 nissan (best trucks ever made)
5x8 trailer
John Deere 36"walk behind w/jungle wheels
Redmaxx 62oo backpack blower
John Deere t2700 trimmer
snapper 21"commercial mower
lesco push spreader
countless hand tools
an can't forget this p.c. best tool for any trade!

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Old 10-10-2000, 10:00 PM
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My name is Toni Kuusela, 14 years old and live in Utah. i started two years ago and am still gettin more accounts, i already have 6. my bank acount is goin up. i only charge $10.00, is that too small of a price? oh well, i bought all my own equipment so thats pretty cool. well, heres my equipment-

1. 1997 mtd 11hp. 32"cut mower/tractor

2. 1997 lawnboy 21"cut 2cycle (my prized piece of equipment)

3. 1999 homelite trimmlite string trimmer

4. 1996 mtd wheeled edger 3.5hp.

5. 1999 homelite tiller/cultivator

6. last but not least
1999 mccullock blower (added gutter cleaner/blower) works great)
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Old 10-11-2000, 06:48 PM
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my name is matt. i am from glastonbury connecticut. i am 18 yrs old and am currently in my last year of high school. i plan on attending the university of connecticut to try and get a degree in horticulture. i worked for a local landscape company for two years and then i decided to start my own business. i purchased a 48 inch scag belt drive walkbehind and a big tex trailer 5 by 10. i currently own an echo split shaft 26 cc trimmer with the following attachments: line trimmer, power broom and edger. i also have a stihl br400 backpack blower and a grass gobbler catcher. i plan on purchasing a 7 by 14 enclosed trailer in the spring and a turf tiger. i currently have around 10 accounts, but i plan on getting a lot more in the spring. i also own a 21 inch honda trim mower. i currently tow my trailer with a 1998 chevrolet 1500 extended cab short bed pickup with a spray in bedliner.

[Edited by mdb landscaping on 10-11-2000 at 10:50 PM]
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Old 10-20-2000, 10:21 PM
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My name is Ron I am 39 . My son and I just started in the lawn care business this year. We currently have 7 customers. We started with a Craftsman 19 hp Lawn Tractor with a 42 inch deck, 21 inch push mower, Ryobi string trimmer, Echo blower, 6x8 trailer, MTD power edger and a 1982 Ford F-100. We are located in the Grand Rapids Michigan area and hope to go full time within the next year.We are currently looking for a used and reasonably priced Exmark turf tracer with a 52" or 60" deck for next year
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Old 10-21-2000, 08:05 PM
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1977 Started with:
Ford 2000 Tractor
Earthcavator
Pulverizer
Hand Tools
Oldsmobile Station Wagon

2000
2 1999 Ford 150 P/U
1 1999 Ford 250 HD 4x4 with Boss Plow
1 2000 Chevy 2500 with Meyer Plow
1 1997 Chevy 2500 with Meyer Plow
1 1996 Chevy 3500 with Boss Plow
1 1994 Ford 250 P/U
1 1990 Ford 250 P/U
1 1995 Chevy 3500 HD Dump
1 1992 Chevy Kodiak Dump
1 1992 International Dump
1 1994 GMC Topkick Dump
1 1996 Chevy Kodiak Dump
1 1987 843 Bobcat
3 Grasshopper Riders
10 Scag Walkbehinds
5 Pushmowers
1 Giant Vac Vacuum
2 Ryan Lawn Aire Airator
1 Olathe Slice Seeder
1 Billy Goat Goat Vacuum
1 Parker Lawn Vacuum
Hey Now!
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Old 10-22-2000, 07:32 AM
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Tim' Lawn Service was started by my son in 1995 to earn college money and also spending money. Since my son is now 18, he is currently in college and works the business on breaks and in the summer. My younger son, wife and myself cover the accounts while he is away. I am an accountant by trade and work full time and help on this part time which is not easy since we have about 50 accounts currently. However many are small lots but we also have some very large properties as well. I really enjoy getting outdoors after spending all day in an office and in traffic which is very bad here. Usually it takes me 1 1/2 hours to get to work. We are located in Northern Virginia.
In 1995 we started out with:
Toro 8-25 rider
Snapper 21 inch
Homelite HT-16
Black and Decker Edger
Poulan Electric Blower

We currently have:
Toro Proline 36 inch WB (Floating deck)
Toro Proline 21 inch Commercial 2 cycle
Toro BBC 21 inch 5 hp
Toro 8-25 Rider
Snapper 5 hp 21 inch Commercial 2cycle
Snapper 6 hp 21 inch High Vac commercial
Snapper 5 hp 21 inch High Vac
MTD 21 inch high wheel trash mower
John Deere 626 Tiller
Bluebird Seeder
Bluebired Dethatcher
Hahn Aerator
2 Billy Goat Lawn Vacuums
1 Troybilt Lawn Vacuum (Hose kit for beds, etc)
1 Sears Shredder (For Leaves)
Little Wonder Push Edger
John Deere E-35 Push Edger
Stihl FS 66 Trimmer
Stihl FS 86 Brushcutter
Stihl FS 46 Trimmer
Homelite HT-16 Trimmer
STihl BG 75 Blower
STihl BR 400 Backpack Blower
Homelite Blower (Given to us)
1986 Toyota Pickup
4x8 trailer

For the future:
Bigger pickup
5x10 landscape trailer
Either Walker or Toro Mower Rider
Leaf Loader and/or Trailer for leaves

We hope to go to 75 accounts and learn to work smarter using more productive equipment. We also want to cull some of the lesser accounts and stick with the more high end ones.













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Old 10-25-2000, 11:44 AM
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My name is Bill, I own Universal Lawn & Landscape, Inc., we are located in Central Florida. I started my business in July of 1992. I work for a company that manufactured Laser's for light shows, medical, and law enforcement for 10 1\2 yeras. Became dissappointed with the company and purchased a business for $25,000.00, for this I recieved 55 accounts and equipment that I had to make payments. Within the first week, I had 35 accounts and was realizing the income was just enough to pay the bills. I worked for UPS that December as a helper and have struggled ever since. Today, we maintain commercial and high end residential clients. Do landscape and irrigation installations. We completed 2 RaceTrac convienence Stores this year. We grow slowly as the debt I incurred in the beginning scared the crap out of me and I prefer to keep a low debt load. I began with:
1987 Toyota
1971 GMC 1500
6x12 Open Trailer
50" Gravely walk behind
36" Gravley walk behind
Echo edger, weedeater, & blower
35 accounts (I no longer service)

Now, Still have all the above, as well as:
1997 Ford F250 Heavy Duty Supercab
1998 18 x 8 Enclosed Trailer
1985 Chevy 3/4 ton
(2) 16 x 6 open trailers
2 Dixie Choppers
Alot of hand held equipment
And About 40 clients, that bring in 4 times the amount the 35 customers I started with.

In 2001 our goal is $250,000.00 in revenue and a profit margin that will lets us grow in the future to over $2,000,000.00 in sales.


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Old 10-31-2000, 04:39 PM
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What I Started with..........

Well, I started working for a friend of mine, off and on, a couple of years ago. We both are Firefighter/Paramedics in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. So I got a taste of what was involved, and what I needed. The next year, I moved to Aurora, and decided that as this area was BOOMING in terms of newer upscale residential developments, that this is the time and place for me to start my own business.
So when I got my income tax return, I invested about 2000$,
and this is what I got to get me started :

1998
1991 12.5 hp 32" Bobcat ( repowered somwhere along the way)
New Echo 2100 line trimmer
New Ryobi hand held blower
New McLane 3 hp edger
used ( VERY ) 4x8 trailer- open
Tow vehicle: 1991 Ford Aeroster ( Family truckster )

I started out by having 500 fliers printed at local print shop, and then my son and I walked the streets in my subdivision, and the one next to me.
Ended the year with about 15 customers. I was happy with this !

1999
Bought a new 48" gear drive Lesco. Boy did I get productive
quickly ! I never knew you could RUN behind a mower !
Reworked my trailer, so that now all new wood, and made into
a 4 x 10 , so I could fit both mowers onto trailer.
Finished this year with about 23 customers.
Also, traded in Aerostar van on a new 1999 f150 4x4 Extended cab truck. No, I am not going to plow, but I have a lengthy trip to Firehouse every 3rd day, and I like the cushion of safety it provides. Also tow a camper, so this worked out well.Good to get to those hunting & fishing spots too !

2000
Bought a Lesco aerator ( 19' Honda powered ) . Good money maker, but what a clumsy machine to operate !
Ending this year with 27 customers ( all residential ).

Goals for 2001.
Dump my trailer, and get a 6x12 enclosed.
Consolidate my accounts to a smaller geographical area
Replace the 32'' bobcat with a 36' something ( probably lesco )

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