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Old 07-08-2000, 03:26 PM
Orkin Yards Orkin Yards is offline
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i have the opp to buy a lazer z hp 48" deck w/ the 18hp kohler motor for 4500, its only got 317 hours on it, my first question is...is this a good deal? good motor? next question is what are my options when i'm off to college in 2 years, i could sale the buiz but that will not be easy in MS and i know it won't, so what are other options that would make it worth it to me?
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Old 07-08-2000, 03:46 PM
Guido Guido is offline
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sale the buiz, huh? LOL Hope your not going to major in spelling. I was in a similiar situation when I decide to join the Air Force. I decided to saty in for 20 years, so my option was to sell. I made out okay, didn't loose anything, but didn't make a killing either.<p>If your looking at selling out in two years, don't buy any more equip, just more things to sell sooner than you think. <p>Now, your other option would be to keep it, but the question is, do you have anyone reliable to run the business? It good be a great money maker while your not there, depending on who's running it. <p>As long as your name isn't on the business, if you keep it going while your gone, the worst that can happen is you loose all your customers and sell your equip any way.<p>Hope all go's well!<p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://communities.msn.com/guidosequipmentpics/&quot;&gt;&quot;Guido&quot;&lt;/a&gt;<br>David M. Famiglietti
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Old 07-08-2000, 06:49 PM
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I have been running my business since I was ten I just graduated from high school this and going to college now. I am supposed to start in August. I am going to a community college to take up horticulture it is close by so I can still run my business. Thats what I would suggest to you if you like the business.
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Old 07-09-2000, 12:25 AM
Hardy Enterprises Hardy Enterprises is offline
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Hey Orkin here is one option. You could drop your current customers and relocate the business to the town your going to college in. Might be slow starting off again especially if you start school fall but it is an option. You could rent a storage building to keep your equipment in. Where are you planning on going to school? Do you have any large commercial jobs?<p>Jay
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Old 07-09-2000, 08:54 AM
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A 48&quot; ZTR can be loaded in the back of a full size pickup with a ramp gate. This setup is a lot easier to get around than using a trailer. Plus when you don't have room for any clippings you won't be bagging.<p>Once you start making some real money you<br>just won't be able to quit and go to college full time. <p>I suggest you take some courses in Auto Tech, business, English, and chemistry part time at your local community college.<p>I would not go for a specific degree just take the meat and potatoes courses to increase your skills as they pretain to your business.<p>Plus the internet is a great way of independent study if one is self motavated.<p>Here is a place to start learning about warm season turf:<p>http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/plantanswers/turf/turf.html<p>Cool season turf:<p>http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/agguides/hort/g06705.htm<br><p><font size="1">Edited by: lawrence stone
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Old 07-10-2000, 01:36 AM
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I had to make the same choices you do earlier this spring. Only thing different is that i only have one more year untill college. I went ahead and jumped in and actually bought a 48&quot; lazer HP with a 19 kaw. (great mower) i figured since younger guys at my school are always asking me **** about my biz that when its time for me to leave i can find some teen like me and sell everything to him.(or maybe not) its all up to you money donest mean that much to me right now cause i got a great education that i can fall back on and its something i enjoy doing. so i went ahead and took my chances. <br>Dingo
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