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Old 04-03-2014, 09:29 PM
ryan41 ryan41 is offline
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Equipment & "Shop"/ Storage Unit

Quickly growing out of the storage unit.. but this year i get free rent for a 12x35 because i mow the lawn at the facility. Its hard to pass that up for 30 min of work. I know a lot of guys ask on here about storage units.. I have to say i have a pretty good experience with them. I do have 2 outlets for electricity, although i don't really work on equipment much in there. Easier to do maintenance at my parents house for now. the biggest plus of storage units is the low overhead. I was only paying $75.00 a month for a 10x25 (gated lot, cameras, asphalt etc..).

Garage 2013:




Garage 2014: (not all equipment in photo, some stuff in the shop other in old storage unit).


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Old 04-03-2014, 09:32 PM
whiffyspark whiffyspark is offline
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That same size would be $350 in my area.

I'd keep that as long as you need to lol
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:37 PM
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That same size would be $350 in my area.

I'd keep that as long as you need to lol
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Damn that is expensive! I got it free now
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:53 PM
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I like it man. I'm getting cramped at my house and neighbors are so so with me. Might want to find one myself until I can get a shop.
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:13 PM
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We have used the storage facilities exclusively for 12+ years and just the season before last we started doing the grass at all of them to cut our rent fees, most of ours was costing $55-65.00 a month and in some towns we have a half dozen so a few crews still pay but most are free.

That is a nice looking rack shelf system you made there, keeps everything looking organized
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:43 PM
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You are so much more organized than me.

My "shop" is currently filled with stuff from my apartment, moving next month so I'll finally have room to breathe in there and get organized for once. First order of business is to build shelves.
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:24 AM
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Well organized but in my area I only pay $60/month for that size so free rent wouldn't break even.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:50 AM
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I have tried to do the same thing with offering to mow in exchange for a storage unit, but so far no luck. I would like to get out of my parents garage if I could. My dad would be happier lol. How did you go about offering to mow in exchange for a unit? Do you have any problems with storing your mower with gas in it? I've heard that is sometimes a problem.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:48 PM
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I have tried to do the same thing with offering to mow in exchange for a storage unit, but so far no luck. I would like to get out of my parents garage if I could. My dad would be happier lol. How did you go about offering to mow in exchange for a unit? Do you have any problems with storing your mower with gas in it? I've heard that is sometimes a problem.
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I live in a small farm town so everyone kinda knows everybody.. That has kind of helped my business grow. The owner of the storage units is a pretty cool guy. He was looking at my equipment one day driving through the storage facility and asked if i could give him a quote for snow plowing & mowing. I told him straight up that i would be using it for lawn care equipment. He has no problem with me going in and out everyday, working on stuff in the storage unit if need be or gas being kept in the unit. it works out pretty good.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:51 PM
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We have used the storage facilities exclusively for 12+ years and just the season before last we started doing the grass at all of them to cut our rent fees, most of ours was costing $55-65.00 a month and in some towns we have a half dozen so a few crews still pay but most are free.

That is a nice looking rack shelf system you made there, keeps everything looking organized
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I needed to make something to hang all my handheld equipment (blowers, trimmers, edgers etc..) it was taking up too much space laying them all on the floor.. So i made a nice little rack for them to hang on. 4x4 post in a home depot bucket with concrete attached to a sheet of plywood so that it is more stable.
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