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Old 02-20-2012, 07:25 AM
muddywater muddywater is offline
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True they have fat bank accounts because they are financing equipment. Iím not getting into specific with my finances but I could pay cash for all my loans right now and still operate comfortably. See for me we get a fleet discount from exmark so a lazer z costs me about $8000 new. We put about 650 hours a year on each mower. We only keep them for 2 years. At 2 years they have about 1300 hours on them I then sell them for about $5000 now that means it only costs me $1500 a year to run that Machine. If I break that down to hours that $2.3 an hour. Not to mention we donít have to maintain them that well because we are not holding on to them and if something does happen itís under warranty. If I bought a used one we would have it won out faster and then I would have to replace parts and it would actually be more expensive for us and if we have a break down that would cost me money. we have had motors blow at 900 hours well if it was a 3 year old mower ts out of my pocket and a new motor from experience is $2000 so now im behind. Im not saying every one operates the way we do and each business is different and yes at first buying used equipment is not bad. But as your business grows new equipment is not always a bad thing if you can. Trucks we used to buy used one but now we can buy them for $30,000 run them for 4 years sell them with 80,000 miles for $25,000 so thatís only over $1000 a year it cost us to run them. If I bought one with 80,000 miles for $25,000 and kept it for 4 years it would be worth 15,000 see how now it cost us over $2000 a year. so see how if u need and can afford and have the work for new equipment it pays to buy new equipment. I will buy used like over seeders, bed edgerís and aerator.
Fleet pricing is a joke. I checked into it when I tried to buy 3 new tigers, and it really only saves you 500-1000 off of the average price. There is no difference between a mower with 100 hours and a new one... except several thousand dollars.

So you can buy a work truck for 30k(would have to be a gas engine with work trim package), use it for landscaping for 4 years, and then sell it for 25k? I don't think this is possible. I don't see many 4 year old work truck used in the landscaping industry selling for 25k with 80k miles.

I understand financing when you get started, but I consider it a luxury NOT having to finance anything.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:31 AM
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Haha yes I agree the CD is not the best investment, I also said E-trade and I in no way would advise anyone who does not know what they are doing to play on there.lol I was just trying to give examples. And u knows the sad thing is I believe you are right about people not paying on time. I mean it really is not hard to make a payment on time. I mean that the problem with America people donít take responsibility for themselfís. And again im saying you donít have to take a loan if you donít like the terms donít sign. And Dave Ramsey has a lot of good points but donít quote me because im not familial with all his programs but from what I have seen he focuses more on personal finance not as much business. credit card debt, a mortgage on home, Personal car loan this is considered ďBad DebtĒ and I agree with dave you should pay for it asap. I understand a lot of people donít have that kind of cash around but he is right you should try paying off your mortgage as fast as you can.
It is such a small percentage you make doing it your way... it just seems stupid if you have the money. I can pay cash and literally save all the money you would make in interest by getting a discounted price for cash.

So all your trucks and mowers are financed?
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:37 AM
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It is such a small percentage you make doing it your way... it just seems stupid if you have the money. I can pay cash and literally save all the money you would make in interest by getting a discounted price for cash.

So all your trucks and mowers are financed?
Haha no not all of our trucks are financed we have a lot paid for. I am not saying we donít pay cash for stuff but but if I can get cheap interest I will loan it. And if you like paying cash for stuff and you are small enough to do it hey go for it I donít care. But as you grow you will see the major advantage of loaning some money.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:44 AM
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Fleet pricing is a joke. I checked into it when I tried to buy 3 new tigers, and it really only saves you 500-1000 off of the average price. There is no difference between a mower with 100 hours and a new one... except several thousand dollars.

So you can buy a work truck for 30k(would have to be a gas engine with work trim package), use it for landscaping for 4 years, and then sell it for 25k? I don't think this is possible. I don't see many 4 year old work truck used in the landscaping industry selling for 25k with 80k miles.

I understand financing when you get started, but I consider it a luxury NOT having to finance anything.
Yes it would be a small percentage if were just talking $1000. But if you are Brickman buying 1.5 million dollarís worth of equipment each year ask them how loaning helps them. Donít forget Brickman loaned almost a billion dollars and they will come to your town and low ball the crap out of you and still make 40% profit. And yes we by Chevrolet 2500 some 4 wheel some 2 wheel. And I can easily no problem sell them for $25,000 I just turned over 2 last month. As long as you keep them looking nice and a lot of times Iíll take them to the body shop and have them repainted or touched up. I donít know why anyone would pay that much for them but people do.lol and like I said everyone has a different business model if you like paying cash go for it.
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:03 AM
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Our business is debt free...has been for past 4 yrs....(in biz 25yrs) its a great feeling to be debt free...btw all equipment is turned over frequently...mowers every 2-3 yrs...handhelds every 1-2....trucks are all 10-12 yrs old and look and run like new...i like buying an old beater and restoring it top to bottom...just finishing a 1991 chevy as i type...my personal finances arent as good..lol....but wife was a stay at home mom for last 10 yrs and was worth every dollar of debt we incurred as both our kids are straight a students and have had a great childhood..lots of fun times they will always remember...now, my wife and i will work on paying down the debt from those years..should only take 3-4 yrs..and again worth every dollar we spent seeing the kids enjoy their young years..but business is debt free.

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Old 02-20-2012, 10:39 AM
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Haha no not all of our trucks are financed we have a lot paid for. I am not saying we donít pay cash for stuff but but if I can get cheap interest I will loan it. And if you like paying cash for stuff and you are small enough to do it hey go for it I donít care. But as you grow you will see the major advantage of loaning some money.
No I really don't see any advantages of loaning money as I grow. I have several crews now, and we make money and save money. Why loan the money if I have plenty of money in the bank? It just doesn't make sense to me.
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:09 AM
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Yes it would be a small percentage if were just talking $1000. But if you are Brickman buying 1.5 million dollarís worth of equipment each year ask them how loaning helps them. Donít forget Brickman loaned almost a billion dollars and they will come to your town and low ball the crap out of you and still make 40% profit. And yes we by Chevrolet 2500 some 4 wheel some 2 wheel. And I can easily no problem sell them for $25,000 I just turned over 2 last month. As long as you keep them looking nice and a lot of times Iíll take them to the body shop and have them repainted or touched up. I donít know why anyone would pay that much for them but people do.lol and like I said everyone has a different business model if you like paying cash go for it.
Where did you get the info on brickman? 40% profit margin? Alot of large companies pay cash for everything. There is no reason to incur interest if you have the cash.

I am very interested in your truck plan. I would like to understand more how you can buy a 30k work truck, use it for 4 years, put 80k miles on it, and sell it for 25k. Do you trade it in on the new truck? I don't see too many 08 model 2500 2wd with 80k bringing any where close to 25k.

I am friends with a gmc dealer and I considered buying a new denali for my wife. If I paid cash. I think it was 54,000, I could trade it in every 6 months and pay $4000 every trade and basically have her driving a new car all the time. But this only works with certain models, like a denali that holds its value really well.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:13 PM
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Where did you get the info on brickman? 40% profit margin? Alot of large companies pay cash for everything. There is no reason to incur interest if you have the cash.

I am very interested in your truck plan. I would like to understand more how you can buy a 30k work truck, use it for 4 years, put 80k miles on it, and sell it for 25k. Do you trade it in on the new truck? I don't see too many 08 model 2500 2wd with 80k bringing any where close to 25k.

I am friends with a gmc dealer and I considered buying a new denali for my wife. If I paid cash. I think it was 54,000, I could trade it in every 6 months and pay $4000 every trade and basically have her driving a new car all the time. But this only works with certain models, like a denali that holds its value really well.

Haha I worked at a large accounting firm in Ohio before I did this and we did a lot with large national contractors so I know a lot of inside details about how these companiesís work. And as far as Brickman I am just going to leave it at I dated a district managerís daughter and he liked to talk. lol he said and this is a quote ď I read on those lawn sites all the time guys talking about how a big company is lucky to operate at 20% profit hell last year in my district ran 38% profitĒ then he took another sip of his beer.lol

In 2005 my first year I bought 2 new Chevy 2500 for $29,890 each both were 4 wheel drive standard cab base models. I sold them in 2010 for the one for $18,990 with 76,000 the other for $21,345 with 82,000 miles (I did have a $2600 easy dumper in this one.) I just looked at the receipts.
I do understand the economy tanked and used cars spiked I did get lucky And there were some inflation problems. But still thatís really good it was hardly worth me buying used. I was at the dealer to day actually and the 2500s Iím running are running about $34,000 with being set up for a plow. And im seeing 2008 models for about $23,000 on cars.com so Iím really not that far off.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:48 PM
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Haha I worked at a large accounting firm in Ohio before I did this and we did a lot with large national contractors so I know a lot of inside details about how these companiesís work. And as far as Brickman I am just going to leave it at I dated a district managerís daughter and he liked to talk. lol he said and this is a quote ď I read on those lawn sites all the time guys talking about how a big company is lucky to operate at 20% profit hell last year in my district ran 38% profitĒ then he took another sip of his beer.lol

In 2005 my first year I bought 2 new Chevy 2500 for $29,890 each both were 4 wheel drive standard cab base models. I sold them in 2010 for the one for $18,990 with 76,000 the other for $21,345 with 82,000 miles (I did have a $2600 easy dumper in this one.) I just looked at the receipts.
I do understand the economy tanked and used cars spiked I did get lucky And there were some inflation problems. But still thatís really good it was hardly worth me buying used. I was at the dealer to day actually and the 2500s Iím running are running about $34,000 with being set up for a plow. And im seeing 2008 models for about $23,000 on cars.com so Iím really not that far off.
Actually, you can find some of their numbers on the internet. They are running no where close to a 40% profit margin. I was hoping you had a link to back that up.

Single cab gas work trucks used for landscaping for 5 years are usually damn near worthless. Hard for me to believe you got 20k a piece for them.

My numbers come to after taxes on a new one, I would imagine your up near 35-38k now. And sell them for 15k after 4 years of landscaping. So it costing alot more than a grand a year for a new truck. It is a 20k depreciation over 4 years.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:58 PM
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