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Old 07-04-2014, 04:18 PM
mattymax mattymax is offline
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MLJ Landscaping LLC. 3rd year Progression

Hey guys. Two years ago I changed jobs and was a lot closer to home, allowing me to possibly open up a small business for some extra money on the side. Started out with just my neighbors lawn and now I have about 13-15 accounts and doing well. I plan to stay around this number in conjunction with my full time job and it keeps me busy. I don't bother doing beds and mulching. I do some hedges for a few of my customers but I would rather have a day or two off a week. I really do enjoy doing this type of work and working for myself.

Started out and purchased a SCAG 36" Belt used with catcher which was my only mower my first season. Going up and down ramps into the back of my truck got very old half way through the season so I bought a 6x10 SURE-TRAC open trailer. Plus very little room once the catcher is thrown in there, blower, trimmer. ex. ex.
Second season I kept the 36" SCAG because I had a few gates and bought a 48" SCAG HYDRO. Absolutely loved it over the belt but left me wanting a bit more for versatility. This past winter I picked up a 52" WRIGHT STANDER X used with 125 hours on it. I got such a great deal on the mower I couldn't pass it up. I sold the SCAG 48" shortly after. The STANDER is in near new condition and I am very happy with the performance and versatility of it. Once I got the deck dialed in the thing cuts amazing. I was a little scared about the 52" for some of my small account but this mower is so compact.

My current setup:
2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD CC
SURE-TRAC 6x10 Trailer
2011 SCAG 36" WB BELT
Snapper 21" Self propelled
STIHL FS90 Trimmer

my only thought about upgrade now would be an enclosed trailer or possibly a larger open trailer 7x12. I really cant decide about enclosed or open.

Here are some pics of the progression:

Original setup
2007 Silverado 1500 2WD

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Old 07-04-2014, 04:29 PM
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Old 07-04-2014, 04:39 PM
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Nice looking setup!

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Old 07-04-2014, 04:59 PM
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Forward progress, nice clean equipment 👍
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