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Old 02-12-2012, 09:28 AM
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Sweet!

I think dKoester, took the prize. I don't think my trimmer can compete with a $20-$30 item, that rakes in hundreds or thousands in a day.

2nd probably goes to J0e914 and Tizzy and anyone else who cuts trees.

@beano and @weeno, I just picked up an ancient Ryan Aerator 2 weeks ago, haven't made a dime with it yet, but good to know that it was a great decision.

You blower people, you are probably right, as there is NO job without a blower, absolutely NONE. It probably is the most consistent money-maker. @lawnprosteve and @nick
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:47 AM
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In 2003 a z-trac was about $8000.

If I put 3500 hours at 65 bucks an hour = $227,500.

Minus $10 an hour for fuel and maint =$192,500.

Minus the original $8000 =$184,500.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:55 AM
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In 2003 a z-trac was about $8000.

If I put 3500 hours at 65 bucks an hour = $227,500.

Minus $10 an hour for fuel and maint =$192,500.

Minus the original $8000 =$184,500.
I was thinking my mower also.
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:05 AM
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Here how I figure my hedge trimmers. I had to buy a new set last year HS 86. The old ones HS 85 were $400 10 years ago. I kept track of how many hrs I used them, 200hrs x 10 yrs = 2000 hrs x $65/hr = $130,000. I pay a helper 10 bucks an hour to clean up after me and $1.00 an hour for fuel and maint = $22,000 Add the original $400. Leaves a profit of $107,600.
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:10 PM
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Here how I figure my hedge trimmers. I had to buy a new set last year HS 86. The old ones HS 85 were $400 10 years ago. I kept track of how many hrs I used them, 200hrs x 10 yrs = 2000 hrs x $65/hr = $130,000. I pay a helper 10 bucks an hour to clean up after me and $1.00 an hour for fuel and maint = $22,000 Add the original $400. Leaves a profit of $107,600.
If only it was that simple.

Pretty sure you also use a truck to haul the clippings away. Maybe a wheel barrel to get them to the truck. A rake and shread n vac to touch up the area's. The cost of tarps over the years. How about work comp and employer side taxes (if you are paying the help legit). Taxes on profits.

What about your time to do estimates and running around for them. Phone and advertising costs.

200hrs is a year is that actually 100 hrs on the site with your helper or both or you on site for 200 hrs (asking are you charging $65/man hr? or $65/hr for both of you?)

Can you live off that 200 hrs? Can that even cover your overhead?

I would imagine a ZTR would be the most profitable given the amount of billable hours out there. With the increased hours you can cover your overhead which could not be done with a hedge trimmer.

The thread's question should be what is your most profitable add on sale to your core biz of lawn maintenance?

I have never seen a stand alone buisness "Hedges'R'Us". Have you?
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:16 PM
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Think the most amazing thing I have is the thermos. You put hot things in it and they stay hot. You put cold things in it and they stay cold. How does it know that.
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Old 02-12-2012, 04:14 PM
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Think the most amazing thing I have is the thermos. You put hot things in it and they stay hot. You put cold things in it and they stay cold. How does it know that.
Genius!!! Got a good laugh outa that one!
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:22 PM
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I have never seen a stand alone buisness "Hedges'R'Us". Have you?
Hmm? Just wondering? what that business model would look like?
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Old 02-13-2012, 05:11 PM
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My mowers of course, but I dread having to buy a new one when this one craps out.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:19 PM
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If only it was that simple.

Pretty sure you also use a truck to haul the clippings away. Maybe a wheel barrel to get them to the truck. A rake and shread n vac to touch up the area's. The cost of tarps over the years. How about work comp and employer side taxes (if you are paying the help legit). Taxes on profits.

What about your time to do estimates and running around for them. Phone and advertising costs.

200hrs is a year is that actually 100 hrs on the site with your helper or both or you on site for 200 hrs (asking are you charging $65/man hr? or $65/hr for both of you?)

Can you live off that 200 hrs? Can that even cover your overhead?

I would imagine a ZTR would be the most profitable given the amount of billable hours out there. With the increased hours you can cover your overhead which could not be done with a hedge trimmer.

The thread's question should be what is your most profitable add on sale to your core biz of lawn maintenance?

I have never seen a stand alone buisness "Hedges'R'Us". Have you?
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