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Old 03-22-2012, 11:31 AM
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5 grand and looking to start my lawn Business

I have 5 grand to invest into to starting my lawn biz. I live in Indiana and I have always enjoyed cutting grass and working outside and now I am taking my first step in owning my business. During college I made money from cutting the Universities grass and working small jobs to earn extra income. I have read a few books, but I would also like to get others input on some ins and outs of the biz. The books I have read have given me great marketing ideas, and on how to get everything started, but I am struggling with on what equipment to buy. I have been looking on ebay and I found a pretty good package deal, but I want make sure its worth the $$$$. Here is the link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-54-HUSQV...54378215071133. Let me know if you think this is a good idea or if anyone else has any other ideas. Thanks for taking time for reading my response and I look forward to hearing from you!
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:57 AM
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Look for good used equipment on your local craigslist.org, if I would of been smart thats where I would of started.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:05 PM
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You thinking going used would be a better idea to start off with and then work my way up.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:27 PM
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To start off absolutely IMO. Stay away from used trimmers/blowers though, otherwise walkbehind mowers, zturns, zturn walkbehinds are ok.

What equipment do you own so far?
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94 Chevy 1500 8'6" Western
96 GMC 1500 7'6" Western
98 Chevy 8'6" Western

8x30 Tandem
6x12 Single

Snapper WB Z-Turn 48" (Trac-Vac)
36" WB John Deere Z-Turn (Trac-Vac)
John Deere F510 Z-Turn 38"
Toro Personal Pace 21" Mowers
12,000 sq. ft Shop

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Old 03-22-2012, 12:53 PM
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I have a newer push mower rakes, shovels and older riding mower, but its on its last leg.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:28 PM
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So you have the basics, are you comfortable repairing your old rider or getting a better one?

If your going to start mowing yards get a rider with a 46 inch deck, good to start. Will fit through most gates unless they are under that. Depending on the services you will want to offer, you should look into a rider with a double or triple bagger system for Spring/Fall clean ups. In addition to bagging customers grass in the summer.

If you get the bigger yards with few obstacles, you can look into a walkbehind zturn mower between 34-42inch decks cuts down on time.

You will want a trailer also, craigslist has hundreds of them for under 1500.
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94 Chevy 1500 8'6" Western
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Snapper WB Z-Turn 48" (Trac-Vac)
36" WB John Deere Z-Turn (Trac-Vac)
John Deere F510 Z-Turn 38"
Toro Personal Pace 21" Mowers
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:37 PM
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If your looking to be a hobby mower 5 grand might do. If you are looking to be serious, your going to need at least 40k for any kind of decent set up. You need a reliable decent looking 3/4 ton truck a commercial grade mower, trimmer, blower, trailer, etc. Buy good equipment not homeowner grade junk. Good luck but IMHO I'd try and get some financing or an investor, 5k guys are a dime a dozen round here.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:39 PM
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awesome thanks for the help guys
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:42 PM
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If your looking to be a hobby mower 5 grand might do. If you are looking to be serious, your going to need at least 40k for any kind of decent set up. You need a reliable decent looking 3/4 ton truck a commercial grade mower, trimmer, blower, trailer, etc. Buy good equipment not homeowner grade junk. Good luck but IMHO I'd try and get some financing or an investor, 5k guys are a dime a dozen round here.
Im already thinking a large truck would be good. I have a small pick-up, but would love a large/dumping bed.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:48 PM
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how would a long bed pick up work?
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