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Old 02-11-2014, 12:04 PM
superrman77 superrman77 is offline
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What Was Your Setup When You Started Out?

I figured this would be a good topic. What did you drive and what did you mow with when you started your business? I drove my 1999 350 and had a 14t homemade trailer. My mowers were 1980's models. Two Toro 52's and a 36". They were not the newest but the were cheap to run and easy to fix. I also had a tanaka trimmer and blower that I bought new.
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:38 PM
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Just started last year. 2008 F150, 6x12 trailer, 33" Sutech Stealth WB, and was able to pick up a new 61" BobCat ProCat. Echo handhelds and got a new Red Max blower. Nothin too flashy but it does its job
Echo, Redmax, Stihl

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Old 02-11-2014, 12:57 PM
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78 f150
homemade trailer
1989 ransomes belt drive 48" walk behind.
Shindaiwa Trimmer
Giant vac wheeled blower.

Backpacks weren't a full on "thing" back then.

When I really got in full swing:
Tracpac 16' trailer
60" exmark lazer z
44" toro belt drive sfs

From there it exploded into just about tons of everything
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:59 PM
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98 F150 16'car trailer 2 Craftsman push mowers Husqivarna weed eater and hand held Stihl blower.within a couple months in bought a 48" Hustler ZTR.Much better equipped now though.
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:18 PM
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Location: East Tennessee
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Trailer: 5x8 from Nothern Tool.
Truck: 1995 F150
Mower: Home Owner John Deere L108 Riding Lawn Tractor
Blower: Stihl BG55 hand held, bought used from pawn shop.
Trimmer: Stihl FS55
Push Mower: Craftsman 21" push.

I cut anyone who needed to be cut and would let me do it.
I did all my mowing after working the full time job I had at the time.
God is good; after the second year, I didn't need my full time job any more.
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:23 PM
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waaaayyy, waaayyyy back we used 21" snapper self-propelled baggers.
The clippings went in the bed of the pickup and the mowers sat on top the clippings.
grueling, nasty work.
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:40 PM
TuffTurfLawnCare TuffTurfLawnCare is online now
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Started in spring 2013

2003 GMC 1500
2013 Mustang 6x10
2013 Exmark Viking Hydro 48
2013 Exmark 21xBBC
2011 Stihl fs70R
2013 Husky 560BTS
2013 Echo PAS-266
2013 Echo HC150
2008 Husky 357xp
1991 Deere 318

Had some of it from when I bought my house, most was purchased at once, from one dealer wrapped into one payment, including the trailer. Credit isn't for everyone, but I am ahead by using it.
Just like everyone else on here, I have stuff that cuts, whacks, mows and blows. And way to haul it around.
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:50 PM
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I'm starting out this year so don't have a WB yet but plan to buy one next year hopefully.

2001 Longbed F150xlt
2013 14' Gatormade trailer
2011 (no hours on it) Dixie Chopper Silver Eagle
2011 John Deere D105 (what I mowed with the past two years, also lots of small gates around here ZT can't get through)
2011 Yardboy push mower
Echo PB500 blower
Echo 225srm trimmer
Troy Built backup trimmer
Troy Built edger

I hope to upgrade push mower and buy a WB as I already mentioned.
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:04 PM
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Used Ford f-250
6x12 single axle enclosed trailer
Gravely 48 xlt48
Stihl km 130 kombi with string trimmer, edger, extension prunners
Stihl br600 blower

Payed it all off first season, easily. That was 7 years ago
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:16 AM
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Mine was a 1995 Honda HRA215 Self Propelled lawn mower. I’ve been using it ever since we transferred to a new house with a huge lawn. I’ve been using it for like 9 years already and it is really tough piece of equipment. I’m planning to buy a new one, but I haven’t decided on the model yet.
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