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Old 02-03-2004, 02:39 PM
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Thanks everyone for your tips. I really appreciate it.....please keep the tips coming.

I'm looking to buy a 48" Scag zero-turn. Should I buy a clam shell bagger for it? What about a striper attachment for it? What are some of your thoughts on the best equipment to get started with? What type or brand of weed eater do you recommend to start with? I have an Echo blower, a Honda 21" trim mower and a 6 x 8 open trailer.

Thanks to all for your responses!
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Old 02-03-2004, 03:25 PM
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Keep up a nice neat appearance if you can nice trucks and equipment get some work shirts made with your company name on them.And stay motivated other then that Kellys Landscaping made some very good points.
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Old 02-04-2004, 05:36 AM
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To add to what Lux said above, I can't stress enough the importance of you and your equipment looking the best it can along with some kind of logo'd shirts/caps etc. Assuming you do better than average work, if you can separate yourself from the pack, with a better "image", you will grow more quickly. Never give up on always making a better-than-average looking appearance. And you dont need new trucks and equipment to make a good impression. Just keep things clean, neat and logo'd.

One more thing...dont be discouraged in your first year. Unless you are lucky, it will take at least 2 seasons for your hard work to start paying off. Sit down and write the "Ten Commandments for My Business"...ie the things that will make you better than the rest.....and NEVER deviate from them...no matter how hard the first year of 2 is...It WILL pay off in the long run if you hang in there
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Old 02-04-2004, 01:36 PM
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Everyone has made valuable points, but I would use caution before risking "The farm" on your business. There is no question you are going to be more motivated if your hungry. This is a business, and you have to make sound decisions. Later when you are making money for yourself someone is going to come along with an amazing new way to increase profits and they will have no problem trying to make you risk an even bigger "farm" just one more time. Always have a back door no matter what. Planning is the key to longevity. I have an older 21" walk behind in the shed I may never use again, but I keep it because worst case I can still mow for a day with it. I don't want to offend anyone or say that jumping is bad because that back door might just be as simple as keeping up friendly communication with the job you have now, so if it all goes south you could ask for your job back.

Good luck and go for it with all you've got, but never limit your options.

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