$1000 to $2000 to pay for lawn equipment

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by CJIII, Apr 20, 2002.

  1. CJIII

    CJIII LawnSite Member
    Posts: 57

    Hey guys I would like is $1000 to $2000 a good amount of money to by the equipment.
  2. BobbyBcuttin

    BobbyBcuttin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 115

    Give you a idea of what kind of cost I'm solo and not counting my enclosed trailer or truck i've got close to 20,000 dollers in equipment .
  3. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,516

    My main question to you is what kind of equiptment is it.

    Here are some other questions that I would have before buying used equiptment....
    How many hours are on it.
    How has it been maintained?

    These are some of the questions that I would have. As in theother post, you can get up pretty high in the amount that is spent on equiptment, even if yo are solo. Depending on what kind of equiptment( or toys, that is what my wife calls them) that you are looking to buy.
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    That would buy you 1 good walkbehind belt drive. You still need to buy a comm'l grade trimmer, blower, and a trailer to haul it. Very soon you'll need hedge trimmers, stick edger (maybe), backup trimmer, G/L insurance, biz license, truck insurance, etc.

    I would say at a bare minimum $3000.
  5. cheapcuts

    cheapcuts LawnSite Member
    from Boise
    Posts: 12

    I just found a guy who will sell me his mowers and 13 lawns for 700 bucks. The lawns pay 175 a week and he has an old snapper and a two year old cub cadet and some kind of trimmer. I will go for it and get my foot in the door.
    bummer is 3or 4 of the lanws only get mowed a couple times a month and 1 is once nonth.:blob3:
  6. CJIII

    CJIII LawnSite Member
    Posts: 57

    I am looking at 1 mower 1 weed eater and edger 1 blower and maybe some hedge trimmers. I am going to be buying all new equipment.
  7. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,074

    Quote: 13 lawns for 700 bucks. The lawns pay 175 a week

    I don't normally comment on pricing because who am I to say what is a good price for your individual business, but $175.00 a week for 13 lawns doesn't sound good.

    That's only $13.46 a lawn if I am figuring things right.

    You will have to work 4 months to pay off those lawns, and that's if every one of those customers sticks with you.
    The equipment you listed doesn't make the deal sound much better.

    My opinion would be to find your own accounts that will be profitable to you.
  8. ScotLawn

    ScotLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 309

    Cheapcuts, I'm part time and have about 13 yards with 1-2 week cuts. I pull in 175 easy by just cutting 5 yards or less sometimes.

    Your best bet would be to find a used belt drive walkbehind commercial exmark and then find a homeowners edition weedeater and get a good blower. Upgrade the weedeater as soon as possible. This is what i did and am on my third year. I have all commercial equip that I use and it's paid for.

    A used belt drive exmark can easy go for 1200 or cheaper for a 36". great start, better than a snapper.

  9. heygrassman

    heygrassman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 509

    I can not stress this hard enough.. use the search button all the way at the top of the page. Search everything imaginable. I have started my own company this year and have learned loads of valuable informaiton here.. some I ignored and some that I took heed. I am paying the price for ignoring some advice. In some aspects this business is not as difficult as I thought, in other regards it is much harder than I ever thought. You do not go out and buy a bent shaft weedwacker and a 21" and hang a flyer and you have dough rolling in. DRIFT... Do it right the first time.

    Good Luck. May the search Gods be on you side.

  10. AK Lawn

    AK Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 186

    for me to start a trailer it is a minimum of $12,000, not including truck or ZTR, just traler, wb's, 21"s, and misc. equip
    AK Lawn

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