Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kemmer, Aug 26, 2006.

  1. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 608

    Im trying to plan ahead and budget my expenses. I have $30,000 saved to start up again, ill give you a list of stuff i saved from this business before i sold it. i was thinking possible another truck as well, but idk if ill have that cash right away. Doing res/commercial cutting(larger properties) and landscaping/hardscaping

    01 Silverado 2500HD Crew w/ New western Plow
    9hp Little Wonder
    Echo Extended Hedge trimmer
    Redmax 8000 Blower
    Echo Chain Saw

    18ft Enclosed Trailer

    Continue from here guys, remember, budget of 30,000
  2. J Hisch

    J Hisch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 952

    1 Walker 26 Hp with 48" bagging deck plus 52 inch discharge deck with mulch kit. 12, 500.00 you will be set for leaves, and high end properties.

    1 giant vac truck loader 2500.00

    dump insert 2500.00, plus wood for leaf box 400.00

    3 Echo 260's 1200.00

    1 Quick 36" walk behind 3000.00

    1 Sthil Saw for cutting block etc. 600.00

    2 hand held blowers 600.00

    leave the rest of the cash for incidentals.

    total 20,400
  3. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 843

    1- Exmark Lazer Z HP 56"- $9500 +/-

    1- Exmark Viking 36"- $5000 with bagger & sulky

    2- Redmax BCZ-2600- $400 ea.

    1- Stihl BR-600- $470

    1- Stihl Cut-off saw $750

    1- Bill Goat HTR Truck Loader- $2800

    1- Aluminum Truckcraft dump insert- $5000 installed.

    1- New or slightly used truck- $5680 down payment *I would put the insert on this one*

    Total $30,000
  4. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,260

    You won't need another truck right away, so scratch that.

    If i was you, i'd buy a demo saw, a wacker 1550 compactor, and what ever mower you wanted.


    GBSLAND LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    1. Buy out a small Company with 30-40 Lawns, say roughly $4000
    2. Aluminun Dump insert by truck Craft. I thnik those run about $6500 out here
    3. 52" or 61" Wright Stander w/Bag $6000
    4. 36" Scag Walk Behind Hydro $4500
    4* 36" SCag walk Behind Belt $2800 (if you dont wanna spend the money on the hydro)
    5. 20' Enclosed Tralier (nothing Fancy) $4500

    Save the rest
  6. Evergreenpros

    Evergreenpros LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,155

    $5000 advertising
    $1200 21inch commercial mower
    $300 trimmer
    $1400 open trailer and a trimmer rack
    $2800 belt drive 48inch mower
    $1300 for "other" unforseen stuff(loadhandler, bed insert, gas cans, etc)

    12k total

    Save the rest and use the money of the business to upgrade as you need it.
  7. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 2,412

    $7,500 advertising = one busy phone line
    $3,500 Used exmark TTHP (easy to find) w/ sulkey
    $1500 open trailer with racks
    $300 trimmer

    $12,800 total

    Save the rest, no need to blow it all. btw, what did you sell for?
  8. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 608

    Heres what i was thinking, possibly, not sure about the dump trailer, but i could use it for mulch, spring clean ups, holds grass before i go to the dump, dumpster and equipment trailer. it may be useful

    18ft Well Cargo Enclosed $7000ish
    Toro/Exmark 52" w/ Bagger $?
    36" mower $1500-3000
    2 Trimmers $900
    Redmax 8000 $500
    Dump Trailer $6000....Maybe w/ leaf vac

    Lettering $500-1000 ??
    Advertising, bus cards, mailings etc. $1000-2000

    Changing the company name too to [​IMG]
  9. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 608

    Im going to school for landscape construction @ Umass Amherst. its a 2 year program so im planning ahead, interest will let my money grow a bit, so i may have 1000 or 2 more. But im going to start looking for equipment by the end of next summer
  10. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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