A couple quick questions..

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by panoc05, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. panoc05

    panoc05 LawnSite Member
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    Hey... Just looking into this as a potential business option. Would appreciate any insight that anyone could give. Here's a few questions.

    1. I'm looking to buy a used commercial mower and was wondering what
    brands I should check into? (Price range from $1,500 - $2,000

    2. How many yards (residential) could I take on without leaving me swamped?
    I work fulltime also for a construction company.

    Thanks - Phil
     
  2. Jake's Lawn Service

    Jake's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
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    As far as commercial mowers, I would look on ebay. A few good brands of mowers I would recommend are exmark, toro, scag, bobcat, and ferris. All are great brands, but around here by far, exmark is the most popular. Since you want to be part time, I think you could take on about 10 yards.
    Jake
     
  3. panoc05

    panoc05 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the advice!

    - Phil
     
  4. MarksTLC

    MarksTLC LawnSite Member
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    Check you local dealers. I picked up a used Scag 48 WB for $200 below what guys were asking in the local papers. It has a few scrapes and dings, but has run strong for 4 years. It came from a large fleet, where they trade there stuff in after its depreciated.
     
  5. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Greetings and welcome.

    Please keep in mind that although this is a side job, keep your rates competitive. Don't lowball jobs @ $25/hr because... "Hey, thats more than I make doing construction, that should be enough...right?"

    In other words....don't leave money on the table.

    Good luck!
     
  6. panoc05

    panoc05 LawnSite Member
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    That brings up another thing I was wondering about. What is the proper procedure (if there is one) for estimating the cost of a yard?
     
  7. Equalizer

    Equalizer LawnSite Member
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    If i were you, i would judge the cost of a yard by the amount of time you have to spend there working, also on how difficult the terrain is gunna be, and the amount of drive time.
     
  8. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
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    GREAT ADVICE.... this is how I have been campairing myself to....
    Thinking I'm doing well when I'm not
    thanks for posting
     
  9. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220


    GREAT ADVICE.... this is how I have been campairing myself to....
    Thinking I'm doing well when I'm not
    thanks for posting
     
  10. panoc05

    panoc05 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    Thank you all for the tips.. I'm sure you'll hear from me again soon!

    - phil
     

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