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Any thoughts on my start out equipment and trailer recommendations

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by irishsoul, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,512

    Raven I like your new site good job on it
     
  2. TURFLORD

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 834

    A 16' dbl axle trailer is the minimum. It might take you a years or two to realize it, but you won't be sorry. That extra space comes in handy. Maybe a stander instead of the sit down mower. IMO it's a nicer platform.
     
  3. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    Thanks GreenN'Clean !!
     
  4. bigmudder77

    bigmudder77 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 297

    make sure you have at least one person to cut lawn for before you go out and spend all the money. i have seen more people go under this way. they go and buy top of the line stuff or just nice stuff thats A LOT more than they can afford. They go under after the first year unless the have other ways of making money.

    for the trailer go for a smaller one at first just big enough to hold all your stuff. Then if you get bigger and need a bigger trailer you can sell that one and get a bigger one. but if you stay the same size than why waste the money on a big trailer that wastes gas pulling it? some thing to think about

    I am working on starting out too and its pretty stressful trying to get what you want with a limited budget. Trust me i know i have about $1000 that i can work with and like $30,000 in stuff that i didnt really need. Now i need a trailer and a few odd parts. but all the trailers i want/need are over $1000. i mean i have money in a savings account but i really need that for a down payment on a house cause rent sucks.

    what ever you decide to get make sure it can pay for it self. or its not worth having on a limited budget
     
  5. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    I disagree, get a big trailer to start with.

    That extra room comes in real handy when you've suddenly got a ton of brush/leaves/grass clippings to haul around after a clean-up.

    I'd also consider a good walk-behind to start with, it will save you money which can be put back into advertising or a reserve fund in case a piece of your equpment breaks.
     
  6. bigmudder77

    bigmudder77 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 297

    well if you cant afford a bigger one then you cant afford it. you can put leaves in the back of your truck
     
  7. irishsoul

    irishsoul LawnSite Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 71

    Thanks guys. i agree totally about keeping things affordable---not breaking myself before I start out. I'm very lucky; I have 20 accounts waiting for me and my equipment money is a gift. I got very lucky!
     
  8. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    the equipment you listed should be fine for most things but I would suggest you go with a 16' tandem axle like what was mentioned before, you will need it before long.
     
  9. wowmowwow

    wowmowwow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 209

    i agree also about the trailer being bigger. i was in the market for a 14' last yr. i settled for the 16'. even if all i hual is the plugger i still have lots of room for bags along the side of the trailer. i have an 8' trailer but have not used it in a while. as far as buying used...i didnt do that. as far as the image thing i didnt want a new truck pulling someone elses used trailer...thats just me though. the trailer place had an identical used one for about a grand less and it already had a place for a cooler, trimmer, blower racks, and a rasied box for g-cans. it looked very used.
    thanks
     

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