Beautiful Estates Landscaping equipment and work Photos

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  1. BeautifulEstatesLandscape

    BeautifulEstatesLandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    Hi everyone:waving:,

    I've been looking around lawnsite for a few years, and decided to
    start my own thread! Great site and lots of good info!

    I started my company in 2012, but I've been doing landscaping since around 2005.
    We are located in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. I work with one of my
    brothers, and my dad often will help when he's off from work and my Mom helps
    with billing and taxes. We are partners in the business. And don't worry, we are
    fully insured! As far as advertising, we so far are almost 100% word of mouth. I
    mainly do landscape installation and maintenance, but am going to give mowing a
    try this spring. Almost all the tools are mine, some of the hand tools and a
    straight edger are my dads that he bought before I got into landscape. Now I use
    them and store them for him, just have to help him around the house in trade.
    Everything else is bought and payed for me. :)

    I'll post some photos from the past as well as regularly post new ones. Once all
    this snow melts, I'll take a photo of all my equipment.


    Photo 1: My line up of equipment spring 2013 I no longer have the custom top on my trailer, since I got the enclosed trailer.
    Photo 2: My john deere 425 when I got it....sat for years behind this barn
    Photo 3: and after I fixed it up! I added ROPS,3-point, pto, working lights
    strobe light, front end loader, quick attach, electric-hydro valves, and a snow
    plow! Yes, it's small, but it works great for mulch. Plus customers don't mind
    me running it on there grass.
    Photo 4: My brush bandit 65 chipper. Excellent machine. Got it from a closing
    rental center for a great price. I'm planing on restoring it at some point...
    Photo 5: inside my enclosed trailer right now. Me and my dad made all the
    shelving.
    Photo 6: My truck and trailer. Yes, my truck is under-sized, but it works for the time being...

    Feel free to ask any questions or give constructive criticism! (Like get a
    bigger truck!;) which I hope to get soon)
    -Tyler

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  2. BeautifulEstatesLandscape

    BeautifulEstatesLandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    Also got a almost new 2013 Toro Titan ZX5420 and the toro push mower last week. The zero turn was on sale, $300 off, and had a half hour on it from the dealer driving it out to a field, so he knocked another $600 off! Didn't have a scratch on it! Can't wait to try it out on the grass once all the snow melts. :)

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  3. S-205

    S-205 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 1,292

    Whats up with that Dodge hanging out in the driveway, your half ton is begging for a break.
     
  4. BeautifulEstatesLandscape

    BeautifulEstatesLandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    That would be my brothers truck...Its a dodge 2500 diesel. He mainly uses it to go to church, will some time use it to help out by towing the chipper or little trailer.:rolleyes:..:hammerhead:
    I'm looking to stop abusing my 1500 and getting a chevy/gmc 3500 with a Dump and plow In the near future. :)

    -Tyler

    Here's a photo of my brother's truck:

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  5. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
    Posts: 6,591

    Do you do a lot of tree work?
     
  6. BeautifulEstatesLandscape

    BeautifulEstatesLandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    I did a good bit of tree work last year, but I found I could make as much money or more by pushing the landscaping with my feet on the solid ground.:)

    We aren't going to be offering large tree work this year, it just didn't fit in with our long term business plan, and can save some on insurance. I am a ISA certified arborist. Good program, Learned alot. And it helps sell small ornamental tree and shrub pruning when you tell you customer that your an certified arborist and took a coarse on pruning and this is why and how we prune this way. Also learned how to climb by watching 'Climbing Arborist' YouTube channel.
    http://www.climbingarborist.com/

    The tallest tree I took down was 110 ft tall in 95 degree heat....:hammerhead::cry:

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  7. BeautifulEstatesLandscape

    BeautifulEstatesLandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    Here's some photos of my Stihl collection and the racks I made.
    This is what I have so far:
    BR 600 Magnum BP Blower
    BG86 C-E Hand held Blower
    SH86 C-E Vac/Blower
    MS192 T C-E T handle Chain saw
    MS290 Farm Boss Chain saw
    FS110 String trimmer,Brush blade
    KM 90R String trimmer,Hedge trimmer
    HS81 R Hedge trimmer

    So far all the stihl equipment is holding up really well. I have nothing against the other brands. The main reason I went with Stihl over the other brands was for the dealer. The dealer is a rental center that often rented from and they have great service. I know if I ever would have any problems, they would resolve it in a timely manner. They know me by name now...:)

    As far as the racks, we made them with some wood we had lying around and a sheet of plywood. Figured no sense paying $100s for some racks and shelving when we could make them ourselves. If anyone wants any close-up photos of any, just let me know and I'll go get you the photos!:)

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  8. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    Everything looks good. I also find that I can make just as much money doing landscaping opposed to tree work. Shouldn't be that way though. Im going to start bidding double on tree jobs, if I don't get it, so be it, there is plenty of maintenance to do.
    I have stihl equipment too. Same situation, rental dealer that sells them near me with good support.
    it looks like you have a nice setup. I hope you have a good season.
     
  9. BeautifulEstatesLandscape

    BeautifulEstatesLandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    Thank you! I hope you have a good season too! It looks like it will be a busy one, customers calling for spring clean-ups already, and the snows not even gone!
    I agree with the tree work. Most customers don't do any thing to their trees till it's too late, then don't want to pay anything to have it fixed or taken down...:rolleyes::confused:
     
  10. AMW Landscaping

    AMW Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looks great! Where do you put your string trimmer? Didn't see one on the trailer.
     

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