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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by erhager, Mar 6, 2006.
What equipment did you guys start the business with?
i started with a 42" lt1000 craftsman mower, craftman trimmer, and a h.h. craftsman blower. this year i will be working with some far better equipment....commercial equipment is a wonderful thing
Don't go and buy a $12,000 rider if you don't know if you will have the money to pay for it at the end of season. Depends if your doing small properties or big properties. I would go with a 36in hydro walk behind and a if you know you will have money for a bigger ztr I would go to a 60in.
Also if your on a tight budget, and want good commercial equipment go look at lesco your able to get a 60in and a 36in hydro walk behind for just over $9000.00.
I started with a 36in encore, tanaka 7600 (2) and tanaka tbc 230 (2) also a enclosed trailer and a f250.
What size gates? measure all the gates on the accts you are going to cut. That will tell you what to buy, I carry a 21 in toro and a 36 in Bobcat ,Echo trimmer and blower. As you get larger pieces of property to do then get into the larger toys!!!Look for leftovers from last year for a good deal.
I use Wright Standers (52") and have a Ferris 36" and 32" for small gates.
i started with a cubcadet ztr 42inch and i still use it its small which i like cause i can get in a lot of small spots its not the best mower but it gets the job done especially for someone just starting out it runs for like 2500.
I started with a Murrary 42" lawn tractor and a homelite weedeater and backpack blower. It got me started. Now I have a 48" Exmark, paid for, Stihl trimmers, Husquavarna Blowers, Etc.
I started with a 48 scag wb and a 48 scag ztr with collection system. wb cost $800 , ztr $3400 six years later still have them and the wb never had a major repair and very very little repairs on the ztr. Over the past years I will say i have upgraded and don't use them as much but still they do cut a couple accounts weekly. The money these machines have made me is ridiculous and whats really funny is I could sell them tomorrow for the same price i bought them for..The wb I could probably sell for more!! I almost forgot to add that the $800 for the wb included 4 lawn accounts, 3 I still have. If your planning for your business to grow then buy stuff that you grow into not grow out of..