best things to buy for add ons

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mikesjumpingin, Jun 2, 2003.

  1. mikesjumpingin

    mikesjumpingin LawnSite Member
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    What do you rate as good top five equipment investments for services in you area?

    I just bought a chain saw, but I was thinking that money may have been better spent on a hedge trimmer. This is my ranking so far:

    1. 48" Mower
    2. Stihl grass trimmer
    3. Echo backpack blower

    Good items--but I don't think will pay for themselves first season:

    1. Lesco spreader and liquid applicator and applicator's license.
    2. Chain saw.
    3. Edger attachment.

    Although I bought the last three for sensible reasons for the long run, I don't think I will make a lot more money having purchased them.

  2. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    I agree. I don't have much use for my chainsaw (maybe once a year), but I use my hedge trimmers quite a bit. I have 2 plus an articulating attachment for my string trimmer. Doing some trimming tomorrow!
  3. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Leaf vac and grain truck with dump bed.....hands down.

  4. CO.d 502nd

    CO.d 502nd Banned
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    aerator ,topdresser ,ztr with bagger for leaves on it to ,hedge trimmer;s 300 gallon spray tank and fert spreader all good investments pay for them selves real quick.
    Im not insured for big tree cutting so chain saw for me also not a great investment ,i sub out all big tree work.
  5. I`d have to say my 48" ariens ZTR
    and my stihl trimmer , have made me the most money.
  6. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    my first commercial peice was my Stihl FS80 trimmer. I suppose maybe my best investment might have been the Scag w/b as it's more than paid for itself even if it could use more power, it was 1/3 the price of a new belt drive machine and has gotten me this far. The backpack blower is an absolute must have, mine was practically free (traded some stuff for it). I hear a truck and trailer is nice too LOL.
    Double blades are an extremely good cost effective method of increasing profit and reducing labor and time spent on a property, great way to give your company the edge over other LCO's. Better striping too!

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