Equipment Costs

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by TooTall, Jan 5, 2006.

  1. TooTall

    TooTall LawnSite Member
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    Looking for equipment cost information to calculate cost of ownership and cost of operation to make decisions regarding equipment purchase, accumulated repair costs versus trade-ins. Anyone have any references they use, or how do you make the equipment decisions?
     
  2. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    Your question is so broad that the only easy answer is to do a search,
    Use the words "COSTS, PROFIT, OVERHEAD, NET, GROSS, MAINTENANCE, LIFE EXPECTANCY.

    After reading a lot of info on this site come back with specific questions and we can help you better.
     
  3. TURFLORD

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 834

    Blah,blah,blah to all that. There's an easy formula. How much income will it generate! If your cutting 10 lawns a week, don't spend 13K on a rider. If your only using that skid stear 1 day a month, rent it instead. New equipment shouldn't have any real maintenance costs for the first 2 years.:)
     
  4. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    Not sure what you are trying to say. Someone asks about how to figure overhead and you say it is meaningless. And what kind of equipment can I get that does not need blade changes or oil changes for 2 years. Or am I wrong for figuring out how to pay for the time that someone is under the mower cleaning the deck.
    And by the way I have a few mowers that are 2 years old now so you can buy them for the same cost I paid new as you say there is no deprecation.

    Is this what you really ment by your answer?
     
  5. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    There is a great book by James R. Huston that has a lot of good info about what you ask,
    "How to Price Landscape & Irrigation Projects"
    Lots of cost figures.

    Sorry about turflords answer, Not sure what that is all about.
     
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    You mean 10 small lawns I hope. As for new equipment not having any real maintenance costs, that is not entirely true. Do your PM on any piece of equipment for 2 years vs doing absolutely nothing to a comparable unit with the same number of operating hours and then come back and tell me what you think...
     

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