Getting Started

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by grassdude, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. grassdude

    grassdude LawnSite Member
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    Hi...I am new here so I hope i don't embarrass myself. I am relocating my son from Michigan and starting him in the biz. Looking to start in the next season. I getting equipment here and there as I can afford it. His uncle has given him a new 24 hp Craftsman lawn tractor (I know it is not ideal but it is a start). Everybody I talk to has an opinion and i havent got the same one yet. I want to get him a ZTM and have been shopping (on line mostly) and reading reviews. Bad Boy seems to have the best "band for the buck" far as I can tell. Would I be making a mistake going with one of those? If so why and what would you recommend as a alternative? Thanks.
     
  2. Staffordnurseries

    Staffordnurseries LawnSite Member
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    Since a zero turn can be delivered pretty quick, why not see how many customers you have and use the free one until then?
     
  3. grassdude

    grassdude LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for responding! I plan on doing just that but I also want to plan ahead. Everyone in my area (North Carolina) is telling me that the business will grow faster than I will expect. I am also doing a little behind the scenes marketing....already have 20 residential accounts lined up. I guess I wanted a recommendation for or against a Bad Boy.
     
  4. Allens LawnCare

    Allens LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Depends on your local dealers, you can have one shipped but who will do the warranty work, things do go wrong. It's all trial and error and your personal likings, Before you spring for a new ZTR look at a larger walkbehind. A little more affordable and you can throw a sulky or proslide on it. Depending on the yards you'll need a walk behind anyway.
     
  5. grassdude

    grassdude LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for your response......I haven't thought about that. Sounds like sage advise!
     
  6. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    I wouldn't purchase a "ton" of equipment until it was justifiable. Just my opinion. Hope you have a good year.
     
  7. grassdude

    grassdude LawnSite Member
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    I have purchased him the basic stuff he will need (I think). Got him a good trimmer (stihl 310), a stihl 550 blower, a echo edger (got it on sale). Got some time to shop for a trailer (although I am not sure what size/type to get). He can use my stuff as backup, although it is not commercial....I have rakes, shovels, hoes, axes, etc. With the mower I think that will get him going (unless I am missing something).
     
  8. vanncann

    vanncann LawnSite Senior Member
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    Check local pawn shops over the winter and you will find like new stuff at great deals. Just don't buy the first thing you find, shop around (@the pawn shops).
     
  9. grassdude

    grassdude LawnSite Member
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    Thanks vanncann......i notice you list both open and closed trailers......any pros or cons for the beginner on either one?
     
  10. vanncann

    vanncann LawnSite Senior Member
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    Open is easier access for you and thieves so all equipment has individual locks. The enclosed is for overnight trips and I won't real safety. It can still be broken into but what they get they have no idea.
     

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