Has anyone ever tried lawn care without a truck and trailor?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by All Pro Lawn Care, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. All Pro Lawn Care

    All Pro Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from Houston
    Posts: 99

    I sold my company last year and now and moving to a street where I had 3 yards. The new owner does not mow these yards any more. I have been putting some thought into getting a 32 wright stander and trying to pick up 10 or so yards on the street. With that mower I sould be able to do full service on all the yards (about 4000 to 5000 sqft mowing) in about 4 to 5 hours a week. I still have the commerical blower and weedeater. What are you thoughts on this because my prices would be lower bc I do not have the cost of a truck, trailor ect. I just have to get ins. and a mower. Time to break even would be about 3 to 8 months depending on if I could find that mower used and get 10 customers..

    Thoughts

    APLC
     
  2. lsu03

    lsu03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 370

    this should be interesting...
     
  3. DillonsLawnCare

    DillonsLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,100

    i ride my mower around my neighborhood all the time. it works real well. i can't drive yet, but thats what i do. just lay your weed eater across the caster wheel forks. and hold your blower or lay it on top of the deck, depending on what mower you have. just my 2 cents.
     
  4. J.A.G LAWNCARE

    J.A.G LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 931

    I DONT see why not i did it that way when i was 12......................part time make some easy beer money
     
  5. yungman

    yungman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Calif.
    Posts: 1,274

    I do lawn care for my own rental properties. I don't have a truck. My trunk is big enough to put my mower, blower, hedge trimmer. I have to put the trimmer in the passanger compartment, It work. Just what ever it takes to get the job done.
     
  6. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,645

    lot's of guys do lawn care out of the back of a truck. they now have an expandable ramp that replaces your tailgate that would let you drive the mower right up into the back. I ran a 21" push mower, 48" walk behind, blower, weedeater, 2 gas cans and curvy ramps in the back of my long bed 93gmc pickup for years. used the curvy ramps and it was fine.

    I remember a guy that had an old diesel toyota pickup and welded on an extended bed frame and added a drag axle for a tandem axle setup. he built a wide wood flatbed deck with a dovetail/ramp over a steel angle iron frame he welded. the bed was 8 foot wide and about 12 foot long or so. he ran that rig for 10 plus years and got great gas mileage. he could put a ton of stuff on that thing and could park anywhere.
     
  7. farmboy1285

    farmboy1285 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I used to have a lawn tractor (without a deck) and a trailer that I would have my snapper, trimmer and blower in and I would drive all over my neighborhood, I even had my phone number on the side of the trailer. I had some lawns that took me longer to get than to actually mow it. I remember I had this one lawn on the top of a hill and when I got done Instead of driving down the hill I put the tractor in neutral and I bet I hit aleast 35 going down that thing.:cool2:
     
  8. Paulup

    Paulup LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. yungman

    yungman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Calif.
    Posts: 1,274

    How far do you travel to do business!!!!:laughing::laughing::laughing:

    How fast this guy can go!!!! I like you ride, just not driving to the job!!! Hey, you don't have a safety belt, you might get a ticket!!!!!!:laughing::laughing::laughing:
     
  10. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If I am not mistaken the largest lawn care operation on the planet was started that way. If you want it to work it will, you will get out what you put in
     

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