HElp me on this one!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Slcareco, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    Hey, I'm just starting this spring and I saved up about 2500 dollars, and i still need a backpack blower, string trimmer, and a trailer.... now my question is what do i really need and dont? like can i do with out a trailer in the begining and just put all my equipment in the bed of the pick up? which would save me 500+ dollars or will i need the bed? by the way i just plan on doing general maintance to start (cut,edge,blow) and instead of blowing my hole savings on a new commercial mower ill just start with my regular toro 6.5 hp

    any ideas or input everything will help! thanks
     
  2. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,010

    Definately get the trailer.You can use a handheld blower to start(less expensive than a backpack),and the string trimmer.Spend the rest on advertising.
     
  3. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    thanks for the help man
     
  4. shaughnessylawn

    shaughnessylawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 117

    id say hand held blower cheap string trimmer and misc. tools use the bavk of your truck to haul every thing sense you are just going to cut at first, find a cheap but good 36 inch walk behind and the rest on flyers and signs
     
  5. shaughnessylawn

    shaughnessylawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 117

    id say hand held blower cheap string trimmer and misc. tools use the bavk of your truck to haul every thing sense you are just going to cut at first, find a cheap but good 36 inch walk behind and the rest on flyers and signs if you need a mower i have a good 36 inch ill sell you email me shaughnessylandscaping@yahoo.com but you would have to pick up iam in maryland
     
  6. pgiambat

    pgiambat LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    The following is Perfect.

    Here's what I did:

    Get some 8' 2x8s and put $20 aluminum ramp ends on them (from Tractor Supply) and run your mower out of the back of your truck. You can really stick and move this way.

    I put 2x4's in the bed rail holes sticking 2' up and put sides (a sheet of 1/4" plywood or hardboard cut into 2 - 2'x8' pieces) on my truck with 2x6's across the front (You can put a BIG eye-bolt through the front and padlock a chain to it and lock up your trimmer and blower). Paint it all white (or another clean color), you can advertise on it (2' x 8' of space on each side).

    Equip: a used 36" SCAG or similar - $1000 to $1200, a Stihl blower - $150 new, a Stihl trimmer $200 new. Start mowing!!!
    Advertising: Local free publication (you pay for ads people pick them up for free), around here it is called the Thrifty Nickel or American Classifieds or Penny Pincher - $12/week for Apr/May/June = $150.
    Letter the sides of the truck sides: Do it yourself, take time and do it nice = low $$.
    Treat customers GREAT and introduce yourself to neighbors = priceless

    Here is a diagram/drawing I designed. I've been running this setup for 3 seasons and it works great. You can show up, unload, mow, trim, blow and GO! Your making $$ for $2000.00. You can make that back in a month or less.

    Good Luck!

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  7. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,758

    handheld blower-stihl, 169 or echo backpack PB 403 for 299
    stihl weedeater-long shaft, 269 or stihl for 349, echo curved shaft for 169
    5x12 trailor- 695 or if you can get by with your truck great
    stihl edger-349 or echo for 199
    good used walk behind (Ive never used one) or good used COMMERCIAL ZTR when affordable. You will want a trailor as soon as possible, and the biggest you can afford (mistake I made not getting one big enough)

    The stuff I listed above is decent entry level commercial equipment, my echo stuff is 4 years old and stihl blower is 3 years old with no problems. Good luck in your endevor!
     
  8. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,504

    Alot of good ideas here, I wouldnt get a cheap string trimmer, I would invest in a good trimmer and yes a handheld blower is fine. And since you stated that you were going to use a toro with a 6.5 hp motor I presume its a 21'' mower and I would use the back of the pick up. You didnt mention hedge trimmers, that may be something to think about and add that service also
     
  9. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,157

    I agree with grass_cutting_fool.

    DON'T buy a cheap string trimmer. My first two full-time years I went through 3 (or 4, I forget) homeowner trimmers before wising up and getting Shindaiwas. You can get by with an inexpensive blower, but don't scrimp on the trimmer!
     

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