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How Did you Start?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by turfman33, Jul 12, 2002.

  1. turfman33

    turfman33 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 226

    I started out with a Craftman 21" (not self propelled). and a ryobi weed whacker with the edger attachment. Plus a cheap Home depot blower. Put it in my Town and country van after the seats were taken out, and away I went.

    How did you start out. Thought it would bring some interest to see how we all started and where we are now.

  2. grasscutter

    grasscutter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    i started mowing lawns in while still in elementary school. i mowed neighbors (also my teacher) yard for one dollar. total time to mow was about an hour. no string trimmers, only a slot on the left side of mower deck. my mower was a 20 inch craftsman with the wind up start and a 3 hp techumseh. those were the days ...
  3. Just Cut

    Just Cut LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    I started out with out anything, I got an account appx 20000 Sq ft
    and purchased a craftsman lawn tractor with a 42" cut, a ryobi string trimmer and a used hand held echo blower, a snow mobile trailer and a escort to tow it with, the next season I purchased a exmark WB, 6.5 x12 trailer and Stihl trimmers,backpack blowers, edgers, third year I went full time in the lawn Business:)
  4. Toatlandscape

    Toatlandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    I started with a 21" craftsman, weedeater and blower in the back of a Chevy S10. Mowed lawns as a way to fill out the afternoon. I had a job that I got off at noon and needed something to do until the wife got home. That was 6 years ago now I do it full time and could not be happier. It was the best thing I've ever done.
  5. Heller Landscaping

    Heller Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 204

    I started with an old neighbour dooing odd jobs. my bro. then beged to be able to cut his back yard. after 1 year he was the only one that could cut his grass i was not able to yet. once we spent 4hr. and got payed $10.00 each we were about 15yr old. then the big job come weeding for a dr. that my dad knew $10.00 each!!!!!!! after 1or2 years later we got the job of cutting his grass. we bought 2 21" craftsman self-propeld we spent 8hr cutting charged 165. that was how we stared.we have now gotten alot bigger but still room to grow.
  6. jsaunders

    jsaunders LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,781

    14 yrs old /25 now 21 inch snapper self propelled toro trimmer. Was driven around by mom or dad charged 7.50 hr. Funny thing is the toro trimmer still runs good just had first problem with it.- throttle cable broke- I guess it was time to replace something:D
  7. TFL

    TFL LawnSite Member
    Posts: 210

    I started with a Murrey 12/38 a homlite weedeater and an electric blower. Wow i have came a long way in a short time.:)
  8. Firefighter Dave

    Firefighter Dave LawnSite Member
    Posts: 166

    It all started when I was about 10.... Dad made me start cutting the lawn, I was a big boy now.... :D

    No really, I am just starting now with a K-mart Special, Ryobi weed whip, and a Sears Hand Blower working out of my Expidition. Next year I am hoping to get a 6.5 X 10 trailer, X-mark 48" Walk Behind, and two Echo BP650's, and a great edger! Hoping for 24 customers at $30 a cut! Ask me this again next year.....

    :blob2: :blob2:
  9. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Posts: 1,540

    Started 3 years ago by putting out flyers in my neighborhood to make extra money to supplement my income from selling old collectibles on Ebay (summer is slow on Ebay...winter is great!). Things just snowballed from there. I used a Scotts 1642 tractor towed on a small golf cart trailer that started its life as a boat trailer. Had a curved-shaft Weedeater trimmer, a Craftsman blower, and a MTD 21" 3.5 hp pushmower. All pulled with a 1991 Ford Ranger.

    Have since moved on up to a Exmark Lazer Z 60", a Exmark Turf Tracer HP 36", and Redmax stuff....with a 6.5x12 trailer. Insurance too. The best part is that it is all paid for....excellent tax write-offs. :)

    Will be stepping up to a bigger (full-size) truck at the start of next season...and maybe an enclosed 16" or 20" trailer. Or possibly one of those cab-over's with the landscaping type body (decisions, decisions...). Debating on whether to hire a helper next spring or stay solo...but that's another matter altogether.

    For all of its quirks (weather, LONG hours, weird customers, ect) I love this business! It has been good to me.

    Now the wife does the ebay thing (I join in during the off-months) while I get to get out of the house all day! :laugh:

    Oh yeah...THANK YOU, LAWNSITE AND ALL OF IT'S EXCELLENT MEMBERS!!! Most of my growth is directly atributable to information I have gathered here. I cannot imagine how much time, money, and effort I have saved because of the wealth of excellent info shared here. Without Lawnsite I would not have grown nearly as fast...and probably made some big mistakes that I would still be paying for today. Some of the most important decisions I have made about my business were reached because of the valuable info shared by my fellow members. :D
  10. dr grass

    dr grass Banned
    Posts: 242

    i started when i was 10 years old. i found a lawn mower in the trash. i got it going and started pulling that around with my bicycle. that, of course, was a few years after i started my " snow removal" service. i thought 10 dollars per driveway was really something back than .... lol


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