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How to spend my Money in the begining?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' 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. SidelinePropMgr

    SidelinePropMgr LawnSite Member
    Posts: 106

    I started with just my walk behind, blower, edger and a truck. Do not look at getting bigger equipment until necessary (when your accounts will pay for it).

    Sideline Property Management
     
  3. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,137

    Work your way into the equipment. Especially since your funds are limited. Too many new LCOs spend a wad of dough at first and have too much equipment, not enough work.
     
  4. Greentek4

    Greentek4 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    Yea dont go out and buy the newest biggest equiptment you can find. Find you some used equiptment thats a good brand, look in the news paper or check out flea markets. also a back pack blower might not really be necessary right now, especially if u just have smaller acounts your doing with a push mower.
     
  5. Eho

    Eho LawnSite Member
    Posts: 205

    Hey, I had a Toro 6.5 HP mower and it worked pretty well for a little over a year( i mowed about 400 lawns with it).... By that time i noticed it wasnt running as well anymore. I think you should be able to use this for about 400 lawns. After that, I think you should then look into getting a toro 21 inch walk behind commercial grade. It costs about 1100 bucks but its well worth it. You should have enuf cash flow to buy it. It will last a long time, does a great job and many of the pros use it. No, you dont need a trailor either. I just load up my mower and other equipment in my truck bed. Just make sure you find a good syster to pack them together to they arent rolling around everywhere. Hope this is useful advice.
     
  6. lawnlubber

    lawnlubber LawnSite Member
    Posts: 186

    Spend the money for commercial grade blower and trimmer. The homeowner models are underpowered and will last about a month as you struggle with tools that aren't capable of the task.
     
  7. lawnandplow42

    lawnandplow42 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 508

    despite many people saying to buy good, used equipment, i'd buy new. this is because i know it hasn't been abused, especially if i plan on continuing work in this industry. Along with that, you can finance a new product into monthly payments.
     
  8. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    Buy the blower and the trimmer 1st,you will need those to finish out your basics.
     

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