I have equipment...Is it the right stuff??

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Suds, Dec 13, 2007.

  1. Suds

    Suds LawnSite Member
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    I have never been in the landscaping business but the time is right for me to make a career change. I already have the following equipment:

    John Deere 2520 diesel compact tractor with FEL, 62" MMM...3pt hitch with a, 5' rear blade, 5' landscape rake, 4' box scrapper, post hole digger with 9" and 12" bits.

    John Deere X475 garden tractor, 54" deck, 3pt hitch

    John Deere LX279 lawn tractor, 48" deck

    Simplicity, walk behind, hydrostatic drive, commercial brushcutter (like a DR Brushcutter that you see advertised on TV all the time)

    Residential quality, 22" pushmower

    Stihl FS110R straight shaft string trimmer with brushcutter blade and pole pruner attachments

    John Deere string trimmer

    John Deere plug aerator

    14' trailer and a 2005 diesel pickup truck to haul it all around.

    All equipment is in excellent condition, it's just been used around my home

    Do I have the right gear to get started????

    I have a sales background so I believe I can market my services. Where do you go for insurance on a landscaping business? As far as pricing goes I will attempt to find out what others charge and beat their prices to build my book of business. I am located in Maryland
  2. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,396

    if you have all that green machinery and a 2005 diesel truck why did you get out of the work you were in?

  3. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
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    What are you looking to do, landscape installs or commercial mowing or both?
  4. Dodge Truck

    Dodge Truck LawnSite Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 86

    If you do this you won't last a year. Let your work stand out and charge what your time is worth (don't forget the overhead) if you're doing $15-$25 lawns you'll never make it, price penetration is not the way to go in this industry unless you want the most PITA customers ever. Quality work proper business ethics which leads to a good rep is what it takes.

    Don't go in and lowball the other guys there are already so many out there who do it and never last (but more come) you don't want to put yourself at that level, those aren't the people you want to be competing against.
  5. LemkeLawns

    LemkeLawns LawnSite Member
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    I second that
  6. Suds

    Suds LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    I hear you loud and clear Dodge Truck. However, my impression (however right or wrong it may be) of this business is that the vast majority of customers will go to the lowest bidder and will tolerate somewhat reduced quality of work if they are getting a better price. Cheap takes priority over quality to some extent in my very uninformed opinion...How far off base are my impressions?

    I've never worked in this business so I really don't have a clue. If I don't offer a better price then how do you go about differentiating yourself from the established competition? All the other guys have lawnmowers, trimmers blowers too.
  7. Suds

    Suds LawnSite Member
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    93Chevy, I don't have the expertise to do proper landscape installs. I'm thinking I would start with residential jobs, mowing, trimming I could do hedge trimming (Echo hedge trimmer) and leaf collection in the fall. Although I guess I would need a way to either remove the leaves or get a leaf shredder.

    I could till residential gardens. I have a walk behind tiller and access to a tiller that I could hook up on my 3pt hitch on my larger tractor. Would tilling gardens be something that is in demand??
  8. Suds

    Suds LawnSite Member
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    Because I am miserable, I am making people around me (family) miserable and life is too short. I haven't gotten out of it yet but the time is right to do it.

    And yes, I really do have all that Green equipment (a case of green fever) and a diesel truck.
  9. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,396

    good for you...happiness needs to come first above all, seems today people forget that
  10. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,510

    It is unlikely you will get inundated with customers right away. The LX279 is a great machine for residential work, slower than a Z, but that is okay for starters. And an X475 for bigger props plus the CUT, there are not many jobs you are unequiped for. The people who count, your customers, will not think the less of you if it is made in Moline.

    If you get some gates, you might think about a 32 or 36 wb, a used belt will do. The belts seem to be bulletproof if you do the periodic maintenance. The 32-36 are light enough you don't really need the hydros. The 22 will wear on you before long. Can you get a Deere power bagger for the LX279 for leaves? Cyclone Rake? You may not need leaf capacity until next fall. That and a backpack and a blade grinder will make a pretty full arsenal.

    Looks like all your problems are high class :laugh::laugh::laugh:

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