If you had 8k to start out with,

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by husk1295, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. husk1295

    husk1295 LawnSite Member
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    If you had 8k to start out with, how would you invest it into your company ex, mowers, trimers, tralior. Residantal propertys are the target here but open to commercial. Thanks for the help guys, you are always top notch.

    PS please specify Brands

    Thanks mike
  2. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    I would put half of it in the bank and get what you can (including some advertising) with the other half.
    Buy decent used equipment and trailer. Brands don't really matter, most commercial equipment is good. Advertise with cheap methods such as doorhangers. You will have to walk a lot to put them on doors, but you will save a lot of money and should see a pretty good return. Think lean and mean. Used 36 to 48 inch belt walk behind with sulky. Used homeowner grade push mower. Used trimmer, edger, and blower. Don't forget the small stuff. Some tools, trimmer line, edger blades, gas cans, etc. You should easily be able to start-up this way with 4 grand. And you will have a little money in the bank for backup just in case things are little slow.
  3. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,612

    I started with a 5x10ft brand new trailer. a used trimmer, and a used blower. Last year I bought a new blower and trimmer so my old ones are backup. I started with the mower in my signiture. I soon found out that smaller lawns are way more profitable for me and I am going to upgrade to a 36" WB to fit in thoughs dang gates that fatigue me so much!
  4. Alpha Property

    Alpha Property LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 409

    Do you already have a truck? i just sold my 5x10 trailer for $800, grab a used belt walkbehind for $500-$1000, used commercial toro 3spd 21" mower $300-$600, Stihl runs specials all the time on their new FS38 string trimmers ($149.99) and BG55 hand held blowers (199.99). Remeber to budjet for expences during months that you won't be cutting, dead of summer and all winter, $1000 average per year for insurance, i run a work cell phone as the main number at $60/month.
  5. milkie62

    milkie62 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 833

    Seeing is you have not started,I assume you already have some sort of job.Keep you present job and try and do some cutting maybe directly after work a couple of days a week and on Saturday mornings until you get established.
    If you already have a truck you can get a 44" used Toro walkbehind for around $2k.Buy a Home Depot 21" Toro and the trimmer and handblower of your choice for $149 each.Or use what you are using on your own lawn right now.But you will need a 36"-48" walkbehind if you are planning on making any time after work.That is how I started.Now I am up to a 61" Ferris($12k w/bagger),commercial Toro 21",Toro 44" walkbehind,12' dump trailer,14' landscape trailer,backpack and handblower(Husky).Used is OK to start with,it will save you alot of money.Just do not get carried away with spending all your money on startup.I advertise in my local shopper and am really impressed with how it has worked for me.that costs me $72/mo.The biggest thing IS when you tell someone you will be there at a certain time---BE THERE...
  6. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    You can get a trailer for fairly cheap at TSC, and that size should be able to handle what you need for now. You can get a 5x10 2000lbs GVWR trailer for $874.99. You should be able to buy a good backpack blower and trimmer for about $700 total. As far as a mower goes it will all depend on if you want belt drive or hydro. You could possibly get a 48" belt drive wb for around $4000. And spend a little money on a home depot 21", maybe $300 Spend a little money on newpaper ads, business cards and some magnetic signs for your truck. That should run you around $500. That all would put you at just over $6300 for everything. As for the rest of the money, put that in the bank incase you have any unexpected repairs that needs to be done. It would really be bad if you needed your new mower repaired but had no money for it. You can get bigger and better stuff later on down the road.
  7. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 2,246

    put it in the bank and invest it where you can get some return...
  8. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 2,246

    lol, jk. i pretty much agree w/ all the replies. i would get a 36" or 48" belt drive to start w/ depending on your size needs.
  9. Mike's LawnCare Landscape

    Mike's LawnCare Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 488

    First dont wast your time and money on home depo and lowes items unless u want to fork out more money in a 1/2 year.
    (been there done that already)
    PS look for a used walkbehind I got lucky and won one off ebay like 1/3 of the price of a new one!!
    I also have a guy wanting to sale me 2 walk behinds /Hydros $1000 each.
    There out there.
  10. milkie62

    milkie62 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 833

    If you have minimal startup funds and no business yet ,there is no problem starting out with the HD Toro mower.Unless you have some huge area to blow off,there is no need for the backpack blower to start off with.The $149.95 Echo or Husky will do just fine.I have both blowers and 90% of the time the hand held is quicker and easier.The name brand stuff is the same at HD as a dealer so get it from a dealer so you can start a repor with him.It is up to you what to get for a bigger walkbehind.IMO I would just go out and get the Better 36".I have a 44" Toro and am finding it would be easier in cases with a 36".A small trailer would come in handy if you need to bag and get rid of the grass.Just keep it simple to start off with but get quality so it will hold up.

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