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It's Official!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ground Pounder, Jan 31, 2001.

  1. Ground Pounder

    Ground Pounder LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    Today I received word from my banker that my presentation was a success and my loan was approved. I am now officially in business. My next step is an aggressive marketing campaign and to go shopping.

    The goal for my first season is 40 customers. Here is my shopping list.

    6'x12' utility trailer
    Exmark Hydro HP 'Turf Tracer' 52"
    Exmark Belt HP 'Metro' 36"
    Red-Max Hand Held Blower
    Echo Split-Boom w/string trimmer and edger
    Misc. tools and spare blades

    I have learned much from you guys. No sense in re-inventing the wheel, right?
  2. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

  3. Getmow

    Getmow LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 445

    Mow power to ya'
  4. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    Way to go Ground Pounder, I wish you much success in the business.
  5. Congratulations, Ground Pounder. Have you thought about a little bigger trailer, you can quickly outgrow a 12 footer. In my area it is not much more for a 16 footer. I would suggest that you get one equipped with brakes, they will save some wear and tear on your truck. Just my opinion.

    Keep us posted on your progress, and good luck.

    [Edited by Davis TLC on 01-31-2001 at 10:02 PM]
  6. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    But I'll back him up. I'd spend the little bit of extra cash and go with at least a 16' trailer (if your truck can pull it) You'll be glad you did when you decide to expand and even sometime now you will find yourself packed into a 12' trailer.

    Other than that, stick with it and good luck in your venture!
  7. Trimline

    Trimline LawnSite Member
    Posts: 33

    Congrats Ground Pounder,

    This sounds alot like my first season. I have a couple suggestions on your equipment. For one a back pack blower is well worth the money. Two I might hold off on buying the 36 until you find out how many lawns you need it for. Three
    not sure about the split boom. I love my echo trimmer 2601 because of balance and light weight. If I was going to buy another stick edger I would want the biggest engine i could get on one.

    good luck.
  8. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 662

    I agree with Davis TLC, look into a larger/longer trailer. I bought a 12ft a year ago. I thought I would never be able to use all the room on it. Was I wrong, an extra 4ft would really help. Although I'm not going to buy one this coming spring, the fall looks like a good time to buy for me. Good Luck!!
  9. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 945

    Longer trailer and a ZTR walkbehinds become old quick....belive me.
  10. Mark

    Mark LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 723

    Pounder thats Great News. Wish you all the best, If its in your heart to please your clients the best you can im sure you do just fine. Marks Mowing Service

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