Machines

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by CAT MAN, May 22, 2008.

  1. CAT MAN

    CAT MAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Posts: 330

    ok I am interested in landscaping and was wondering what machines I would need to start? Im sure I need a skid steer and a power rake for it, I would just like to know what else I would need to start???:confused:
     
  2. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 380

    shovels, rakes, wheel barrels, laser, cordless tools, many many more. start there!
     
  3. CAT MAN

    CAT MAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Posts: 330

    so your saying get that stuff and after awhile get the skid steer or I need that along with the skid steer
     
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,843

    I personaly would start with a phaser, communicator, tricorder and a medical scanner.
     
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    You don't need a skid steer, unless your looking into grading yards all day.

    I had one customer 2 years ago give me props for grading, by hand, 500 square feet around his house. I easily could have used a dingo, but I knew I truly didn't.

    If you need the equipment, go rent it. Once you think you've exceeded in one year the amount of money spent on rental, to purchasing one outright, then I would suggest buying it.

    The only time I wished I had a skid steer, was for moving pallets. But, I just had my stuff delivered on site by my suppliers, and figured how much fuel I saved having someone else do it for me.
     
  6. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    get the work to justify the purchases. You can rent in the meantime and find out what is right/wrong for you.
     
  7. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    How much work do you have lined up? What is your typical installation? Residential renovation, new residential installation, commercial?


    Why not get a harley rake for your 790?

    I would not purchase a skid steer unless you are using it at least once per week. I would rent equipment until you have the workload to support purchasing it. Plus, while renting you can get a feel for what really works for you.
     
  8. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    you read my mind!
     
  9. CAT MAN

    CAT MAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Posts: 330

    thanks guys
     
  10. CAT MAN

    CAT MAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Posts: 330

    I am more interested in lawn care/mowing just wondering what it would take to get into landscaping
     

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