Most Profitable Equipment?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by classy, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. classy

    classy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    Compare Penny spent for Penny earned, which piece of equipment makes you the most money on the maintenance side of the house?

    For Example, my Stihl HS45 (Which isn't their Pro-model) makes me more money and gets more jobs than my other equipment, and uses less gas. (as a single unit).... I understand that the rest of the equipment is needed to produce the finished product.

    But I must say, I am completely amazed still after 7 years how much business the Hedge trimmer rakes in. I was thinking to get a pro-model, then I saw the movie "A Man Named Pearl". Where this Auto-didactic gentleman created a Topiary garden that rivaled gardens worldwide...... WITH A HOME OWNER HEDGE TRIMMER.
    I'd feel like I over-spent, if this hs45 wasn't so fast and effective.

    Many outfits here, refuse to do hedges.... I run at them.
    I charge $60 per hour for a $500 pieced of equipment, that is constantly requested. I see that people are doing BOBCAT work for $60-$115 per hour.

    ... you get my drift ...
    Thanks for your input ahead of time.
     
  2. weeble67

    weeble67 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 286

    I bought a used Ryan aerator, I have made so much money on the side with it. I paid for it the first year which was 6 years ago and have never done anything to it short of a rope for the pull starter and air in the tires. It's a Honda and I love it.
     
  3. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,253

    My shovels are pretty good money makers. Planting is where its at.
     
  4. MisterBreeze

    MisterBreeze LawnSite Member
    Posts: 85

    I don't mind trimming hedges either but picking up the clippings is a PITA especially in pinestraw.
     
  5. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    That's why I have tarps!!
     
  6. nickslawnltd

    nickslawnltd LawnSite Member
    Posts: 171

    Backpack blowers for sure
     
  7. beano

    beano LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 425

    Also bought a used Ryan areator and have made a killing off of it!
     
  8. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,930

    My leaf equipment. Two blowers and a leaf loader. Its really helped my leaf removal income.
     
  9. joee0914

    joee0914 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 126

    Stihl Chainsaw by far... easily brought in a couple of thousand by itself last year.
     
  10. Tizzy

    Tizzy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 383

    by far my stihl MS460. that thing cleaned house last year with the hurricane and the october snowstorm. i paid $900 for it in august by christmas i had done nearly 15K in work with it.
     

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