Most Profitable Equipment?

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

  1. classy

    classy LawnSite Member
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    I think dKoester, took the prize. I don't think my trimmer can compete with a $20-$30 item, that rakes in hundreds or thousands in a day.

    2nd probably goes to J0e914 and Tizzy and anyone else who cuts trees.

    @beano and @weeno, I just picked up an ancient Ryan Aerator 2 weeks ago, haven't made a dime with it yet, but good to know that it was a great decision.

    You blower people, you are probably right, as there is NO job without a blower, absolutely NONE. It probably is the most consistent money-maker. @lawnprosteve and @nick
     
  2. jackal

    jackal LawnSite Senior Member
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    In 2003 a z-trac was about $8000.

    If I put 3500 hours at 65 bucks an hour = $227,500.

    Minus $10 an hour for fuel and maint =$192,500.

    Minus the original $8000 =$184,500.
     
  3. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,674

    I was thinking my mower also.
     
  4. jackal

    jackal LawnSite Senior Member
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    Here how I figure my hedge trimmers. I had to buy a new set last year HS 86. The old ones HS 85 were $400 10 years ago. I kept track of how many hrs I used them, 200hrs x 10 yrs = 2000 hrs x $65/hr = $130,000. I pay a helper 10 bucks an hour to clean up after me and $1.00 an hour for fuel and maint = $22,000 Add the original $400. Leaves a profit of $107,600.
     
  5. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Posts: 4,170

    If only it was that simple.

    Pretty sure you also use a truck to haul the clippings away. Maybe a wheel barrel to get them to the truck. A rake and shread n vac to touch up the area's. The cost of tarps over the years. How about work comp and employer side taxes (if you are paying the help legit). Taxes on profits.

    What about your time to do estimates and running around for them. Phone and advertising costs.

    200hrs is a year is that actually 100 hrs on the site with your helper or both or you on site for 200 hrs (asking are you charging $65/man hr? or $65/hr for both of you?)

    Can you live off that 200 hrs? Can that even cover your overhead?

    I would imagine a ZTR would be the most profitable given the amount of billable hours out there. With the increased hours you can cover your overhead which could not be done with a hedge trimmer.

    The thread's question should be what is your most profitable add on sale to your core biz of lawn maintenance?

    I have never seen a stand alone buisness "Hedges'R'Us". Have you?
     
  6. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,660

    Think the most amazing thing I have is the thermos. You put hot things in it and they stay hot. You put cold things in it and they stay cold. How does it know that.
     
  7. ROC lawn and landscapes

    ROC lawn and landscapes LawnSite Member
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    Genius!!!:laugh: Got a good laugh outa that one!
     
  8. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have never seen a stand alone buisness "Hedges'R'Us". Have you?
    Hmm? Just wondering? what that business model would look like?
     
  9. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,437

    My mowers of course, but I dread having to buy a new one when this one craps out.
     
  10. scottslawncareav

    scottslawncareav LawnSite Member
    Posts: 99

    Every body has a party pooper today that party pooper is you :hammerhead:
     

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