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Need to buy equip. what to buy?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by newbydfw, Oct 13, 2004.

  1. newbydfw

    newbydfw LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    Hey fellas.what a great site. Want to start out in a new lawncare business in the Dallas Ft.Worth area. I have already purchased a new 2004 Chevy HD 2500. Looking to buy a tamdem axle 16' trailer with folddown gate.Not looking for a full landscape trailer, to much money. Looking to buy 1 ZTR and possibly a walkbehind or a smaller ZTR to get through a 36'gate. I have about $10K to spend.If any dealers are here. E-Mail me at LD073 @ aol.com. Also could use any bid information and business advice you could give.


    Thanks newbydfw
     
  2. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569


    You might want to look at financing or used stuff then because $10K will buy you the trailer (a good price will be around $1500 for what you want) and a new 52" Z will be around $7500 then taxes and tags so the $10K is gone. Do you already have your commerical trimmers, back packer blowers and edgers, etc? Also of course you'll need business license, TX State Sales Tax license, Commerical Insurance all of which will cost money also.

    As it is stated here a lot there is a lot of comp also in DFW area (as really everywhere) so it will not be fast easy money by any stretch. Good luck.
     
  3. landscapingpoolguy

    landscapingpoolguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    buy a 52" and a 36" used walkbehind and get a sulkie for them.....alos get a 21" could prolly pick upp everything for less then 5 grand used.
     
  4. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    Bummer you didn't come here before the new truck. What hit you take in depriciation would have bought som emore stuff. Look for a good used trailer and the highst end equip you can as it will be your source of income. Look at auctions, equipment trader, newspaper where ever you think you can save some $. If you don't need a 21 inch trim mower much buy a used one with bad engine and just replace it. Since you're trying to save, maybe a split shaft weedeater with add on tools may work for you until you can buy the rest. It will wear out pretty fast with heavy use like anything else so be prepared. Get most of your hand tools used at a yard sale to start out as well. Consider an old horse trailer for your equipment. A little more secure than completely open. Lots of guys out here do it. Good luck.
     
  5. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    Your best bet would be buy used equipment. Shop around your local dealers for a good used 52" ztr and a 32"-36" walk behind. Or you could just forget about the walk behind and buy a new commercial 21". You will need a new trimmer, edger, backpack blower and possubly hedge trimmer. if you get a good used ZTR that has been taken care of it will last you a long time.
     
  6. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,905

    Newby, get my Super Surfer off of e bay. It's got less than 50 hrs. 52"/22hp Kohler.. And best of all, It's in TX.. check it out, it's a deal.
     
  7. landscapingpoolguy

    landscapingpoolguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    well I say buy used and pay cash because hes a beginner, and if hes gotta get out of the equipment and he finances himself to the teeth hes gonna be stuck with a chunk of payments and debt. this equipment we all know deprciates by half as soon as you take it outta the showroom
     
  8. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,306

    All of my equipment is used. Haven't had any major problems or had to make any major repairs to my equipment. I went on ebay, Scag 36 $500.00, echo pb-650 backpack blower $200.00, echo hedge trimmers pc-150 $150, everything paided for it self already, I've seen a ztr for like $3000.....jus take your time make smart purchases. I have a fairly nice business now and i put little money into it and got a lot out. Is this the way to always go....NO, but it worked out for me. Good Luck.

    Jeff
     
  9. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    my advice is to start out nice and smooth and don't get into debt too quick too fast. Take it easy and get a feel for things
     
  10. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,259

    I agree with tiedeman give it a year or 2 before you get your self in debt I personally like to keep my debt to a minimum meaning 2-4 months income. But you need to know what that income really is before you go spending it prior to earning it. The money will come and the numbers can get huge what most every one I know can not understand is in business things are different then having a job. I will hear stuff like wait to you have money before you spend 10k on a new mower and that is sound advice for employee which most people are. But it is not sound advice for a company you do not need to worry so much about your savings as you need to worry about cash flow that is what non-business owners just do not seem to get. When you know what your income is every month then you have a good idea what you have to work with i.e. a 10 k mower may only be a week or twos income once you have an established company. So get a steady cash flow before you go getting your self in a deep hole.
     

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