New Equipment

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kentuckylawns, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. kentuckylawns

    kentuckylawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 57

    Hey guys,
    I need some advice on the best brand and best equipment to buy, i want to budget 3500-4200 for a nice (new walk behind) and (4000 - 4800) for either an additional walk behind or zero turn, info on best for money New + used. would you guys buy 1 zero turn and 1 walk behind or 2 walk behinds (i know just starting i cant afford a brand new lazer, and turf tracer ) - That would be nice though LOL. what are the best brands? Im going to budget about 8g for 2 backpack blowers, 2 comm trimmers, and 2 commercial mowers. What would you guys buy???

    I appreciate all the responses

    Ron
     
  2. texaslawn

    texaslawn LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 23

    I just bought a Ariens Zoom 1840 which has a 40 inch deck with the mulching kit for 2999.00 new. I found that I could buy several of these for what I would be paying for the others.
     
  3. VMcNeill

    VMcNeill LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    I've seen you mention Ariens ZTRs before. I went to their website and noticed that they are mainly residential quality. How long have you been using them and how have they worked out for you. I've been thinking of getting a residential(bad word around here, but still) quality 40 inch ZTR to start off with. As long as it last me between March 2007 thru Sept 2007 I would be happy.
     
  4. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 2,412

    Your just starting, get a good walkbehind (turf tracer), backpack blower and trimmer and thats all you need. Why do you need a Z and walkbehind, 2 blowers and 2 trimmers right off the bat? Use the walkbehind and have it pay for a new Lazer.

    Now use all left over money on advertising because you are going to need it...
     
  5. CUTNTIME

    CUTNTIME LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    shop around,even in nearby towns.I bought my equip. as a package deal.
    5x10 trailer,36 EXMARK walkbehind w/sulky,Shindiawa backpack blower,stick edger,string trimmer,and hedge trimmer for 4,800.new w/warranty.financed
    for 3 years.paid it off,I have 3 months left on my Z and I'm debt free as far as equip. goes.
     
  6. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    Best bet is to buy what you need to do the lots you have, What size lots do you have, How many people do you have on your crews?
     
  7. kentuckylawns

    kentuckylawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 57

    i only i have 1 guy that works for me, so it will be a two man crew, one guy mowing, and one trimming. I only have 6 accounts right now, but gonna bust my A** in the off season and my goal is 35 accounts, full time.
     
  8. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    stick with one mower for now. the deck size will be determined by your accounts and targeted size accounts. Don't go into a huge debt to have two mowers and a big trailer at first. Do it right, start slow, buy what you need to survive and then when the accounts come, buy more equipment.
     
  9. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 841

    Depends on the business that you are after and your customers yards.

    I have a 36" Walk Behind for the customers with small gates to backyards that I cannot get the Ztrn through. I use the Z on the front yards and everything else.

    I bought my Z New, but I got the Walkbehind Used for $500. It is a good machine and I will keep it for at least a couple fo years before upgrading it to a Hydro Floating Deck 36".
     
  10. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    Buy one W/B that fits you lots and maybe a 21"
    For 35 accounts there is no need for 2 mowers.
     

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