New Guy Needs Advice

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Mallyard, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Mallyard

    Mallyard LawnSite Member
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    First of all, thank you to everyone who makes the site possible. I've learned alot so far on here by just browsing around.

    This is my first post so hello to all.
    I currently am in the process of losing my job. I'm 24, love being outdoors, and have always loved working for my self when I have in the past. I'm considering starting up a residential lawn business. I plan to start small, and grow slowly. Right now I'm looking at equipment and here is what I've come up with.

    I have roughly 3000 dollars to put into the business. I wouldn't mind taking a small personal loan out if it was absolutly needed. So far I've found a nice
    5x10 drop ramp trailer. And a few smaller zero turn mowers. I called on a Dixon ZTR 42" cut today. comes with a bagger. and he has many spare parts for it also. I'm also looking at getting a push mower, weedeater, and edger.

    Does anyone have any thoughts and opinions to share? I don't plan on busting out a 100 yards this summer, I realize that. I don't want to get into this too deep.
     
  2. dstifel

    dstifel LawnSite Senior Member
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    Get a good walk behind over a Ztr. More versatile and can buy a much nicer one for less money.
     
  3. Mallyard

    Mallyard LawnSite Member
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    Any suggestions?
     
  4. Curcioslawn

    Curcioslawn LawnSite Member
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    Get a used 48" walk behind and you can always put a velke on it look for a hydro one. That's what my first mower was I paid 1200 for it this way you still have extra money for more equipment good luck
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  5. Mallyard

    Mallyard LawnSite Member
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    The Dixon I was looking at was $1000. Will the walk behind be a better mower though?
     
  6. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
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    agreed go with a walk behind you can get a good decent used one for a good decent price. they are easier and cheaper to maintain. you can get into more places and still keep productivity up. i recommend a 48". I run belt drive machines. they are also cheaper and easier to maintain than the hydros. and i do not run any velkes or other sulkeys (i could use the exercise). good luck to you keep us posted on progress.
     
  7. Mallyard

    Mallyard LawnSite Member
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  8. dstifel

    dstifel LawnSite Senior Member
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    missing lots of information how old is it how many hours what deck. Looks like its belt driven instead of hydro which isn't the end of the world but all things you should ask him. As well as a picture.
     
  9. Mallyard

    Mallyard LawnSite Member
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  10. dstifel

    dstifel LawnSite Senior Member
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    Second one is smoking in the picture not a good sign.
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