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New guy: seeking advice

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by metalsasquach, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. metalsasquach

    metalsasquach LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    Wow I never thought of it that way, that's very smart and sounds a it may be a better route. The reason getting a loan from my credit union was because I was focused on used equipment because I wanted to avoid to much money going out. But your story of how everything panned out for you sounds like something I should consider. Thank you again.
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  2. BckYrdLmbrJk

    BckYrdLmbrJk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 240

    This. Great post. Something I'm always working on. I know how it is having to take time off in this industry due to health. No fun at all. I hope you're feeling better!
  3. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,094

    Are you planning on snow plowing? If not I would go with a Ford Ranger, 10 foot trailer with a 36" mower and a push mower. Very basic, yet productive set up for residetials 12K sq ft and less.

    Feel free to inbox me as needed.
  4. metalsasquach

    metalsasquach LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    Snow plowing is something I will offer after the next lawn season if all goes well. I just don't want to much to soon, i know next winter is a year away but I want a full grasp on lawn care and a solid customer base before I venture into deeper waters. But its defiantly something I'm interested in if I wanted my business to produce money year long in the future. which is the whole goal (replace current job eventually)
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  5. metalsasquach

    metalsasquach LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    Anyone use a cub cadet ztr before? I was at my local store that sells farm/lawn equipment and they had allot of John Deere and cub cadets. They all looked nice, with all different sizes (I originally went to see the walk behind) but the cub cadets were so much cheaper. Any reasoning? They have new looking (not sure year) cub cadet 42"for $1900, if I could score a nice ztr for cheap with a standard push for the extras the ztr misses.. Would that be a bad first setup? Or stick with a walk behind? Remember I'll be doing small residential yards.
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  6. clipfert

    clipfert LawnSite Member
    Posts: 196

    Start off by getting some customers first. That is the hard part. Why buy equipment that you don't even know you will need. You will also know what you need. You can find what you need on this website or Craigslist being sold by guys that bought equipment they did not have customers for.
  7. metalsasquach

    metalsasquach LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    Since nobody needs mowing anymore in Michigan, focusing on all of the aspects of advertising I can during the winter and being prepared for spring sounds smart to me. I'm bound to land a few people by spring comes, even if I didn't have many at first I could still afford the overhead either until I got more people or even approaching people in the community with UN kept yards and just saying "hey I'm Jon, and I've been taking care of done of your neighbors, let me know if you ever need anything".. And leave then my card. I don't think buying to be prepared is a bad thing especially since I'll have my advertising ready and rolling out early.
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  8. TuffTurfLawnCare

    TuffTurfLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 668

    Most of the stuff you will find at a farm and fleet, tractor supply, home depot, Lowes, etc will be homeowner grade equipment designed to mow one yard a week. It will wear out quickly and probably not have a good ROI. Go to a dealer that sells pro equipment, Exmark, Walker, Wright, Gravely, etc. Take a look at what other LCO's in the area have on their trailers. Its rare in this area to see cubcadet. I have only seen one guy here with Cub Cadet mower.

    If your looking at smaller yards, then a 36 or 48 Hydro Walk behind with a sulky/standon/etc is a good bet. Pair it with a pro 21" push mower and pro hand helds and you should be able to run a couple years without a single breakdown. Just keep the blades sharp and the maintenance caught up.

    This is another reason to a couple dealers. They know the area your in and have more than likely gotten a few companies up and running by selling the right equipment. I went with an Exmark 48 hydro walkbehind mostly because the dealer is great, and I love the ECS controls on the Exmarks. Go talk to different dealers, kick tires and look at the costs and purchase plans.
  9. metalsasquach

    metalsasquach LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    Thanks for the reply, I was looking at the local John Deere dealer for fun and that's where I seen what I did. Cub cadet was probably residential quality judging by its price and condition. I didn't talk to any sales people to ask but I came here for an honest opinion because a salesmans job is to sell.
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