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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by B&Clawncare, May 31, 2012.

  1. B&Clawncare

    B&Clawncare LawnSite Member
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    I recently picked up the business this year.. I currently have about 17 residential accounts. Nothing very big. I also have 4 commercial accounts (they aren't huge either)
    I mow with one other person and we use a 36" snapper walk behind. It cuts great but we are looking to upgrade. We have a stihl blower and trimmer.

    Any thoughts on what type of mower we should get? preferably a hydro walk behind
    Any other advice would be appreciated
     
  2. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    Eeeeeeebay
     
  3. FBT

    FBT LawnSite Member
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    I wouldn't buy another mower this year, you don't need it. Why spend that kind of money? Wait a year and see where you are.
     
  4. B&Clawncare

    B&Clawncare LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the advice, there are two of us right now, I mow and he trims and blows off the surfaces. There is always down time for him before im finished mowing. It seems like a waste of time. I didn't know if it would be faster for us both to mow and trim?
     
  5. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
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    You should add equipment when the growth dictates that you do. Look at it this way... both of you being not busy due to an extra mower (and expense) leaves you with the additional time to do what? This is not a "chicken or the egg" scenario. Work creates the need for equipment. Another mower does not inherently create work.
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  6. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
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    But right now your making money. If you buy a bigger mower it's gonna be at least 5-6 k and with only 20 ish accounts it's gonna take a whole lot of time to make the money back Unless you pick up 10-15 more. Wait till next spring and see how many customers you can get and go from there. Don't do like slot of others myself included and work just to pay for something that's not necessary.
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  7. SSmith

    SSmith Banned
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    You can buy a 60'' Turf Tracer all day for 2k. You just gotta dig a little. I'd buy the mower now. Save the 36 for backyards with small gates. DO NOT SELL THE 36.
     
  8. B&Clawncare

    B&Clawncare LawnSite Member
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    I have found a 2005 exmark trivantage. 48" deck. hydro.
    Comes with a bagger and a sulky, is $2400 a good deal? 700 hours on new motor and 2100 hours on everything else
     
  9. SSmith

    SSmith Banned
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    Meh....maybe. I paid $2500 for a 2008 60'' Turf Tracer a few years ago. A used sulky I'd value at around $75. Bagger I have no idea....we don't bag here.

    Seems high to me. Especially in this economy. I'd offer him $1750 for the lot. Cash. Take it or leave it.
     
  10. FBT

    FBT LawnSite Member
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    Sounds like you don't need the extra guy.
     

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