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Oh great..another newbie question Spend $3500 for me!!!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Pugsly, Mar 24, 2003.

  1. Pugsly

    Pugsly LawnSite Member
    Posts: 59

    Newbie to the site and a rookie to the bizz:)

    Anyway, Being a full-time Firefighter and life long nature boy, I have finally got the guts together to get my company running.

    I'm about to purchase a 36" Exmark Metro with ECS, Echo SRM-2100SB w/edger attachment, and a Echo PB 260L.

    I'm also getting the mulch kit for the exmark and the grass gobbler.

    How are these choices? Would anyone do anything differant. My dealer quoted me a price of $3500 for all the above w/ tax. That is about the limit i am willing to go cause I also bought a 6x12 enclosed trailer (which doubles as the moto racing trailer).

    So having $3500 for NEW equipment (hate used due to quality/repair issues) how would you use it to buy a 36" mower, mulcher, bagger, trimmer, w/ edger ability and backpack blower?
  2. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Posts: 3,256

    Looks like a plan. Only thing I saw that you might want to reconsider is that Echo blower. It's pretty much a handheld blower mounted to a backpack unit.

    You'll likely be dissapointed with the power. Look into a larger, more powerful model.

    Good luck.
  3. Pugsly

    Pugsly LawnSite Member
    Posts: 59

    what about the echo pb403?
  4. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 714

    Do yourself a favor and get the PB-602 and the PAS-230, I have had both of these units and they will work fine for you, at this time I am using a PB-650 and a PAS-260 and love both of them. What you are looking at is just a step above 'homeowner' and I think you will be pleased if you spend the few extra bucks now instead of later.
  5. Nozzleman

    Nozzleman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 225

    In addition to the above advice I recommend a 48'' mower. When I started out I almost bought a new 36'' but instead I got a used 48'' and I am glad I did. The only downside is that it won't go through regular gates so I won't take lawns were thats going to be a problem. A 36'' may sound good now but after mowing for two weeks you will wish you had the 48''.

    Nozzleman, I.A.F.F. local 1774.

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