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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Z71, Jun 17, 2004.

  1. Z71

    Z71 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    Wife and I are looking into starting a small lawn care business up. We looked at a try bilt 33"cut.
    Also been looking at different self propelled 22"cut.What's your opinion on the troy bilt?We are going to stay small for now,looking at doing around 10 lawns wk.Thanks for you help and have a great day.
  2. roadhawg3

    roadhawg3 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    I dont know about the Tro Bilt name anymore, other than the fact that they used to make good stuff when they were called Garden Way Equipment Co. I bought A Roto Tiller from them way back when, and it was like built like a tank, very solid. (thats all they Bilt back then) But then they sold out, and started mass production, and I think that their quality took a back seat to the competiveness of the mower business. Anyway, I did buy a Troy Built Trimmer a while ago, and it messed up the first day! I had to take it back, so I ened up buying a Cub Cadet Trimmer, and it has treated me very well. Personally I would get me a Toro, Scag, Honda etc.
  3. yrdandgardenhandyman

    yrdandgardenhandyman LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 953

    Ironically, Cub Cadet is owned by the same company as Troy Bilt. MTD
  4. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Posts: 0


    My suggestion to anyone trying to start-up would be not to go into hugh debt your first year.
    Gage the number of clients you expect to have over the year and purchase equipment accordingly.

    Try to purchase equipment that will hold up and last for years, but if it's not in your budget then at least try to purchase equipment that can be repaired easily and has some sort of warranty with it. Craftsman is a inexpensive way to get started if your on a fixed budget and you can order replacement parts online. There are plenty of start-up companies out there that started with this type of equipment. I still use a couple of their hand held blowers.

    New people to the biz are always trying to strart off with the largest most expensive equipment available and then find it hard to turn a profit because their overhead is too high. Next thing you know their discouraged, end up selling everything, and quit the biz.

    As far as the 33" Troy-Built mower, it sounds like a great starter mower.
  5. yrdandgardenhandyman

    yrdandgardenhandyman LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 953

    Good letter. I think one of the keys to success in this business is to simply be able to outlast the other guy. There's a lot of bull in this business and you gotta be able to take the good with the bad. I know I've felt like quitting after losing 3 bids in a row to an uninsured shrub. But, it seems that the lowball customers aren't where the money is anyhow. So, hang in there.
  6. yrdandgardenhandyman

    yrdandgardenhandyman LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 953

    I should also add that I also work a 3rd shift job to help finance the business. Gonna be one of the big guys someday. payup

    And I started at 45 years old, 4 years ago. Hard to compete with the kidz but now a couple of them, work for me.:D

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