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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by freshlycut, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. freshlycut

    freshlycut LawnSite Member
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    OK i've spend a good portion of my youth mowing neighbors lawns to the point i know it's in my blood. I want to start a business. I want to start small/parttime behind my regular job. I plan on spending the fall and winter researching for next year. I want to know what i need. Tools, equipment, ect. I have read alot on this board and i know that advertising will be a large part of if. But for someone starting off small what equipment would you recommend to get started?
     
  2. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Part of it may deal with what kind of neighborhood you will be in.

    Suppose you were going to work in the mid-upper class hilltop area of Portland near Council Crest Park, you may need a small trailer.

    It's nearly historic. Old nice homes, narrow streets, some yards without driveways and parking limited. But a very attractive neighborhood.

    Anyway, you would want a small trailer - not a real wide one. And that would probably dictate the size of the mower and equipment you would use.
     
  3. freshlycut

    freshlycut LawnSite Member
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    Thank you MD. I live in West Virginia. There are two area's where i would be concentrating on. The town i live in is small but still has a bit of big properties and new contruction being built. Morgantown is a college town. It's pretty big with a nice mixture of commercial and personal growth. But the problem is it's built on a mountain (like most of this state is) so some streets can be pretty narrow.
     
  4. freshlycut

    freshlycut LawnSite Member
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    OK so what would be a good budget and what would you get to start out with? I've got a good bit of money saved.
     
  5. lawnscapesLLC

    lawnscapesLLC LawnSite Member
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    Blower, trimmer and mower is really all you need to start. My first mower was a 36" used walk behind. I hate push mowing so i don't take lawns where my 36 does not fit and then i got a 48" right after that. (found a good deal) It all depends on where you want to take your business and how much money you want to invest to start.
    I know a guy who started with a push mower in the back of his car and a push broom and now he does it all and is one of the states largest.
     
  6. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Craigslist and common cents magazines may be your best friend for the best used equipment deals...
     
  7. lawnscapesLLC

    lawnscapesLLC LawnSite Member
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    check ebay too--you may or may not be surprised
     
  8. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I start small and work upward.

    Get two of everything small, to carry at all times.

    Always have...

    2 loppers
    2 leaf rakes
    2 hand pruners
    2 pruning saws
    2 shears - maybe one hand and one gas - but always 2

    And always have 2 mowers - one might be enough to drive around with, but never go into business without a second backup: even a $200 one.

    The spare mower is a good choice to mow over ivy and ground covers with.

    Then work up into the bigger stuff until your budget is used up.
     
  9. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I started this summer with a new 5x10 trailer, a $40.00 used push mower, a $40.00 used echo trimmer, a homelite handeld blower, and a $500.00 home edition ZTR rider.
    I was going for the closest I could get to professionalism. I bought a small toolbox for my gas cans and small trimming tools, and I built my own trimmer rack.
    If you go to a dealer or contact smaller lawn care businesses,. Youll find someone that is selling used equipment or something else of use to you.
     
  10. freshlycut

    freshlycut LawnSite Member
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    thank you guys very much
     

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