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Starting out! Need some Guidance

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by mylucky24, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. mylucky24

    mylucky24 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    I am 17 years old soon to be 18 this summer. My goal is to someday own my own business. My Grandfather used to own a Construction business but has since sold it. So I have the brains of what to do in a business but now I need your help on what to buy. I will be doing mostly residential lawns. I have been looking at Ferris, Scag, and Toro. I am leaning more toward the Toro, a 48” 400 series, it is a good price and I have heard good things about them. I have a little walk behind, lawn-boy, which I can get small places with. I also have a 36” cut Dixon that we used to cut my lawn and my grandfathers lawn. Planning on using the Dixon on the lawn with gates( in which I cant get the 48” in) I need some guidance. Am I heading in the right direction?
    I also need trimmers. I have no idea what a good trimmer would be. If you have any suggestions one what to buy that would be great! I appreciate you taking your time to read this.

  2. Signature Landscaping1

    Signature Landscaping1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,497

    Not very sure bout the toro, I have a lesco which is a great machine also, and priced very well, www.lesco.com. A good trimmer would be a redmax ebz2400s, ive owned one for 2yrs now and i love it, they are also priced very well at $269. And i think you are heading it the right direction. Good Luck
  3. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    insurance, license applicable for your state and county, commercial equipment suited to the type of lawns your doing.....

    nothing wrong with toro...
    do specific searches here, you will find most of what yu need...
  4. PrecisionYardworks

    PrecisionYardworks LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    I think you are going in the right direction. I started in 2004 at 21 years old. This will be my 3rd year and feel pretty good about it. Make sure you have everything you need before you start and have a good plan. I agree with signaturebecause red max is awesome. I have tried still and echo and a few others and i love my redmax. Also, buy a scag ztr, you will fall in love with it.

    good luck and happy new year
  5. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    everyone here will tell you to get the brand they have, ... because it must be the best.... all commercial models are good, just depends on what your doing, demo them and decide yourself...
  6. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 850

    with mowers, and equipment, buy what YOU feel comfortable with, and the machine you can afford. An Exmark may be perfect in one persons lineup, but in anothers, it may cause nothing but problems. if you feel comfortable with it, and can afford it, then buy it.

    Make sure you've got all your plans laid out, and everything figured as best you can.
  7. mylucky24

    mylucky24 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    thanks for all the good responses. I think i may go with a Ferris 48" and i will be sure to look at the red max
  8. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,413

    dont forget to add your truck to a commercial ins. policy also .
  9. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
    from -
    Posts: 4,041

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    My suggestion is make the best of the equipment you have. Scale up as you need too. You never know when something will work or won't work so you should avoid debt as much as possible.

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