What are you running?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MuskTurfKing, Nov 5, 2001.

  1. MuskTurfKing

    MuskTurfKing LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 338

    Well, I'm up past midnight, bored, and can't sleep.

    I wanted to know what all power equipment, trucks, trailers, how many accounts, how many crews/employees, and how many hours you work a week mowing.

    I also want to know what you plan on buying in the next six months:

    I'll start us off.

    Yard Machines 42" 16.5 HP lawn tractor
    Toro Personal Pace 6.0 HP 21"
    Ghetto Crapsman trimmer
    Ghetto Crapsman hand-held blower.
    1994 Ford Ranger, extended cab, 4.0L V-6

    I plan on purchasing the following within the next 6 months:

    Trailer, 5x10 or larger
    Echo PB 650
    Echo trimmer (undecided on model)
    Toro 44" 15 HP Kohler w/b w/ Toro sulky
    Honda 21" Masters (undecided on model)

    I am solo, have 7 accounts, and spend about 5-6 hours a week mowing.

    Hank
     
  2. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,544

    Do you do the accounts weekly?

    If so it seems like 6 hrs to do 7 lawns is not bad time for solo, even if they are small.

    With all your spare time I would suggest some intesive marketing, Flyers and a yellow page ad if you can afford it.

    Let the customers come in until you are working about 30 hours per week, then buy more equipment.

    If you have good credit, you can go into an equipment dealer and get financed for new stuff as you need it. You may want to go ahead and get the new mower and keep the Yard Man for a spare. Being reliable is essential, you cannot give excuses like broken mower very often until a customer leaves.

    Keep running the junk blowers, etc. They are cheaper and if they croak you can replace them with good stuff.

    Run the Ford ranger into the ground. The 4.0 engine has plenty of power for a single-axle trailer. JUST MAKE SURE IT HAS ELECTRIC BRAKES!!! You will **** a brick if you have to stop fast on a wet road, even a single axle trailer will boss that Ranger around.

    Ken
     
  3. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    A long , long time ago in an olde land called Hall of Forums there was a feature that was begun, it was called something like
    Who, Where and what you started with.
    It was getting pretty long and it was an informative section but it was cancelled as the forum got bigger. I hear they are trying to get it going again,

    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?threadid=14018

    If you are up late and want to read about everyones stuff, this will be the place.

    So just to help you now

    2000 Walker 26EFI 42" GHS
    1998 Toro 15HP Hydro 44" w/ Proslide
    1996 LB 21" mower
    Husky 140b backpack
    Shindiawa Eb630 backpack
    2 crap Homelite ST's that I cant blow up
    14' trailer w/front and rear gates
    98 Chev Silverado Z-71 350

    6 years in bus.
    20 to 30 accounts
    part time
    1 crew of 2 (as of Sept 01)
    mowing ave. 12 hrs per week
    expanding next spring.

    It looks like you are heading in the right direction for replacing equipment and I will give you a little unsolicited advice;
    go bigger with the trailer, consider a Z, consider not spending a ton on a trim mower unless you really have alot of trim mowing to do.
    It all depends on what you want to do with your business. If you want to stay right where you are and not expand, then you are in decent shape. If you plan on getting even a little busier then you have to upgrade.

    The best tool of all is Knowledge and this is where you get it. Keep clicking on the banners to help Chuck pay for the site.
    Good Luck.
     
  4. MIDSOUTH

    MIDSOUTH LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 320

    2001 f250 crewcab ds 4x4
    exmark 27hplc 60" with ultravac
    scag 25hp 61" turf tiger
    encore 34" ztr
    jd 21"s
    billy goat pro series vac
    1 stihl handheld vac
    1 stihl 025c
    2 red max eb7000 blowers
    3 stihl fs83 trimmers
    1 stihl fs250 trimmer
    1 stihl hlk75 extended hedge trimmer
    1 stihl ht75 pole saw
    1 stihl fc83 edger
    1 stihl hs80 hedge
    1 sthil hs45 hedge
    1 red max extnded hedge trimmer
    20' trailer
    16' trailer
    lots of other hand tools,edgers,tillers,sweepers and misc junk.

    soon to buy more--- 2 more lc exmark 60" (maybe 1 -72" and 1- 60"), more red max blowers and weedeaters, 48" or 36" exmark tthp and some other junk
     
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    1995 Ford F-150 XL 5.0
    1997 Pero 6X12 rear gated trailer
    2001 Dixie Chopper XW2500
    2000 Exmark Metro 36
    1993 Lawn Boy Gold Series
    2 Shindaiwa T-230 grass trimmers
    1 Stihl FC75 stick edger
    1 Stihl BR400 backpack blower
    1 Echo PB46LN backpack blower
    1 Husqvarna chain saw
    1 Homelite hedge trimmers
    1 9 hp Sears Chipper/Vac

    I work around 35 hours a week by myself and service 35 customers. Total investment to date is right around $30,000.
     
  6. BerksLawn

    BerksLawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 149

    Theres the thread i started awhile ago http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?threadid=10068

    I work with my dad in the summer and days off of school to maintain around 80 accounts with-
    -2001 dodge ram 2500 cummins desiel with 7.5 meyer plow
    -1996 dodge ram 2500 with meyers 7.5 plow and fisher tailgate spreader
    -1 6.5x10ft open trailer with 3ft sides
    -1 48" kees beltdrive walk with velkie
    -1 36" kees beltdrive walk with bagger
    -1 33" cub widecut mower with bagger(backup)
    -1 22" murray push
    -1 redmax trimmer
    -2 srm2100 echo trimmers
    -1 poulan pro bp blower
    -1 craftsman vac
    -2 poulan pro 20" chainsaws
    -1 hc1500 echo hedge trimmer
    - simplicity singlestage snowblower
    - 1 6.5hp yardmachines log splitter
    plunty of hand tools and a wheel barrow
     
  7. gorrell

    gorrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 536

    We're just winding up our 15th year in business as we don't do snow(or windows). Presently maintain 40 or so accounts that average over 200 acres of mowing weekly with commercial accounting for over 75% of that total.

    REDMAX: sgcz2500 reciprocating trimmer
    bc2200 line trimmer (2)
    bc3400 line trimmer
    bke2200 backpack trimmer
    he2601 stick edger (2)
    cht2300l 30" hedge trimmer
    HUSQVARNA: 225L line trimmer
    322L line trimmer (2)
    122L line trimmer
    hvt40 hovering trimmer (2)
    50 chain saw
    132 handheld blower
    SHINDAIWA: t-230 line trimmer (5)
    MARUYAMA: bc2600 line trimmer
    bc2250 line trimmer (2)
    ECHO: srs2400 pole trimmer
    POULAN PRO: handheld blower
    VANDERMOLEN850btx backpack blower
    DIXIE CHOPPER: Suburb'n Turb'n (3)
    Flatlander
    BUNTON: 61" BHR 3 wheeler
    LESCO: 52" hydro walkbehind w/velke
    YARDMAN: 18" rechargeable push mower
    21" 6.5hp self-propelled
    20' landscape trailer
    6.5 x 10 landscape trailer (2)
    95 Chevy K-10 extended cab 4 x 4
     
  8. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    1998 Ford F150
    1990 Chevy 1500
    18' trailer
    2000 eXmark Lazer HP 52"
    2000 eXmark Metro 36"
    1999 Encore 48" hydro
    1990 Cub Cadet
    1981-2 Honda Commercial 21"
    Stihl Trimmers
    Stihl Chainsaw
    Stihl Stick edger
    Stihl Backpack blowers
    Stihl Hedge trimmers
    Stihl Hedge trimmer attachment for trimmer
    2000 Pluggr aerator
    1984 Troybilt tiller
    1963 Ford 2000 tractor
    1958 John Deere 420 tractor
    seeders
    tractor equipment
    handtools
    powertools
    roller

    Thats all I can think of right now.
     
  9. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,544

    Trucks:

    2000 Mitsubishi-Fuso w/16' landscape body
    1989 Suburban+18' Enclosed Trailer and Meyer Plow
    1987 Ford Bronco (backup vehicle & runner)
    1985 Ford Pickup (backup vehicle)

    Mowers:

    2001 Gravely 260Z 60" cut Kawasaki 25
    2000 Gravely 260Z 72" cut Kohler 25
    1999 Gravely 260Z 60" cut Kohler 25

    1999 JD HD75 54" cut Hydro Kawasaki 17
    1999 JD GS30 36" cut Belt Kohler 13
    1998 JD JX85 20" cut Belt Kawasaki 6.75
    1997 JD "Yellow Deck" gear Kawasaki 17

    Trac Vac for ZTR's 6 HP Kohler

    Trimmers:

    (4) Redmax 23cc

    Backpacks:

    (2) Stihl br400

    Aerators:

    Tow behind junker
    Blue-Bird w/ Honda 5HP

    Fertilizing:

    Befco tow behind spreader
    Lesco spreader

    Snow:

    Meyer power-angle Poly Plow E60 Pump

    Handheld Stuff:

    Husqvarna Chain Saw
    Crapsman handheld blowers
    Crapsman hedge clippers
    Misc. hand tools


    Ken
     
  10. dlandscaping

    dlandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from mass
    Posts: 835

    trucks
    1998 ram 2500 enclosed van (my dads)
    soon to be f350 extended 8ft bed with easy dumper and 8 ft fisher plow

    trailers
    6.5 by 12 ft open with gate and trimmer traps
    soon to get 16 ft open or enclosed havent decided.

    snow removal
    2001 ariens 8/24
    1999 sears 10/30
    1995 sears 2 cycle
    1992 toro 2 cycle
    1967 ariens 4 hsp (this baby can throw some snow)
    1980 toro 4hsp 21

    leaves
    2001 10hsp billygoat
    2001 stihl 420
    2000 stihl 400
    sears snapper handhelds
    soon to get new echo or redmax bp and 11 hsp honda billygoat

    mowing
    2000 toro 36 fixed with 12.5 kaw with bagger and doubles
    2001 lesco gear 48 with 15 kaw
    1995 honda 21 push
    1984 toro selfpropelled 21 on 2nd body and 3rd wheels (will not die)
    1999 sears push and self propelled (numeous)
    2000 echo pas 2601 with edger trimmer and hedge trimmer
    2001 kawaski trimmer 26 cc
    2001 echo curved shart trimmer
    1999 sears curved trimmer
    2001 stihl fs45? hedge trimmer

    others
    bluebird detatcher with 6hsp robin
    bluebird aerator with honda eng
    2001 lesco rotary commercial spreader
    other hand held tools, cutters, sprayers wheelbarrow etc

    first yr in business at age 15 will expand next year with liscense. have 20 accounts and about 16 hrs of mowing+ per week with me and helper. planning on exmark 60 or 52 z next year and 44 toro gear or 36 hydro as well as the ford.
     

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