what did you start out with

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by JTS Landscaping lawn, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. JTS Landscaping lawn

    JTS Landscaping lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    wanted see how everyone started out there lawn care & landscaping business. i had a little 4cylinder s10 with 5x10 trailer and $200 riding mower. now 10 1/2yrs later and 5 trucks later have a 99 crew cab F-250 v10 and 18' trailer with 2 mowers. hard to beleive that been that long pretty sweet though. started the day i got my drivers license pretty much lol. how have you guys started.
  2. 2brothersyardcare

    2brothersyardcare LawnSite Silver Member
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    cart honda 21 troybit trimmer stihl br420 and got a hs45 had a truck but my dad sold it
  3. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    Craftsman push mower, and my dad drove me to the one job I had.
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  4. mikeslawnlandscapeohio

    mikeslawnlandscapeohio LawnSite Member
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    I started in high school with a new woods zero turn. I got the money to buy the new mower from selling my fair steers. I still have that 18 year old mower and it is used as a back up mower.lol. I drove a ford ranger that was so rusty you had to get your tetanus shot, just to ride in it. lol
  5. BCLawns

    BCLawns LawnSite Member
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    I had a 1981 Ford F350 with a Dump bed. Enclosed trailer, Exmark 48" Lazer, Honda push for back yards and all echo handhelds.
  6. castlerockmo

    castlerockmo LawnSite Senior Member
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    Had my 2002 F-150 and I bought a single axle trailer with an 06 husqvarna EZ series mower and a 48 inch toro WB. 3 and a half years later I have 2 new Dixons (kodiak and grizzly) and a 08 f-250 (just traded off my 05 lariat 6.0 dually).
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  7. brianslawncare

    brianslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    started out with a 1988 full size chevy blazer, with a crapsman hand mower! then moved to a chevy pickup with two mtd tractors. years later two trucks and 4 mowers with three workers.their was less competition back then. i bagged all the grass and used garbage bags to haul clippings away.
  8. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Started at 7 or 8 with my dads ride on John Deere tractor. Had 5 houses that I mowed, within a quarter mile. I would just drive the tractor there.

    Once I was big enough to use my Dad's Gravely walk behind I expanded. I used a lawn cart you tow behind your tractor to carry my trimmer, blower, and gas, and hooked it to the Gravely and drove to all of my lawns. My farthest lawn was about 2 miles away. Did that till I got my license and started using my Ford Escort to tow!
  9. cut level

    cut level LawnSite Senior Member
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    Briggs 21 inch pushmower Sears weedeater then onto the old yellow Sears Craftsman 48 inch 3 speed with reverse. My pop drove me around I was the trim guy.

    ZD326 60 inch
    Snapper Pro 52
    Shindaiwa and Stihl handhelds
  10. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,083

    As a self employed LCO - I started with an '81 Mercedes 300TD wagon, a cheap 5X8 tilt trailer, a used Scag 36" belt driven walk behind, a cheap Murray 21" walk behind and all Home Depot 2 cycle equipment.

    At my peak before the economy tanked I was running four trucks and crews, 3 for maintenance and one irrigation/landscape.

    Now I have a '05 F350 quad cab dump with the V-10 and 6spd which just turned 77K miles, two other trucks for the remaining crew, a Dodge Dakota which hauls the spray rig and a crew cab F350 srw p/u for the guys and about $100K in equipment/trailers/dingo/tractor, you name it - all paid for thank you very much.

    If I hadn't lost over $540K in my divorce my one home would have been paid for by now. As it is I have maybe five more years and my second one will be paid off - the first home went to the battle axe ex.

    All with-in the last ten years.

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