What tools are needed to start up?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by newjerseylandscaping, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. newjerseylandscaping

    newjerseylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    hey, as stated in other posts i pla on starting in march, ive been putting togeter a list of equipment that i will need to start and so on, i know im missing stuff so i thought id share my list and you guys could pick it aprt add to it subtract from it excetra, i already have some stuff and i do have a very nice set of hand tools, hammers, ratchets and so on, im really looking at the landscapeing aspect of it, so here we go

    MOwer -48" or larger, scag style - would love a walker not in my price range,

    Mower -26" Already have this mower but i would only use it for tight spots and as a back up for now,

    Stick edger - (Im waiting to pick it up)

    weed wacker

    Trailer -Have 5x8 but not sure if its big enough

    2 Backpack blowers- ( have a echo but its small and would be a backup to the big one)

    Power rake (im getting one with the edger for cheap just needs a engine.)

    rototiller (i have a large commercial walk behind that was givin to me)

    Gas Hedge trimmer

    Gas cans

    traffic cones

    Big green cans

    Chain saw ( i have a sthil already)

    Walkbehind blower - i want to get by next fall

    now onto hand tools

    2 spade shovels

    2 flat shovels

    2 rakes

    a hoe

    a copper head weeder thingy

    landscape rake

    a broom

    wheel barrow (have one already preatty heavyduty mason one)

    axe (have)

    hand pruners

    loppers

    hedge sheers

    hand shovel (for garden instals)

    Gloves

    signage for tailer

    company shirts

    power washer (was gifted to me already)

    And racks for the trailer for the above.

    thats all for now thanks, hunter
     
  2. newjerseylandscaping

    newjerseylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Bump for this list/
     
  3. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You will out grow that 5X8 trailer fast. There will be room for a 48" WB and a pushmower, not much room left for anything else. Sell the 5X8 and pick up a used 6X12 trailer. Depending on your customer base, I would dump the 26" mower, and pick up a decent Snapper, Honda, or Toro pushmower. You will lose a few inches of cutting width, but make up for it with the speed and agility of a lighter mower.
     
  4. RodneyK

    RodneyK LawnSite Senior Member
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    I agree, buy the biggest trailer you can afford and that makes sense. I small trailer is just a PITA and you will be upgrading before you now it.
     
  5. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Invoices, estimate sheets, pc, basic schooling in marketing, schooling in business.
     
  6. newjerseylandscaping

    newjerseylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Im planning on staring with the 12, theres one for sale not far from me for 850 so i think thats what ill do. I have alot of the forms and such pinned down already, I have estament forms, invoice forms, work orders, service agreements, ive also been working on contracts that i will bring to the lawyer to make sure there leagally sound. I have alot of marketing ideas in place and get more every day, Ive been around my familys buisness all of my life and have learned alot by helpig run it. The 26" i didnt measure it i may be wrong with the size. Its a walk behind and its preatty light, ive picked it up myself. it works well as a backup. Let me know if ive missed any equipment that i should need within the first year of startup, im in the middle of makeing a buisness plan and im to the first year finantial part. Thanks
    NJ
     
  7. newjerseylandscaping

    newjerseylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Any more input, anything missing? I also have a lead on a leaf vac for cheap i might pickup.
     

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