1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Not to worry. Check out the archived thread of the Q&A with Ken Hutcheson, President of U.S. Lawns, and the LawnSite community in the Franchising forum .

    Dismiss Notice

what tools do you guys have

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by alexschultz1, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,635

    Gas is best IMO. Nine out of 10 times Mr. Smith isn't home when you blow a breaker. And trust me that happens often
  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,417

    You definitely want a gas saw. And it was on my mind the other night to tell you that you will need a paver saw more than you will need an enclosed trailer.

    EDCO. That's the only brand to buy. And this I recommend that you buy NEW.

    Now - there will be a lot of dust. Dust is bad for engines. So, with that said.....expect to get 2 years out of a Honda engine. When the engine locks up - you simply replace the engine (along with the belts).
  3. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    Gas.......... For all the reasons above
  4. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,555

    wouldnt it make sense to buy a used one with a blown engine then?
  5. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    For the right price... Got one in mind shoot us the details
  6. jmacd

    jmacd LawnSite Member
    Posts: 210

    I don't do paver's like I have said before, but I do construction, site work every day mostly commercial work.

    I been reading this forum quite a lot because one, it is entertaining and two, I enjoy seeing others work.
    More of a design build than what we do. We have to follow plans and specs that are given to use and can not deviate from that at all.

    I also have noticed that different guys choose to go about doing the work in a very different manner depending on who is posting.

    This my thinking on how you become more profitable, increase work and grow your business. This relates to the OP's question. I believe that what ever tools you need to do your work the fastest, most accurately, and the cheapest way are the keys.

    I never consider a tool to expensive if it saves on labor, saves on time, and saves on mistakes. I realize that you can over spend but if you have the work to justify the equipment and it increase those three key factors than it should be in your tool box.

    Doesn't matter what business it is, you have a start up cost that you need to spend. Some have to buy excavators, and dump trucks, and some just need a EDCO saw.

    If you can increase speed, decrease labor, and increase quality, you will increase work load and profits.

    The reason I posted this is this, don't go cheap on the basic start up tools, this is the only way to complete with the others that all ready have them.
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2013
  7. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,417

    In relation to this topic, you're missing the point.

    Of course a new business will need to buy equipment.

    But, again, in terms of the thread, topic at hand, an enclosed trailer is absolutely an unnecessary expense. Unless you live in an apartment or townhome.
  8. jmacd

    jmacd LawnSite Member
    Posts: 210

    I agree on the trailer, I thought he was asking about a saw? Is that not one of the very basic tools needed way before a trailer.
  9. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,775

    How has this guy been getting tools to job? I guess I would go with trailer. I also stripe parking lots....I wished I had an enclosed strictly for this business... Stencils, drawers, string lines, paint, cones, blowers, etc. I spend so much time loading and unloading just for painting that its a waste of time but I have a lot of flat bed trailers and for now I get by...vs purchasing the enclosed.
  10. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,555

    There is a difference between start-up costs and bad investments. I was ok with spending money on the tools however it turns out that my money will be put to use better on something else.

Share This Page