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What's your dream setup for mowing?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MuskTurfKing, Apr 9, 2002.

  1. MuskTurfKing

    MuskTurfKing LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 338

    Well, once again I'm sitting here late at night, thinking about mowing, and I figured I'd ask everyone what their dream setup would be for a solo op. Here's mine.

    Truck: 2002 Chevy 2500 HD, diesel 4X4
    Trailer: Brand new open 6X16 (maybe bigger;))
    Mowers: Exmark Lazer Z XP 31HP, 72" deck. Doubles
    Walker Model T, 26HP, 48" deck
    Toro 32" 13HP T-Bar with flex deck.
    Commercial 21" Toro with BBC. 2 cycle.
    Trimmer: Echo SRM-340
    Blower: Echo PB 650
    Hedge trimmers: Echo - HC1600
    Saw: Echo- CS8000
    Edger: Echo - PE310

    Misc. hand tools, sprayers, spreaders, trimmer and blower traps. I'm sure there's a lot more I could add.


    I might think of some other stuff later.

  2. All that crap mean nothing unless you can find quality employees to run it.

    All I wish for is responcable, dependable quality people to run my stuff.

    BTW Hank a 73 1/2" wide mower on a 72" wide trailer?
  3. MuskTurfKing

    MuskTurfKing LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 338

    He he he, that quality employee would be me. ;)

  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I think I want to be there when you put the mower on the trailer. :p

    I would rather spend the money on equipment if it will save me on employee cost and increase profit.

    My dream setup is paid for equipment, low maintenance costs, no truck note, and effecient and profitable route. 1st 2 are done, the 2nd 2 are close to being done.
  5. MuskTurfKing

    MuskTurfKing LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 338

    Haha, I agree that there is no way that this would work, too much equipment, but it would be fun to have it all to play with.

  6. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,773

    hustler superZ 60''
    hustler wb 37''
    yellow f-250
    yellow enclosed trailer
    ryan or bluebird wb aerator

    not much but adequate for my areas of interest
  7. * Toro 580-D 16' bat wing mower
    * Toro 325-D 72" with side discharge deck
    * 36" WB with a big engine.
    * Cummins diesel to pull it alll with.
    * Getting someone to help with trimming.

    65Hoss has my vote, spend the money on equipment not payroll.

    I have 2 problems, working here in Ohio.

    #1 Good employees are impossible to hire at any price.
    #2 Mowing season is very short, only about 26 weeks long.

    That gives me 2 big limitations.

    (A) Do most of the work myself.
    (B) Work as efficently as possible to earn a living in only 6 months.

    I just spent my second full day mowing with the "dream team" in place.
    We're so effective it's confusing. We mowed a 14 acre factory in an hour and a half.
    I had to add more customers to that days' schedule.

    We've spent more time on litter pick up than on mowing some of the lawns.
    (Because of all the trash accumulated over the winter.)

    I used to think I had a full schedule.
    But now I'm going to need more customers. :blob2:

  8. johndeere455

    johndeere455 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    1990 Chevy Z-71
    2002 23Kaw 60inch laserz
    1998 John Deere 455/MC519 bagger
    2000 Sabre 23koh 54inch
    2-Homelite trimmers
    1-Craftsman blower
    1-7x16 open trailer with ramp gate
    1-3500lb pressure washer

    Me and my 61 year old mom runs the mowing business, that's the only one that I trust and she can mow just as good as me.

    The Wright-Way Lawn&Landscape
  9. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

    Why any body would use homeowner trimmers and blowers is beyond me.

    The only thing that I need to add to my dream set up is an enclosed trailer. And then of course have it all paid for.
    Muskturfking, you might consider an enclosed trialer. The sun beating down on your equipment paint is pretty brutal, and can fade that nice shiny paint quick. And then you have a lockable garage where ever you go.

    My set up is as follows.

    Walker 25 hp ZTR
    JD 21" WBs
    Redmax trimmers, blowers
    trimmer trap
    blower trap
    hand tools
    16' trailer
    and always have one of these, F 250 PS diesel, mine is a dark green that depending on how the sun hits it, can look blue, it always gets a lot of comments
  10. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    Everything I already have---------- paid for----------------that's good enough fer me.:)

    As for people................I'd love to have somebody come in when I get done and clean everything, service, sharpen blades, clean the truck inside and out. Everyday would be a good day knowing I didn't have that to worry about.

    Can't stand a dirty truck!:blob2:
    Can't stand dull blades.:blob1:

    I guess this is doable.........just need to find that right somebody willing to do it!

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