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? About grading and excavation services

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by weed wacker 2, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. tallrick

    tallrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    I own Bobcats, trenchers, a dozer and several skid steer attachments and never got into the business. All I do is maintain properties I own, and the occasional cash or barter job. My main money maker has been repairing equipment, so the machines provided valuable experience to practice repairs and making hoses. As for operating I agree that finding a place to use the machine and doing it is important. I used to watch others do their jobs when I was younger to get ideas. Generally I could disassemble and rebuild a machine before I had any real experience running one. My first skid steer was a trade for trailer tires I cleaned and mounted. Once I had assembled the skid steer (Mustang 1700) I set out to figure out how to run it. After almost 25 years I never had the heart to get rid of that machine.
  2. ACC_INC.

    ACC_INC. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I think you are making a mistake. Keep doing what you are and expand when you are ready. Buying a piece of equipment thinking that you are going to make money selling it as a service is a mistake. I think most will agree we bought our equipment to help make what we are currently doing more productive and cost effective. Finding work for a machine is a lot harder that you would think.
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