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"another newbie"

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by high tides, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. high tides

    high tides LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I am a Starbucks Coffee Manager "refugee" and am now on the verge on starting up my own lawn business. I have the opportunity to "test the waters" by using my neighbors Riding Mower + trailer (he's taking a break from the business) ... Its almost new (20 hours of usage) and is small to med. in size - he paid around $3800...

    What is a fair price to pay him for 'renting' his mower ? Should I pay him a few $ by the hour since the mower display hours used ? THX !!!
  2. KCLandscape

    KCLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 524

    Mow his yard for free, and put gas in his truck, and pay his power bill, and...
  3. B&D Lawn Care

    B&D Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    Why don't ya try it for a few yards and see if that's what you really want to do?
  4. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    That in itself speaks volumes! He is taking a "break" because he hasn't made any money. And only 20 hours of usage? That's less than One weeks work for even a very small part-timer....

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    That is a home owner mower, ( maybe a lawn tractor?)
    Borrowing cheap equipment to do an expencive job is not wise.

    Just start your own business. This is a business A REAL business,
    If you want to test waters than test them the right way.
  6. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    yes, this is exactly what i was thinking. nice post PM
  7. nocutting

    nocutting LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    I'd give it a try, just to get my feet wet........But remember the mower is the most important piece of equipment.......even a WB w/a velky would probably blow a homeowners tractor away.....But hay if ya got an extra 10k to blow on a biz you have no experance in "GodBless You"........:usflag:

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