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Anyone start with homeowner equipment?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by All_Toro_4ME, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    Anyone start with homeowner equipment from Wal-Mart or Home-Cheapo when you first start before the comm. stuff?
  2. eaglejrl

    eaglejrl LawnSite Member
    from 75681
    Messages: 63

    Yes. Big mistake. Lost a lot of money.
    Go commercial.
  3. Mr Priceless

    Mr Priceless LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 412

    When I first started mowing, had a Murray Push mower (aka mighty mouse), a poulan rider, and an electric weedeater:laugh:

    In all honesty they both had their probs and I squeezed out a little profit...

    This year I have a Dixon ZTR, Echo SRM 210, and a garden trailer:weightlifter:

    Not extravagantly better but I make by with what I have and treat my equipment like gold.

    Next year may look better, including possibly a mini Hustler, Echo Backpack blower, trailer, etc.
  4. robbo521

    robbo521 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    yep!had a scotts 42'' mower and a sears weedwacker.and the good old 20'' pushmower.i used this for 5 years and still have them and they are still in good shape.i got all new stuff this year and even like it more.you do have to start some place and to me its not about a 10,000.00 mower to get started with.i have 3 more payments on my mower.new stuff is great but be able to pay for ir or have yards to pay for it.when it was so dry here i didnt have to worry about how i was paying my payments.
  5. BQLC

    BQLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 574

    There are probably more than will admit to it
  6. David Hartzog

    David Hartzog Banned
    Messages: 531

    started with a push mower. took the seats out of a Ford Escort to haul it around. that was 7 years ago. run exmark now...and i've been through a truck or two. :)
  7. David Hartzog

    David Hartzog Banned
    Messages: 531

    it was a honda i paid $100 for it and i kept the blades sharpened and the oil changed...and RAN behind it.

    i am assuming you are asking because you are starting with homeowners stuff. it can be done. lawncare is my bread and butter, year round, full time and a trailer full of pro stuff. you gotta start some where.
  8. Pitbull05

    Pitbull05 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Yep, In three short years this is what I went through:
    21" Craftsman, 48" Craftsman rider, Caraftsman walk behing edger, 2 Homlite trimmers, and a Toro trimmer with an edger attachemnt. Everything is Husqvarna Orange now, and I don't plan on looking back.
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I started with a 15 year old Hechingers (like Home Depot) MTD 38" rider with a 12 hp B&S engine, a Sears trimmer and some old push mower. It was all gone by the end of my second season but it got me my start.
  10. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    Very true. It doesn't bother me a bit to admit it. I started with a Murray 22" push mower, (thats right push) handheld blower, and electric weedeater then eventually gas, and a hatchback car to haul it around in. Man how times have changed. What used to take 1+ hrs to cut a average sized residential yard now takes 20 mins or less.

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