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backup equipment

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lsu03, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. lsu03

    lsu03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    how much backup equipment do you guy's own/carry? a friend of mine has a 3/4 man crew servicing 80 large yards/properties and carries 3 super zs, 3 blowers, 4 trimmers, and 2 edgers. also has 2 older z's at the shop. is this overkill or insurance for damaged equipment? what do you guys have?
  2. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    I have at least one back up for everything.

    J.A.G LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 931

    most the time when you get a new tool you hold on to the old one for backup.......
  4. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,446

    We technically have spare 2 stroke equipment but that stuff needs replacing almost yearly---if one quits I replace it with new.

    We have a couple extra ztr's which I believe are necessary for a productive mowing company.
  5. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,244

    I got laught at in here, but I recently purchased a troy built edger from Lowes. I can change the heads out so I have a back up edger string trimmer blower hedge trimmer and blower without a huge investment.

    All my equiptment is very realible, but at some time I plan to inventory spare parts to them.
  6. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    Troy Bilt? Seriously?

    I have at least two of everything backup, except trimmers. Three total for those.
  7. mslawn

    mslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from LA
    Messages: 483

    No this is not overkill. At any time any one or two of his main mowers can take a dump.
    If you do not have backup equipment your asking for trouble.
  8. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,244

    I said dont laugh LOL. Seriousley thats my back up I use Shindawia string trimmer and blower I needed a back up and didnt want to spend big money
  9. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    Well Shindy is a wise wise choice. 2 of my trimmers are Shindy, and I couldn't be happier.
  10. The Grass Guy

    The Grass Guy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    Im using the Stihl Kombi Unit as my back up, once you buy the power head you can pick up what ever you need per job etc. If I recall the string trimmer head is like 89 bucks. I work by myself and if I need help they bring their own stuff (tried the using my stuff and it got expensive) . The Kombi unit works for me, I made the choice when I was stuck between needing an extended reach Hedge Trimmer and a pole saw at the same time.

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