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Does this sound like a good equipment list?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by sedlmeier101, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. Mow2nd-2

    Mow2nd-2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    well DAVE i don't care what you say i like husquavarna, i been using them for years (longer than you've been in the business) and never had a problem, Also most residential yards are not 1-2 arces they are 1/4-1/2 arces so a 36" does just fine.
  2. Mow2nd-2

    Mow2nd-2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    Don't get it twisted, i'm not saying husquavarna is the best, they do just as good as any other mower, and they aren't outragously priced like some mowers.
  3. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    1 to 2 acre lots.... and im glad they work for you..... but the general opinion is pretty low of them...if YOU did a search, you would find that i am only repeating the general opinion of them on this board... and as far as how long ive been in business..... has no bearing on the fact that you can not read the mans post.... he said 1 to 2 acre lots..... so you advise him to use a 36 inch mower......sounds like alot of of the advice youve posted here..not very well thought out.. as many years of business as you say you have, one would thing you would give better advice in general on this board then you do...:)
  4. simps21

    simps21 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Def. dont go with a 36". Do what ever you can to get a 48" into a large yard with a gate, or stay away from properties with small gates, its takes to long. I have a 48" wb and a 52" wright stander. in the long run a rider might not be a bad idea, they will last a long time with the amount of lawns you are doing. they save a lot of time an energy. the yearly cost between the two is about 350 - 450 $ a year if you have a mower for 7 years.
  5. E&J lawncare

    E&J lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    Buy Something That Has The Words Shindaiwa On It!

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    I just purchased a 52"Toro rider and a 32" Exmark walk-behind. Both are great machines.(Thay are made by the same company) Also got a redmax weedwhacker, edger, and 2 Blowers. I love all of this equipment.
  7. ozark

    ozark LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    I am also starting out on my own this year. I have worked for a mowing business for three years now. I put in anywhere between 15 and 30 hours weekly working for them. I work twelve hour shifts at my regular job so i have plenty of time to mow. I figured if i can put in this many hours for someone else for 7 dollars an hour i should be able to go out on my own. I must also say i cant get enough of mowing lawns. The business i worked for ran top of the line JD mowers. In my area everyone runs high end mowers, so i knew that i could not start out with just a home depot special. I definately have people telling me im crazy investing this kind of money right of the bat with no accounts. I hear many of you telling other starters that they should follow their gut. Even if i dont get a single account i can still pay for my equipment through my full time job. Well anyhow here is what i invested in.....
    JD 595 23horse diesel 62 inch deck
    stihl fs250 trimmer
    sthil sh 85 blower/shredder
    10ftx68" aluma trailer(I know a lil small)
    I would value any imput or suggestions from you senior guys
  8. oceanpotion

    oceanpotion LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    good plan.. no matter what brand you choose, make sure it is commercial grade.

    also, see which mower dealer is closest to you for convenient servicing

    i like the komatsu zenoah REDMAX trimmers, edgers, blowers....

    you might need a hedge trimmer, i didnt see it on your list. once again, this is only personal pref: shindaiwa 40 w/ leaf plate
  9. cut-1

    cut-1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    shindaiwa runs like a mother....when it run's
  10. picture perfect prop.

    picture perfect prop. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    sounds like you have got a good plan and the list you are going to start with sounds great. it is got if you can afford it to try and have a set of back up equipment in case one fails

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