Equipment for starting out

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Davis Lawn Mowing LLC., Mar 9, 2004.

  1. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    This would work well for what you want to do.

    36" or 48" WB with sulky (more productive than a lawn tractor)
    21" (for the tiny spots)
    trimmer with edgit guide. (for trimming AND edging )
    handheld blower (for cleaning up)
    small trailer to haul it all.

    You can add more and larger equipment as you need it later.

  2. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC.

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    Thanks for all the input guys. And I have worked in this business for 3 years off an on so I do know what I am getting myself in to. It was a cost cutting measure on my part with the equipment I was going to purchase. Why go balls to the wall when you dont need to. And the company I worked for, established 20 years, had my father's company since 1990, long before I came along to work with them. But the owner retired and sold off his equipment separately so my father is looking for a new company this year to take over. So its not really neglecting his company one bit. But thanks for all the tips.
  3. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    Great Lakes: did you know there is a Great Lakes Land Care in the area too? Just wondering if you guys have ever ran into each other.
  4. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC.

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    I actually just got a letter back today and have to change my name, someone has Great Lakes Lawn Care too close to me apparently. I am going to go with Davis Lawn Mowing, the name my dad liked anyway. :mad:
  5. WAGS LandL

    WAGS LandL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    Great Lakes,
    I started out with a regular riding mower my first year out. I was
    part time, mowing six lawns per week, but by August that year I
    had 14 lawns. I sold my riding mower and bought a 48" eXmark
    lazer z hp. It fits in tight spots, mows anywhere a walkbehind
    does, except steep hills and doesn't take up any more trailer
    space than a walkbehind. Don't limit yourself with a riding mower. They are too slow and un-productive, I think you will regret investing money in a riding mower without being able to get it out in a trade-in.
    The moral of the story is, think about the future, how many lawns
    do you want to do and will the equipment you are looking at support that goal. Good luck.
  6. charlies

    charlies LawnSite Senior Member
    from earth
    Messages: 587

    unless all the lawns are tiny in your area, if you grow beyond a 1 man operation you will eventually need a 60" plus zero turn and a large size w/b, plus a smaller mower for gates and what-not. since you aren't there yet, get equipment you can use both now and then. because of money, wait on the zero turn. if you have a little money, get a used 54" hydro w/b and a 21" 5+ hp push mower w/ big wheels. if you have a little more money available, get a big w/b and a small gear driven w/b, one whose outer width on the deck is less than 36". (a 36" mower has a wider than 36" deck).

    just my humble lil ole opinion ;)
  7. Flipperneck

    Flipperneck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    See if you can get a job part time doing lawns for someone else. You don't want to start with a bad rep as a person that doesn't know what they are doing. Alot of people take landscapers for granted because of this. Are you gonna be better off starting now? or in a couple years are you gonna be better off because you have a solid foundation and more confidence. Learn how to be efficient and it doesn't matter if you charge high rates. Where do you want to be in 5 years? Would you be better or worse? I hope that helps some. As far as the mower pick up a used 48 hydro wb for 1500 bucks. They were made to be used and abused. Say you mow 40 hours a week, right. Homeowner mower 30 minutes a week. Over 1 year it would be around 1300 hours you are gonna be putting on it. Homeowners in a year put about 20 hours a year on them. over 10 years homeowner = 200, commercial = 13000. Even if its used, buy the one made for wear and tear. Good luck.

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