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Equipment questions

kcunning1

LawnSite Member
I have a small business. I have a 48" (Encore) commercial walkbehind. I plan on getting a 21 or 22 inch push mower as well. I have about 20-30 residential clients and am looking to get some commercial clients. Could I get away with using a nice residential mower (say a toro or something like that) or should i look for a commercial 21" or 22".
 

Lawnut101

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
West Bend WI
If your gonna get a Toro, make sure you get a higher end resi model. A Super Recycler should treat you pretty good. They are almost commercial duty. How much would you be using the 21"? I usally just string trim instead of using mine, unless I absolutely have to.
 
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kcunning1

LawnSite Member
Maybe 20% to 30% of my clients (approx 25 in all) would need cut's with the small mower. My intentions are to obtain some commercial clients in the future. Gas stations, maybe some churches.
 
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kcunning1

LawnSite Member
Maybe 20% to 30% of my clients (approx 25 in all) would need cut's with the small mower. My intentions are to obtain some commercial clients in the future. Gas stations, maybe some churches. I also wanted to have a reliable back-up mower in case the 48" went down for a few weeks or so.
 

Lawnut101

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
West Bend WI
Well, if you buy a mower for around $600, and use it on about 1/3rd of your accounts, it sounds like it would be worth it and pay off fairly quickly. Lets say you make (gross) $900 off your 30 accounts each week. Maybe you clear about $600-700 of that (just an example) each week. It wouldn't take long to pay that off, seeing as you would "make" around $200 each week with the push mower. Do you see what I am getting at? Now if you had 30 accounts, and were only gonna mow one or 2 yards, then it would basically take you all season to pay off that mower. Which is ok, but seems like you could put that money elsewhere, or buy something used. But I think what you are planning on doing is good.
 
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kcunning1

LawnSite Member
Thank you for taking the time to respond with great info. What are your thoughts on Shindaiwa v. Echo equipment? Blowers in particular.
 
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