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Equipment when YOU first started out?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by osmann_lawn, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    Started with a 21" lawnboy that would get pushed around the neighborhood or dropped off by mom or dad...got to be 15 and dad would let me take the truck by myself to lawns in the neighborhood. Got to be 16 and got a loan for a 36" ferris walk behind. Ran that a few years and got an old ferris 48" walk behind. Got 0% interest on an exmark ztr a few years later and just added a new 52" ferris walk behind last year and an 18' enclosed trailer. Now only 1 class away from my bachelor's and have a halfway decent business built up. Only thing I wish I could go back to from the earliest years is how easy it was to get new accounts back before everybody and their mother became involved in this industry.
  2. JayD

    JayD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,062

    Great addvice! Very true!
  3. JayD

    JayD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,062

    I forgot to say that I have a 36" eXmark WB hydro with only 135 hours. Also have a nice trailer 6x14 for sale to if any one is looking.
  4. Pro-turf lawn

    Pro-turf lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    22' weedeater (push) push mower and a broom no trimmers or blowers
  5. KandMlawncare

    KandMlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I purchased a Snow Dogg plow for my Dodge Ram because we didn't want to shovel our 200' driveway. We did plowing for a few people and after winter the clients asked if we wanted to mow for them. So we decided we would mow for a few people.

    I started out with a Dodge Ram, a 22" personal push mower, old Ryobi string trimmer, and a hand held Home Lite blower. We started our first mowing contract in May.

    By June we purchased a 22" Toro home push mower because our old one blew on us. A few weeks after that we purchased a 42" Toro Zero Turn. 2 weeks after that we purchased a 5'x8' trailer. We used that stuff till August and purchased a new 21" Commercial Toro push mower and a 7'x12' trailer. We also up graded to a 2003 Chevy Silverado.

    In the middle times of all this we purchased an Echo commercial string trimmer, 2 Echo back pack blowers, Echo hedge trimmer, and odds and ends hand tools.

    We do snow plowing and Ice control in the winter months.

    We now have multiple lawn contracts already for this year and signing up clients every week. Our goal this year is to have 50 accounts for the summer.

    We also updated as far as computer software and electronics for our business. Our business is owned and operated by myself, my wife, and a part time employee. My wife and I do all the work both in the field and office.
  6. MR-G

    MR-G LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    started when i was 19...snapper 6hp 21" self prop. mower...crapsman edger,blower and weedeater...did 5 small lawns a day for first year...then went to a 36" bunton with sulky...25 yrs later we have 5 crews (only using 3 at this time)...vast majority of customers have been with us more than 12-15 yrs...now altogether the 3 crews can service 60 + accts. per day....
  7. Collins6754

    Collins6754 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    i started with a 46 inch craftsman home tractor i picked up from an estate being sold for 100 bucks a push mower....and dropped the money on a blower hedge trimmers and echo straight shaft...
  8. Collins6754

    Collins6754 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    i actually made it through my first 2 seasons like that and am now with to many contracts and not enough time for a slow garden tractor its time to upgrade...but i made due with what i had and worked my butt off to buy a new mower...now i can pick up more lawns.
  9. CowboysLawnCareDelaware

    CowboysLawnCareDelaware LawnSite Senior Member
    from DE
    Messages: 549

    I started out at 13 years old with my Father's Toro Super Recycler SR-21SE and my Father also had an Echo split boom weedwacker/edger. I would mow our 1/2 acre property, and my two neighbors 1/4 acre properties for the first two season's and then it grew from their. When I was 16 I messed up the trans in the Super Recycler so we got a new 2007 Toro model (one of the top 22" models), but I had a few things go bad with that mower. In 2010 I bought a JD46 22" mower and let me tell you, that thing is a piece of ****, I still use it though. Im told JD doesn't even make them, Snapper or someone just sprays green paint on them. But they have way too many plastic parts. In 2011 I was given and older Exmark Metro 36" mower to use and I bought a Toro t-bar 36" gear drive mower this season. I have all Echo equipment except a Husqvarna 130BT backpack blower which I am happy with but will upgrade next season.

    -Michael :cool2:
  10. Lazer Cut

    Lazer Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 906

    I first started out like above at 16 but i had worked a lot before hand and bought a jet ski for like $1500 i think it was... ended up selling the jet ski for $2700... bought a old rusted out snapper 52", 5x8 trailer, used my step dad's trimmer and blower... went to the flea market for hand tools lol... traded my car in for a truck... then it all came together...

    now 5-6 years lateer im trying to restart lol

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