Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by PeteB., Mar 11, 2003.

  1. PeteB.

    PeteB. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Ok guys, let's hear it... I am going out on my own this season, and i want to hear what you have to say about what I have/ need for equipment. I hope to be doing some mowing and light landscaping like gardens, walks, etc.

    2001 Ford F-150 Super Crew 5.4l V8
    2001 John Deere GT235
    Toro 21" Recycler
    Stihl FS 74 Straight Shaft Trimmer
    Husqvarna CRT 650 Tiller
    Plenty of Hand tools

    I know...your basic homeowner stuff, but what do you guys think??? Can I get started with this; AND Of Course the purchase of a trailer!

    Any Comments would be helpful; especially as to whether the JD could stand up to say 15 accounts per week.
    Thanks guys!
    GREAT site! Glad I found it!
  2. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,847

    the 2001 John Deere GT235 would be a home owner rider, right? you could do 15 accts with your list, but if you would get a walk behind, you could do 25+ accts in the same ammount of time. I seriously doubt the GT will hold up to that abuse for didnt get much of a mower, you only payed for the colors:D
  3. PeteB.

    PeteB. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Yes, the JD is a homeowner rider. 18hp Briggs & Stratton V-Twin. 48" Deck. Thanks for the reply. Any suggestions on a walk-behind?
  4. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,847

    go to where ever gives the best service. Your dealers service should be most important decision to you. I personally prefer eXmark and toro walk behinds and Hustler Zs
  5. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    You tell me... can you? If you believe you can, than you will. Heck I started with a craftsman 21" and a ryan bent shaft weedwacker. I think you'll get by.

    As far as a walk behind, check out whats available in your area. And we'll let ya know. Good luck! :cool:

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