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Equiptment for first year?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by precisionlawn, Jan 10, 2003.

  1. precisionlawn

    precisionlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    Im starting in business this year. I already have a truck and a 6'x10' trailer. I have roughly $3000, and i need equiptment! What would some of you suggest i can get in this price range?
    Oh and i have a trimmer and edger as well. I really want a 48" walkbehind mower, a backpack blower. and what ever else i need.
    What im really asking is what is the best equiptment i can get for $3000. other than trimmer, edger, truck, and trailer?
  2. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    You can either price shop e-bay and the like for a 48" that suits your needs or you can start out with a brand spankin new 36" that shouldnt have any probs unless you cause them -LOL!!!

    You will also need to get insurances, and a line trimmer as well in addition to your mower.
  3. grassdaddy

    grassdaddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 565

    3000 will buy a lesco w/b and money left over for blower.
  4. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    Don't spend all your money right away. Save some for gas and misc. expenses, as you may not have any money coming back into your business right away. You should always keep a reserve for "just in case ".
  5. mklawnman

    mklawnman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 634

    I'd say look for a good used Walkbehind mower, or look at a small new 36inch mower. A backpack blower is gonna cost around $400, some you can get alittle cheaper, but thats about how much I paid. But like the others said above don't spend all the money right away, have alittle left over, never know what could break or if you need something else for the biz.
    Good luck
  6. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    Maybe concider a good handheld blower this time. It will cost about 1/3 the price of a backpack. A 48" was my first choice also. Just keep looking, you"ll find one.
  7. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    I don't know if you want to go into any debt, but several manufacturers offar from 90days to 1 year same as cash financing. Then you wouldn't tie up all of your money right away. Just remember when you use financing you do have to pay it back eventualy.:(
  8. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    For around $2300 you can get a brand new eXmark metro 36" belt drive. Full warrenty and you should have no downtime while your getting started. You have the money left over for a backpack blower.
  9. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,655

    Started with a used Torr 44" walkbehind I bought for $700. That was 6 years ago and the deck gave out last year. Best $700 dollars I ever spent. Picked up another used 44" Torro Two seasons ago for $900 and it looks like that will be anothe long lasting machine. Both machines run and cut better than my 50" Gravley that I bought new for $2500 a couple years ago. Just shop around for some good used mowers. However I do suggest you buy your blower and edger new, I haven't had much luck with used ones. Good luck!
  10. Strawbridge Lawn0

    Strawbridge Lawn0 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    I would consider financing 1-2K and get a new machine. Size is based on your current/future customer base. Typically a 36 or 48 will fit most needs.

    :eek:ys of good machines out there. Exmark, Toro, Scag and so forth. Try the one that best fits you.

    Payments now a days are really low 100-150 p/mo over 24 mos.

    Best to you

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