Equitment choices?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by lawn crafters, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. lawn crafters

    lawn crafters LawnSite Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 440

    not to post a vague questtion but i am selling all of my lawn care stuff. and moving to another state in a few years. when i get there i will be about 18, 19 and plan to have a much bigger buisness then i have now but my question is what you guys think i should get for mowres, blowers trimmers edgers, trailer truck and if aerators dethatcher etc.. basicllyt starting form scratch but with 6 years of experiance. and how much should i spend on the truck trailer and equitment
  2. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    just telling you what we have run for over 5 years and had on the usual problems....exmark mowers, echo2 stroke, and stihl chain saws (our pole saw is actually an echo as well)

    just starting out spend what you have to put into the business...theres enough equipment out there for just about any price range
  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    For equipment I would go with Stihl trimmers, blowers, saws, etc. As far a mowers go, see what dealers will be in your area. John Deere, Toro and Exmark are all good brands and are used widely around my area. Get a good used truck (1/2 ton pick-up), don't go spending $30,000 on a new truck. You can usually get a new 16' open trailer for about 1800-2200. Good luck with that though.
  4. Enzo

    Enzo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    I agree with mowerbrad. You can get an F250 for like 10,000, a new trailer open i saw one for 1750 and it was 14ft long with weedwacker and blower mounts. I use all Exmark mowers. I have honda and echo weedwackers. Husqvarna blower and hedge trimmer. Soem stuff does get expensive and it all depends on what you got going for yourself how many accounts you got and whether they are commercial or residential
  5. lawn crafters

    lawn crafters LawnSite Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 440

    heres what im thinking a
    F250 w/ ez dump
    18ft open trailer
    wright stander 52 inch
    walker 48
    36 inch lesco
    1 push mower
    2 trimmers
    1 edger
    2 back pack blowers

    what do you guys think?
  6. deerhunter271

    deerhunter271 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I've used a Bradley 32" w/b for last 5 years with no problems everything else is echo and sthil.
  7. SIWEL

    SIWEL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 509

    see what you can find used for cheap. i bought my eqiptment under 7 grand and i have
    scag turf tiger- 2,200
    scag 52" WB hydro new motor eletric start- 1100
    ezdumper 20 ft trailer - 2200
    2 echo weed wackers- 500
    stihl br400- 100
    toro 52" wb - 400

    i think im pretty well set up for under 7 grand.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    just buy what you need dont go out and spend a fortune on stuff you dont need

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