First set up

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Greenday LLC, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. Greenday LLC

    Greenday LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    How much did you spend on your first set up? Including your truck.
  2. Southern Lawn Care  LLC

    Southern Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 314

    If your referring to everything needed to get a good healthy start in lawn care to include truck for my first start up. I'd say in the ball park of $10,000. I've always had several trucks all of which paid for. Majority of start up cost at least for me was mower because I don't skimp out of cheap stuff. Now I have all kinds of stuff. Lol.
  3. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 905

    My first setup cost me about 12k.
  4. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,393

    My first was about 6,000.

    I have a new bobcat 48" walk behind I bought this year as a package to get a good deal. Will sell!
  5. ringahding

    ringahding LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 611

    Sadly I did not have a very good set up:

    Old John Deere Tractor
    Boat Trailer w/tilt - converted it
    Walmart weed whacker
    Echo Blower
    20 Accounts 1st season

  6. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    Push mower-$0
    PB 500 backpack blower-$300
    Shindaiwa t282-$300ish
    Used 6x12 trailer (great shape)-$800
    Used Gravely Pro 1336 120ish hours-$1800
    Green Touch Trimmer Rack 4 slot with support kit-$300ish
    Shindaiwa t242 stick edger-$300
  7. Greenday LLC

    Greenday LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Thinking on spending 25k, 13k on truck and 12k on equipment. Do you think this is to much?
  8. GVL LLC

    GVL LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    too much unless youve up a ton of work. 13 on a new mowing startup for a truck is alot. you can get a nice used 1500/2500 of any brand for under 10. imo its a waste to spend over 10 on first truck especially when you dont have a ton of work. Use the other money towards advertising and keep as much money for rainy days/future equipment purchases and repairs.
  9. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,764

    Our starting setup was under 5k. We already had a one ton dump but with the setup we had we could have used a ranger sized pickup or a 1500. Just remember the bigger the truck the larger the costs are to operate/maintain it.
  10. Ormond32176

    Ormond32176 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 217

    36" walkbehind = 1200
    10 year old pick em up truck = 4000
    new kombi hand helds approx. (head 350 blower 100 weedeater 100 edger 100) = 650
    push mower = 250
    nice utility trailer = 1000
    $7100 economy set up.

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