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How did you guys Start Out?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Hometown Lawn Care, Aug 13, 2003.

  1. Hometown Lawn Care

    Hometown Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    did you guys start off with the most expensive eqipment you could get? or did you start off with Homeowners stuff and build your way up, please tell me your story :)
  2. JR Lawns

    JR Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    I am just starting out.. I use a craftsman mower, Yard Machines edger, and snapper trimmer.. Looker to get a gas blower soon. Hopefully if I can get some more customers soon I will start to upgrade my equipment.
  3. FosterGroundsMaint

    FosterGroundsMaint LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    This is my first season in business, but i think its going okay.
    I began the season with a 22" Lawnboy push mower and a Homelite String Trimmer. I recently picked up a used Ransomes W/B for $500 and a trailer for $60. I'm trying to get moer into landscaping, though.
  4. J&R

    J&R LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    I started with a snapper 30" rider , Lawnboy push, can't remember what trimmer i had. that was 20 years ago. Now to much stuff.
  5. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,232

    ZE-RO knowledge of turf or ornamentals. Had a JD 318 that was given to me, as well as a borrowed B&S push mower, borrowed trailer, borrowed truck, homelite weedeater, poulan hedgetrimmers & blower, various hand tools givien to me ... actually the hedge trimmers and blower came about a month after I started ... the blower locked up on me (duh) and I managed to sell the hedgetrimmers for $60! :D
  6. CoachLinz

    CoachLinz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    I started this year. I had set aside a certain amount as a start-up budget and went from there. I bought a used 48" Ransomes Bobcat walkbehind, Echo trimmer, Echo backpack blower, pickup truck, and ramps. I already had a 21" mower, but the only I need that on right now is my own back yard anyway. Everything fits easily in the bed of the truck.

    Mower - $1000
    Truck - $2100 + $800 in repairs to pass state inspection
    Trimmer and Blower - total $550 but I don't have to pay for those until next June as I bought them at Home Depot on a no interest/no payments until June 2004 deal. Also, got various shovels, rakes, gas cans, etc on that same deal.

    My intended start-up budget was $4000 so I came pretty close.
  7. rkbrown

    rkbrown LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    I started part time last year with 2 Toro Proline 21's that I bought used off a local guy who changes out his trim mowers every 2 years. Bought a Stihl FS-80 trimmer and an Echo PB-602 backpack blower. Ran everything out of the bed of my truck.

    I am full time this year and have added a slightly used (200 hours at the start of the season) Exmark Viking 32"and a 6.5 x 12 trailer with 4' mesh sides.

    Knowledge-wise, I have added my irrigation license and pesticide license.
  8. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 538

    I started out with the best that I could afford. If you try to get by with cheap/old equipment you will just be causing yourself delays and downtime trying to fix the machines. Commercial grade is expensive, but there is a good reason for it.
  9. ffemt1271

    ffemt1271 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,285

    this is my first year i started out with a new 48" metro hp, shindaiwa trimmer, blower, edger, 16' trailer. already had a 2003 dodge 3/4 ton diesel, went yesterday and bought a 2003 60" lazer z
  10. Envision

    Envision LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    Started out with the following:

    1st year:

    21" push mower
    Ryobi Trimmer
    Hedge Trimmers, manual not electric

    2nd year:

    Used Exmark Viking 48" for $1300
    Used 6x10 trailer
    New 21" mower, replaced 1st year mower after it was stolen
    New Stihl br340 blower
    New Stihl FS85 Trimmer
    New Stihl Edger

    Start out with what you can, once you get some more money gradually work your way up and you be fine. You will start to acquire so much stuff you have your garage filled and be looking for a new place to store everything!

    I work full-time and mow on the side, plan on making the plunge next year to get out of the corporate red tape.

    Keep reading, the people on this site are a great resource and are more than willing to help out newbies.

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