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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by KathysLGC, Jan 7, 2002.

  1. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    ok So I want to cut lawns, how should I go about starting? I got a pick up and most of what i need to start out. I also just got a scag 52" with no motor. Should I just advertise and pray for the best?
  2. lawncare

    lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    You are exactly right figure out how much you want to charge or see what the price range is in your area. How you make it and don't give up.
  3. Playboy

    What shape is the scag in ?you want a fairly good mower to do a first class job
    If the mower part is in good condition get a good kawasaki as the replacement engine.
    As far as advertisement have some door hangers printed up and go to the best neighborhoods but make sure to check the village hall to see if they allow it or if they require a licenceto go door to door.
    Local newpapers can be effective ,our local paper in the southeast suburbs here in chicago is subscribed to by practically every body and has been very effective for us
    But after you get built up the most effective advertiseing is word of month.Word of month the last 3 years for us has got more work than the papers door hangers and yellow pages put togeather.
  4. VLM

    VLM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 189

    SCRUB ALERT! Do you have any experience in the lawn maintenance bus? If not, I STRONGLY recommend you get some first. Sure, cuting grass is not rocket science, but there is alot more to it if you want to do quality work and help us all keep a good reputation.
  5. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    Easy buddy you started some where too. I have been reading as much as I can find on the internet. The Scotts website has some good basic info also. I printed ever page and have them in a binder. I have been keeping my own yard up to date and I prune my own bushes, lay my own mulch, wack my own weeds, ect. I know what you mean by landscaping not only being grass cutting, but I didn't say I wanted to boast as if I was a pro. I want to start out by cutting grass. I want to learn organic weed control. That is how I found this site. Hopefully you guys can help out. As for my scag, it's in real good shape. I was thinking of the kawi 17HP. I am painting it over in orange. After I will grease it up and hopefully when I'm done with the paint I will have the engine.
  6. So you are going to spend $1000 for a engine for some old Scag?

    Are you nutz?

    If that has a manual clutch you can buy a 14Hp B&S Vanguard twin for $350.
  7. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    No not nuts just green. I didnt think a 14 would be enough power. It is a manual clutch and a belt drive. Where can I order that engine?
  8. chicks-dig-lawn-guys

    chicks-dig-lawn-guys LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Anyone can do thier own yard and make it look nice......however when you do your own yard you tend to take your time and arent rushed. When you do this for a business time is money along with quality. So you try your hardest to do as many yards as best you can in a short time. This can cause you to become tired quick. You dont learn this lesson reading a website.....you learn this by doing it. Go work for a pro and see if you can hang with them....then try it on your own.....it aint easy.
  9. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    Use the search feature on this forurm. There's lots of info to be found. Also I agree with Stone, on the engine choice.
  10. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    Playboy, looks like you didn't exactly get alot of encouraging repies from your first post.
    Don't let that discourage you though. Read the heck out of Lawnsite over the winter. Use the search feature. Almost any question you would have on just about any topic can usually be answered there. If not, then ask away. It will require reading alot of posts to get your answers, but it's worth it. You'll pick up other valuble information you weren't even looking for along the way.

    Make sure you have an applicators license if needed in your state, before you apply anything on ay lawns.

    Good luck and welcome to LS.

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