I Need Some Input

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Signature Landscaping1, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. Signature Landscaping1

    Signature Landscaping1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,496

    Im buying a few more things i need for this season.
    I need a new spreader, which one??
    I want to buy my oil in bulk, should i buy quaker state or what brands of oil do you guys use??
    Im getting shirts done, i have a local place that does them should i stick with them or order them online?

  2. Signature Landscaping1

    Signature Landscaping1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,496

    anyone? please
  3. EXspyguy

    EXspyguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    I have not found any bulk oil that is any cheaper than buying in quarts. I like spyker spreaders. I like dealing local. My local guy has my artwork on file and can zap out somthing anytime I need it.
  4. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    Go buy a case of oil. I like using Quaker state oil. On spreader I use a push one from earth way 100lb Cost you around $420 for it but nice unit.
  5. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    Lesco spreaders, mobil oil, and i would go local for your uniforms. Cost may be a little more, but you can change, order, and create a new contact a lot easier.
  6. Signature Landscaping1

    Signature Landscaping1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,496

    yea i want to use quaker state, and i dont want to spend $400 on a spreader, im gunna go with earthway, i only need it on two accounts i picked up a small commercial so ill need it. for the shirts local is the best, i know the guys over at the store, and there know for thier quality work so ill go with them.
  7. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571

    Sure you shouldn't just sub out those 2 accounts? Your age coupled with a commercial account and not being a certified applicator could spell disaster.
  8. jsbmaine

    jsbmaine LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    What do you mean by bulk oil? I buy my SAE 30 by the quart, and all the trucks and big machines get John Deere Torq Guard 15w40 diesel oil, which I get in 55 gal drums. JD Hydraulic oil in 55 gal drums, gear oil in 5 gal pail with a hand pump on it.

    I think for the equipment you have buying the oil by the case would be easiest. It's a pain using the drums, and you need a forklift to get them off the truck.....

    but, you could buy it in 5 gal pails and use a pump. I don't know that there is a lot of $ savings that way, but it's nice to have a hose to put the oil where you want it.

    As for spreaders, I have a vicon 3pt hitch that holds about 3/4 ton, and an old pull behind that holds 10 tons.... however it is not nearly as accurate. This past year I mostly sprayed a 30% nitrogen solution, so I did it with a 500gal truck mounted sprayer.

    Depending on how much you are expanding your business, all this may be too large for you.

  9. jsbmaine

    jsbmaine LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    except for the really cheap wal mart suff, oil is pretty much oil, especially the single grade stuff most small engines use. (SAE 30) i think you can shop for price and be pretty safe here.
  10. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,307

    I agree Stick with the small jugs of oil the 5 gal pails and the drums can get messy and heavy:weightlifter: ....Good luck

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