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If you had to do it over again?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by River Hill, May 30, 2003.

  1. River Hill

    River Hill LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    If you were just starting out in the applications business all over again, what equipment would you purchase from the start? Would you buy one of the ride-on spreaders, that spray liquid and granular or would you go with a 200 gallon tank system? Or mabye even a liquid ride-on only machine? If so what brands of equipment are good and what would you stay away from. Can you get by with doing all liquid applications? I have seen some companies that I swear have never used granular, is this the best and most cost effective way to go? My brother is thinking of starting a applications business in VA, so I am trying to gather some information for him.

    Basicly what I am asking is if you were to start from scratch and already had a 2000 F350 what would you buy to be the most profitable company you could be. I will be investing some of my money and don't want to make a mistake.
  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Pesticide applicators license, 200 gal skid mount sprayer, walk behind spreader should get you started. I like Hypro pumps - easy to maintain/repair.

  3. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    This is my first year in the app business and this is what I started with, Lesco 200 gallon space saver sprayer and Lesco spreader.

  4. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Matt - sounds like your good to go.

  5. Enviro Green

    Enviro Green LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    Seems like perhaps the best equipment depends on his program and what he plans to do, size of lawns, amount of N, herbicide applications, etc. Everyone can use different things and make them work for their own program, I have worked with two different programs, one with high$$ equipment, high cost, and huge client base and one with small equipment. Both were profitable and both gave good results, was one better than the other, only an opinion.

    Best luck to your brother,

  6. TOMMY1115

    TOMMY1115 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    what's a pesticide applicators license??? You need that to spray??

    HAHAHA!! Just kidding... Can't believe the number of people that have no clue about that!!

  7. LawnMagic1

    LawnMagic1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    Brians...I have a 150 gallon AG-SPRAY sprayer, 400' hose, hypro 6500 roller pump(easy maintenance), and a 6.5 hp Briggs all mounted to a 5'x10' trailer so I can unhook and store my spray equipment out of the weather. Plus, you dont get chemical in the truck bed and it's easy for me to clean my equipment. I have attached a picture for you. My advice to you is to start small....make sure like the spraying business before you invest thousands. My set up only cost 2K including the trailer. Good Luck!


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