If you were to start all over again...

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by DGomez, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. DGomez

    DGomez LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Name one thing you would do differently and one thing you would keep the same.
    Dan Gomez
  2. privatelawn

    privatelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    I would have never bought a used ztr especially the one with 2000 hrs on it

    Everything else id keep the same
  3. grassmedics

    grassmedics LawnSite Member
    Messages: 109

    would have quit my other job alot earlier and focused just on the lawn business:waving:
  4. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    I would have bought a 6x12 trailer instead of a 5x10.

    I would have bought a 48" ride on instead of a 36" wb.

    I would have bought 21" toro prolines instead of home cheapo toros.
  5. DAR57

    DAR57 LawnSite Member
    from NW Ohio
    Messages: 212

    Paid someone else to do the books
    Still would have bought a Hustler
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Would've saved more money, closer to 8000 (I had 5)
    And MORE advertising, a WHOLE LOT more.

    But all in all starting in the dumps wasn't too bad, the pickup truck was a trip!
    1974 F-250 with unknown miles thou we guessed over 400,000, this thing was 28 years old when I got it lol, 5-8 mpg on the original 390 Cleveland engine (thou for the size this thing had less power than a new 251 v-6 lol). Leaked more oil between changes than the change itself, I think a quart every 500 miles I used to buy it by the case, thou fuel in those days was 0.99 - 1.59 / gallon.
    The wipers never worked, that's when I learned all about Rain-X, stuff works so good I use it to this day, don't need wipers anymore.
    The heat worked, kinda, the brakes were an adventure in advance planning.
    The paintjob was nice, it looked like a DIY job so when the paint got to wearing thin I re-did it for $20 with 0.99/can spray paint, white.

    Yes sir I was a total scrub and proud of it.
  7. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    Not bought a 2nd and 3rd american truck.
  8. Americal Vet

    Americal Vet LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    I would not have volunteered to walk point!
  9. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    I would not have bought a PE-200.
  10. dgfitz

    dgfitz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    LOL! Yea, and I would not have asked you to. I was so scared of ambushes
    that I always took the point myself rather than ask some volunteer.

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