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Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by chadslawncare, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. newjerseylandscaping

    newjerseylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,174

    I was asking chadslawncare. And i never ask questions that are meant as a posotive thing, i dont like the nay sayers on this forum, thats not what we all post for here on lawnsite.
  2. M & L

    M & L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    was not sure if you were asking me or him. not sayin you nay say.
  3. newjerseylandscaping

    newjerseylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,174

    just making shur i know the way it was worded was kind of blunt. M&L i take it its your 1st year?
  4. MisterBreeze

    MisterBreeze LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    I'm not sure I understand your position. Are you upset because of lowballers or that guys can buy equipment cheap. What I was trying to say is don't start a business by going into too much debt. Buying new is fine but I don't think it's necessary to purchase top of the line equipment. And I don't like to see guys driving around in a "Sanford & Son" pick-up but you can't assume they are "scrubs" if they do. You don't know anyones situation.
    And also, lawn equipment is not cheap, even if it's used. It's still cost a few bucks for a reliable mower and needed equipment.
  5. chadslawncare

    chadslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    I think these are in fact some good questions. I do have a full-time job and yes, I would have the need for some kind of vehicle. I traded in a 2007 Lincoln MKX for this 4x4 Ford. I figured I could put the truck to some better use instead of the Lincoln MKX. It was a nice ride but I could not plow snow and I really didn't want to pull a trailer with a Lincoln. Anyways, I upgraded from a 42 " Toro so that I could do my own leaf pickup in the fall. This saves me 350.00 a year alone (about 2 mower payments). I figured that starting a lawn care business would help me with tax benifits also. I was going to have to purchase a trailer anyways for a couple of off road toy's so the trailer, the mower and a good part of my truck will be a good tax benifit for the next 5 years. I am glad that I purchased the new equipment and if I did not think I could make enough money to pay for it all, I probably would still be driving a Lincoln MKX and paying someone else to do my fall leaf pick up. But I am not, I am mowing, plowing and payuppayuppayuppayup. Thanks for asking the questions. Nobody seemed to ask earlier so I just didn't feel a need to reply to many of the above rants. Chad
  6. newjerseylandscaping

    newjerseylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,174

    hows that 150 handle the plow? also is it the 5.7 or the smaller 8?
  7. chadslawncare

    chadslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    The 150 does ok with pushing snow. It has the smaller engine and the plow is the smaller lighter plow. I primarily limit my customers to smaller commercial lots and residential driveways. Loosing sleep is a litle more difficult to handle compared to when I was younger. We just had 14-20 inches of snow a few days ago here in NE Ohio and the Ford F150 and the Boss 7.5 ft Sport Duty held up better than I did. After 3 days of snow plowing, about 6 hrs total sleep in 3 days, the truck was still able but I was not. Had to get some sleep.
  8. chadslawncare

    chadslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    I am just now getting around to sifting through this thread for replies. I have been bussier than I expected to be with fall leaf cleanups. I did this while working a full time job and probably could have taken on more customers but decided that I did not want to work that much. I just bought the mower in the end of August this year, I did not have any mowing customers and went after my first fall cleanup customers the beginning of September. In just the 6-7 weeks of fall cleanups, I was able to make enough money to pay for the mower for 12 months. I consider my first fall cleanup a success. Chad
  9. gasracer

    gasracer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,049

    Chad, Maybe I read it wrong but you were writing off the truck for business use but still use it for personal use? Once you put commercial tags and insurance on it and get it lettered it is no longer a personal truck. If you still use it for personal use you can only write off mileage. I would talk to a CPA about it to make sure.
  10. chadslawncare

    chadslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    You are very correct in this statement. I am only able to use the mileage for tax purposes. I didn't expect to write off the cost of the truck. I will be pleased with only being able to write off the mower, trailer, hand held equipment and snow plow for the time being. Hopefully, I can purchase a F250 in a couple of years then I will use one of the trucks as a complete write off. Not to mention the convenience of being able to leave one of the trucks attached to the trailer. For now, I am having to drop the trailer when I have a few days off of work and hook again when I need to work. Chad

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