Just starting out.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Kends, Sep 19, 2000.

  1. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    What ever you do don't put flyers on mailboxes...the United Staes Post Office can fine you for that...put them on the doors
  2. greenflag

    greenflag LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    Dittos on the flyers.
    Also, if you are mowing small residential, look into a 32" mower. You can get through most any gate with one, and you don't have to cut the back yard with a 21.
  3. Five Star Lawn Care LLC

    Five Star Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,006

    screw sthil...what u want to get as far as a blower goes is a Red-max EB6200, its the most powerful blower on the market for clearing leaves to puting the finishing touches on a perfect lawn nothing can even compete with it.....and as far as trimmers go the Shindawia T-230 is a great choice, lightweight, powerful plus limited vibrations....as far as advertising goes the door to door flyers is a fool-proof method cant beat it.
  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Fivestr-You don't even need all that power on the Redmax! My Stihl has plenty of power and the BR400 has a little more. I just don't see why you need so much power.
  5. Five Star Lawn Care LLC

    Five Star Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,006

    just go out and demo one and see what u think...i garante u will he praying to the Red-max god
  6. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    Try the Shindaiwa EB630...good power backpack blower...we have a couple work great!!!
  7. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    Skag48, wait until you start mowing in wet conditions and have to blow off clippings on a drive way that is 1/4 to 1/2 mile long. You will wish you had a Redmax EB6200. I realize your just starting out, but until you have seen all conditions, you just won't understand why we need the big blowers. I know a little hand blower will do the job, but it will take forever and time is money in this business.

    Fivestr19, I agree that the Shindiawa is a good choice for trimmers. We have been using them for years.
  8. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    kends--good luck to you in your decision to enter the business.

    as you are noticing in the above posts, everyone has an opinion. and none of those expressed will likely mirror your own in a years time.

    do like my father told me many years ago, regardless what my endeavor was,..."work hard, study hard and make them a good man". and later, when faced with an opportunity, my father was quick to remind me that "opportunity was my reward".

    just do the right thing and you'll do fine in this business,

  9. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 922

    You will be happy with your purchase of the JD.

    I have an older GS 25 - 36". The cut is great and the machine is very reliable. Belts, filters, and blades only replacement parts in 4 years. Parts for JD are high. look into some online companies for parts. Buy what your need now for all next season. This will same you time and money!
    I think the biggest mistake new guys make is that they don't charge enough. When you start getting accounts REAL quick, you need to up your prices. Talk to people for a while before you give them your bid. They will tell you what they were paying and how unhappy they were with the service. This will help you test the market.
    Know your costs... equipment, fuel, maintenance, INSURANCE, etc. Don't start out making X amount of money per week and think you struck it rich. You need to reinvest alot of you income for the first few years and you need to eat in the winter. Spend time reading posts here and give your calculator a work out before you go at this full time.
    Good Luck

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