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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Kenb2920, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. Kenb2920

    Kenb2920 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 158

    OK, BESIDES: Truck, trailer, mower, string trimmer, edger and blower.

    What do you find as essential equipment you could not do business without for lawncare. What items are in your checklist.
  2. aaronmg

    aaronmg LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    What services are you offering? just mowing?
  3. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,710

    routing scheduling billing software

    Im not sure I understand the clip board guys… its 2014

    I think standard shop tools (wrenches etc) goes in the "besides" category.

    Excel. word. Laptop.

    Im going to stick my neck out and say iPhone.

    I HATE hate HaTe cell phones ( I preferred business when you worked all day and checked messages at night)

    However….I'm not sure how I functioned without this dang apple attached to my hip.
  4. aaronmg

    aaronmg LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    Safety equipment... glasses, hearing protection etc... etc...
  5. ROS_Grounds

    ROS_Grounds LawnSite Member
    Messages: 152

    Loaded Toolbox!!!
    Air compressor
    Tow rope (ive had my guys literally pull (by hand) my zero out of a soggy ditch)
  6. TML

    TML LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    A good set of sharp hand pruners (I like Felco)
    A good hand pruning saw
    Smart Phone
  7. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,685

    Each category of work will require its own must tools.

    To work on your stuff an air compressor and an impact gun a blade sharpener and hand tools like sockets and wrenches I would consider must have.

    To do hedges I think hedge trimmers would be a must and a spare set then extended trimmers and some ladders and rakes and barrels this would be the minimum to do that type of job.

    Mulch is easy but does require wheel barrels and pitch forks and some rakes and shovels.

    If you do fert your going to want spreaders and sprayers.

    You like getting paid a comp and a printer and some office supply's area a must.

    Fall clean ups back packs for every one and a spare or 2 are a must then comes a ground blower and unless you like killing yourself I would say a leaf box and a truck loader are must have.

    I consider having a mig welder must have equipment it keeps me in the field and saves me butt a dozen times a year.
  8. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,763

    I agree with the guys who mentioned support equipment, fixing your own stuff and doing your own pm is a lot better than paying $70 an hour at a shop.
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  9. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,745

    There's a lot of good stuff listed that we couldn't live without, but again, depends on some specifics of the job too. For one, I wear contacts, so safety glasses are a MUST. Also, we started using Quickbooks about 4 years ago and that made life sooooo much easier for us and the accountant. Out in the field some stuff like fix-a-flat, an air tank, a decent set of tools, spare belts, water cooler, ratchet straps, bee sting kit, rain coat. Our trucks have a 36" under body box on each side and we keep them full of "must have" stuff.
  10. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,738

    On-board tools, blades*, Wolfsnouts or facemasks for dusty days, earplugs, safety glasses, WATER, hedge-trimmer, hand-pruner, chainsaw, Felco loppers, bungee straps, spare parts for the wear items on mower(s), etc...

    *Blades - various styles and lifts for varying conditions. I carry Hi-lifts, single notchers, 3in1 Gators, G5s, & med lifts.

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