Need help on start up

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by lawncare010, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. lawncare010

    lawncare010 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    Hellow everyone my name is kyle and i amjust starting up and i have some questions

    #1 I have no clue what brand of commerical mows to get

    #2 I have a lawn that has a 40'' gate and a lawn that has a 60'' gate so i need two mowers for them two lawns, I want to get a hydro and not a gear,

    #3 I dont know weather i need to get a 21'' also if so what do you think I should get

    #4 What do you thing I should get for handhelds, I needa string trimmer/backpack blower/edger/hedge trimmer

    #5 What kind of trailer do you think i should get open or enclosed and how long should the trailer be


  2. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    i love stihl equipment, however redmax and shindaiwa make great stuff. get what your preferred dealer sells.

    most equipment is built to the same standards, so go w/ dealer support, there is a great thread that you got into a minute ago that has all the info about mowers.

    the trailer you need depends on the equipment, i have had both and prefer open trailers b/c of the versatility that they provide to my company.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    to start out you could just get a mower that fits in the smaller gate and use it on both yards. That would save a bunch of money. You could also with a bit of practice use a string trimmer to edge, some people will dissagree but i do it and it looks the same. You could also buy th kombi powerhead unit from STIHL and get all the attachments so you dont need to buy all seprate equipment. The last thing you want is to buy a ton of equipment and have to work for a long time to pay it off because they you arnt making a profit
  4. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    WOW, I Just love new guys, there all excited,

    about all the top end commerical equiptment is built very well, " it boils down to the ole ford chevy thing"

    mainly for myself the equiptment I chose was because of the dealer, his location his number of years in the business,

    Find your self a Dealer Colse by, interview him, see if there are any BBB reports on him, and see if there are any other same dealers in your area and MAKE THEN FIGHT FOR YOUR BUSINESS......
    Check all the equiptment and see if it has the bells and whistles you want,
    AND CHECK CONSUMABLES...... availabilty and price, such as oil filters, blades, air filters.

    Best of luck to ya and Keep us posted.
  5. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,152

    you DO realize gas might hit 7/gallon right????
  6. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    the mods ought to just copy/paste this and give it to every noob that gets on here.:clapping::clapping::clapping::clapping::clapping::clapping::clapping:
  7. mantrep

    mantrep LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Ive been doing it now for 10 years. If you have a toro dealer close by, go with the 32 walkbehind tbar steering. Saves your hands! Trigger machines are crippling!

    Best bet would be a used one. New, they run well over $3K now. That machine will get into any gate you need. Runs forever and I swear by it! My third machine.

    For ZTR Im a Grasshopper guy. My third one there as well. I retire them about every 3 years. So far well over 5000 hours on my Grasshoppers.

    For handhelds, go with light weight but powerful. The longer you have to hold it the more you will appreciate it.

    Lawn service is a simple business. Just show up! Give your customer a service day and never miss. They will keep you like the family dog. (they better. Youre working like one)

    Grasshopper 52
    Toyota Tundra
    Toro 32 Walk behind (soon to upgrade to 34 ZTR)
    110 residential accounts
  8. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    Buy the best you can really doesn't matter as long as you have dealer support.
  9. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,292

    lawncare - did you have a bad experience with a Quick prior?
    Please shed some light on this.

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