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New equipment for a beginner?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by mch181, Nov 12, 2005.

  1. mch181

    mch181 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    Hey guys im goin to be mowing about 3acres next season. Im 15 so dont excpect much! anyways im goin to need new equipment. Heres wat i had in mind:
    Ferris IS 1500z or
    Hustler Fastrak 44inch
    also need a small walkbehind and between these
    Ferris Hydrocut 36inch or
    Simplicity pacer (what my mower shop recomended)
    i already have weedwackers/trimmers/blowers etc
    i have:
    echo srm-210
    echo pb-603
    craftsman S.P. leaf vaccum and am i missing something for the easy worker?
  2. Scotts' Yard Care

    Scotts' Yard Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    Three acres in one big block? Go with the largest cutter deck you can afford.
    Need to trailer your equipment then that adds a little more to the problem.
    Can you only afford one machine for your whole operation? That means you need to get a versatile mower that will do all sizes of yards unless you stay primarily with large accounts. Lot of questions you need to ask to get a better idea of what you're up against:)
  3. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571

    3 acres isn't much, a 48 inch walk behind should be fine.
  4. mch181

    mch181 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    k thanks im just gonna go with the simplicity walkbehind!
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    No offense but I would see about getting a USED Toro 48" with a velke for around 1000 bucks, invest the difference in a new 6x12 trailer AND a used truck you should be able to get it all for under 5k... 1.5k-2k for the truck, 1.5k for the trailer, 1k for the Wb = 4-5k.

    dass just me, a used 48" in half-decent shape will last at least 2 years, likely 3... If your business goes belly-up, you'll be out less money and have more stuff to show for it as well...

    I didn't buy a new mower until my 4th year... I am glad I learned the ropes with used wb's, NOTHING can go wrong with the new mower that I can not fix and I have NEVER ditched the new machine because I learned how to drive them with the used ones, it's not as easy as it looks and the new ones are MUCH faster and have a TON more power (the old one hurt me plenty, I'd hate to think what a new one would've done to me when I didn't have the experience).
  6. lawnsbyrj

    lawnsbyrj LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    think small and grow big. no reason to have a $600 payment when you only make $ 350 a month.
  7. unlimted01

    unlimted01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Jw where did u get the monry to got out at 15 and buy all new equipment
  8. Signature Landscaping1

    Signature Landscaping1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,496

    I would buy a better quality w/b like a 48 scag or toro, exmark, lesco, brands like these will last you alot longer than a simplicity.
  9. Spratz86

    Spratz86 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    How long will it take with a W/B? My Ferris 1500z (48") cuts my two acre yard in 45 minutes on a bad day.

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