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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by TexasLawnCare, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. TexasLawnCare

    TexasLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 3

    I was in the business with my father for @20 years, well, we have have been out of the business for the past 7/8 years. There have been alot of advances in equipment in that time. I am looking to restart the biz on my own, but am looking for some advice on new equipment.

    We used echo trimmers and blowers, Troy 36" walk behind, Husq 21" walker, Snapper ZTR rider. What would ya'll suggest starting out with.

  2. TexasLawnCare

    TexasLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 3

    What's up, nobody have any advice. I've read tons of great advice on this forum, finally signed up so I could ask a few questions and everyone clams up???

    What would you vets advise on equipment for a new start up if you were doing it all over again?

  3. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    what are you looking at new or used....we run lazers and dixie choppers the exmark i believe are great it was our first mower when we started and i loved it check it out
  4. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,674

    Depends on your budget. I like Gravely Z's, and Echo 2-strokes but thats me.
  5. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    I have not figured it out myself. My partner likes Honda 21's after I convinced him to try one over a toro.

    I like our dixie chopper but it is a large machine relative to others.

    Most peeps in texas use echo or stihl for the Blowers and trimmers.
  6. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    being in business for 20 years you should know what is best for you as far as size of mower, 36,48 wb's or 60" ztr's. you should also remember that above and beyond mower brands is dealer support and a good dealer is much more important to me than brand of machine. to me, each machine is going to perform about the same. within reason, one might cut a little beater or have more power or ground speed, etc, but having a dealer that will stop what he is doing and fix your new mower when it breaks is priceless! perhaps you still have connections or a relationship with a local dealer and you might want to start there with his brands.

    i love my bobcats, cut great, good power, good comfort features, and most of all, there arent as long as a scagg and i can fit 2 Z's and a WB in an 18' trailer! a friend has a larger LCO and he runs Scagg but hates how long they are and has trouble fitting the same equip in a 20 footer. exmark seems good, lot of guys run them here too, wright stander and sentar ( those stand on ZTR's ) are getting big here too. ive heard the great dane stand on mowers wont climb a curb! to each his own, good luck welcome back. hope that helps a bit!
  7. TexasLawnCare

    TexasLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 3

  8. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    Starting over I would seriously investigate the stand on ztr's.
    Lesco, Gravely and I believe Wright brands are all manufactured by the same company.
    Although I haven't demo'd one I am considering it now as the time has arrived once again to change out my fleet.
    Regarding hand equipment, I personally recommend the Stihl 4-Mix. Quiet, very powerful, are adaptable to most trimming conditions, weight wise aren't bad and are extremely durable.
    About 21" mowers, Ariens really dropped the ball when they redesigned their commercial mowers - the new one's suck big time. Height adjusters are impossible to use, the bagging system has been changed and they are made much heavier weight wise so fatigue becomes a real factor.
    I just ordered 3 new Exmark 21" Metro's with the Honda motor.
    Depending on your credit, check out Exmark's program you may just qualify for the $0 down/36 months 0%.
  9. NELawnCare

    NELawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    If you're buying new, I'm a Ferris fan. Ferris is offering 0% down and no payments for 6-months. Then it rolls into a 3.9% fixed plan. Can't beat that interest rate. I just bought my Ferris equipment under this plan.

    But I agree with DARICEK LANDSCAPING above. Service from the dealer is more important. Whatever you buy, make sure you have backup equipment or a reliable dealer who will service your equipment to reduce down-time.

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