New in the business

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by rjgolfer, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. rjgolfer

    rjgolfer LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 104

    I am getting into the mowing business and would love any ideas on the type of equipment I might need. I plan on starting small and doing only residential for now. Mostly small medium sized yards. Cut Trim and BLow. I have new Tundra to pull a trailer with.
  2. backtobasicslawncare

    backtobasicslawncare LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 126

    well i started small with a 21" mower and blower and weedeater. just start small and buildup.
  3. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 1,074

    Run!! Get away from this biz as fast as you can. You can't make a living at it. I've gone as high as $25.00 per acre and still can't get ahead. Run to the nearest Mac Donalds or Wal Mart!


    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Save your money and dont get a trailer. Get a good 21" commercial mower like a toro proline or snapper hi-vac (I have two snapper hi-vacs with honda engines and love them) then for a weedeater the echo SRM-210 is a decent one for $199 (one i started out with and its still runnin good). And as far as a blower goes a decent backpack from echo is the PB-413 for $299 (Also started out with). This is all good equipment for starters and the commercial 21 will last for many many years. If you have any questions feel free to send me a PM. Good luck in the business.
  5. rjgolfer

    rjgolfer LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 104

    I am hoping to get the mid range and possibly some upper range residential accounts and thought considering buy the Wright 32" Stander....?? My son has one and loves it. I know it's a pretty sizable investment ($5,000+) but seems like it might pay for it's self within a season?
    I see a LOT of Wright Stander's in the Kansas City area....not sure if you have an opinion on them????
    Thanks for your advice!
  6. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    the advice ive seen for you is scary. it sounds like these are the guys happily making $20/hr, which is very low to make a living running a business. if you plan on doing this long term, buy a good quality machine that work efficiently. a 32" is small IMO, but if you feel thats what you need, you know you situation better than us. to use a 21" is time consuming. at the end of a 100+ degree day you'll be ready to quit. think ahead buy smart, plan on growing and working fast. ive heard really good things about the stander from friends who have them. good luck. i preffer ZTR's, but its a matter of oppion and situation
  7. rjgolfer

    rjgolfer LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 104

    I tend to agree with you. I know I want to grow the business as fast as I can but also want to "balance" the investment I make in equipment. I am fortunate to have the financial resources to buy good equipment but don't want to go over the top until I get into the mowing buisness and feel I can make a decent living at it. I want to project a professional image so I think having good equipment is part of the equation....I just bought a new Tundra so I am off to a good start but still need the mower, trailer......
    BTW any advice what I should look for in a trailer.....?
  8. shane mapes

    shane mapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 537

    if you can afford to then get the biggest trailer you can afford... the trailer you buy will determine the size mowers you can put on board.. here where i'm at 21 or 26 in is fine.. all small lawns. maybe you need bigger..if your not sure if your going to stay in bus.. get what you can use around your place if it doesn't work out....what i did is start out with basic set up and then added as i grew and could afford...

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Im just saying that i started out with a 21" and it worked for me but now i have a 32" cubcadet commerical walkbehind and i dont know how i lived without it. Next year im looking to get a 48" or 54" ztr. The type of mower you need depends on the size of yards you are targeting.
  10. Pumper14

    Pumper14 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    hey rj,

    I was kinda in the same boat as you. Starting out 2yrs. ago, and being in the KC area. I bought a 36" wright stander, a 21" self-propelled push mower and a used trailer (5x12). I'm with Daricek, get some quality equipment before you roll out the door.

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