Newbie starting in Spring 2004

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by ace329, Oct 3, 2003.

  1. ace329

    ace329 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Hello to all Lawnsite members in cyberspace!

    I've been on this site for several months and gain a lot of valuable information. I will be starting in spring 2004. I have all the basic equipment (Redmax mower, two echo trimmers and shindaiwa edgers) etc. What size walk behind should I start out with 36 or 44 deck?

    Oh yeah I have a budget of $3500.

  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    the mower size depends on the properties that you will have
  3. ace329

    ace329 LawnSite Member
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    Most of the residental property area I've targeting has 1/2 acre or less.
  4. WeatherMan

    WeatherMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    If I had to do it all over again I would start with a 48"
  5. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,299

    starting with 48" makes sense...
  6. ace329

    ace329 LawnSite Member
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    May ask why start with a 48 deck?
  7. Turf Dancer

    Turf Dancer LawnSite Senior Member
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    We have these things called fences here and they prohibit the use of mowers larger than 21" on 70% of properties !
    Good Luck ! If I were to do it aover again I would buy a 36" WB
    as my second machine after a 21" ! That is what works in my market ! Most of the guys on here laugh because even the big outfit here owns 2 ZTR's, 1 48" WB and 10 JD 21" mowers, They use the 21" on the vast majority of their properties. Hey if I were in a flat area as oposed to the town where I live which is over 50% built on hills, I would buy a larger machine assuming I didn't have the gates to deal with. I still think that the fencing contractors here only ever installed 30" gates.
  8. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My first mower I bought was a 36. That way I could get through almost any gate, and with just starting I needed every account I could get.
  9. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    if they are a half an acre of less go for the 36"
  10. MN Wildwood

    MN Wildwood LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    The fence issue was of concern to me at first also. I bought a toro 32" which works wonderful for these areas. Putting the jungle wheels on the back allowed for quick care of larger properties, even up to 4 acres within a reasonable time frame. I believe it cost around $2300 $2500- new. This would be within your budget and allow for any additional equipment that may arise as being needed later on in starting up. Hope the best for you.

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