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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by bigw, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,540

    Here is a serious question that id like to know...I pretty much have all the major equipment needed to run my business.
    But what i'd like to know as a new guy is what are all the little odds and end things that i may not even be thinking of that i probably would want to have in my trailer for the season? Can you guys name some of these things so i can make sure i am prepaired...Thanks! This should be a good question since i havent seen it asked 6 x a day.
  2. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 1,134

    A Camera. All the time, in your pocket, or never farther then the dash of the truck.
  3. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    sun block and plenty water
  4. smcunningham

    smcunningham LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 775

    Make a list of everything that will be in your trailer and truck
    -Medical Kit
    -Extra Strap
    -garbage bags
    Make a list so we can see what we think you might need to include on you rig.
  5. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    tools tools tools. extra belts, blades, grease, bungee cords and duct tape, hose clamps, always carry enough gas. trimming string and edger blades.
  6. barefeetny

    barefeetny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    a few spools of masons string. and a bucket of 1"X1"X24" stakes.....diffrent colors... i would never leave home without them

    A couple cans of hornet spray

    extra pens and paper

    extra buisness cards

    Extra socks
  7. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
    Messages: 979

    tire pump plugs and patches
  8. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,540

    so far alot of these are great and things probably most of us new guys wouldnt have thought of...thanks keep them going im building my list as i deem important to me!
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Unless you have one and due to price I would skip on major things like digicam and GPS for now, but you DO need all that knick knack emergency stuff...
    So all that stuff that guy said with belts / tools etc and in addition to that:

    - A tool box for the back of the truck, the big behind-the-cab kind, they're pricey so see if you can find one used.
    - A can of fix-a-flat, do it, it also serves as compressed air in a pinch to inflate a flat whether it leaks or not.
    - An inner tube for the Wb's front caster! Also a fix-a-flat kit for tubes.
    - A small 12v $20 compressor.
    - Decide now on a one grade of oil, make it 10w-30 or 10w-40 or whatever but decide on a universal grade, then TWO quarts of that extra. If your truck leaks buy a whole case.
    - A gallon of already mixed 50/50 antifreeze (don't carry pure with you if you need water).
    - A can each of brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid.
    - A can each of starter fluid, and wd-40.
    - A spool of string for the trimmer.
    - A crowbar, a hammer, and an adjustable wrench.
    - A flat and a round edge shovel, a rake, a tarp, a loppers.
    - Condoms, goes in the glove compartment, not for what you might think. These are mostly used for stopping inquisitive folks rummaging around your truck or asking STUPID questions (hey what's this, what's over there, etc etc) yeah...!
    - A universal spark plug either Autolite 5224 or Champion RJ-12YC.
    > Won't work for handhelds, but does fit most mowers and US-made v8 gas trucks.
    - Jumper cables, and if you got spare money a jumper boost box.
    - A 100 FOOT tow rope or chain! See about buying a tree climbing rope, these are expensive but whatever it has to be super sturdy, to be used for pulling the mower out the ditch should you ever get it stuck.

    Later you will need (but wait until you do because you'll need specific parts):
    A PCV-pipe leak patch and fix kit (these are build-yourself, buy at lowe's / HD under the plumbing section, used for fixing sprinkler system pipes WHEN you crack one lol).
  10. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,369

    topsites -- ROFL ... couldn't understand at first, but now I do !!

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