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Well I'm entering my Senior year of high school, Just filled out my application for stock-bridge will do the same for UCONN and 2 other schools with HORT. programs but i was just thinking about latter life when I'm 35 or 45 and have made out well in this biz. DO you think that if i get all the same truck like maybe lets say i have 6 crews have 6 ford f450 same engine and all then get all the same kind of mowers same trimmers same blowers and so on?? stock the same parts? maybe go with JOHN DEERE? all equipment is from them?? just pondering lets hear your incite to this.:blob4: :blob3: :blob1: :blob2: :D :cool:
 

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Why worry about that now? Concentrate your concerns first on completing your education, then worry about starting a business. I would recommend staying in school long enough to at least get a Bachelor's Degree. Whatever your major is in, your degree will help you throughout all of your careers. And yes I do know this from experience. You will know when you are successful and then you can answer your own question. Good luck.
 

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Good questions sbvfd.

I like the fact that you are doing long range planning. I would have to question anyone who told you not to. I wonder about someone saying "complete your education" before starting your business, also. I've been in business almost 30 years and I'm still learning. Life would be boring, I think, if you "learned" it all by the age of 22.

As for college, I would suggest you find courses for an entrepreneur. Most courses in college train you to be a technician. As a business owner you would hire these people... technicians are fairly easy to come by but a true entrepreneur is rare.
 

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I too want to have Hort. degrees and I want 5-10 3 man full time mowing crews 3-5 full time 3 man landscaping crews, and 1 irrigation installation and maintenance crews, and 2-3 chem app. crews, but I have alot of building to do be that size and I think that by having all of my crews be virtually identical to each others within the type of work i.e-identical mowing crews, identical landcapes crews etc. will save me money because every thing that i have to stock, blades belts filters etc. costs me money just to keep and I wont have to stock near as many TYPES of parts If I only have 1 type of Z to stock for, 1 type of w/b, 1 type of blower etc., so i will spend less time tracking down parts. Just my thoughts
 

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Thanks keep up all the positive responses please!! dose anyone here have a lager scale lco that dose this or knows of any that do. :D DO you think John Deere whould hook me up if i talked with them??
 

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Originally posted by sbvfd592
DO you think that if i get all the same truck like maybe lets say i have 6 crews have 6 ford f450 same engine and all then get all the same kind of mowers same trimmers same blowers and so on?? stock the same parts? maybe go with JOHN DEERE? all equipment is from them?? just pondering lets hear your incite to this.
HUH???????????:rolleyes:
 

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If you were to start with a cool million bucks and the goal was to equip a dozen crews, then sure, standardization is the way to go.

In most circumstances you will only have the $/work to outfit one or two. When you have more $/work you may find that other makes/models are more efficient or less expensive. Over time you would wind up with a patchwork, as forced standardization would be a false economy. If building your crews over a five year period it is always possible that the diesel F350 will always be the best choice, for example, but you should not limit yourself to repeating errors.

I have no direct experience with this in the world of LCO's, but I have in other forms of work over the last decade, in computer and telecom equipment. Some ----- VP always gets a kickback for a long term contract and you get stuck making @#$! work while he takes his mistress to the Caymans. :angry:

Head over to TrueGreen's equip storage and see how varied their stuff is.
 

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Originally posted by sbvfd592
thanks guys come on anyone have all the same??
Well yeah

I use scag w/b's. That is all the w/b's we have
Walker
Echo line trimmers is all we use
Redmax blowers is all we use
Redmax hedge clippers is all we are using now
and so on.....................

Get the idea?
 

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I buy what piece of equipment is best suited for the job at hand. I don't believe any manufacturer makes the best pieces of equipment for all applications. Flexibility is a plus in this and most businesses which means not putting all of your eggs in one basket or one manufacturer.I would buy a scag walk behind but I have no interest in their ztr's.Just an example.Good luck in your future endeavors.
 

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it is not how much crap you have- it is how much you can make and then keep after taxes and expenses. talk to some other business owners and see how much time they have for the family and how they operate.
i was a full service landscaping contractor from trees to building walls, excavating and mowing we did it all the more men i hired trucks i bought the less time i had to myself i was a big baby sitter.
bigger is not always better. i always did the highest quality work.
however i sold off the business this spring and the new owner is crashing and burning loosing customers i had for over 10 years and is loosing his shirt all because he wanted to be a bigger company. never give up on you're dreams but research before you spend. good luckpayup
 
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