Outdoor Equipment Store

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by matth04, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. matth04

    matth04 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    I have been thinking about opening an Outdoor Power Equipment Store. I thought about taking the money I've saved up from mowing. I was wondering if anyone hear runs their own store. What capital is required for start-up. There are several dealers here, but none dominant the business. I want to sell Scags, not sure about small equipment. Any ideas, advice would be great.
  2. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    have lots and lots of money.
  3. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    Might want to go to all the service schools first and get your engine technician certifications... And find you a building big enough to hold the probably $25K-$40K of stock that's probably required by companies like Scag and Stihl. Also, would you still be doing your mowing too? There's not a whole lot of LCOs that are going to be giving their purchasing business to a guy that is also competing with them for mowing accounts.. And if there are already a number of dealers in your immediate area, especially one that already sells Scag, you would probably be out of luck if Scag has a "protected territory" where they won't sign up another dealer right close to another one..
  4. matth04

    matth04 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    I wouldn't mow anymore. I would be strictly running the store. Appreciate the help
  5. lwcmattlifter

    lwcmattlifter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 859

    I doubt that any manufacturer will let you sell their products unless you are certified to repair them also. I don't see how you can only sell the big ticket items and keep regular customers. You really need a store that can cater to as many landscapers equipment needs.
  6. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    To get a good visible location (I would rent to begin) and the franchise rights to sell Scag and the other brands you want and to stock the business with parts, etc.....between $500,000.00 and $1,000,000.00 should do it....and of course excellent credit has the brand makers you carry such as Scag will also require that in addition.
  7. delaplane

    delaplane LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I work at a Power Equipment Store. A little advice, have alot of money and alot of time. Get quality equipment lines and make sure you have something to sell when the grass isn't growing. Good luck.

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