Priority List

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by dmkosko, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. dmkosko

    dmkosko LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    What should be on a company that is starting out's priority list? Right now we have an old mower, old weed whacker, and a leaf blower. I am looking for input from experienced landscapers. Thanks for the help
  2. Dodge2

    Dodge2 LawnSite Member
    from ottawa
    Messages: 134

    Depends on what you mean by old, ( I have a lawn mower that I use and its from 1961) and it still runs great so I see no point to replace it. You should only replace equipment when you need to( too much down time, high hourly cost, or its at the end of its servicable life). So if there all that, then the order in my veiw is the same way you listed them, mower( you can't cut grass without a mower), grass trimmer ( makes the job look a lot better), and finally a blower ( because you could always use a broom or rake).
  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    ^^^^exactly, you need to replace equipment in the order of which one has the most down time.
  4. Dodge2

    Dodge2 LawnSite Member
    from ottawa
    Messages: 134

    And not just for the lastest and greatest model.
  5. TreeClimber57

    TreeClimber57 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    What is causing the most grief, or doesn't work?

    If they all work well.. then look at a couple of things.. is there anything else you could add to your equipment and become more productive.. If not then is there any of the mentioned equipment that you could upgrade to add productivity (faster, bigger, whatever).. if they all work then look where you can make gains and hopefully additional profit.
  6. dmkosko

    dmkosko LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    thanks for the help guys!
  7. tinman

    tinman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ga
    Messages: 1,346

    1. dependable truck to get equipment to jobs
    2. dependable mower
    3.weed trimmer
    4 blowers
    5. backups from top of list
  8. NorthTXlawnguy

    NorthTXlawnguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    liability insurance
  9. Triple D

    Triple D LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    Great advice on the insurance. Yes you will need more reliable equipment as time goes on. And the easiest way to get it is to do Quality work from day one.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i would go with a mower, then trimmer and blower

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