Questions about expansion.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by firecapt13, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. firecapt13

    firecapt13 LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 96

    I have a lawn maintenance business and am venturing into landscaping. I am trying to find out if i should buy a tractor or a skid steer. i have had numerous customers ask me about doing renovations for them and i think it would be a smart move. i have someone to cut my lawns for me. what is the best way to go about this direction without going overboard or overwhelmed. any comments from people who have done this please give your thoughts.
  2. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    skid steer is way more productive than a compact tractor, hands down, no questions asked. Dont forget, you can always rent one or the other to figure out which one you like better and see which one suits your needs better. I'd rent for a while till your monthly rental bill is more than what a monthly loan payment would be on the machine. Then go buy a machine and rent speciality attachments as needed. good luck!
  3. ynvvbr

    ynvvbr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90


    are you doing maintenance up there?? Want some work???

  4. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    yeah sure!!!! gimme a call mike.... u still got my number?
  5. amvega

    amvega LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    A skid loader is faster and easier to manuver.
  6. CAG

    CAG LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 344

    it depends on what kind of jobs your doing.. light landscaping a little tractor, bigger jobs skid.. Watch out the skid will do a lot of ground damage..
  7. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    I'm with CAG. My New Holland TC33DA has been awesome for the landscape work I've been doing. Installs, light grading, etc. and I also use it for my mulch work, aeration, spreading, and such. If you're doing BIG stuff, get the skid, but if it's lighter stuff, the tractor is the way for me.

    By the way, Raleigh firefighter here.:)
  8. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,275

    tc33 is a great little tractor. If you are just doing smaller jobs like what they are saying it is a great tractor. I rent them all the time
  9. start2finish

    start2finish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    another positive is, attachments are cheaper for the tractor. I started with a tractor and have grown in to larger equipment, but we still run the tractor everyday. If I had to only have one, I would probably own the tractor. I would be a tough decision though.
  10. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,034

    I went with the tractor (NH TC35DA) for the ground damage control, because I am using it to finish grade lawns and don't want to have to fix ruts created by skid steer. I will rent skid steer when I need it.


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