Residential mowing

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by Jh87, Jul 14, 2019 at 9:08 AM.

  1. Jh87

    Jh87 LawnSite Member
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    I’m considering buying a residential zero turn mower to manage some properties my father owns. My question is, if I buy something like https://sleequipment.com/husqvarna-...er-briggs-z254.html#product_tabs_askit_tabbed would it be adequate for a startup residential lawn care business? I’d be going through all the appropriate avenues for licensing and insurance. I’d also be taking some educational courses and learning as much as I can about the business.

    I know it’s competitive here in Florida, but since I’d have the equipment already for managing the rental properties and I have other means of income I’m not in any kind of rush to make a business profitable. My only concerns are that the mower would not be durable enough for heavy use. I don’t want to spend 10,000 dollars on a commercial zero turn for a start up that may or may not pan out.

    I do architectural drafting and home inspections, so this would also help to meet potential future clients.

    Thanks for your help
     
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  2. Cam15

    Cam15 LawnSite Silver Member
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    How many properties does you father have that youll be managing?
     
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    Jh87

    Jh87 LawnSite Member
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    Just 3 for the time being. About 4 acres worth of grass to mow weekly. They’re all within a mile of each other.
     
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  4. ggb6259

    ggb6259 LawnSite Member
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    If you can I would get some thing with ZT2800 hydros. $3000 +/-
    Raptor SD, Arians Ikon XL, Snapper, Bad Boy, There's a crap load of them out there.

    I would not hesitate to buy used with low hours under 100hrs would be great and they are out there if you look. Also wait for season ending sales on new..
     
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    Jh87

    Jh87 LawnSite Member
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    I’ll look into used mowers, thanks. I don’t know if we have those kind of sales here as mowing is year round. I’m going to go talk to a local shop tomorrow to see if they have anything used in my price range. The lowest hours I’ve found on Craigslist was 500 and some change on a bad boy.
     
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  6. Cam15

    Cam15 LawnSite Silver Member
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    What about a used walk behind with a sulky? You'll get more bang for your buck.
     
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    Jh87

    Jh87 LawnSite Member
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    I have no preference for the make, model, or type of mower that I buy. I want whatever will get the job done reliably at a fair price and hopefully last for a few years.
     
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  8. Cam15

    Cam15 LawnSite Silver Member
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    How about somthing like this? It's a bit more but you'll have this thing for about ever.
     
  9. hal

    hal LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What is this??? It didn't show up
     
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