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Skid-steer service?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Dodgemania, Apr 27, 2004.

  1. Dodgemania

    Dodgemania LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    I do mowing and landscaping, and was wanting to get in the skidsteer buisness. Not really using my skidsteer a whole bunch for my landscape services, but using it to make money. Such as lawn installs with a harley rake or any other odds and ends jobs. Is this a legitimate thing to think about doing, and what do you guys charge to operate a skidsteer. I know if your in different areas people charge different but just wanting an idea of the the potential income.
  2. Dodgemania

    Dodgemania LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    Help is needed here!
  3. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,151

    Income potential is totally dependant on your area. The key IMHO is you have to have the attachments. Everyone has a skid steer. The key is to have attachments that can make you money. Again what they are is dependent on your area. I live in a heavy rock area. So I have two FFC Preparators to install lawns. We do a lot of concrete removal so we get use out of our breaker. It takes either a lot of money or time to get the equipment you want/need. I didn't have the money so I have been adding equipment/attachments every year and I have been at it for just under ten years. A dump truck is necessity. I would not consider a pickup dump truck but a 33K single axle at the mininum. Depending on what you go into you'll also want to consider compaction equipment, lasers to shoot grade, etc. I increased my income by a third by adding a mini excavator. Keep in mind that just because they (skid steers) are small compared to other types of excavation equipment the costs of doing business are no different.

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