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Starting new lawn service

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by S & L Lawn Solutions, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. S & L Lawn Solutions

    S & L Lawn Solutions LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    As I said I'm starting a new lawn service and just need some help deciding on the best ztm. I see scag & exmark.. can someone help me decide....advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. Holland

    Holland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 748

    Start with a used 48 wb IMHO. Turf tracer or Viking.
     
  3. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,853

    Big investment for someone just starting out. Think about a bobcat walk behind, if you're going all out get hydro and a proslide sulky plate. Kohler motor, Briggs stuff is gabage.
     
  4. S & L Lawn Solutions

    S & L Lawn Solutions LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    Wb would take me all day to cut large lawns..
     
  5. Stars & Stripes Landscaping

    Stars & Stripes Landscaping LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 246

    Hard to give advice with zero knowledge of your customer base or your expected customer base...
     
  6. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,440

    Solid old school money maker.http://atlanta.craigslist.org/sat/grd/4000897155.html
    Find em like that in just about any market for about a grand. Not flashy, but cut very nice. Reliable. Great parts availability. No brainer.

    You'll love the t-bar controls versus any other belt driven walk behind. The 44" is really a great size to get you started. They actually fit a lot of gates that a 48" just won't.
     
  7. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,853

    Yeah, it will. But do you plan on landing all huge lawns? What about when you start getting offered smaller properties that can't handle a zero turn? Are you planning on push mowing them? Or turning them down? I still don't take anything over an acre because I use walk behinds. But you know what? When the idiots who have a 60" exmark to mow postage stamps can't get their mower in the back I get to make the money he would have made, at a higher price because no one else can do it
     
  8. CuttingEdgeLandscapes

    CuttingEdgeLandscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    I'd look on craigslist for a used walk behind and ztr. I know up here you can get a 52" for 2k or less and a decent ztr for under 5k. If you're dead set on a decent priced ztr look at the bobcat procat 61". If it has the 37hp dfi you can bush hog with it also. Gives you another service to offer
     
  9. S & L Lawn Solutions

    S & L Lawn Solutions LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    If it's that small I will use a push mower and Weed eater. .
     
  10. S & L Lawn Solutions

    S & L Lawn Solutions LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    Just looking to find a good dependable ztr...commercial.
     

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