Starting NEW?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by randyhutch, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. MnGreen

    MnGreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    Don't spend $$$ just to think you need to.
    With 12 - 20 accounts you have all you need already outside of a trailer.
    Get a good used 14' open trailer for 1g or less and be set for 2 years.
    Then start thinking long term investment needs when your customer base
    grows. No need for over head @ this point imho
  2. helidriver

    helidriver LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    Hey randy, been there done that. Key is storage and anti theft. If you dont have a place to put your equip. Then enclosed is your only option. Theft is rampant in this industry. I lost a thousand dollars in equipment while i went into a wawa for a sandwich one day. Yup. Protect your hard earned money. Dont let someone walk away with it.
    Next...a 54" rider/zturn is next. Go used and keep a few thousand of that money in liquid for the rainy days you will have. Protect your assets and keep some cash ready. Other than that....go to work and learn! Dont take any crap from the bigger guys, they all started where you are. Do good work and next year see what you dont need vs. What you know you need, o.k.
    All the best. Stu.
  3. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,713

    Ditch the rider. They wont last and they kill you on maneuvering time. Get a walk behind PREFERABLY a hydro drive.
  4. randyhutch

    randyhutch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    Thanks Stu I appreciate it.

  5. jeffslawnservice

    jeffslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 830

    I know your pain. I recently lost a blower while in a wawa too. I may have not lost thousands and it might have only been a crappy craphsman blower, but it was only in the wawa for about 5 minutes.
  6. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,814

    i have never ever had a drive belt snap and run them till they have deep cuts in them.
  7. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,814

    a walkbehind will be 2-3x faster than your riding lawn tractor and a ZTR will be 2x as fast as the walkbehind. if your think you'll have the work, spend alot of time looking for a sweet deal on craigslist. there are alot of people dumping great mowers on there. as far as a brand, find a good dealer close by and try to get a brand they sell. a good dealer is more important than brand IMO. when it breaks down, you'll need it fixed quick
  8. helidriver

    helidriver LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    yo jeff where you located.....I think wawa should give me a free lunch once a week for life over that one man...hahahahaa.
  9. helidriver

    helidriver LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    Hahahah....yeah, helping you out is a favor.....favors need returned and usually at the damndest times. hahaha

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