Starting out small

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by IBE, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. IBE

    IBE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Hey guys,
    Im new to the site, Im interested in doing lawnccare but starting small at the moment. My plan is to keep all jobs below an acre with no more than 5-10 jobs a week. Eventually I want to go full blown in maybe a yr or two however long it takes. My question is would it be a waste to start with a tractor and then buy a zero turn or save and get the zero turn from the start.
    For tractors Im looking at
    1.Husqvarna 20-HP Hydrostatic 46" Cut Lawn Tractor-YTH20k46-$1599
    2.Husqvarna 23-HP V-Twin Hydrostatic 48" Cut Lawn Tractor-YTH2348-$1799
    3.Toro 42 In., 20 HP CVT Rider-$1299
    4.Toro 46 In., 22 HP Hydrostatic Rider-$1599

    For zero turns
    1.Toro Z4200 TimeCutter Zero Turn Riding Mower-$2499
    2.Toro Z5000 TimeCutter Zero Turn Riding Mower-$2799
    3.Husqvarna 24 hp 48 in. Deck Zero Turn Riding Mower-$2999

    Any recommendations or other models would be greatly be appreciated.
  2. kps2389

    kps2389 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    Buy a used commercial walkbehind. You can probably find a good one for under $2000. It will last a lot longer then any of those lawn tractors or cheap zero turns you are looking at.
  3. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,369

    I have to agree here, you don't want that homeowner stuff for commercial work ... it just won't last !!
  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,273

    Craiglist is a great place to find used equipment at great prices. You gotta be quick though. Stuff goes fast:usflag::usflag::usflag:
    ericg likes this.

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