Too much overhead??

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by lennonpaul, Jan 8, 2002.

  1. lennonpaul

    lennonpaul LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    yes indeed my f150 is maxed out, skidsteer weighs 4500lbs
    plus that heavy trailer puts it around 6500 lb load close the the gvwr
  2. steveair

    steveair LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073


    I think, as someone may have mentioned, you are always going to have a substantial amount of equipment as a sole propietor.

    As everyone has mentioned, you really need to decide what your focus will be......its seems like you are mainly doing maintenance but also toying around with construction.

    As a sole propietor, its kind of either one or the other.

    I will have to say, the skidsteer seems a little, bit over board, but who am I to speak considering I have a 15k dingo and am by myself also.

  3. If he used the skid steer 2 times a month he will pay for it.

    1 day rental is $200.
  4. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Isn't the idea to make money with the equipment? Is it worth the pain in the ass to drag the trailer around with you to "just pay for it?". I say no......we sub it out or use a rental delivery service........if we ever start using equip. on more of a daily basis, then I'll buy, until then, let someone else depreciate the equipment and fix it and drag it and insure it and protect it from thieves, I could go on and on. Just my 2ยข
  5. summitgroundskeeping

    summitgroundskeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    It's hard to say b/c I don't know what your applications call for or how many people work w/you. But I would say get rid of the roybi's, one of the F-150s, that 46", that 33", and that tiny 5X12 trailer and replace them w/ good stuff.
    At least a 3/4 ton
    a comm. 21"
    a echo or hus.varna. trimmer
    a full sizes 14' or 16' trailer
    and if you can swing it a 36" w/b
    But it sounds like if you think you have too much over head, and since I think u got a lot of crap that couldn't do much for u, I would say yes, your over head is going to crush u.
  6. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,915

    Aside from the skidsteer, that's probably the most expensive piece of equipment you have, I would think most, if not all, of that stuff should be payed for after two years of being in business.
  7. lennonpaul

    lennonpaul LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    actually 1 ryobi was bought and i was missing a piece on it that i couldnt order, so i bought another one on clearence, they r great brushcutters, and i use the echo for weed wacking. THe 46" is a tractor lawmower that i use for pulling aerating and mulcing and bagging leaves excellent tool. The 33" troy built is great for fence yards and i dont have many so why waist the money on an expensive 36"WB when mine is fast enough and my f150 has a 351 engine and a 1ton suspension which is better then most 3/4 trucks out their now so i wouldnt say i have crap, really the only thing in question would be the skidsteer but im sure i'll be using that more in the spring

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