True cost to own my LCO...

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Willofalltrades, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So true, I'm not relying on making that. Thats just what I need to be comefortable. A little less and I can make it by, a little more and I'm :cool:
  2. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    I'm still reading this thread but since you are in north east ohio will you be plowing? minimum 3/4 ton with 4x4 if you are.

    edit: oops, I see you already have this in mind in the next few years. on a related note. You don't need to plow, I have 47 residential drive ways, $80/month and all done with snow blowers and shovels. 7 years been doing this and I get paid whether it snows or not.
  3. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Interesting... I guess If you get the right kind of drives this would be the best method (I'm using a Bobcat with a 9' tripedge Boss blade on your kind of drives in this local development)
  4. lawn guy1350

    lawn guy1350 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    you know if u were to get an xl with the convinence package you still get the power windows and the nice features and its cheaper than the xlt and just as nice. and a better work truck all around! just my thought!
  5. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Time to set the plan into motion. I'm meeting with Huntington bank's business associate to go over the financial aspect of my business. I'll be up late tonight and tomorrow night prepairing my business plan.
  6. zz4guy

    zz4guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 901

    I wanted to chime in here to the original poster. I'm just starting my lawn business and here are my expenses:
    Truck - $2200 for 92 Chevy 2500
    Trailer - $4000 for 20' enclosed
    Woods 48" ZTR - $2000
    Better Quick 36 - $1200
    Misc. other tools - $1000 worth

    Total = $10k for one year. This comes out to about $1200/month for EVERYTHING! It is all USED equipment that I am comfortable wrenching on myself.
    BTW you could get away with about a $2k trailer for new. I use mine to haul a race car so I am unnecessarily getting a huge trailer.

    You can save a ton of money if you work on your own equipment. It's not that hard.
  7. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    That would be your starting expenses NOT your operating expenses which might include some of these items:

    GL Insurance
    Pesticide Insurance
    Auto Insurance
    WC Insurance
    Inland Marine Insurance
    Internet, Phone, Fax Expenses
    State Annual Report Filing, Licensing, Etc.
    Truck/Trailer DMV Registration
    Buidling/Office Rent/Lease
    Office Supplies
    Professional Fees
    Ownership Withdrawal
    Equipment Maintenance, Parts, Repairs
    Capital Spending
    Trailer Maintenance, Parts, Repairs
  8. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I included everything except these few.
  9. Adam's Lawn and Garden

    Adam's Lawn and Garden LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    I run a 12X7 atv trailer(nice because it has a side gate) and i pull it with a ford ranger EDGE. I have no problem with it. The transmission has been acting a little funny but it's under warranty so it doesn't matter. I would go with a nice sized f150 so i had the payload factor. Good Luck.

  10. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    Thanks adam but I need a 3/4 ton truck.

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