What equipment to start with?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by acer bc, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. acer bc

    acer bc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    New to the biz and intend to start as a bit of a jack of all I guess.

    I have some $ to invest and was wondering what you all feel would be the best equipment to get started.

    I currently have the following: Wheelbarrow and all basic hand tools(most are decent quality) 21" 6.75hp Honda powered Craftsman RWD, Stihl line-trimmer, a 4x8 trailer, 2002 f-150 crewcab and an insane willingness to plod around in the great outdoors.
    I plan on having a fabricator buddy make me a more suitable larger trailer and was thinking of a larger tractor mower unit that can do more than just mow.

    I'm sure you could help me with some further suggestions, so I'm all ears.
  2. I.D.R Lawn Care

    I.D.R Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    As far as I am concerned you are on your way to a good start. All the necessary equipment and low to no overhead. However on this board I have found some people think you need to go 80grand into debt to get started.
  3. BQLC

    BQLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 574

    I agree that you should keep your debt to a minimum. do not buy equipment for just one job you can always rent it. As far as what type of equipment to buy that will be hard pick depending on what type of properties you have. Good luck
  4. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    Well, a walk-behind mower and a blower come to mind immediately. You'll get sick of the 21" mower and even a 36" mower will considerably shorten your time.

    Also, forget the jack-of-all-trades(master of nothing) mentality. Pick a few services to offer, and concentrate on doing them well. Then later on as you grow, think about adding other related services.
  5. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    Good advise there fiveoboy

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