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What Trailer To get

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Ocean Side, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. Ocean Side

    Ocean Side LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    I am just starting out on my own, I am going to be a one man operation for awhile until I am established. Lawn Care and Groundskeeping.

    What are your thoughts on trailer sizes for a one man operation?

    Should I just stick to putting it in the back of my truck to start?

    What equiptment should I have to start?
  2. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,654

    Equipment will depend on budget, your accounts, and target market (Residential, Commercial, Large areas, etc).

    Trailer size will depend on what you have to pull it and how much and what size equipment you will be hauling.

    Give us that kind of information so we can help you better...
  3. Ocean Side

    Ocean Side LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    I think that it would be best to stick to residentials for my first solo year out on my own. That is what I am going to target with my marketing plan. I have purchased a 36" Commercial Walkbehind Mower, that was used by a homeowner for one year and then traded in for a rider, I have a Comm Echo trimmer, a couple of small walkbehind 22" Mowers, a Hand blower and Misc hand tools> input would be great!
  4. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,654

    Alright, so you don't currently have any accounts?

    As far as a trailer goes, what are your future plans? Will you be adding a ZTR in the future? Will you be going to be adding a worker where more equipment would be on the trailer. Right now you could get a small trailer (5x8), but lets say next year you buy a 60" ZTR or something, that means you have to buy a bigger trailer (6x16). So ideally, you would want to buy now what you willl need in the future.

    It sounds like you have what you need for equipment to get started.
  5. Ocean Side

    Ocean Side LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    I have a few accounts, I want to acquire some more to fill out 2 days of the week, w/ mowing. Thanks for the input!
  6. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    I would buy the biggest you can afford, therefore it will not have to be replaced as you grow.
  7. Ocean Side

    Ocean Side LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    Are there any good places that you could reccomend on finding the best price on either a new or used trailer??? any big commercial trailer places that ship and make it cheaper than local dealers?
  8. Adam3669

    Adam3669 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    Go big or go home!

    Buy the biggest that your budget will allow....you will not regret it.
  9. Signature Landscaping1

    Signature Landscaping1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,496

    If your in NH, Why not go to Rochester Truck??
  10. Ocean Side

    Ocean Side LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    Thanks for throwing out Rochester Truck! I am calling them for prices right now!

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