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Worth the risk?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by BigTrucks4Life, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. BigTrucks4Life

    BigTrucks4Life LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 24

    thanks yea i got approved for financing but the scag ended up being above 8 grand which im still trying to figure out. I have also looked at a gravely and its cheaper and I have a better relationship with the dealer so will see
  2. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I usually recommend a hydro walk behind over a ZTR for guys starting out. They're very productive with a sulky and can actually be faster than a ZTR due to increased maneuverability. I have a 52 inch ZTR but my 48 inch hydro walk behind gets more use. I reserve the ZTR for the big open areas and for when I need to bag.
  3. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,082

    Walk behind is a lot more versatile...mowed many many yards with walk behinds ..start there and when you get a few really large properties maybe think zero turn too many guys try and start out with a rider,which they really don't need
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  4. clipfert

    clipfert LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    Secure the accounts first. Thats the hard part. After you secure enough accounts to justify the equipment upgrade and then buy what you need.
    How many guys do you see on here selling a mower because......

    It is too small for the lawns I have
    It is too large for the lawns I have
    Or the worst is I bought a new mower and have no accounts now I have to sell my new mower.

    Keep a couple things in mind when buying.
    1. Dealer location
    2. Dealer level of service
    3. Can I get parts for what I am buying.
  5. BigTrucks4Life

    BigTrucks4Life LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 24

    yea i like my walk behind which is a 36 but I definitely need a 48in.I have one property that is a little over an acre and is flat and open that I cut every other week

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