View Full Version : Just Starting out......

05-16-2007, 07:34 PM
Which riding mower should I start out with? I have a $1,500 budget for the mower. Suggestions greatly appreciated.

All Aspects Landscaping
05-17-2007, 08:51 PM
find an old bobcat walk behind. easy to fix and they make your money back quick.

05-17-2007, 09:41 PM
If you are just starting out why not go cheap, and get a craftsman. Everybody has to start at the bottom to work their way up to the top

05-18-2007, 06:19 AM
As my first mower I got a reconditioned TORO with a bagger. I still use it when customers want their grassed bagged up. It has paid for it's self twice in less than two months.

05-19-2007, 11:36 PM
Thanks, guys for the feedback. Here's a list items I purchased this week to get started.
5X10 trailer
Craftsman DYS 4500 B/S Intek V twin engine hydrostatic tranny 42" deck
Toro Pacer mower
Echo straight shaft trimmer
Echo edger
Echo blower

I hope I'm heading in the right direction starting Out ? Feedback Plez

05-20-2007, 01:39 AM
Sounds Great!

What did you name your business? What are your marketing plans?

What is going to be your angle to stand out from others?

06-13-2008, 03:17 AM
Would anyone else like to add what their first mower was?

06-13-2008, 05:01 AM
My first mower was/is a Craftsman 22" self propelled. I outgrew it after week 1 but still have not replaced it.

06-13-2008, 09:46 AM
First mower was a 21" MTD...absolute garbage. Still have it as a backup, but just replaced it with a 22" Toro Recycler self-propelled.

06-13-2008, 09:52 AM
My first mower was a 21" snapper. inherited it from my grandpa. Think its from the 90s. Still use it for bagging.

06-13-2008, 01:55 PM

Were you trying to attach an image? It looks like it didnt go through, possibly because of it's size. Try resizing it to less than 600 pixels in width.

06-14-2008, 11:46 AM
My first mower was a 22" Murray Big Wheel 5 hp push lawn mower.
I started my business with less than $500.
Mower $169
Blower $99
Weateater $129
Extras: Gas tank, gloves, safety goggle, hearing protectors, etc. *

Within a few months I graduated to a 48" Snapper walkbehind.

It always interests me the differing philosophies people have with starting their business.

Steve, remind me...didn't we have a poster on the board a couple months ago wanting to get $100,000 in business credit to start the business?

I still say some of the best lawn care businesses are the ones that begin with the least amount of money because those are the ones who know how to make the most of each purchasing decision.


06-15-2008, 02:06 PM
Quote[/b] ]Steve, remind me...didn't we have a poster on the board a couple months ago wanting to get $100,000 in business credit to start the business?

I can't remember that specific one but I know business credit comes up often here. I like this post because it shows you that you don't need to spend much to get started.

It's hard enough to learn to swim when you have never been in water, why make it more difficult on yourself by weighing yourself down with unnecessary debt.

06-16-2008, 12:10 AM

I 100% agree with you. Don't get a loan. Just work the best with what you have until you can afford to get new.