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    Hello All!
    I'm looking for some help! I'm just starting out and most of my jobs have been handled with a push mower. I scored a really good job mowing a guy's rental properties the other day. Unfortunately its alot more grass than my push mower can handle (or that i'm willing to walk!). I have a 54" john deere that I will use but i dont have a trailer large enough to tow it. I just dont have the funds to buy a larger one outright. Now before you go raggin' on me for commiting to a job without the right equipment, I thought I found a decent trailer the other day, the price was right and it was just about the right size, but he guy sold it before I could get there. I've learned my lesson. Can anybody help? I'm willing to borrow, make payments, etc. I just cant quite afford to buy one outright at this point.

    Thanks in advance!

    Nate
    Geneva,NY

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    Well theres about 1 million trailer makers out there so U should be able to find something that fits U. but U really do have to watch out because some are better than others. I would never ever buy a trailer from Lowes or Tractor Supply. A friend of mine bought a lowes brand trailer and after a year of use it was pretty much shot. Good job on getting your first big job. When i was starting my business it seemed like every new account i took on was to big lol so i just had to keep growing. What size trailer are U thinking to buy?

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    • #3
      Have you checked craigslist for some local used trailers?
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      • #4
        look into uhaul to rent if you cnt buy, plus they sale a few of their trailers for descent prices.
        Colton
        Mountain View Greenskeeper proudly offering yard care in the East Valley of Arizona.

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        • #5
          Have you checked craigslist for some local used trailers?
          I've noticed in my area it seems that used ones go for about the same as a new one. May as well buy a new one, eh?
          Boughter's Lawn Care Services Mowing and Fertilizing in New Castle, PA

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          • #6
            I would never ever buy a trailer from Lowes or Tractor Supply.

            Any trailer you get will last as long as you take care of it. I bought one of those 4X8 "kit" trailers from menards in 2002. Hauled everything I can think of on it, Tractors, Trash, Gravel, (I had four foot sides on it). Did regular service to the trailer like packing the wheel bearing, giving the underside a fresh coat of paint and it was still working like a new one last year when I sold it and upgraded to a new 7X16 enclosed which I bought at Lowes
            Albert Kessinger

            http://www.myspace.com/kcspropertyservices
            www.kessingercommercialservices.net

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            • #7
              Thanks for all the help guys. I was hoping to find a 6x10 but I was able to find an older 6x8 on craigslist today. It appears to have been taken care of over the years. It'll do for now!

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              • #8
                Here is a place with some really good pricing and they custom build each one with the options that you want.

                http://www.trailershowroom.com/landscapeutility.htm
                Pat

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                • #9
                  When I first started, I took every job I couldnt handle. Its what got me where I am today. It gives you motivation to grow. If I didnt know how to do it, I would take the job and do research before I started to make sure I was doing it right. Last summer I took on a 10 acre brush clearing job, while I still had all my lawn accounts. The job took 17 days with 3 of us. I would work the full day then head out and do my lawns. Made for long days, but I was charging $800 per day, so it was well worth it!
                  I didnt know how I was going to do it, but I dont turn anything down. I just went for it. The customers were super happy with the work.
                  Northern California

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                  • #10
                    When I first started, I took every job I couldnt handle. Its what got me where I am today. It gives you motivation to grow. If I didnt know how to do it, I would take the job and do research before I started to make sure I was doing it right. Last summer I took on a 10 acre brush clearing job, while I still had all my lawn accounts. The job took 17 days with 3 of us. I would work the full day then head out and do my lawns. Made for long days, but I was charging $800 per day, so it was well worth it!
                    I didnt know how I was going to do it, but I dont turn anything down. I just went for it. The customers were super happy with the work.

                    I havent gone in completely blind (I worked for the state parks for 5 years) but I have taken a much similar approach to my jobs.

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                    • #11
                      I havent gone in completely blind (I worked for the state parks for 5 years) but I have taken a much similar approach to my jobs.
                      Hi Nate,

                      How do you feel the time spent working for the state parks has helped you?
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                      • #12
                        Hello All!
                        I'm looking for some help! I'm just starting out and most of my jobs have been handled with a push mower. I scored a really good job mowing a guy's rental properties the other day. Unfortunately its alot more grass than my push mower can handle (or that i'm willing to walk!). I have a 54" john deere that I will use but i dont have a trailer large enough to tow it. I just dont have the funds to buy a larger one outright. Now before you go raggin' on me for commiting to a job without the right equipment, I thought I found a decent trailer the other day, the price was right and it was just about the right size, but he guy sold it before I could get there. I've learned my lesson. Can anybody help? I'm willing to borrow, make payments, etc. I just cant quite afford to buy one outright at this point.

                        Thanks in advance!

                        Nate
                        Geneva,NY
                        Northern tool had a 5X8 tilt bed on there website for a few hundred bucks not long ago. I use a lowes trailer now that went from a utility to a boat to a lawn care trailer. Its 9 years old and I have yet to change a tire or have a problems with it.
                        White Company

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                        • #13
                          Hi Nate,

                          How do you feel the time spent working for the state parks has helped you?
                          When i worked for the parks we mowed all summer, then in the winter we tore apart our mowers or we were out with chain saws. So, I learned no t only how to mow, cut, etc. properly but i also learned to maintain my equipment,

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                          • #14
                            Northern tool had a 5X8 tilt bed on there website for a few hundred bucks not long ago. I use a lowes trailer now that went from a utility to a boat to a lawn care trailer. Its 9 years old and I have yet to change a tire or have a problems with it.
                            Thanks, I was able to find an older 6x8 tilt trailer pretty cheap. it needs a little rehab but its nothing major.

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