Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

Asking the Guru's advice . help a new guy :)


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 06-08-2012, 06:51 PM
FTGUlawncare FTGUlawncare is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 27
Rep Power: 4
FTGUlawncare is on a distinguished road
Default Asking the Guru's advice . help a new guy :)

So long story short i have built a small lawn care business up form getting 1 small mowing job when i was 15 , this is only a part time deal because i work a 8-5:30 job everyday just did this for side cash and its starting to snow ball LOL i get refered by my current clients and at this point i am actually turning down jobs because i cant fit them in right now i am mowing 3 lawns after 5:30 durning the week and on saturday and sunday i work about 6 hrs each day

Current eq i use are 21 inch push mowers and i have a small 30 inch cut JD riding mower i use ...all in all i have always charged a fair price and have gave 110% to each customer i have 7 of the 14 customers i service now i have had for 7 years , this year i Reg the business and am taking the next step in growing my "very small lawn care business "

now on to the question , i have the money but dont want to drop 6,7k on a scag mower , i am thinking of getting a toro either stand on or a Timemaster SS4235 Zero turn ....the 4235 would be a perfect choice for what i need it for ....i only have 5 accounts i would need it for but if i could cut my time down on the 5 accounts using the ZT i could possibly Add a few new accounts and that could justify me paying out 2400 ...


i pretty much have my mind made up ,,, just would like to hear your input


Remember i am a very small lawn care business so i dont really need anything $$$$$ in the future im going to buy a scag but just not now
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 06-08-2012, 07:11 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I would just pick up a used commercial walk behind or ztr. You can find one for $800-$1800. It will last longer and the parts are replaceable. The thing that always bothered me about box store ZTR's is where do you get parts and service?

I picked this up for $1250. I put a 100 hours on it with no problems but a flat tire. The toro walk behind on the trailer was $300. I used it for 3 years with just basic maintenance.

Attached Images
File Type: jpg ztr-mower.jpg (93.5 KB, 0 views)
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-11-2012, 12:43 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,569
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That's a very good idea! Also, what is your plan with your business? Are you wanting to take it full time one day or is this where you want to be?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-11-2012, 10:33 PM
FTGUlawncare FTGUlawncare is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 27
Rep Power: 4
FTGUlawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
That's a very good idea! Also, what is your plan with your business? Are you wanting to take it full time one day or is this where you want to be?

my business as of now is Great , i dont see myself taking this full time any time soon because of my Full time i can juggle both ,with little to no headach i think in the future it could possibly be something to fall back on but its nice that my 9-5 pays the bills and i can contunue to grow my business almost stress free
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-12-2012, 08:39 AM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Usually repair shops order parts for equipment regardless if they are bought from box stores or not, so you will be safe there.

Not all residential equipment is great, but some residential equipment is worth checking out.





Nice mower sect!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New and need advice scissortail Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 8 04-05-2011 12:08 AM
Need Advice! Oly Grasseater Community Assistance 7 09-29-2010 12:13 PM
Need some advice cball Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 9 02-14-2010 09:51 PM
I'm new and need advice. mccarthyjohn Introduce Yourself 2 09-21-2008 02:38 PM
Help me im new and need advice MLuciano Starting a lawn care business. 14 08-02-2008 03:54 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
SCAG Tiger Cat DECK...
rower30
08-24-2013 10:07 AM
Today 02:51 PM
by Sunpointair
12 4,875
John Deere 667a
acrajchel
08-30-2015 10:00 AM
Today 11:06 AM
by Steve
4 90
Your 2015 summer review.
Steve
Today 11:01 AM
Today 11:01 AM
by Steve
0 17
Dane Scag
Steve
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
by Steve
0 76
24 and 50 acre cemetery...
grassmasterswilson
08-18-2015 10:09 AM
08-26-2015 02:42 PM
by Steve
13 545
Rookie business question...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-05-2015 05:20 PM
08-26-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 406
How to clean an old...
rmccutchan
08-16-2015 05:23 PM
08-26-2015 02:31 PM
by Steve
9 416
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
08-26-2015 12:25 PM
by kslawn
19 3,756
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-25-2015 11:31 AM
by acrajchel
9 2,480
Big mowing job
Bradcook21
07-30-2015 03:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:23 AM
by acrajchel
17 994
ZTR Review
Shark1611
05-31-2012 10:42 PM
08-25-2015 11:16 AM
by acrajchel
8 3,763
Hi Everyone
mmays29
08-25-2015 08:16 AM
08-25-2015 11:15 AM
by Steve
3 125
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
08-25-2015 11:08 AM
by acrajchel
11 1,198
Old Business New Owner
Toyman
06-17-2014 08:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:00 AM
by acrajchel
17 1,583
Hi everyone! We're new...
alltrades
08-22-2015 12:46 PM
08-24-2015 10:41 AM
by Steve
2 170
CAn I get some help with...
rootytalbot
08-11-2015 06:14 PM
08-24-2015 10:36 AM
by Steve
12 517
Hi
Wemowjunction
08-16-2015 08:45 PM
08-20-2015 01:46 PM
by Steve
11 412
Drive cable bad?
SGL1
08-10-2015 11:16 PM
08-20-2015 01:41 PM
by Steve
5 373
Hey there everyone
Cole8999
08-16-2015 04:42 PM
08-18-2015 04:35 PM
by Steve
3 253
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
08-18-2015 11:47 AM
by rmccutchan
7 972
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
08-18-2015 07:59 AM
by rootytalbot
7 393
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-17-2015 04:34 PM
by Steve
1,229 406,127
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
08-16-2015 11:42 PM
by rmccutchan
3 596
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
08-16-2015 11:09 PM
by SC93
16 1,249
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
08-14-2015 11:08 PM
by scaypa
95 11,481
New Biz
kufnerins
08-14-2015 05:52 PM
08-14-2015 08:56 PM
by Steve
1 213
Chemical and Fertilizer...
rmccutchan
08-09-2015 10:36 PM
08-13-2015 11:11 PM
by rmccutchan
6 411
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
08-13-2015 02:10 PM
by rootytalbot
12 2,080
Hello all thinking about...
bernie
08-11-2015 04:28 PM
08-13-2015 10:33 AM
by Steve
8 374
Logo Help Font Color
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:26 PM
08-12-2015 03:50 PM
by Steve
4 352
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
08-12-2015 12:30 AM
by Jeff1
20 1,816
My new mower
Chilehead
08-08-2015 09:09 PM
08-11-2015 08:36 PM
by Chilehead
9 522
Thought this was a good...
Just for Cuts
08-06-2015 03:38 PM
08-11-2015 10:54 AM
by Steve
8 517
Plowing pricing
jcurr33
08-08-2015 04:58 PM
08-11-2015 10:51 AM
by Steve
6 477
Should I upgrade my back...
googus
08-07-2015 10:50 AM
08-11-2015 10:44 AM
by googus
7 442
Keeping it clean....
Wolf4dk
08-09-2015 11:31 PM
08-11-2015 06:34 AM
by Chilehead
7 369
I have been rude and...
biglee
06-15-2015 10:11 PM
08-10-2015 09:41 PM
by stallman419
12 2,759
Newbie Saying Hi.
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:22 PM
08-10-2015 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 262
How much do I charge to...
Chris Herrera
08-06-2015 09:30 PM
08-09-2015 11:31 AM
by biglee
2 402
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
08-07-2015 03:26 PM
by Steve
17 1,146
Best commercial contract...
sanlanct
08-04-2015 12:18 PM
08-06-2015 06:20 AM
by sanlanct
2 397
I came across this on a...
rootytalbot
08-02-2015 11:04 AM
08-05-2015 08:17 PM
by SC93
9 633
Help bidding a hedge...
hopolb33
08-02-2015 06:09 PM
08-05-2015 02:07 PM
by Steve
3 435
recycler toro 22"
rvezakis
08-03-2015 12:10 PM
08-04-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 318
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping advertising aerocore applying bark billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush collections contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration design door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook flyers free advertising free lawn care google growing a lawn care business hiring how to hydro increase customers jobs landscape landscaping landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave mulch new business ordinance past due per hour charge per hour service plowing pricing profit on employee roundup scag secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell shreaded solo solo backpack sprayer square foot swzt tree pics up sell employee walk behind web design website website design winterization wood www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:36 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:36 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy