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Quote[/b] ]I would like your opinion on how much equipment you need to start.
Again, welcome to the forum.
You have given us more information but still not enough for us to really give you anything other than words of encouragement.
Every year I see new LCOs purchase the wrong equipment because they don't analyze their needs.
Here are just a few questions. Answer these and we can probably help you further.
1) What type customer are you going after? Small residential, business grounds, large industrial complexes, wide mowing areas, etc?
2) What is the lay of those properties? Flat, Hilly, Marshy, High growth, fenced in back yards, etc?
3) What equipment do you already have?
4) What is your budget? Be realistic here. If you only have $100 to buy equipment, say so. I bet many guys here started with $100 worth of equipment. If this is the case then we won't recommend a $10,000 Dixie Chopper. :-)
5) Are you going to finance or pay cash for your equipment?
6) What vehicle and trailer do you have to haul your equipment?
7) Do you have any physical limitations that will dictate your equipment needs? Hand problems, trouble walking for long periods of time, trouble sitting on a bumpy machine, etc?
8) How do you expect your business to grow over the next two years. Will you stick with the customers you are targeting now or do you expect to expand into other type of work.
I could ask you 100 question but this will do for now.
Let us know and I bet we can help steer your decision making.