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Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
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I was just wondering if anyone has tried a BOP[better outdoor products] lawn mower. The only downfall I think to purchasing one, would be that you don't get a feel for the mower before you buy and since all the parts are order directly from the manufactorer, you would have to wait for the part to arrive. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
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They don't have any distributors? I didn't know that.

I think we have seen some members use their mowers in the past. I hadn't heard any issues with them.

What made you look at them over others?
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Well there price is somewhat reasonable I guess, for a commercial mower. [http://www.quickmowers.com Personally, it can go either 2 ways with me. Buy a commercial mower thru them or by a wide area walk behind from Home Depot. I just want something slightly larger than a 21''. I already have a troy bilt 42'' tractor, so I am covered if I get any calls regarding jobs bigger than your average lot. I am basically trying to prevent my self from using my credit card more than I have to because I am just starting out. So I guess you can say I am going the financial friendly route.

I have checked my dealerships in my area, no used walk behinds. I have checked craigslist ...they had walk behinds, but they are more than I need. I am look for something to get thru someones gate. Any insight on which route I should take?
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I'm Interested to hear some other input as well. I came across a job that will pay a years wage in about two months, so I'm gonna use that to put a kick start into some of my equipment needs. I do mostly residential and want something more than a 21" for it. I have a lot of smaller fences i go through but most would let a 36" through. Just trying to make my day a little shorter. So i can get more clients and make it longer again!
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If you look at the 36'' on the site, it is like 1995, of course the shipping fee is required to, but from the reviews I have read, its worth the money. I mean you can go to home depot and spend 3000 on a residential zero turn or pay 3/4 of the amount and get commercial equipment.
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I gotta ask you guys......

With this being a off the wall brand, what will you do when the mower needs repairs? Sure, parts for some things like the engine will be able to be repaired with little delay by your local Service Shop. If it is something with the mower itself, bear in mind that the mower parts have to be ordered from their company. You would not be able to go to your local shop and expect them to have parts in stock. Is this worth saving some money?

I would also recommend avoid Home Depot, Lowes, and places like that. Buy from your local servicing dealer. They care about you, will take care of you, and care about your success. If they sell you a machine that is wrong for you, you won't be happy and will likely not be back. So thus, they have your best interest in mind. What is in your best interest is in their best interest. Lowes, HD, Walmart, etc. are only interested in selling you another machine.

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I gotta ask you guys......

With this being a off the wall brand, what will you do when the mower needs repairs? Sure, parts for some things like the engine will be able to be repaired with little delay by your local Service Shop. If it is something with the mower itself, bear in mind that the mower parts have to be ordered from their company. You would not be able to go to your local shop and expect them to have parts in stock. Is this worth saving some money?

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Very true, The box stores do not sell commerical grade lawn mowers, regardless of how they word it they are residential.

It's the old saying you get what you pay for, for me I will buy from local dealers that can service the equipment should something happen and regardless of the make, things do happen.
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Very true, The box stores do not sell commerical grade lawn mowers, regardless of how they word it they are residential.

It's the old saying you get what you pay for, for me I will buy from local dealers that can service the equipment should something happen and regardless of the make, things do happen.
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Thank you for the advice guys, you do make a point. I have been doing countless hours of research on which mower to buy for this season and everything. The last thing I need is to be in debt before opening business. So I think I am going to go to one of the local shops and buy another, better, push mower this season, advertise and work my butt off, and save up for a good commercial lawn mower. As the old saying goes, you have to crawl before you can walk. So if that what it takes for me to succeed in this business, so be it. Thank you guys for helping advise a newbie basically. Any other pointers, I am willing to listen.
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I like the business model that better outdoor products has. Especially if it keeps the prices down.

How do their mowers compare in price to other comparable commercial models?
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