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 > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Starting a lawn care business.

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.

What to start off with


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.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 06-28-2010, 01:11 PM
clandscaping44 clandscaping44 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 51
Rep Power: 5
clandscaping44 is on a distinguished road
Default What to start off with

I have a good amount of accounts, decient sized properties. So should I start off with a couple of toro and craftsman self-propelled mowers then upgrade to scag and all those commercial brand mowers later?
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 06-29-2010, 01:57 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,992
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
What are you using now to mow them? How is that working out for you.
__________________
- 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
  #3  
Old 06-29-2010, 08:52 PM
clandscaping44 clandscaping44 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 51
Rep Power: 5
clandscaping44 is on a distinguished road
Default

we'll they told me to start next week so i still have to buy the mowers. so should i start off with the craftsman/toro mowers?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-29-2010, 09:06 PM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,402
Rep Power: 7
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default

I started off with a Toro Proline 36" that I paid $1300 for, a Toro Personal Pace that I paid $0 for, an Echo weed whacker that I paid $0 for and a Echo backpack blower that I paid $300 for. I bought some ramps with safety straps and put them all in the back of my pickup that my dad gave me the year before.

I've upgraded the mower and weed whacker (since both blew up). I wouldn't really start without at least a 36" walkbehind. Also, you need insurance. NEED!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-29-2010, 09:41 PM
NewLeafca's Avatar
NewLeafca NewLeafca is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Corona, CA
Posts: 105
Rep Power: 5
NewLeafca is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by clandscaping44 View Post
I have a good amount of accounts, decient sized properties. So should I start off with a couple of toro and craftsman self-propelled mowers then upgrade to scag and all those commercial brand mowers later?
When you say decent size what do you mean? That should help you decided on what to get. I started out with my 21" yard machine (not self propelled) that I already had. But I only had small lawns. As I got bigger size lawns I got bigger mowers. It just all depends on how hard you want to work. I had a small homelite trimmer that didn't last long, and no blower did all the clean up with a broom.

You can start out with just about anything it's just that the smaller and crappier the equipment is the harder you have to work to make it look good. If you start out with crappy equipment and do crappy work it won't matter what you get latter on people won't like your work.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-30-2010, 02:54 AM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 912
Rep Power: 7
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default

I started out last year with my personal craftsman rider LT2000. I had about 8 steady customers a week and it worked fine for me. Its not recommended for alot of commercial mowing but it got me started. This year I am mowing 25 lawns a week and I can see the wear on the machine starting. My plan next year is to start the year with my first zero turn mower. If your gonna start using push mowers only, I have one of each, both are mulch mowers and I have to give the Toro an edge as a better mulch mower.

Quote:
Originally Posted by NewLeafca View Post
When you say decent size what do you mean? That should help you decided on what to get. I started out with my 21" yard machine (not self propelled) that I already had. But I only had small lawns. As I got bigger size lawns I got bigger mowers. It just all depends on how hard you want to work. I had a small homelite trimmer that didn't last long, and no blower did all the clean up with a broom.

You can start out with just about anything it's just that the smaller and crappier the equipment is the harder you have to work to make it look good. If you start out with crappy equipment and do crappy work it won't matter what you get latter on people won't like your work.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-30-2010, 08:24 AM
clandscaping44 clandscaping44 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 51
Rep Power: 5
clandscaping44 is on a distinguished road
Default

Tanks alot guys. going back to what NewLeafca, asked about property size,
the properties can run from a quarter of an acre to 3 quarters of an acre.
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
Where to start? rick3499 Starting a lawn care business. 6 03-07-2010 08:20 AM
New Start up fireguy42420 Introduce Yourself 0 02-17-2010 10:42 AM
If you could start all over again Steve HardcoreUnemployable.com 9 09-22-2008 11:04 AM
$45,000 to start? Steve Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 3 03-28-2007 11:07 PM
When should I start getting Upstate Lawn & Tree Care General Business Discussions 1 07-03-2003 11:34 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
tips on creating a...
BLAZIER-1991
01-08-2015 07:22 PM
Today 09:43 PM
by BLAZIER-1991
8 731
New Website
brian'slawncare
Yesterday 06:35 PM
Today 09:41 PM
by Truro
7 85
My Newborn son
avetslawncare
02-27-2015 01:07 PM
Today 09:30 PM
by S&Z Lawncare
6 104
How do YOU charge your...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
Today 09:28 PM
Today 09:28 PM
by Hard-Body lawn & garden
0 1
New Lawn Care Business
S&Z Lawncare
Today 04:13 PM
Today 09:28 PM
by S&Z Lawncare
2 33
pros and cons on...
Wolf4dk
Today 12:26 AM
Today 09:03 PM
by avetslawncare
5 72
What's include in a bid?
ppl
Today 01:19 PM
Today 08:46 PM
by avetslawncare
6 100
price for snow clearing?
Bradcook21
02-25-2015 09:11 PM
Today 08:32 PM
by Bradcook21
7 230
Opinions on truck wrap
Truro
02-28-2015 04:21 PM
Today 08:03 PM
by Truro
8 185
Diesel conversion?
Just for Cuts
Today 10:59 AM
Today 06:46 PM
by Just for Cuts
2 53
Ugliest lawn contest
Steve
02-23-2015 04:17 PM
Today 04:57 PM
by Steve
5 340
Hi from the beautiful...
nwgirl
02-07-2015 06:01 AM
Today 04:45 PM
by Steve
5 634
Online Estimator
acrajchel
Yesterday 05:58 PM
Today 03:50 PM
by Steve
3 83
stubbon people
Bradcook21
02-16-2015 04:25 PM
Today 03:40 PM
by Steve
43 1,370
rock salt
Bradcook21
02-24-2015 11:17 AM
Today 02:36 PM
by jrs.landscaping
28 564
How to obtain more...
winkie61
02-17-2015 08:31 AM
Today 11:05 AM
by nwgirl
4 569
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 01:41 AM
Today 10:44 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
16 644
How to sell annual...
GroPro
02-17-2015 12:31 PM
Yesterday 01:46 PM
by Chilehead
8 603
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
02-27-2015 11:37 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
52 11,836
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 01:31 PM
02-26-2015 03:43 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 1,774
viking cyclon.
uppercut
01-29-2015 09:12 PM
02-26-2015 02:54 PM
by Steve
5 524
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 01:06 AM
02-26-2015 02:41 PM
by Steve
1 129
Another website update
Chilehead
02-26-2015 11:24 AM
02-26-2015 12:46 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 121
New Lawn Care Service...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:49 AM
02-26-2015 02:24 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
1 142
Finally!
SGL1
02-22-2015 09:46 PM
02-25-2015 10:15 PM
by SGL1
13 477
leaf removal.. mulching...
facework84
08-05-2011 03:26 PM
02-25-2015 08:07 PM
by Steve
5 2,812
How many customers?
SC93
02-25-2015 12:40 AM
02-25-2015 04:59 PM
by SC93
5 254
Irrigation...
charlieallen
02-24-2015 01:16 PM
02-25-2015 02:58 PM
by Steve
6 244
use a small business...
BLAZIER-1991
12-25-2014 12:21 AM
02-25-2015 12:46 AM
by SC93
33 2,862
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 02:30 AM
02-24-2015 07:12 PM
by homey
10 694
2nd year advice anyone
Bradcook21
02-18-2015 07:00 PM
02-24-2015 05:15 PM
by Bradcook21
14 660
need help
lawnexpers115
02-23-2015 05:36 PM
02-24-2015 02:49 PM
by Steve
3 288
Hello People
nativikee
02-23-2015 07:17 PM
02-24-2015 02:43 PM
by Steve
4 285
New member
qua ke zik 001
02-23-2015 11:24 AM
02-23-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 242
New Video
Sprinkler Buddy
02-22-2015 09:18 PM
02-23-2015 03:19 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 268
need help with SCAG...
apmAkron
02-23-2015 09:14 AM
02-23-2015 01:57 PM
by apmAkron
3 266
which degrees would be...
BLAZIER-1991
02-20-2015 04:46 PM
02-23-2015 01:47 PM
by Steve
9 435
Trouble logging in
avetslawncare
02-21-2015 02:06 PM
02-23-2015 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 610
John Deere Quik Track...
acrajchel
02-20-2015 03:12 PM
02-23-2015 01:40 PM
by Steve
1 303
Trimming and...
joshlawncare
02-15-2015 02:04 PM
02-22-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
5 635
where can i post this
zippy-phil
02-17-2015 07:58 PM
02-20-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
7 516
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 11:41 AM
02-19-2015 04:43 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
29 2,683
Thumbs up or down?
lawnman1959
02-18-2015 11:40 AM
02-19-2015 01:22 PM
by Chilehead
3 435
Am I growing too fast?
Mattcrump
08-04-2011 11:54 PM
02-19-2015 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 5,230
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
02-19-2015 12:31 PM
by Steve
1,215 372,264
Mowing 2 acres
Bradcook21
01-05-2015 03:13 PM
02-19-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
16 1,491
FREE Custom Website...
breadcrumb
01-31-2015 10:58 PM
02-18-2015 01:32 PM
by Steve
5 1,137
Taking a step back
Billy Goat
02-16-2015 07:37 AM
02-18-2015 01:17 PM
by Chilehead
9 616
Employees
stevej
02-17-2015 05:25 PM
02-18-2015 12:47 PM
by Mr. Mow
1 423
Landscapers from hell!!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 03:55 PM
02-17-2015 07:48 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,042
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying blowout bob villa bush commercial contract help deliquentaccounts demonstration ditches door hangers employee problems estimate facebook four wheel drive google gopherhaul gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes how to hydraulic jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets mulch new mower ordinance patio install per hour service podcast scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization seo shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro tractor auger trailer mate pro up sell employee web design website wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:49 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:49 PM.

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