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 > Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??

can't figure out how much to spend/which lawn mower to get.


Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-05-2010, 08:53 PM
Reminisce32 Reminisce32 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 16
Rep Power: 0
Reminisce32 is on a distinguished road
Default can't figure out how much to spend/which lawn mower to get.

Here's my dilemma. I want to give a lawn maintenance business a shot. I have the money to buy whatever lawn mower, but I'm saving for a down payment on a house so I don't want to spend too much. I already have a trailer, weedeater, blower, etc. I just need a lawn mower. I initially wanted to only spend $2,000-3,000 on a mower. After looking at prices, it seems like the only thing in my range are really residential lawn mowers (such as a Hustler Sport for around 3k), or a used commercial. I found a commercial John Deer, 4 years old, but with a new motor and deck for 3,700.

My brother in law has a Hustler MiniFastrak which he got for around 4,000, but they seem to be in the 5k range now.

So the question is should I take the 4-5k gamble and start off with a commercial mower or should I start off with a residential zero-turn mower then try to upgrade later? I really don't want to invest too much early without being 100% sure I will like this business or be able to even get off the ground to pay for the equipment itself. So what should I do?

PS. some of the yards will be in the 1 1/4 acre range, so a walk behind might not be a good idea.

Last edited by Reminisce32; 10-05-2010 at 08:59 PM.
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 10-05-2010, 11:14 PM
MountainViewGreenskeeper's Avatar
MountainViewGreenskeeper MountainViewGreenskeeper is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 473
Rep Power: 7
MountainViewGreenskeeper is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
well have you thought of the larger walk behinds? They come as big as the zero turns but can be just as expensive. Maybe looking into a mid size mower like a 33-36incher could be what works for you. If you find the right large land owner equipment it could get you into your commercial mower later on. Right now our largest mower is the Sutech stealth 33. But I also dont have the massive yards to worry about(largest in our area is 1/4 to 1/2 acre). Also the billy goat mowers are just as cheap as the Sutech but dont know much else about them.
__________________
Colton
Mountain View Greenskeeper proudly offering yard care in the East Valley of Arizona.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-05-2010, 11:31 PM
JP Landscaping JP Landscaping is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 213
Rep Power: 7
JP Landscaping is on a distinguished road
Default Try this:

I think a walkbehind is the best way to start. I have a 36" and it works for all the lawns here. what you need to think about is getting the lawns to make sure you will be able to get the money you spent on the mower.

I got mine used for $600 and it has worked great. Starts right up. Once you have enough business, you can upgrade.

The thing I would do is to get a used walk behind 36" and start with that. Once you have more work than time with the 36", then you know you have enough business and are able to get your Zturn.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-05-2010, 11:55 PM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Lightbulb

How many hours does the JD engine have on it? How many hours does the tranny have on it? Was the engine installed by the dealer? Asking a ton of questions will help you make your decision.


In my opinion, you can't go wrong buying commercial over residential. Commercial units can cost double over a comperable sized residential unit. Commercial units have heavier decks, better transmissions, and more durable components all around.

Before you buy anything, demo all the units you can get your hands on. You don't want to buy a mower only to find out it hurts your back or the controls aren't the right fit for your hands.

Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-06-2010, 12:12 AM
Reminisce32 Reminisce32 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 16
Rep Power: 0
Reminisce32 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by StartALawnCareBusiness View Post
How many hours does the JD engine have on it? How many hours does the tranny have on it? Was the engine installed by the dealer? Asking a ton of questions will help you make your decision.[/url]
Not sure about the hours. Just know it's a used 717A 48 in. ZTR with a new motor installed by the dealer.

Quote:
Originally Posted by JP Landscaping View Post
I think a walkbehind is the best way to start. I have a 36" and it works for all the lawns here. what you need to think about is getting the lawns to make sure you will be able to get the money you spent on the mower.

I got mine used for $600 and it has worked great. Starts right up. Once you have enough business, you can upgrade.

The thing I would do is to get a used walk behind 36" and start with that. Once you have more work than time with the 36", then you know you have enough business and are able to get your Zturn.
When you say walkbehind you mean like a little push mower, or one of the big ones that you just walk behind it or use a Sulke? I'd love to find a commercial walk behind for that price but dont seem to see any on craigslist besides something like this http://miami.craigslist.org/pbc/grd/1979646335.html.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-06-2010, 10:34 AM
MountainViewGreenskeeper's Avatar
MountainViewGreenskeeper MountainViewGreenskeeper is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 473
Rep Power: 7
MountainViewGreenskeeper is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Reminisce32 View Post
Not sure about the hours. Just know it's a used 717A 48 in. ZTR with a new motor installed by the dealer.


When you say walkbehind you mean like a little push mower, or one of the big ones that you just walk behind it or use a Sulke? I'd love to find a commercial walk behind for that price but dont seem to see any on craigslist besides something like this http://miami.craigslist.org/pbc/grd/1979646335.html.
Dont know much about the encore brand but ya thats exactly what we are talking about.
__________________
Colton
Mountain View Greenskeeper proudly offering yard care in the East Valley of Arizona.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-06-2010, 11:18 PM
JP Landscaping JP Landscaping is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 213
Rep Power: 7
JP Landscaping is on a distinguished road
Default yes

Yes... That's what we mean. If that Encore works like stated, I would say that is a good deal especially if it has a bagger. And it has a sulke so you don't have to walk. You just ride behind it. Plus the 48" deck would be better than a 36" for the size lawns you are talking about.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-07-2010, 05:21 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 11
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Personally I would take the Deere as I know them so well, their service is top drawer should we have issues it is fixed immediately or at least it's looked at immediately, if need be even when things are in for service they offer a used or demo machine.

In your case what can you get serviced locally? Personally I would have the Deere unit taken in, pay service to go over it, probably will cost you $50 to $80, that way you will know exactly what you are getting and if anything needs to be fixed.

For people that live in other cities, I always suggest they check the dealers and service places first, in our business we can not afford down time.

As for the bagger on the other machine, we will not bag, it's too hard on the lawns over the long haul, if it really needs clippings taken up, we have tow sweepers than can go on right behind the mower.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-07-2010, 10:11 AM
WLS WLS is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 10
Rep Power: 7
WLS is on a distinguished road
Default

I'm at the end of my first year and I would suggest a 36" commercial walk behind very versicle mower it's what I have. I do every thing from small commercial to an acreage that takes me about 1.5 hours to mow. The main thing make sure you get a sulky for it it makes it much easier to use. If thing take off and you like what you are doing you can up grade next year.
To let you know I have been doing this for a while about 12 years ago I closed my lawn care business to have a family now that my kids are in school I'm getting back into it. But, In 1993 I started off with a JD 318 it worked OK for what I used it for but, not the Ideal mower. Residential equipment I have found will work but, the up keep will cost you a lot more than commercial equipment.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-20-2010, 06:02 PM
mcscapes mcscapes is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 14
Rep Power: 7
mcscapes is on a distinguished road
Default

My first mower was a 36 bobcat walk behind with velki new prices are 2,500 and have seen them on craigs list for 700 used no matter what you get buy used keep it clean and serviced you wont have any problems just like buying a truck the prices are negotiable on mowers so shop and be a informed business owner.
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
$2500-$3000 to spend JP Landscaping General Talk 7 03-24-2010 12:20 AM
Would you spend $1,000 for this marketing? Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 2 06-12-2008 06:45 PM
$10.00 OFF EVERY 99.00 YOU SPEND Smooth Printing Introduce Yourself 3 05-14-2008 08:34 PM
Lucas’ new role: ‘Star Wars’ action figure Steve General Talk 0 05-04-2006 01:13 PM
What do spend $110 million on. Steve GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Show, Video, Book & Podcast Discussions. 0 04-27-2006 12:36 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Win a FREE website
BugmanGA
11-09-2016 05:14 PM
Yesterday 05:43 PM
by DLC123
9 453
DG or Angel Mix?
Jmoney
11-19-2016 12:02 AM
11-25-2016 12:43 PM
by Steve
4 218
Introductiion
carrie palmer
11-22-2016 06:45 AM
11-22-2016 11:21 PM
by Chilehead
2 441
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
11-22-2016 12:02 PM
by Steve
1,266 450,622
Web development for Lawn...
ProSvit
11-19-2016 05:32 PM
11-19-2016 09:05 PM
by Just for Cuts
1 230
Need help bidding
Pavia's Lawn Care
02-13-2009 07:39 PM
11-17-2016 05:58 PM
by Steve
12 3,833
Best selling lawn care...
Steve
11-11-2016 12:18 PM
11-11-2016 12:18 PM
by Steve
0 442
I have a new show!
Chilehead
09-19-2016 06:50 PM
11-10-2016 09:42 PM
by BugmanGA
8 2,383
What will be different...
Steve
11-09-2016 11:16 AM
11-10-2016 09:07 AM
by Chilehead
1 924
fliers
joshp
08-19-2016 03:23 PM
11-03-2016 06:16 AM
by Just for Cuts
13 9,450
Just got on board
Silverlane
10-30-2016 11:14 PM
11-02-2016 04:05 AM
by Silverlane
6 1,656
Using FB for Ad campaign
Silverlane
11-01-2016 02:14 AM
11-02-2016 04:01 AM
by Silverlane
3 1,735
Enter to win Free...
arthur712
09-25-2016 11:28 AM
11-01-2016 09:20 PM
by arthur712
2 1,958
Best Truck/Trailer...
Hedgemaster
02-20-2011 01:08 AM
11-01-2016 09:13 PM
by arthur712
13 8,188
Been here for a while
ttmoney
01-29-2014 05:49 PM
10-12-2016 09:57 AM
by Steve
3 1,788
Any successful one man...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
09-26-2016 06:04 AM
10-06-2016 05:07 PM
by WarriorLandscapingCAN
9 1,039
Is there a sticky about...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
10-03-2016 06:08 PM
10-04-2016 09:50 AM
by Steve
1 328
What were your top...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
09-13-2016 05:10 PM
09-30-2016 11:49 AM
by AKDave
6 6,413
Define Successful
Fireman Gus
05-10-2012 05:12 PM
09-30-2016 11:39 AM
by AKDave
12 5,963
A quick Intro
BLE
08-14-2016 05:17 PM
09-29-2016 12:53 AM
by myrlage
3 1,803
First commercial estimate
WarriorLandscapingCAN
09-19-2016 12:42 PM
09-22-2016 05:42 PM
by acrajchel
7 879
Larger projects - Labor...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
09-18-2016 07:38 AM
09-21-2016 06:51 AM
by Chilehead
5 830
I need some business...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
07-06-2016 05:42 AM
09-16-2016 01:50 PM
by DLC123
5 1,373
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
09-16-2016 01:35 PM
by DLC123
15 2,240
Not a newbie just...
lwlawn
09-09-2016 02:32 PM
09-16-2016 01:25 PM
by DLC123
2 1,289
I'm making stupid money...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 07:07 PM
09-16-2016 01:15 PM
by DLC123
6 2,225
Lawn problem
magiccc
09-14-2016 11:37 AM
09-15-2016 06:14 AM
by Chilehead
2 989
What kind of seed do you...
Bradcook21
09-02-2016 02:58 PM
09-12-2016 07:18 AM
by joshp
4 1,628
Commercial Flail Mower...
Chickenthief
09-05-2016 04:46 PM
09-09-2016 04:50 PM
by Steve
7 4,726
Newbie here
paulgrant
09-07-2016 04:52 PM
09-09-2016 12:01 AM
by paulgrant
2 1,327
Hello, New Member Here,...
Chickenthief
09-05-2016 06:19 PM
09-08-2016 09:35 PM
by Chickenthief
6 1,402
Pricing fall cleanups?
WarriorLandscapingCAN
09-06-2016 11:17 AM
09-07-2016 04:06 PM
by Steve
3 1,300
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 07:51 PM
08-31-2016 02:47 PM
by Steve
21 4,102
fert/lawn programs
joshp
08-28-2016 10:43 AM
08-30-2016 03:27 PM
by acrajchel
2 1,417
Landscaper taking on odd...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 06:57 PM
08-28-2016 10:31 AM
by joshp
7 1,694
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
08-27-2016 10:51 AM
by Steve
7 2,720
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 08:43 PM
08-25-2016 12:55 PM
by Steve
19 3,110
Looking for new host
Just for Cuts
11-26-2015 07:58 AM
08-24-2016 09:05 PM
by Stephen Alberts
10 2,591
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 08:49 AM
08-24-2016 08:59 PM
by Stephen Alberts
14 14,516
Breaking into commercial...
SGL1
08-19-2016 07:02 AM
08-24-2016 10:12 AM
by mowandblow1980
7 1,778
Snow Plow
acrajchel
08-17-2016 10:21 AM
08-22-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
5 1,622
Quarter Acre Woodland...
ew411
08-16-2016 06:50 AM
08-18-2016 12:25 PM
by Steve
4 1,568
Bidding Bushhogging
acrajchel
08-15-2016 11:52 AM
08-17-2016 05:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 1,440
Hello From the Florida...
KevinShuman
08-15-2016 08:57 PM
08-16-2016 01:52 PM
by SC93
2 1,521
New Customer - Gettting...
acrajchel
08-05-2016 05:00 PM
08-15-2016 10:52 AM
by acrajchel
4 1,391
helping out a friend set...
Doug D
08-13-2016 11:33 AM
08-15-2016 09:45 AM
by Steve
1 1,344
Small bed job
Bradcook21
08-09-2016 09:52 PM
08-10-2016 03:51 PM
by Steve
1 1,335
Hello from NoVa
jtwlawn
08-03-2016 11:20 AM
08-09-2016 10:45 AM
by jtwlawn
4 1,201
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
08-08-2016 04:33 PM
by Steve
27 7,394
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-07-2016 10:21 AM
by Just for Cuts
18 20,770
» Popular Tags
annual apartment become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss bidding business business education business help business management complex contractor hacks contracts convention converting customer dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimate estimates fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade intro introduction jjandm lawncare l.t.rich landscape landscape design landscaping design company landscaping richmond va lawn lawncare lawn care business book lowering grade marketing mulch planting raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care seasonal snowblower snow shovel sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up toro timecutter townhome tree tree service web design websites what to charge work from home z-max z-spray
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:45 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:45 AM.

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