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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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Old 07-09-2011, 06:13 PM
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Its been awhile since Ive posted as I landed a fulltime job. I still want to start a lawn care business and since Ive been getting regular paychecks, in the last 2 weeks I have purchased a new trimmer and a new blower.

My dilemma is I drive a 2 door scion tc and Im having a hard time figuring out how to haul the mower. I could spend 170 and install a trailer hitch and either

A. Save up the money for a 4x8 trailer and go against every manufacturer warning against towing anything or..

B. Spend another 150-200 on a hitch cargo carrier but Im not sure if they make them wide enough to fit a push mower on.

Im so motivated to get my business going and acqquiring a truck is out of the question right now. Can anyone give opinions please? I'd appreciate it!
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If this guy can haul a mower, I'm sure you'll figure something out.
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Do you have a Harbor Freight anywhere near you?

I bought this because the average cargo carrier isn't wide enough for a mower to fit...




Here's a link to the product.



I think with a sale price and a coupon I paid $179 for it and it's probably the best spent money thus far. I can haul my mower into the city without needing to drag my trailer with me. I didn't want to remove my truck cap just to haul a freaking push mower (mower won't fit inside), and besides, I'm too lazy to be lifting a 97 lb mower in and out of a truck all day. A carrier with a RAMP was just the ticket!

Good luck!



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My big-a$$ 2 stage snowthrower fits on it as well!








and so does my chipper/shredder...





and you can carry other stuff as well...


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Does the Scion have a receiver already?
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Does the Scion have a receiver already?
No, it does not. I would have to buy one from etrailer.com for almost 100 bucks. Plus some drilling is required on the frame for bolt on.
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Do you have a Harbor Freight anywhere near you?

I bought this because the average cargo carrier isn't wide enough for a mower to fit...
That is exactly what I need! There is a harbor Freight about 50 miles from me. Thank you so much for the info Hedgemaster!
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I'll just have to watch the tongue weight as it's only rated for 200 lbs.
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I'll just have to watch the tongue weight as it's only rated for 200 lbs.
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Shipping Weight: 65.55 lbs.
66 lb carrier plus the weight of a push mower should be well below 200 lbs.


Heh. I wasn't sure what the thing weighs. I can carry the thing when I remove it to haul my trailer. It's awkward as heck with the ramp on there though.
I replaced the ramp hinge bolts with locking hinge pins so I can pull them out to remover the ramp, making it easier to carry. That said, I rarely do that any more.
I added plywood because the open floor made it tough to keep the mower where I wanted it. I just use tie-downs to secure it.
The thing is a bit of a pain to assemble, but not impossible. If you've ever assembled any "furniture in a box", you can relate.

Make sure you call to see if they have one in stock before you drive 50 miles. (and be sure to use the 20% off coupon!)
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(and be sure to use the 20% off coupon!)
I cant seem to find the 20% off coupon...it says theres a sale through the 10th but I wont be purchasing it within that time frame.
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Have you set up an online account with Harbor Freight yet? I believe shortly after I did I received sales info. as well as coupons in my email. Hedgemaster did your coupon come from email or a flyer?
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