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??

Which Snow Blower??


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 10-28-2011, 04:42 PM
ELITE23 ELITE23 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Middletown, NJ
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 5
ELITE23 is on a distinguished road
Default Which Snow Blower??

So, I'm going to be offering snow blowing this year for driveways and walkways.
I am leaning towards this blower- Troy-Bilt 2620 Storm 26" Two-Stage Snow Thrower

My neighbor swears by Troy-Bilt. Is Troy Bilt good enough for what I will be doing, or is there another brand I should get.

My budget is $750. So the $1500 dollar blowers are out

Thank you
Frank
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 10-28-2011, 06:43 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,979
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
At least a couple of our members here started off using a toro and offering snow blowing services. I would think it would be a good way to get started.

Anyone else have any suggestions?
__________________
- 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 10-28-2011, 08:13 PM
bruces bruces is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 828
Rep Power: 0
bruces is on a distinguished road
Default

troy built used to make great equipment ,now they are pretty much crap for the most part ,but for that kind of money you wont be able to find much different .
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-28-2011, 08:30 PM
ELITE23 ELITE23 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Middletown, NJ
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 5
ELITE23 is on a distinguished road
Default

bruces,
What brand would you recommend? If I really had to, I might be able to increase the budget to $900 or $1000 tops.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-28-2011, 10:23 PM
bruces bruces is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 828
Rep Power: 0
bruces is on a distinguished road
Default

for that money,your not going to be able to find much better ,I would buy whichever has the best warranty and service in your area .I have had good luck with craftsman ,ariens,deere etc,but I am a mechanic so can handle the repairs and know enough to maintain the heck out of them .
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-29-2011, 02:30 AM
Liberty Landscaping LLC Liberty Landscaping LLC is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Woodbridge, NJ
Posts: 243
Rep Power: 7
Liberty Landscaping LLC is on a distinguished road
Default

Last year I bought 4. I bought all mine used and haven't had issues knock on wood. A 26 in Toro 2 stage, a 28 in Ariens 2 stage, and two Toro Single stage. To tell you the truth I love the single stages. If you don't get much snow or if you stay ahead of them they are great. They tear through snow up to 8 inches so far and are far lighter then the 2 stages. I can throw them in the back of the trucks without the need to drag a trailer and the guys love them because they don't need to shovel. I started with one in the back of my bronco I used to clear a few sidewalks. I loved it so much I bought a newer model for me and threw the older one to the guys even tho I like it better its lighter for them bouncing house to house.

Long story short you need to determine how much snow you get. Then deceide single or dual stage snow blower from their. The singles are cheaper too. I love toro and ariens they have been great for me. I hear bad things about the new troy built equipment much cheaper made then they used to.
__________________
Liberty Landscaping LLC
www.libertylndscpng.com
Woodbridge, NJ
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-29-2011, 07:43 AM
ELITE23 ELITE23 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Middletown, NJ
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 5
ELITE23 is on a distinguished road
Default

Thank you all for the feedback. I did some more research last night and I am leaning towards an Ariens 2 stage ($729) or a Cub Cadet 2 stage. ($749)

Liberty, Like you I am also in NJ. (Middletown) so probably snow like last year. I would be happy just making the money back to pay for the blower in the first year.

Thank you again
Hope we all make a ton of money this winter

Frank
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-02-2011, 03:56 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,979
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

What have you all found to be the most common problem when it comes to break downs with these snow blowers during the season's use? Any ways to avoid that?
__________________
- 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
  #9  
Old 11-02-2011, 04:40 PM
nickeckes nickeckes is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 62
Rep Power: 6
nickeckes is on a distinguished road
Default

Like said above, Troy-bilt was good back in the day before they got bought out by MTD (if i remember right). . . then everything just got made cheaper. . . id go with a toro. . but i know you said you dont have $1300 + for a good name brand. . . the only thing i hate is buying from a Box store(fleet farm, menards, home depot, walmart) ECT. is if something breaks on it. . . whos going to fix it??? thats why i buy all my stuff from a dealer that has its own shop, and only works on the brand they sell. . . . just my thoughts. . .i wont buy another piece of equipment from a box store, weather it be a leaf blower or trimmer or lawn mower. . . so even if you buy something from menards and it says. . comes with 2 year warrenty?? yes thats cool a 2 year warrenty. . . but when it breaks whos doing to fix it??? menards isnt going to.. and most dealers wont touch things from box stores.. .

good look with your buy. . hope some of my info helped you so you dont get burned like i did. .(bought a trimmer that took a **** after a year and no1 would fix it, but it had a 2 year warrenty)
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-02-2011, 07:27 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Here's a thread I started last year when I bought my first snowblower:
http://www.gopherforum.com/showthrea...ht=snowthrower

My only regret was buying a two stage first. It's great for deep snow, but around here, that isn't the norm - I would have been better served by buying a smaller single stage blower.

Live and learn.
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
Truck Mounted Snow Blower Q&A CHEESE2009 Community Assistance 3 07-15-2010 04:14 AM
tracked snow blower mzlawncare Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 5 02-26-2010 10:55 AM
snow blower work jeffery9076 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 2 12-06-2009 05:12 PM
Snow Blower Tune ups? Steve Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 1 11-05-2008 12:43 PM
FOR SALE: Snow Blower tiedeman Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 3 01-12-2007 02:51 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
Yesterday 06:28 PM
by mowandblow1980
26 963
Chemical Applications
acrajchel
06-24-2016 06:44 PM
Yesterday 05:12 PM
by acrajchel
4 111
3 Applications or 5...
stansg1fresh
02-18-2013 12:02 PM
Yesterday 04:59 PM
by acrajchel
8 1,467
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
Yesterday 11:07 AM
by mowandblow1980
13 557
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
06-30-2016 03:41 PM
by SGL1
20 835
Spot checked by...
Just for Cuts
06-28-2016 02:34 PM
06-29-2016 05:14 PM
by Steve
2 56
Great Arborist Ladder
SGL1
06-04-2016 09:56 AM
06-28-2016 08:04 PM
by mowandblow1980
11 435
Newbie
Jhoell
06-25-2016 03:28 AM
06-28-2016 02:11 PM
by Chilehead
2 81
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
06-28-2016 11:02 AM
by Brownieboy
1,253 438,413
Hello Everyone
JohnsLawnCare
06-22-2016 11:14 AM
06-28-2016 08:36 AM
by Steve
13 269
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
06-24-2016 07:26 PM
by acrajchel
9 10,136
Exmark Turf Tracer
acrajchel
02-01-2014 11:34 AM
06-24-2016 07:23 PM
by acrajchel
5 2,162
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
06-24-2016 06:59 PM
by acrajchel
7 3,064
Ybravo 25 mowers
SGL1
06-11-2016 09:52 AM
06-21-2016 03:44 PM
by acrajchel
5 312
Help a Brother Out -...
Hedgemaster
01-23-2012 04:19 PM
06-17-2016 08:28 AM
by SGL1
94 34,529
anyone interested in a...
GoGreenerKS
06-16-2016 01:00 PM
06-17-2016 02:58 AM
by SC93
4 188
Prolin
rmccutchan
05-21-2016 04:53 PM
06-16-2016 05:28 PM
by acrajchel
3 342
Laying new grass, Sod...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-23-2016 10:07 AM
06-16-2016 05:27 PM
by acrajchel
2 333
Upgraded to a new mower
Stevenor92
05-17-2016 08:17 PM
06-16-2016 05:22 PM
by acrajchel
9 569
How can I fix my...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
06-10-2016 07:47 PM
06-16-2016 05:19 PM
by acrajchel
2 251
Need a lil help
Cpadgett
06-05-2016 09:51 AM
06-16-2016 05:17 PM
by acrajchel
5 386
help with sole...
greenbuds
03-24-2016 12:21 PM
06-16-2016 05:01 PM
by acrajchel
4 9,787
New Member from...
tiptoppmanager
06-15-2016 07:39 AM
06-15-2016 03:18 PM
by SC93
2 182
Brand new fish pond
Flynn landscaping 2016
06-12-2016 09:53 AM
06-13-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 162
Whats up??
Cpadgett
05-27-2016 10:57 AM
06-06-2016 08:46 PM
by Cpadgett
11 534
New Member from Texas
NathanR
06-02-2016 06:13 PM
06-03-2016 09:17 PM
by SC93
7 346
Edging Fad...
Tree geek
05-10-2016 11:29 PM
06-03-2016 07:02 PM
by SGL1
3 523
To mow weekly or Biweekly
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-11-2016 04:09 PM
06-03-2016 06:42 PM
by SGL1
11 806
Your Time Lawn Care
yourtimelawncare
05-31-2016 01:12 PM
06-02-2016 10:11 PM
by SC93
2 301
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:40 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:40 AM.

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