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My F250 SD Supercab 2008


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Old 12-05-2008, 06:02 PM
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Talking My F250 SD Supercab 2008

I am still alive, doing well, 25 good customers now and still working at the rental store, but I did do one upgrade this winter and I went from the 2000 S10 4CYL none 4x4, to a 2008 F250 SD Supercab FX4 V10. =) Next year I will have the truck for every application needed, I don't have a plow yet I do plan on getting a salter, and just get by using my snowblower for now.

I just don't have the 3200.00 for the plow at the moment. The truck alone was 23995.00 USED, traded in my s10 got the F250 for only 20K ,Financed it, but its so worth it.

Still managed to get in 12.5K part time this year between mowing and cleanups.

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Welcome back. We missed you.

Can you tell us a bit about why you decided to make the jump from your original truck to the new one?
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The reason why I got the new truck was because last year when I had to get where I needed to be for snow removal, with my snowblower, we had serveral of inches past 4 or 6 and I had a hell of a time getting where I needed to be.

Towing capacity, I was limited what I can haul and put in the back of the old S10, even though it had a 4CYL engine the damn thing still sucked gas. I needed more room.

If I decide to plow next year I have a truck that can do it with no problem.
If I decide to get a 7x14 tandem axle trailer I can haul it.
I bought the truck to better my business and grow to the next level.

I hope that explains your answer.
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Are you hauling a trailer now at all?
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not at the moment, but during the season I was able to use a 6x10 lawn mower trailer from my regular job, from the rental store.
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You got me thinking about something. With all of your knowledge running the rental center, would you ever like to run your own? What do you like or dislike about that industry?
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I would rather be in the lawn business then the rental business, to much and many things to worry about, insurance theft people not taking care of the equipment, property taxes on all of the equipment and so forth, and the state here charges you a usage tax same as sales tax, 6% so you get really screwed.


You can make money but its a headache and a lot of the equipment that people would rent is a high dollar, and start out your dropping millions on loans.
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Very interesting!

Speaking of equipment, you mentioned a snow plow, is there anything else on your wish list for next year?

Also what marketing did you find worked best this past year?
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My wish list for next year is to double what I did this year in business.

As other things that is on it, was thinking of a 48" or 52" zero turn mower, probably go with a scag or another yazookees, but that depends if I get the 5 acre church next year.

I have purchased some new items this year, SH85 Blower/Vacume with Gutter Kit. HS81T 24" Hedge trimmer and MS192T 14" chainsaw.

As far as advertising goes I used some magnets from AMW signs this year, for a bit till I lost one, never replaced, I figured I would rather do word of mouth then burn on other costs, cause I am still doing both working at 9 mile rent all and lawn business. I did make business cards so that I can give them to my clients to give out to there friends or family for business.
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As far as advertising goes I used some magnets from AMW signs this year, for a bit till I lost one, never replaced, I figured I would rather do word of mouth then burn on other costs, cause I am still doing both working at 9 mile rent all and lawn business. I did make business cards so that I can give them to my clients to give out to there friends or family for business.
What kinds of marketing are you looking forwards to doing next year?
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