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.

Need Advice on Equipment


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 03-05-2009, 11:10 PM
Canuckbass
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Need Advice on Equipment

Hi Guys,
Just starting out and will be purchasing equipment this month. I just have two clients now without advertising and will be advertising and marketing very hard in the next few weeks. Lots of demand for lawncare in my area and should get clients in spring. Lots of cottages etc.
When starting out, what equipment do you suggest?

Both these properties can be done with a walk behind mower, I would like to get a riding mower but may hold off till I get more clients.

I need a trailer, what is best size? I know I would grow out of an 8ft easy, I am thinking of a 10 - 12 foot trailer.

Is there any brands that I should stay away from?

Any suggestions in Ontario, Canada to purchase good used equipment? I check Craigslist and Kijiji daily, some equipment available there.

Any suggestions is great.
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 03-05-2009, 11:33 PM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default Proper equipment selection.

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
It's important to get a mower that fits your business.

I've always found that a walkbehind mower is the best all around mower that will handle the widest range of jobs.

If you can afford it, go for a commercial mower and stay away from residential equipment. Residential just won't withstand the pressures of lawn business applications.
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-06-2009, 12:24 AM
Canuckbass
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Thanks Keith, I was thinking the same way, I would rather spend the extra dollars and get a new commercial and maybe a good used residential for back up or if I need a hand one day. If I need to aquire a riding mower for a new client I will get one.
My truck is paid for etc... I am trying to pick everything up without using credit etc, I should be able to grab good equipment and trailer to start. I hear to many guys going to big to fast, I will grow my equipment with the business.
All suggestions are great, thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-06-2009, 01:51 AM
turfbuilder
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Thumbs up starting out

Now is a good time to check craigslist or go to your local dealer and check out some used commercial equipment. The homeowner stuff just won't hold up and is just to slow. If you look hard enough there are deals out there. I just picked up a brand new 2008 Everide stander with a 23h Kawi and 52 inch deck for $4000.00. This mower normally retails well over $6000.00. I know $4000.00 is a lot of money for a young guy starting out. Last season I picked up a used Lesco
36inch walk behind with 500 hrs for $1000.00 from a local dealer. Excellent deal
considering you can't even touch a Sears tractor for that. Keep lookin.

turfbuilder
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-06-2009, 04:11 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

When you pick a brand or piece of equipment, IMHO it's critical you have a good dealer, stuff happens and you need to know they will have your back.

As for a trailer to start, a 6 X 12 is a good all around trailer, not too expensive and will get you going, I just finished buying a cargo trailer as I want to leave the equipment in it but that can get expensive starting out.

My chainsaws are Stihl as is the edger, blower and line trimmer, John Deere sells these locally (I have an amazing dealer) and Stihl has a super name in the business.

My brush saw is a John Deere as are all the mowers, I don't have much of a selection here in Halifax, I know in ZTR's there are probably better models however if I can't get it serviced locally, I don't purchase it.

Good Luck!

Andy
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-06-2009, 08:00 AM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default

Yes, having a good dealer is vital. One day's worth of downtime can cost you a hundreds of dollars. Being loyal to a local dealer means he values your business enough to get you up and running ASAP if something goes wrong.

I think every piece of equipment has to be looked at from a cost/benefit view point. When I first started, I tried to save money by purchasing a cheap weedeater string trimmers. They only lasted a couple months before giving me trouble. After that, it was endless frustration. The cost of the extra minute or two at each yard trying to get them started is not worth the benefit of the lower price. After that first year I decided never to buy cheap trimmers again.

You may still have breakdowns but you are definately hedging you bet buying quality commercial equipment.

Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-06-2009, 08:57 AM
Canuckbass
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Excellent feedback and truly appreciated. I have a small dealer in town and will visit this weekend. I believe in having a good dealer and you both take care of each other. Like you say, they can help you out incase of downtime and you build a great relationship.
I have that kind of relationship with a tackle store as I fish bass tournaments, if I break a rod or reel on a friday it is only a phone call away and usually one dropped off at my house and good to go for Saturday morning.
I am not going to buy one peice, over time he will get alot of my money purchasing numerous peices of equipment throughout the years.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-06-2009, 10:48 AM
Canuckbass
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Do you recommend a walk behind mower better then a regular riding mower? I was always thinking of a riding mower but now thinking to go with a walk behind... Any thoughts?

I found this used one at a dealer within 45 mins of my house... any thoughts or should I go newer, asking price was $750... Toro 44".


Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-06-2009, 11:18 AM
maizenblue301
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I recommend a walk behind over a rider for your first mower. For one, the are more durable. For two, you can get into tighter spaces, such as fences and between trees and what not.

I would probably not purchase the mower you have shown here. Mainly because it looks like it has been used a ton. Probably got close to 2000 hours on it or more. Don't get me wrong Toro is a great mower. I own one my self. But keep looking for one that is in a little bit better shape. Remember you want it to last you untill you can buy some new equipment.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-06-2009, 04:40 PM
Canuckbass
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Thank you, I will keep looking for a bit. All info is appreciated.
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
I'm new and need advice. mccarthyjohn Introduce Yourself 2 09-21-2008 02:38 PM
Help me im new and need advice MLuciano Starting a lawn care business. 14 08-02-2008 03:54 PM
Need some advice Little Blue Lawn Care Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 2 07-01-2008 09:44 PM
advice hardyslawn General Business Discussions 4 05-31-2008 01:49 AM
advice on buying new equipment FourSeasons General Business Discussions 21 01-12-2008 04:40 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Pushy customers
christopherhicks82
04-22-2014 08:22 PM
Today 04:56 AM
by Dan Tanner
6 145
In a bit situation need...
googus
04-22-2014 08:01 AM
Yesterday 10:03 PM
by googus
9 170
Mangwi Landscaping
bondservojc13
Yesterday 09:56 PM
Yesterday 09:56 PM
by bondservojc13
0 32
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
Yesterday 07:23 PM
Yesterday 07:23 PM
by acrajchel
0 32
2.5 acre mowing
xandrew245x
04-18-2014 06:55 AM
Yesterday 07:11 PM
by acrajchel
15 341
New Trailer
bobwill2009
Yesterday 12:46 PM
Yesterday 06:46 PM
by BelleCityLawn1
2 71
Advertising On...
JacobsLawnMowing
03-17-2014 03:21 PM
Yesterday 06:02 PM
by bobwill2009
13 867
Any greenhouse operators...
GoGreenerKS
04-15-2014 11:21 AM
Yesterday 12:37 PM
by Steve
7 221
Pond...
xandrew245x
04-22-2014 03:29 PM
Yesterday 12:30 PM
by Steve
3 87
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 12:01 AM
Yesterday 12:17 PM
by bobwill2009
79 25,326
The $20 Mow Job
Dan Tanner
04-21-2014 07:24 PM
Yesterday 12:06 PM
by Steve
5 196
quickbooks users
CDLAWNCARE
04-20-2014 09:03 AM
Yesterday 06:48 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
4 177
Looking for advice on a...
Tekeda1
04-13-2014 09:53 AM
04-22-2014 07:55 PM
by Just for Cuts
23 584
About D@## Time!
TamMik
04-02-2014 08:10 AM
04-22-2014 05:14 PM
by BelleCityLawn1
19 870
Back for this year
xandrew245x
02-21-2014 04:30 PM
04-22-2014 03:36 PM
by xandrew245x
19 1,010
What Was Your Setup When...
superrman77
02-11-2014 10:53 AM
04-22-2014 12:29 AM
by Tony317
22 1,717
Sulky and Turf Tracer
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:44 PM
04-22-2014 12:07 AM
by Tony317
9 448
danny 2
danny2
04-19-2014 10:19 PM
04-21-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
3 138
this mower is driving me...
boog
04-17-2014 12:07 PM
04-21-2014 12:10 PM
by kslawn
13 359
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
04-21-2014 12:02 PM
by kslawn
20 607
I Got Taken...,
Dan Tanner
04-19-2014 06:26 AM
04-21-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
4 233
new to this forum!
mower13126
04-18-2014 07:37 PM
04-21-2014 11:39 AM
by Steve
4 150
REO calling
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 05:03 PM
04-21-2014 11:33 AM
by Steve
12 349
employee pay
4 seasons maintenance
04-10-2011 09:34 PM
04-20-2014 04:40 PM
by Dan Tanner
20 6,886
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
04-20-2014 11:13 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
32 1,216
Lawn Renovation
stevef1201
04-11-2014 12:00 PM
04-20-2014 11:11 AM
by kslawn
10 368
Customers droping like...
goodtimez
04-18-2014 09:53 AM
04-19-2014 08:09 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
7 231
Best Bulk Mulch delivery...
Steven Virgadamo
04-18-2014 09:52 AM
04-18-2014 05:34 PM
by Steve
2 105
Steve Virgadamo,...
Steven Virgadamo
04-18-2014 09:49 AM
04-18-2014 05:08 PM
by Steve
2 88
Instagram
Gerardo_Landscape
04-16-2014 11:28 AM
04-18-2014 04:51 PM
by Steve
3 184
Help with weed liability!
Prolawnofchatt
04-15-2014 09:10 AM
04-18-2014 04:47 PM
by Steve
5 248
Nationwide lawn care...
Billy Goat
04-15-2014 05:21 PM
04-18-2014 04:39 PM
by Steve
9 266
Truck Signage
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 11:00 PM
04-18-2014 04:04 PM
by stevef1201
10 286
leaf removal
tlf59263
04-15-2014 10:00 PM
04-18-2014 03:59 PM
by stevef1201
6 239
Pay per click advertising
roostertail
02-12-2014 07:26 PM
04-17-2014 07:11 PM
by yardrate
10 640
Accepting credit cards,...
Darksteel
03-17-2014 08:01 PM
04-16-2014 01:02 PM
by jymie
15 806
Trimec
acrajchel
04-15-2014 08:24 PM
04-16-2014 11:10 AM
by Steve
3 151
Gopher Forum Discount!
BlackRain75
04-12-2014 10:44 PM
04-16-2014 10:50 AM
by Steve
9 349
hello
NFrailey
04-15-2014 01:39 PM
04-16-2014 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 132
Pricing a Mulch Job
dmcalpi
04-07-2014 02:16 PM
04-16-2014 09:40 AM
by jymie
21 789
google earth
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 03:24 PM
04-16-2014 09:36 AM
by jymie
8 294
There has to be an...
CDLAWNCARE
04-14-2014 12:59 PM
04-15-2014 04:06 PM
by Dan Tanner
6 235
First Day Back!
BelleCityLawn1
04-09-2014 09:13 PM
04-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
11 371
Mow America
stevegredler
04-13-2014 01:02 PM
04-14-2014 09:53 PM
by kslawn
5 276
Power Broom
acrajchel
04-14-2014 07:46 AM
04-14-2014 12:47 PM
by CDLAWNCARE
2 156
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
04-14-2014 11:34 AM
by Steve
1,176 286,841
Equipment reviews
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-09-2014 07:17 AM
04-14-2014 11:27 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
13 533
Aerating Prices?
Dan Tanner
04-08-2014 03:16 PM
04-14-2014 10:31 AM
by Steve
13 540
Estimating help
acrajchel
04-11-2014 06:06 PM
04-14-2014 10:20 AM
by Steve
3 243
Need help bidding church...
GreenRidge Lawn&Landscape
04-07-2014 08:01 PM
04-14-2014 09:49 AM
by Steve
12 501
» Popular Tags
4x4 ads article marketing blower butterfly gardens care charge craigslist credit card cultivation customers decorating echo exmark ferris financing florida flower bed cultivation price four wheel drive gopherhaul gravely gravely 34" zero turn health holiday holiday lighting how much to charge introduction kansas city labor cost lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business book lawn care business show leaf lighting marketing mechanic monthly mow mowing mulch mulch price new and restored landscapes new buisness new business new start office management payment podcast property management company reo requests scag schedule selling seo sole proprietorship starting a business steve stihl subcontractor top dresser toro tree care turfgrass consulting upsell walker winter money making ideas yard clarksville
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:18 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:18 AM.

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