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.

I got another new toy.


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 07-31-2009, 03:49 PM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default I got another new toy.

Check it out. It took me 2.5 hours to mow one lawn with my push mower at this ranch on Monday so I said never again. Wednesday I came home with this, woohoo.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCI0077.JPG (172.4 KB, 24 views)
File Type: jpg DSCI0079.JPG (147.0 KB, 16 views)
File Type: jpg DSCI0078.JPG (142.4 KB, 14 views)
__________________
White Company
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 07-31-2009, 04:07 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,688
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Oh that is great! What's your review of the tractor so far? Likes/Dislikes?
__________________
- 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 07-31-2009, 04:21 PM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default

So far likes are everything. The only problem I have is it is a fairly steep decline with an off camber turn to get to the back of the farm and the mower is very scary to drive on this off camber serfice. If you happen to flip you will roll about 30 feet down the embankment so care and caution is a must on slopes but I love everything ells. the 17.5HP is way more power than I use and the 42" cut is awesome as well. The only thing I don't like is TB puts a usable life of 250 hours on it. I don't know why but that's what the manual says.
__________________
White Company
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-31-2009, 07:31 PM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 65
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 7
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default I bought a new toy today also!

I bought a Sears tow behind box blade for lawn tractors. It was for sale by one of my competitors. List on it was $229.95. I got it for $75.00. Ir's small enough to get it into a job I have coming up with a fence and a 48" gate. The bos blade is 46 inches wide and my lawn tractor has a 42" deck so it will be larger than my treads.

Currently I am using an old set of box springs that I put cinder blocks on for weight. Doesn't look very professional but get the job done with many passes. This should work (and look) better.

Also, yesterday I received a call from our local " Hartsville Happenings" web site asking if they could include my Wordpress blog in their web site. I thought about for maybe a millionth of a second and said yes!

Will let you know how it works next week.

Steve
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-31-2009, 11:03 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

Congrats on your purchase.

One of the great things about being in business for yourself is the ability to buy (and put to use) new toys.

Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-01-2009, 10:32 AM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default

I was just talking about this with my father the other day. If you are the type of person that beleaves in honest hard work and loves gadgets then get into the lawn care business. This way are you gadgets will be paid for lol.
__________________
White Company
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-01-2009, 10:36 AM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Oh that is great! What's your review of the tractor so far? Likes/Dislikes?
Steve I remembered one more dislike. Remember my little trailer? This thing just barely fits on it. So close that I am betting a cop would stop me for overloading the trailer.
__________________
White Company
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-01-2009, 10:37 AM
justin_time justin_time is offline
Justin
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: French River, ON, Canada
Age: 29
Posts: 1,801
Rep Power: 0
justin_time is on a distinguished road
Default

I don't know how long that tractor is going to last you. I have 450 hrs on mine and it's a 20 hp with a 42 inch deck and i almost need to get myself a new tractor since it's falling apart. If you plan on doing some commercial yards in the future, i would suggest a ZTR mower
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-01-2009, 11:46 AM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default

I purchased this primarily for large residential yards. More than likely it will only be used for 1/4-1/2 acre lawns. I was rated at 2 acres or less so it should do ok. I think along the lines with anything maintenance is the key to longevity. I stated this once before and see it all the time. A lot of people give these things bad reviews but they think they can buy it, use it hard and put it away wet and never maintain it. I have some equipment that has far outlived its useful life by several years and still working great. I am a huge stickler for maintenance though. Every time my equipment is used at the end of the day it gets cleaned and lubed and in some cases even gets some polish. Thats why my 6 year old mower still looks new and runs well enough to get the job done. The fact of the matter is though my old mower is just not cutting it "literally" with some of the business I am getting. 2.5 hours to mow one lawn is not acceptable to me but with my old 3.5hp mush mower I don't think I will do any better. With this new one on the other hand it should greatly speed up the process. Most mowing jobs I do are not hourly, they are a flat rate so I can be there for 30 minutes or all day and still get paid the same. Because of this time is of the essence. The faster I get it done and get out of there while not skimping on the quality of work the more I get for per hour funds. I have no doubt this new toy will well more than pay for itself long before its useful life has been reached. I understand though it would not be a good choice for commercial accounts. I will be keeping everyone up to date on how its working as well as the new trimmer. I really think Troy-bilt got a bad wrap from the aforementioned people that don't perform even the recommended maintenance. The trimmer has reached and passed its first recommended oil change and valve adjustment as per the hours of use in the owners manual. I had an issue with it last time out where it didn't want to idle. After getting home and checking the valves I adjusted the idle screw a little bit and now she purrs again. There is a lot of vibration from the 4 stroke so I am sure all that happened is the screw vibrated out a little bit. The after market 4 line head really is crap for fine edging work. It kicks but in the brush departments but really tears things up with finer work. To fix the problem I removed 2 of the lines from the 4 line head to make it a 2 line head and it seemed to help. I just need to keep in mind when doing said finer work that the 4 line head sits about 6 inches lower than the factory head.
__________________
White Company
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-01-2009, 03:10 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,688
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Steve I remembered one more dislike. Remember my little trailer? This thing just barely fits on it. So close that I am betting a cop would stop me for overloading the trailer.
Can you take a picture of this?
__________________
- 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
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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Stander Vs. Zt
totalscape
Yesterday 07:57 PM
Today 09:35 AM
by rmccutchan
3 50
what do you "love" to...
calebmoss
07-06-2011 10:05 PM
Today 12:52 AM
by rmccutchan
31 9,013
I'm BACK!
SuperiorPower
12-16-2014 11:08 PM
Yesterday 11:33 PM
by SuperiorPower
7 234
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
12-19-2014 09:45 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
189 16,684
Georgia Boys!
Chilehead
12-18-2014 10:23 PM
12-19-2014 09:36 PM
by Chilehead
2 105
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 08:15 PM
12-19-2014 07:48 PM
by SuperiorPower
9 334
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
12-19-2014 06:00 PM
by homey
5 190
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 05:07 PM
12-19-2014 05:44 PM
by stevef1201
7 234
Has Obamacare helped or...
Steve
12-18-2014 04:37 PM
12-19-2014 05:43 PM
by stevef1201
3 132
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 02:56 PM
12-17-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
23 2,994
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 09:51 AM
12-17-2014 09:40 AM
by SuperiorPower
34 6,150
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
12-17-2014 09:13 AM
by SuperiorPower
15 1,347
New to Gopher Haul-from...
323k13l
12-12-2014 10:34 PM
12-15-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
3 314
hi
creteland
12-12-2014 09:06 AM
12-15-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
5 307
New addition to my small...
googus
12-12-2014 07:36 PM
12-15-2014 07:47 AM
by googus
4 385
Ferris IS700Z
rmccutchan
12-14-2014 01:10 AM
12-14-2014 11:41 PM
by rmccutchan
4 281
Charge what the market...
Billy Goat
12-09-2014 12:39 PM
12-14-2014 06:39 PM
by biglee
20 829
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
12-12-2014 07:18 AM
by steveinil
4 826
Utility Company Right of...
eastsidelandcare
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
by eastsidelandcare
0 295
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
12-11-2014 04:50 PM
by eastsidelandcare
33 4,115
suggestions on full lawn...
Brian3137
12-10-2014 07:18 PM
12-11-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
6 409
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 11:20 PM
12-11-2014 09:43 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
18 3,401
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
12-10-2014 02:45 PM
by WesleySnips
7 651
Echo pb200 blower fuel...
googus
12-06-2014 09:03 PM
12-09-2014 06:35 PM
by Steve
3 504
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
12-09-2014 06:24 PM
by Steve
36 9,829
Are you prepared for the...
Steve
12-02-2014 04:13 PM
12-09-2014 06:22 PM
by Steve
7 921
Email Address Name
Just Cuts
12-07-2014 09:49 PM
12-08-2014 03:15 PM
by Steve
3 447
Inspection form
stevef1201
12-07-2014 10:38 AM
12-08-2014 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 445
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
12-08-2014 12:37 PM
by jrs.landscaping
108 34,236
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
12-07-2014 06:35 PM
by stevef1201
24 1,735
Innovation by mandate
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 01:33 PM
12-06-2014 03:27 PM
by SGL1
12 991
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 10:07 PM
12-05-2014 11:06 AM
by Steve
9 2,287
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
12-04-2014 01:32 PM
by stevef1201
15 1,473
How many hours is too...
Just Cuts
12-04-2014 09:00 AM
12-04-2014 01:02 PM
by Just for Cuts
6 624
Does this sound like a...
googus
12-03-2014 07:47 AM
12-04-2014 12:37 PM
by Steve
5 708
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
12-04-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
14 1,247
New website
SGL1
12-02-2014 10:55 PM
12-03-2014 11:17 PM
by BLC7
19 878
Websites, how long...
Dan Tanner
03-09-2014 08:29 AM
12-03-2014 11:12 PM
by SGL1
21 3,262
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 11:04 PM
12-03-2014 10:36 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 1,889
GPS trackers for...
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:09 PM
12-03-2014 07:17 PM
by Steve
8 726
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
12-03-2014 06:31 PM
by SGL1
17 1,472
Hiring Subs over Temps
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:26 AM
12-03-2014 01:24 PM
by Steve
3 657
Thanksgiving cards
Steve
11-10-2008 11:57 AM
12-02-2014 11:11 PM
by SGL1
11 9,548
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
12-02-2014 02:17 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 1,502
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
12-02-2014 08:47 AM
by SGL1
6 1,523
old contracts
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 11:10 AM
12-01-2014 11:20 AM
by Steve
3 723
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
12-01-2014 10:54 AM
by Steve
9 1,293
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
12-01-2014 10:45 AM
by Steve
32 15,210
Intuit Quickbooks...
CDLAWNCARE
11-30-2014 10:19 AM
11-30-2014 10:19 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
0 631
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
11-28-2014 01:36 PM
by Just Cuts
1,196 355,980
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying bid bob villa bush care commercial decorating deliquentaccounts demonstration ditches edging employee problems ferris first truck four wheel drive gopherhaul grass hardscapes hills hiring how much to charge how to hydraulic installation introduction landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo managing a lawn care business mulch mulch price past due patio install per hour charge podcast profit on employee reo scag v-ride scripts shell snow snow plowing sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business steve sulky toro tractor auger trailer mate pro tree truck new used landscape turfgrass consulting up sell employee walk behind won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:40 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:40 AM.

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