Lawn mowing equipment tips when getting started.

What the best way to go about your lawn care equipment purchases when you are just starting out? Should you go big and get all commercial equipment or should you stay conservative and either use what you already own or buy some consumer grade equipment? That is what one entrepreneur was looking for advice in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

One lawn care business owner wrote “I am working on getting my business started. Currently I am enrolled in landscape management school. I feel that is helping educate me on issues I will need to know in the field but the thing I am concerned with is what kind of equipment should I be using? I have an old lawn mower I’ve been using on my yard for years now but I am not sure how much longer it will last me.”

A second lawn care business owner said “here is my view on the requirements needed to start an average mowing company;

Primary Requirements:

A lawn mower should cost you between $300 to $2,000. A trimmer will cost between $80 - $1,000. A hand-held leaf blower $60 - $250.

The benefit to buying a cheap lawn mower is that it will be inexpensive. With an extended warranty, if it is damaged, you can probably exchange it for store credit or have it replaced within a certain period of time of purchase. It will probably be lightweight and will be good on hillsides.

The down side to buying a $300 lawn mower is that it will easily break down, and it will happen fairly often with all the use it will get. If damaged after your warranty, the parts and repairs may cost you more than the price of a new mower. It will have a tiny gas tank so it will need to be refueled often which cuts down on production. Also, as a new company you may not have an area to dump collected grass so you will need to purchase a lawn mower with a side discharge chute, or a mulching kit.

When it comes to buying a lawn mower, keep in mind, you will get a messy cut with a side discharge. A cleaner cut comes from a mower with a mulching kit. The best cut though comes from a mower with a bagger. If you purchase a bagger, you will have to leave the bagged grass on your customer’s properties.

What type of properties will you be using the mower on? Will it be hilly? Will there be many obstacles you will need to mow around? Will it be fast growing grass? If so, you may need a more powerful mower.

I can find a perfect lawn to mow, but if I am unable to use my ztr in the backyard due to a small gate opening, I will lose time, the job becomes less attractive, and I will need to charge more because I will have to use a smaller mower.

To get the right mower for your business now, you need a budget that you will stick with and you need to know what you will be using it for. Once you have answers to those two questions, your answer will become easier to see.”

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