I want to start a lawn care business but I only have a car.

What to do when you are interested in starting your own lawn care business but you are driving around in a car with no money to buy a truck any time in the near future. If you think you have no options though, think again. Here are a couple great ideas, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, on how you can harness the power of your car to become part of your mowing business.

One lawn care business owner wrote “I have been wanting to grow my lawn care business to the next step but I feel like I am hobbled as I only have access to a car and not a truck. Since I’ve been getting regular paychecks, in the last 2 weeks I have upgraded some of my mowing equipment and purchased a new line trimmer and leaf blower.

My dilemma is I drive a 2 door Scion and I’m having a hard time figuring out how to haul my mower and equipment besides having it stick out the rear hatchback. I could spend $170 and install a trailer hitch and either

  1. Save up the money for a 4′x8′ lawn care trailer and go against every manufacturer’s warning against towing anything with that car.
  2. Spend another $150 - $200 on a hitch cargo carrier but I’m not sure if they make them wide enough to fit a push mower on.

I’m so motivated to get my business growing but acquiring a truck is out of the question right now.

My car does not have a hitch receiver. I would have to buy one from the local trailer store for almost $100 bucks. Plus some drilling is required on the frame for bolt on. Anything I do with a receiver is going to have to be light weight. The tongue weight is only rated for 200 lbs.

A hitch and wiring will cost around $125 and a 4′x8′ trailer will cost $500 - $600. I’m really shying away from towing much with the Scion. I’ve read too many posts on Scion forums about how towing is NOT recommended due to potential frame damage. It wasn’t built to tow. I may just have to save up over the next winter for a truck next year some time. If I’m going to have to spend that kind of money maybe I should just spend it once on a truck.”

A second lawn care business owner said “when I got started, I didn’t have any room in my yard for a trailer so I bought a cargo carrier designed for an electric wheelchair or scooter. It was wide enough for a mower to fit. I already had a hitch receiver on the back of my truck so I had the benefit of that as well.

Landscape Business Cargo CarrierI think I paid around $180 for it and it’s probably the best spent money thus far. I can haul my mower into the city without needing to drag my trailer with me. I didn’t want to remove my truck cap just to haul a push mower. The mower won’t fit in the back with the cap on, and besides, I’m in no shape to be lifting a 97 lb mower in and out of a truck all day. This carrier came with a ramp so that was just what I needed.

The cargo carrier weighs about 66 lbs plus the weight of a push mower should be well below your car’s 200 lbs. The only thing is that I think if it were my car, I wouldn’t want to test that weight limit out. I’d want to give it a wide safety range.

Landscape Business Mini TrailerMaybe instead you could get a mini trailer. I have seen trailers that are just a little bit bigger than a lawn mower and shouldn’t be that big of a deal to tow. Such a mini trailer would put  minimal strain on your vehicle versus hanging it on the back with a cargo carrier.

Do a search for a 40″ x 48″ trailer. If a Mini Cooper can pull it, your Scion should be able to do it too.”

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