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Thanks for the ad. I'll try and minimise the dumb questions but bare with me :D

 

So getting the ball rolling on a new venture. Already running a pretty successful window, gutter & pressure cleaning business. Looking at getting a 2nd ute on the road couple days a week doing lawns/basic gardening. Will 'soft start' only offering to existing customers and their friends/rellos, over the coming months, and then hopefully go hammer and tongs with advertising come spring, if needed.

 

Pretty set on the Honda HRU216m3.

 

Don't have the budget or inclination to have more than one mower to start with (the toro 30" with Kawasaki motor I just learned about today at GYC sounds great, but I think it would be a pest on smaller lawns)

 

But then reading through older threads the Victa Mulchmaster sounds good too. But from what I can tell its really only the chute that makes it better than the honda?? And I love the blade brake on the Honda

 

Also the Honda is on sale at GYC Mowers now for $1550, sounds good to me. So still leaning strongly towards the honda.

 

My biggest unsolved mystery as of yet, is what brush cutter and hedger to get.

 

As much as my OCD would love to have all matching Honda gear, I'm leaning towards a stihl or some other 2 stroke, for lightness. Also, the ability to run at different angles.

 

But this is the section where I have done the least amount of research (man it takes a lot of time!!) so hoping I can get some suggestions on what others have bought and liked an disliked. So I can make the best choice. Without spending days more reading.

 

I love the idea of a combi - something that can be a whipper snipper 90% of the time but then switch heads over and use it for hedging when needed.

 

TIA for any help :)


Posted 05 February 2019 - 05:42 PM

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Leaning towards these for hedger/trimmer

 

https://www.stihl.co...KM-94-RC-E.aspx

 

https://www.stihl.co...rushcutter.aspx

 

https://www.stihl.co...ge-Trimmer.aspx


Posted 05 February 2019 - 06:04 PM

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I use a stihl Fs 55r and am really happy with it.

 

I also have a stihl combi unit with a hedge trimmer attachment (its bloody unreal with the xtra reach) and a pole saw.

 

GL


Posted 05 February 2019 - 06:05 PM

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I use a stihl Fs 55r and am really happy with it.

 

I also have a stihl combi unit with a hedge trimmer attachment (its bloody unreal with the xtra reach) and a pole saw.

 

GL

Thanks!


Posted 05 February 2019 - 07:12 PM

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Anything Stihl or Honda will be good..

I run a 216 mower with a GX 35 whippy...and I stihl KM 130 Kombi  with a Stihl hand held Hedger.. HS 45

 

Ohh yeah...and 3 things in Business will send you broke.. working for friends, neighbors and Family .....its true ;)


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Ohh yeah...and 3 things in Business will send you broke.. working for friends, neighbors and Family .....its true ;)

Haha thanks.

Just to clarify. I meant existing customers and THEIR friends/rellos - so word of mouth advertising only.

I'm taking an afternoon a week off to quote & mow. I know mowing sounds pretty basic but when I think about it there's so many littke things to consider, so I want a bit of practice under our belt before we start advertising properly
Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:31 AM

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I'm taking an afternoon a week off to quote & mow. I know mowing sounds pretty basic but when I think about it there's so many littke things to consider,

This is very true....  the untrained person thinks its just pushing a mower whilst skipping along and whistling tune ...

you wait till your doing 8-10 cuts a day...  and working on beautifully manicured lawns ...there is a lot of skills to be learned....some a simple as the blower will take you weeks to get the hang off.....don't laugh...  you wait and see ;)

Goodluck B)


Posted 07 February 2019 - 05:50 PM

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This is very true....  the untrained person thinks its just pushing a mower whilst skipping along and whistling tune ...

you wait till your doing 8-10 cuts a day...  and working on beautifully manicured lawns ...there is a lot of skills to be learned....some a simple as the blower will take you weeks to get the hang off.....don't laugh...  you wait and see ;)

Goodluck B)

 

Yeah, actually that's probably the one thing I have down pat B)

 

Been doing gutter cleaning for years and always use a blower if I can, or at least to clean up afterwards.

 

But I can see it in the younger offsiders. Takes them longer to blow stuff into a pile or the right direction, sounds stupid, but there is a knack to it.


Posted 07 February 2019 - 08:42 PM

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Learn the art of mulch mowing and you will cut your times in half.


Posted 09 February 2019 - 10:37 AM

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This is very true....  the untrained person thinks its just pushing a mower whilst skipping along and whistling tune ...

you wait till your doing 8-10 cuts a day...  and working on beautifully manicured lawns ...there is a lot of skills to be learned....some a simple as the blower will take you weeks to get the hang off.....don't laugh...  you wait and see ;)

Goodluck B)

Really, weeks ?  lol.

Sorry Ando.

 

Cheers Fred.


Posted 18 February 2019 - 05:42 PM

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Really, weeks ?  lol.

Sorry Ando.

 

Cheers Fred.

well...you either have it or you don't...that how I see certain skills... 

for example...people drive cars for years...and still have no idea..  LMAO


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i don't do 8-10 lawns a day. 
it's more about your flying hours.

 

I do 32 acres factory which has a lot of blowing especially the big car parks. Brushcutting alone can take about 4-5 hrs especially the embankments


Posted 19 February 2019 - 06:00 PM

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i don't do 8-10 lawns a day. 
it's more about your flying hours.

 

I do 32 acres factory which has a lot of blowing especially the big car parks. Brushcutting alone can take about 4-5 hrs especially the embankments

yea, its all relative. I would very rarely mow 8 lawns in a day. 


Posted 21 February 2019 - 04:02 PM

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yea, its all relative. I would very rarely mow 8 lawns in a day. 

 8 is a biggish day for me.


Posted 21 February 2019 - 04:18 PM

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Bah, I've done 8 by late morning, shame I need a lay down after that though.


Posted 21 February 2019 - 04:35 PM

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Learn the art of mulch mowing and you will cut your times in half.


Basically cut it at the right height?

Been mulching my own for the last few weeks - practicing everything at home. Looks good and you can't tell that I haven't collected clippings.

I figure that's got to be better for the lawn/soil long term otherwise you're taking away all the nutrients
Posted 22 February 2019 - 08:00 AM

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I never catch anymore. Been doind this for 5 or 6 years unless too much leaves
Posted 22 February 2019 - 08:02 AM

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Wound up going with the stihl km94 in the combi. Should save us a bit of money starting off using multuple attachments off the one motor.

Easy and quick to swap + smaller storage. They were the selling points for me.

This may be a stupid question, but do you guys edge with a trimmer? Or use an actual edging tool? I feel like an edging tool should do a better/quicker job, but at home I've always flipped a trimmer sideways

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I only use the trimmer to edge as it's far quicker than having to swap to using 2 tools.  It will never match the cut of a edger but I'm happy getting it 90% as good.  As far as trimmers surprised no one has mentioned battery options.  I can't see any reason at all to go petrol trimmers any more.  Same with blowers.


Posted 22 February 2019 - 09:03 AM

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I use makita electric blowers currently for gutter cleaning. And as awesome as they are, the expense is much larger.

I set up a twin 240v charger in my ute so we can charge on the go, as some jobs we'll use all 6 battreries.

Don't want to do that again in a second one. For now at least.

Did see someone hedging professionally the other day with the stihl electric. Wouldn't mind sussing that out in the future but for the time being petrol just seems less risk. Been tried and tested for years
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