I started my gardening business last year, up and running instantly on little money - I bought a Mountfield 164 self push mower from Screwfix for about £150, which is still going strong (plus titan 2 in 1 hedge trimmer and strimmer)
However, I'm now thinking of upgrading.
Last year I started at £30 for 2 hours of maintenance and quickly increased to £35, £40 on a few jobs further afield (or £70 for 4 hours) regardless of the job.
I'm not doing so many maintenance jobs this year, more bigger quoted for jobs. Overhauling overgrown gardens, railway sleeper walls, raised borders, repairing decking, turning bland sections of gardens into decorative spaces with gravel, bark and shrubs etc. But my phone is constantly ringing about lawn cutting as well. I'm thinking of expanding taking someone else on to do the basic maintenance jobs (but I don't think I can legally use them as contractor invoicing me, so I'm not so sure I want the hassle of having an employee).
If I can upgrade my mower so that I can cut quicker then I'll fit more jobs in.
I'm looking at machines that can mulch, as when the lawns are very owergrown, esp if wet so the machine clogs up, it's the constantly stopping to empty and clear cuttings that adds to the time.
On the other hand, I feel that if I got a machine that has a rear roller I could charge more.
Would a self propelled machine, such as Mountfield SP180R self propelled (£399), Hayter Spirit 4 autodrive (£419) with rear rollers or Hayer 46 3 in 1 auto drive with mulcher but no rear roller (£320) enable me to cut much quicker than my current Mountfield?
Thank you all