I have decided to start my own lawn mowing business, part time to begin with, then full time (hopefully) when business picks up.

I am looking for a used machine to get started and was wondering if you have any suggestions for what to look out for?

I have already found a honda hrb425 hydrostatic petrol lawnmower, but is this any good for starting out and how much would you pay for a used machine?

Thanks in advance for any responses.


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    Depends on your customer base.. personally a hayter Harrier or a weybang. However it's the best you can afford.
    • PRO
      Go with what you can afford? Do your customers want stripes? If so then look at a self propelled rotary with roller. Hayter and Honda are our preferred machines. For everything else then look at wheeled machines. Will
      You be offering a lawn edging service to your mowing services. Trimmed edges really set the lawn and borders off. Don't forget to pick up the debris. Remember attention to detail. Use lawn edging shears rather than a strimmer . Good luck
      • I have a budget of £400 for a machine, but as I am starting out I don't want anything too expensive to begin with. I was looking to upgrade once the business picks up then keep the cheaper machine as a back up. 

        I want to give my customer's stripes as i feel that it gives a more professional look and then hopefully neighbours etc ask for business. 

        Thanks for the tip on the edging, this is something I will definitely be offering. How easy is it to edge? It is not something I have done in the past, but something I want to offer to give my customer's the best outcome.


        • PRO
          Provided the garden borders edging the lawn are tidy and have a deep edge to them then edging is really very easy. Using edging shears only move the upper blade when cutting so the base blade stays still. It takes some practice but you will get there. Try and avoid cutting the turf when edging . If you need anymore help then give me a shout
          • Thanks Nicholas, really appreciate your help. I've been looking at videos on youtube on how to edge before I get out and get practising on my own garden. would you typically leave an edge of about 2 inches away from paving, or less?

  • I would advise maybe not going crazy on your first purchase, as you may find out that particular job's not for you. I bought a used Honda Izy in good condition for something like £50. It panned out that I only used it once! This was because I seemed to get bigger projects more than maintenance jobs, and those maintenance jobs didn't really need a mower. The Izy is heavy, so if using regularly have a good way of getting out of your vehicle! Good luck! P.S. One with a roller might be good to get the pro striped look.

    • Thanks Robert, good advice about getting machine out of the van. Definitely going to go for one with a roller.

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