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Giving it a try!

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by dothedeww, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. dothedeww

    dothedeww Junior Member
    Messages: 6


    Let me introduce myself. I'm Austin, I live in Howard County MD, and I'm 20 years old.
    I'm been looking around on this site for a while, and have learned a lot.

    I have a 2007 Tundra 5.7 4x4 that I just bought a Meyers 7.5' plow for.
    It was used, but in great shape, and I have a welder checking over everything and strengthing the mount to make sure nothing breaks on my truck.

    Got everything done, including a hitch mount salter and wiring under $2000.

    I also own a small snowblower for driveways and a Grizzly 700 ATV with a 5ft blade if needed.

    I currently only make $300 a week from my fulltime job, and I'm going to give lawn care and snow plowing a try. Starting with snow plowing in the winter and lawn care in the summer while continuing my fulltime job for now (night job with flexible hours so I can be out plowing or working whenever).

    I still live with my parents and I have the full support of them if needed.

    Just looking for any tips for plowing. I am just going to stick to driveways this year, just to get a feel for it and see how the truck does, figuring its only a 1/2 ton. I have upgraded front springs to account for the weight. Also running BFO Goodrich T/A's with no chains.

    I do have money in the bank for repairs if needed, I'm not a flat broke kid messing around.
    I also have a $2 million dollar insurance policy which I think is good.

    I'm going to send out mailers to people to try to get interest, as well as post an ad in the local paper for about $50.

    Also doing lawn care, I have a zeroturn, walkbehind, and all the trimmers/blowers needed to start off already in my possesion.. Also a 20' trailer for hauling. I'm going to try this same approach for advertising and see how it goes.

    Any opinions are appreciated. I want to give this a try and see what happens.
    I will take all responses seriously.

  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Get yourself a bank account and get to work selling!
  3. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,264

    Thats a lot of equipment to already have along with a good insurance policy. Sell yourself and stand behind your work. Be reliable to your customers and you'll do fine.
  4. dothedeww

    dothedeww Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Thanks for the advice.

    I grew up on a small farm so we have a lot of equipment already that is well maintained. And I want to put it to use.

    I will definitely get a commercial bank account and start selling!

  5. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,358

    It sounds like you are pretty well prepared. Like plowguy43 said, just be reliable and you will do fine. Good luck this Winter.
  6. dothedeww

    dothedeww Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Just got reports of snow showers at my house Saturday. Its 82 degrees today. Obviously no stickage, but still...september snow showers.

    And Wisp ski resort in Western MD is supposed to get a couple inches.

    Come on winter!
  7. Spucel

    Spucel Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    Looks like you are off to a great start!!! I agree with the separate checking account, if you know an accountant it...bounce an idea of starting a business off him. In most states it's fairly cheap and the rewards from it are nice. Take pride in your work and that will bring you more customers. That truck will do good for ya
  8. dothedeww

    dothedeww Junior Member
    Messages: 6


    I notice you have a tundra?

    Anything I should be aware of? I have 3" spacers on top of the upgraded front springs, bilsteins set on the low setting to keep the CV joints in line with the 3" diff drop.

    Any problems you have come accross yet?
  9. Spucel

    Spucel Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    I have bilstein's on the highest setting on the front but no spacers. I heard mixed reviews on the spacers. So far no problems with it yet, considering an upgraded or 2nd battery. Mercer me also has a tundra.
  10. dothedeww

    dothedeww Junior Member
    Messages: 6


    I may remove the spacers and just bump up the bilsteins. We'll see.

    Mercer me any problems so far?
  11. Spucel

    Spucel Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    No problems with it overheating either.
  12. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,358

    My Tundr is completly stock and I haven't had any problems with it. No over heating isues either. It handles the plow great. It's an excelent truck for plowing snow.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2011
  13. dothedeww

    dothedeww Junior Member
    Messages: 6


    Sounds like my truck should do great then!