Commercial Lawn Equipment You Need for Your Business

Published on July 2, 2020

Finding the right commercial lawn equipment can be an overwhelming process… but it doesn’t have to be that way.

It;s easy to get swayed by brands, and by other lawn care owners who are strong advocates for brands they love.

At the end of the day, brands that might work for other lawn care owners, might not work for you - and that’s okay.

After reading this article, you’ll be able to choose the commercial lawn equipment that’s right for your business’ needs - without stress and overwhelming information.

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1. The Perfect Commercial Lawn Care Truck for Your Business

Choosing the right truck for your lawn care business is one of the most important decisions you’ll make.

Your truck is a huge determinant of the success of your lawn and landscape business, so it needs to be reliable and durable.

The best truck is different for every business because it's based on your own individual needs… 

  • Budget
  • Size of your business
  • Amount of equipment
  • MPG (Miles Per Gallon)
  • Horsepower (How much can it haul?)
  • Storage Space (Will you need a trailer?)
  • Purpose (Will you be using it for snow removal, too?)

Additionally, based on your budget and needs, consider whether to purchase a pickup truck or a box truck.

Next, you’ll need to decide if you’re going to buy a new or used lawn care truck. This is something that’s completely based on your needs, so there’s no right or wrong answer.

Click here to find out more about finding the best truck for your lawn care business.

2. Should You Buy an Open Utility Trailer or Enclosed Trailer?

Now that you’ve chosen your truck, it’s time to buy a trailer; however, if you’ve decided on a box truck, you can skip this section.

Depending on your needs and budget, you’ll have to choose between an open utility trailer or an enclosed trailer.

As you try to decide between these two trailer options, you should consider things like:

  • Fuel efficiency
  • Maneuverability
  • Your truck’s horsepower

Then, weigh the pros and cons of each trailer… 

Open utility trailer PROS:Open utility trailer CONS:
Cost-effectiveLacks versatility
Better visibilityExpensive to customize
No height restrictionsDoesn’t protect equipment from weather
Versatile for outdoor servicesChallenging to protect equipment from theft
Lightweight for fuel efficiency
Enclosed trailer PROS:Enclosed trailer CONS:
Can serve as storage spaceMore expensive
Secures equipment from theftMinimal visibility
Protects equipment from weatherHeight restrictions
Customize with shelves, sinks, desks for a versatile office/workshopNot as versatile for outdoor services
Heavier weight with less fuel efficiency

And while I can’t tell you which trailer is right for you, these pros and cons can help lead you towards the best decision.

Once you’ve weighed the pros and cons of each trailer, you can more easily decide which trailer is right for you and your commercial lawn and landscape business.

3. Do You Need Storage Space for Your Commercial Lawn Equipment?

Once you’ve chosen a truck and trailer, you’ll have to decide what you’re going to do about storing your commercial lawn equipment.

If you’re just getting started, and you’re using your enclosed trailer for storage, then you might not want to buy additional storage.

As you think about renting or leasing a commercial and business storage unit, you should take a few factors into consideration:

  • What’s your budget?
  • Is the storage unit close to your route?
  • Are you interested in a climate-controlled unit?
  • How’s the building’s security surveillance and personnel?

As you search for the perfect storage unit in your area, keep in mind that this is an area where you can’t go cheap.

While cost is still an important factor, you have to make sure that you’re protecting your commercial lawn care business’ equipment.

4. Choose the Best Commercial Lawn Mower for Your Business

In general, the lawn and landscape industry has a ton of brand competition.

John Deere, Toro, and Wright are just a few of the countless brands that many lawn care owners swear by. So it’s easy to get caught up in brand wars and dedicate yourself to one brand.

This is where many lawn and landscape owners go wrong.

Be sure you take everything into consideration before you commit to a brand.

While buying a reliable commercial lawn mower is important, there are other factors to consider:

  • What’s your budget?
  • Are you going to buy new or used?
  • What does your nearby dealer carry?

If your dealer nearby doesn’t carry the brand you love, then you’d have to consider another dealer that’s potentially farther away.

Just remember, every time you take your mower in for repairs, you’re likely going to have to drive round trip twice. Once to drop off the mower and a second time to pick it up again.

So if you’re choosing a dealer that’s an hour away, then expect to spend at least four hours on the road… Think of all the time and gas you’ve now spent for ONE repair.

Think twice about the proximity of your dealer and the brands it carries.

Some other things to think about as you choose a commercial lawn mower:

  • Cost (New or used? Cash or credit?)
  • Access restrictions (make sure it fits)
  • Your close relationship with a deal you trust
  • Brand identity/image (Are you loyal to a brand because of it?)

These factors and so much more help you to decide which is the perfect commercial lawn mower FOR YOU and your business.

Click here to access the ultimate guide to purchasing a commercial lawn mower.

5. Commercial Lawn Care Essentials

Depending on the services you offer, there are a few lawn care essentials you should think about buying:

  • Edger
  • Trimmer
  • Leaf blower
  • Hedge trimmer

As we talked about in the previous section, it’s important that your local dealer carries whatever brand you choose.

Echo, Husqvarna, Stihl - they’re all one and the same… and yet, they’re all not.

Other things to think about as you choose a brand:

  • Your budget
  • Your branding/image
  • Can you handle the maintenance?
  • Is it powerful and durable enough to complete your jobs?

Once you’ve weighed those options, decide if you’re going to buy new or used. Are you going to pay in cash or put it on credit? Will you buy electric or gas-powered products? Will you consider a multi-task tool?

When it comes to commercial lawn care essentials, there’s a ton of things to think about and it can quickly become overwhelming.

Instead of getting overwhelmed and sucked into the internet black hole, think about YOUR NEEDS. Every business is different, so think about what you need to drastically narrow down your choices.

Click here to take a look at some awesome commercial lawn and landscape tools to narrow down your choices.

6. Choose the Right Spreaders and Sprayers

First off, make sure you know your state’s laws and that you have a license for fertilization and weed control before you begin purchasing spreaders and sprayers.

Then, decide if you want to buy a skid sprayer.

Many commercial lawn care owners swear by skid sprayers and their high profitability and turnover rate.

However, they can quickly become expensive, so it’s important to know your budget and choose the right brand and model for your commercial lawn care business.

Think about the services you provide and decide to get a skid sprayer, look at the customization options, size, and capabilities.

Once you’ve narrowed down these options, you’re ready to choose a mister (AKA sprayer)!

It’s important to ask yourself questions like… 

What type of sprayer will you get? Backpack sprayers tend to be more popular because of their convenience and ease of use.

How many gallons do you want it to be? Make sure it’s lightweight enough to easily complete your jobs.

What’s the spray range? If you’re treating mosquitos, obviously a high spray range is a MUST.

These are just a few of the many things you should consider, but this will be a great start at finding the perfect spreaders and sprayers for your commercial lawn care business!

Click here to read about finding affordable spreaders and the right sprayers for your commercial lawn and landscape business.

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7. Safety First! Uniforms, Personal Protection Equipment, Gloves, and More!

You and your team’s safety is TOP PRIORITY… or at least it should be.

Uniforms are a part of safety, and safety is a part of uniforms. Both come hand-in-hand, and it can reduce your liability for potential injury.

Not only do uniforms and other PPE protect you and your team, they also show the professionalism and branding of your business. They make your commercial lawn care business a business that your clients can trust!

Plus, uniforms and PPE are an awesome way to market your business at low-cost.

Now that I’ve convinced you of its importance, let’s talk about some questions you need to ask yourself… 

Who’s going to pay for the uniforms? Your lawn care business? Your employees?

What type of uniforms will work best for your needs and budget? T-shirts? Polo shirts? Button-downs?

Will you be needing headwear?

What type of gloves will you provide? Will you offer shoes, too?

Once you’ve answered these questions, you’re ready to take a look at our free, in-depth guide for buying lawn care uniforms.

8. More Things to Think About: Assorted Lawn Care Tools & Miscellaneous Items

A few more things to think about for your commercial lawn care business are:

  • Oil
  • Small tool kit
  • Blade sharpener
  • 30-gallon lawn bags
  • 5-gallon gas containers

As you continue to add more services and expand your business, this list will grow!

Though for now, this is a great starting point to ensure you have all the equipment you need to properly complete your jobs.

My best advice for choosing great equipment is to listen to your lawn care team. Hear out their input - including questions, concerns, and advice. This alone will help you to build an amazing commercial lawn care business.

No matter which lawn care tools you choose to buy, remember that there are no right or wrong answers. What works for your other lawn care friends may not work for you (and vice versa).

9. Increase Your Profits with the Best Lawn Care Software

Last (but certainly not least!), you need a lawn care software that works just as hard for your business as you do.

… Scratch that. You DESERVE a lawn care software that works just as hard for your business as you do.

Build your dream lawn care business with the best tools lawn care experts love:

  • Rapid invoicing
  • Automatic routing
  • Anywhere estimates
  • Same-day payments
  • Simplified marketing tools

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The Right Commercial Lawn Equipment Can Revolutionize Your Business’ Growth

The success of your lawn and landscape business is deeply impacted by your commercial lawn equipment.

It’s important to think about all of the factors mentioned in this article, so you can make the best decision for your business.

Even though finding the right commercial lawn equipment can be overwhelmingly stressful, this article helps to put your mind at ease and simplify the process.


Related: How to Choose the BEST Commercial Lawn Mowers


Alyssa Sanders

Alyssa is a Content Writer at Service Autopilot. Her bookworming began after she discovered the Harry Potter series. Her love of books evolved into writing and creating content. When she's not writing an SA blog to help service industry owners, she's watching sci-fi or has her nose in a book.
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