We often hear from customers who want to know how to choose the right spray equipment for their lawn care business. With the right spray rig, your technicians can arrive on-site and work efficiently with all the tools and supplies needed to get the job done.
But where do you get started? With so many choices available, it can be difficult to determine what will meet your current and future needs. Here are a few things to consider on your quest to find the perfect spray truck:
Labor is Your Biggest Expense
The most important factor has nothing to do with the truck at all. Even if you are a one person company and you do all the work yourself, time is money. Making several trips to stock up on supplies or refill tanks kills your productivity (and profit).
When you have employees, this problem multiplies when your team has to stop running routes to resupply.
Plan for Success
Every business has a couple of common goals: to make money and grow. We get calls from people who ask if we can modify equipment they purchased from another supplier because they need more capacity.
Determine how many gallons meet your current daily needs, then increase that amount by 35% to leave room for growth over the next few years.
Spending more up front for a larger unit is less expensive over time. If you think small, you may have to purchase a supplemental unit to meet new demand, which means hiring and training another technician. Don’t forget about taxes, fees, maintenance, etc. for another vehicle.
Here are other things to consider when buying new spray equipment:
- What is your budget?
- What chemicals will you be spraying?
- Will the unit only be used for lawn applications?
- Do you offer (or plan to offer) other services like tree and shrub care?
- What is the maximum spray height needed?
- Will multiple technicians use the same truck?
- How will your logos and graphics make the truck look?