View Full Version : Suggestions for 1st ride on mower?

Added Touch
06-06-2007, 09:51 PM
Hi all, I have a limited budget of about $2000, and need to get a reliable ride on lawn mower that will at least get me a season or 2. I have looked at Home Depot, and they have non commercial Toro and John Deere products for about that price. I also have a line on a 38" Toro Timecutter for about $3000. Any thoughts from those of you who have already gone through that starting up phase would be much appreciated.



06-06-2007, 09:56 PM
start with a Commercial walk-behind...

Added Touch
06-06-2007, 10:00 PM
Thanks, I have a 48" Bob cat walk behind, but it is far too large for most back yards. I was eyeing a 30 something inch Toro walk behind I saw, are they good?

06-06-2007, 10:02 PM
Toro makes good walkbehinds, yes.

You aren't going to get a decent Z for 2K.

Lohse's Lawn Service
06-06-2007, 10:09 PM
My opinion is even if you do buy a non-commercial mower from Home Depot, you will only be making a lateral move. I purchased a Cub Cadet rzt 50" 22hp last year and I already sold it with only 80 hours on it. It just won't stand up when compared to an Exmark or other commercial mower. Ended up buying a new Exmark Lazer Z 60" 25 hp a few weeks ago. After I got going with this whole business (a few years ago), I bought a Toro Proline 32" walk-behind, and 32" fits through most standard-size gates. You can always look in the local ads and buy a used walk-behind. That's what I did when I started. I'd start with a 32" walk-behind, then expand as your business expands. Good luck to you.

06-06-2007, 10:36 PM
Yup, I am tuffing it out with a used Walk Behind. A Toro 44 for $1000. Ive got more work than I can handle already. I wouldnt waste money on anything that isnt commercial. They just wont last and you will be without a mower when it goes up in smoke.

Added Touch
06-09-2007, 11:33 PM
Hey all thanks for the advice ... just picked up a used Toro Proline 36" with floating deck and cut my own lawn in like 10 minutes (once I figured out how to drive the thing!) Also got a second unit that runs but needs a new gear box to use as parts total $750 cdn. It starts work on Monday.

Mowing Freak
06-09-2007, 11:45 PM
Well a little late since you already bought a mower but will add this anyway. You could look at a used commercial mower if you want a rider with less than 1000hrs and plan on trading it off in 1-2yrs.