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JJFox09
04-28-2009, 01:13 AM
Hello everyone, this is a contiuation from my introduction thread to get a little more traffic. Im trying to find out which mower to get. I already have a 21" but I need something bigger. I really would like a commercial mower but cannot afford one at this moment. I also dont want a used mower that is going to break down on me all the time. I do not expect this mower to last me 10 years, just enough to get me through untill I can afford a commercial mower. So im looking at 33" walk behinds but cannot decide which one. Electric start does not matter for me. Let me know what yall think. Heres what I have so far:

One: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_07188933000P?vName=Lawn+%26+Garden&cName=Walk-Behind+Lawn+Mowers&sName=Self-Propelled+Lawn+Mowers#desc

Two: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_07188998000P?mv=rr

Three: http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100626122&N=10000003+90401+528374

eatonpcat
04-28-2009, 07:12 AM
My vote is for the Cub Cadet... The yellow is simply gorgeous:drinkup:

Icepuck72
04-28-2009, 07:54 AM
eeek...to be honest, all of those choices are blech...

I know you say you can't afford a commercial mower, but you can get a used one for a good price, just have to keep your eye out.

How many accounts do you have now, or anticipating on taking?

I'd hate to see you drop that cash on one of those, then you'd be kicking yourself in the rear in a few months.

If you have to choose between one of those, get the one with the best and longest warranty.

topsites
04-28-2009, 08:28 AM
I vote for None of the above.

JB1
04-28-2009, 08:38 AM
I always hear the comment "That I can't afford a commercial one right now" with the money you miss out on making with one I don't see how you can afford to not have one if your in this business.

ALC-GregH
04-28-2009, 08:42 AM
I always hear the comment "That I can't afford a commercial one right now" with the money you miss out on making with one I don't see how you can afford to not have one if your in this business.

I agree. He'll waste money on anything he listed.

JJFox09
04-28-2009, 01:01 PM
eeek...to be honest, all of those choices are blech...

I know you say you can't afford a commercial mower, but you can get a used one for a good price, just have to keep your eye out.

How many accounts do you have now, or anticipating on taking?

I'd hate to see you drop that cash on one of those, then you'd be kicking yourself in the rear in a few months.

If you have to choose between one of those, get the one with the best and longest warranty.

I have about 3 right now and want to be around 10 accounts by the end of this season. I do not want to go into debt to buy a commercial mower. If I decide by the end of the year that I dont want to be in the lawn business then I have a really nice mower for my self lol.


I just found a bunch of used commercial grade mowers on craigs list that are about the same price as those new craftsmans. I think I will take you guys advice.

I just realized I completely misspeled the title of this thread haha.

Icepuck72
04-28-2009, 01:25 PM
If this is your part time gig, and you end up getting 10+ accounts, you are going to be very happy with a commercial mower. Once the money starts rolling in, you'll see.

ExtExc
04-28-2009, 01:41 PM
what does chossing mean...



:)

JJFox09
04-28-2009, 01:42 PM
If this is your part time gig, and you end up getting 10+ accounts, you are going to be very happy with a commercial mower. Once the money starts rolling in, you'll see.

Any good brands I should look for? Also how used is too used? Do you think a 36" belt drive would be a good idea?

Weedas_Lawn_Care
04-28-2009, 02:02 PM
a 36" scag is what i would look into you can get a nice belt drive used for $1000-$1500 and you will be so much more happy with it and you shouldnt have any major problems with it. If you do not have any scag in your area you can look into exmark ferris or bunton toro but do not get a crapsman they are not commercial grade but check these out in your area

http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/grd/1143248832.html
http://dallas.craigslist.org/sdf/grd/1109755009.html this one is not a 42" its a 36"
http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/grd/1143780941.html
http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/grd/1131312245.html

These all look pretty good and perfect for the money and even with them being used they will deff. outlast the cub and crapsman hope this helps

mowerbrad
04-28-2009, 02:08 PM
If you only have 3 accounts right now, I would just continue to use your 21 until you get more accounts. A belt drive wb will be perfect for you. I really don't think you are in a position to be too "choosy" as to which brand you pick. As long as you choose a good commercial mower from a reputable brand you will be fine. I would look for exmark, toro, bob-cat, scag, deere, ferris, etc. I would also go around to some dealers near you and see if they have any used units there and also see what they would recommend.

Icepuck72
04-28-2009, 02:34 PM
Any good brands I should look for? Also how used is too used? Do you think a 36" belt drive would be a good idea?

Yeah, all of those mentioned here are great. I personally like Exmark, but they're all pretty good. Way better than the Sears stuff...wayyy better...plus you'll be happy...

Once you get more accounts, you can always upgrade later, and you'll have a good back up piece.

JJFox09
04-29-2009, 12:16 AM
what does chossing mean...



:)

I just realized I completely misspeled the title of this thread haha.



a 36" scag is what i would look into you can get a nice belt drive used for $1000-$1500 and you will be so much more happy with it and you shouldnt have any major problems with it. If you do not have any scag in your area you can look into exmark ferris or bunton toro but do not get a crapsman they are not commercial grade but check these out in your area

http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/grd/1143248832.html
http://dallas.craigslist.org/sdf/grd/1109755009.html this one is not a 42" its a 36"
http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/grd/1143780941.html
http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/grd/1131312245.html

These all look pretty good and perfect for the money and even with them being used they will deff. outlast the cub and crapsman hope this helps

Thank you! I was looking at some of those mowers this morning. I am really interested in the Gravely. I found the link but lost it. Now you saved my life! Just Kidding but I really do appreciate it. About how fast are these mowers flying off craigslist? Or are people having trouble selling them? Im looking to buy sometime around next week but am worried it will be too late.

Thanks again:clapping:

Dwights
04-29-2009, 04:47 AM
I have a 33 inch mower a may be selling so i can get a rider 33 inch gear drive 10.5 hp
Suteck com mower. Just had it serviced and selling it for less than i got in the mower.
I'm 56 years old and walking behind a mower is hard in the heat.

Weedas_Lawn_Care
04-29-2009, 10:11 AM
i wouldnt worry about it selling if it does oh well there are always more and look at the post date and see how long its been on there if its a good deal they tend to go fast here in louisville but if it has been on there for a while the seller would proboly be willing to negociate so just check it out and dont worry about it

JJFox09
04-29-2009, 12:50 PM
i wouldnt worry about it selling if it does oh well there are always more and look at the post date and see how long its been on there if its a good deal they tend to go fast here in louisville but if it has been on there for a while the seller would proboly be willing to negociate so just check it out and dont worry about it

Ok thanks! Im lookin at a Gravely with 13 hp motor with sulky. Do you think thats enough motor to haul around my 230 lb self? I dont think I would use it much but when I do, I wanna know im not killing the motor.

One reason I like landscaping is to trim off the lbs I put on while working crappy security jobs.

Now that I think about it, I was in louisville not too long ago. No offence to you but its a weird town haha.:dancing::clapping:

Smittie
04-29-2009, 01:04 PM
Gravely does not have greasable spindles on their deck. Doesnt sound good to me with the speed these decks turn, I would think greasable spindles would be first on the list of importance for Gravely. N E way my dealer told me about this, I was looking at a 33" or 36" WB also.

Weedas_Lawn_Care
04-29-2009, 02:18 PM
yea listen to smittie like said before i have a scag 36 wb now im 180lb and it pulls me fine and its a belt drive 50 more pounds shouldnt be a prob. but i know that by the pic. of the gravely the tires are more narrow than normal that will be a prob with pulling check out the scag or ferris they have greasable spindles and there a great brand i love me scag but its up to you and yea louisville can be wiered at times depending where you are at everybody has a diff. personality lol