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joel29m
12-03-2009, 12:16 PM
what is a good ztr to start with spring next year, right now im gambling with a homeowners toro 42 inch ztr for the start but is scared it will just let me down in the spring. i been looking at exmark, scag, hustler, and someone i know with a dixiechopper. any opinions?

unkownfl
12-03-2009, 12:17 PM
Walk behind or riding ztr?

joel29m
12-03-2009, 12:44 PM
a riding ztr.

unkownfl
12-03-2009, 12:48 PM
Well I wouldn't mind owning any of the ones you listed plus I would add ferris, snapper pro, toro, gravely, and deere.

joel29m
12-03-2009, 12:53 PM
thats true, well how about a starter for a newcomer in the business for about a year for a reasonable price?

unkownfl
12-03-2009, 12:56 PM
new or used?

joel29m
12-03-2009, 01:04 PM
rather new, but if i come by a good price used, ill take that.

waters lawn care
12-03-2009, 03:15 PM
Look at dealer support, you may also get a good deal on last years model after the new year

unkownfl
12-03-2009, 05:35 PM
Snapper pro is going to be the cheapest and get the most. Toro has pretty good deals on the z400's here and I don't have a exmark dealer near me.

joel29m
12-03-2009, 06:28 PM
I was looking at a snapper ztr about a month ago. Talked to one of the salesman for about 30 minutes on all the different models they had. That might be my choice.
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unkownfl
12-03-2009, 10:54 PM
What deck are you looking at?

joel29m
12-03-2009, 11:07 PM
What deck are you looking at?

If I can remember I think the 48 inch or 44 I'm not sure but I know it was below 50 inch
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unkownfl
12-03-2009, 11:11 PM
Cool get a 48 though as with gate sizes if a 48 doesn't fit a 44 won't either.
What size properties are you maintaining?

joel29m
12-03-2009, 11:18 PM
Regular size lots.
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unkownfl
12-03-2009, 11:24 PM
like 60x120? I find it better to use my 36 stander compared to my 48 rider. Its just a pia to mow the front yard then go change mowers to do the back and haul all the mower around.

joel29m
12-03-2009, 11:32 PM
like 60x120? I find it better to use my 36 stander compared to my 48 rider. Its just a pia to mow the front yard then go change mowers to do the back and haul all the mower around.

With the 42 inch I have now works pretty well in those tight spots. When i purchase the one I want, it will be for yards alittle bigger and the lots I'm cutting are pretty big lots.
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unkownfl
12-03-2009, 11:35 PM
What are they asking on the snapper?

joel29m
12-03-2009, 11:55 PM
It was around 3800 to 4800
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integrityman
12-04-2009, 01:12 AM
Find a deal on a used COMMERCIAL ZTR.... avoid the homeowner stuff. Any of the stuff mentioned in the previous posts to this thread would work. Try to find something< 500 hours.

joel29m
12-04-2009, 02:37 AM
well you know how it is when youre a starter in the business with not so good credit, but its a start and got me to where im at now. (god bless)

MLAWCARE
12-07-2009, 01:04 AM
If you buy a snapper pro you can buy it from sears and buy a full extended warranty which will cover expenses later on.

joel29m
12-07-2009, 10:47 AM
If you buy a snapper pro you can buy it from sears and buy a full extended warranty which will cover expenses later on.

I forgot sears sold snapper pro, all I could think of was them funny looking craftsman mowers for homeowners.
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DKJLawnCare
12-07-2009, 11:10 AM
How many yards will you be using it on? I would try and find a good used commercial mower try looking on Craigslist. Here in TN they have all kinds of great deals on used equipment right now.

joel29m
12-07-2009, 12:10 PM
I look on craigslist alot, and seen alot of good deals in my area, but it won't be until feb. Also that snapper at sears are for homeowners, it doesn't have a steel deck.
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joel29m
12-07-2009, 12:12 PM
I look on craigslist alot, and seen alot of good deals in my area, but it won't be until feb. Also that snapper at sears are for homeowners, it doesn't have a steel deck.
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I only have about 30 yards now but looking to have more in the next season.
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daddio578
12-09-2009, 10:23 PM
Sears does not sell Snapper Pro...only a few residential models

joel29m
12-09-2009, 10:36 PM
Sears does not sell Snapper Pro...only a few residential models

I said the same thing after I thought about it and looked it up. I might get a snapper pro, gravely or exmark.
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rcslawncare
12-15-2009, 08:25 AM
If your looking for a good mower, I might have one. Its a Toro Z400 with a 48" deck and 21 Kawasaki. I believe it has 270 hours. Just an idea, PM me if you want some more details! Ryan

SangerLawn
12-15-2009, 09:15 AM
If you are going to buy a ztr I wouldnít buy a 60 inch rider. They are not too small for commercial properties but yet not to big for residential. If you buy something smaller you will be upset down the road when its sitting around not being used anymore.

We had almost evey kind of mower on the market the last few years. Donít laugh but we just bought a 60 inch cub cadet TANK. I love this thing and will put it up against any mower on the market but it is a little pricey. This has become my mower of choice.

Before you buy, check out bobcat and great dane. Bobcats are a little slow like most exmarks but give a awesome cut. Great danes are faster but you sacrifice a little on the cut. Most properties owners wont notice but other LCO including yourself will notice the difference.

rcslawncare
12-15-2009, 09:27 AM
SangerLawn, what mower are you using for those pics in the link? You do some nice work!!

SangerLawn
12-15-2009, 11:43 AM
Thank you. Honestly I cant tell you on all of them. We run great danes, exmark, and now the tank. Got rid of everything else because we didn’t like them. Incase it gets asked…we do not use striping kits

SangerLawn
12-15-2009, 11:45 AM
you can see a great dane on this page. top lawn pic http://sangerlawncareplus.com/Site%202/Photos.html

unkownfl
12-15-2009, 12:06 PM
Sanger, why doesn't the beds have a edge to them?

SangerLawn
12-15-2009, 02:08 PM
Sanger, why doesn't the beds have a edge to them?

Simple explanation. That was the last landscaping job we did. It is on there more for sentimental then anything else. When I gave them an estimate for the landscaping they couldnít afford it all. They chose to leave out the edging. They claimed that they were going to put in some landscape blocks down the road but they still havnt.

We did that job like 2 years ago and the only old pic on the site. More then likely I will just leave it up there.

rcslawncare
12-15-2009, 04:28 PM
Very impressive!

joel29m
12-30-2009, 02:04 AM
The hustler is what I might go with.
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joel29m
03-09-2012, 11:20 PM
its been almost three damn years and finally got me a commercial mower!! a 42 inch hustler fasttrack superduty. bout damn time, the homeowners toro ztr i bought actually last the whole damn time and is still running, and the body is still in decent sahpe. cant wait til tomorrow morning!!!