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Trail Blazer
12-30-2010, 12:26 AM
Looking for advice about 36" walk behinds. What name brand would you go with and why.

Thank you in advance.

TLC96
12-30-2010, 07:44 PM
exmark metro cuts good and is easy to maintain and operate

gasracer
12-30-2010, 07:53 PM
It depends on what you want to spend.
I am looking for a new 36" hydro with a adjustable deck, and I know it will be around $4,500. Toro or Ferris. The new John Deers are a little higher.
A belt drive with a fixed deck is about $3000

Trail Blazer
12-30-2010, 10:33 PM
I am looking into spending arround $2,800. A mower that is able to haul a sulky and a guy. Easy to maintain, order parts and fix yourself. I would also like to know what not to buy.

I have been looking at Husqvarna, Exmark and Quicks. What a really like about Quiks is that you can buy directly from the factory for both mower and parts, and skip the dealer or distributor and lower my cost.

I really appreciate your time.

gasracer
12-31-2010, 10:22 AM
Exmarks are the same as a Toro(decks maybe different).Belt drives are ok but if you any size on you and the belts get wet they may slip. Fixed decks are good as long as you don't need to vary a lot in height adjustment. A lot of people like the "Quickie" mowers but I'm not a big fan of them.

Valk
12-31-2010, 01:33 PM
I've not priced a 36" Toro hydro with floating deck lately, but I seem to recall they were over $6k with tax included. This price did not include a velke or a bagger.

gasracer
12-31-2010, 01:43 PM
My dealer priced me one at $4,200 and the Ferris is about 4,800. plus tax.

Trail Blazer
12-31-2010, 02:27 PM
You see, those prices are a bit out of my range, a would prefer to be a little more carefull since I am going to finance it.

Valk
12-31-2010, 06:17 PM
My dealer priced me one at $4,200...plus tax.
Just a hunch that that price is for a Toro 36" floating deck belt drive.

Here's a 36" Toro Hydro with only 72 hours on ebay for $4999...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Toro-Turbo-Force-36-Walk-Behind-Mower-LOW-HOURS-/120647088163?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c17207823

Trail Blazer
12-31-2010, 06:50 PM
That Toro looks great.... I would be willing to buy it if it was a bit ($2000) cheaper and had the option to finance it. I really want to stay under $3000.

gasracer
12-31-2010, 07:24 PM
My dealer buys things over the winter by the truckload. He had some 48" Grandstands for $5,200.
I hate to say this but your options are limited with a $3,000 budget for a new mower.

lifetree
12-31-2010, 09:27 PM
... I hate to say this but your options are limited with a $3,000 budget for a new mower.

This is the truth of the matter !!

Trail Blazer
12-31-2010, 10:34 PM
I know, I think I am asking to much. I just keep thinking about the quick sale (20% off). That is the reason i do not want to pay more than $3000.00

I should go ahead and get the quick. I would love to get exmark, that is really what I want, but in reality a got to stay under my budget.

gasracer
12-31-2010, 10:45 PM
Find used Exmark.

Trail Blazer
01-01-2011, 12:04 AM
I have been looking at a couple of exmark metro for $2800. and $2500. With low hours.

Exact Rototilling
01-01-2011, 03:35 AM
What are you currently mowing with now?

How many accounts do you have now?

What are the gate dimensions of your current accounts?

I'm assuming you're starting out or been in business for a limited time?

Trail Blazer
01-01-2011, 11:28 AM
I had my own business for three years. It looked healthy and kept growing pretty well. We moved back in august and i left everything behind. Right now I am working for a commercial landscaping company full time but, you know that you start getting jobs on your own. There is a possibility of having a couple of mid-size properties next season for full service (mowing, aeration, applications, mulch, shrubs, installation, tree pruning, etc.). Serving this properties pretty much depends on my answer to their already made request. I worked with them for fall clean ups and they want me to come back next season.

Right now I have a 42 tractor and two 21 walk behinds, (as far as mowers). Since I have a full time job, I would like to lower the time that I am going to spend in this properties by having faster equipment. The gates are about 38 to 40 inches wide, that is the reason I am looking for 36 inch mowers.

Hope this answers your question.

Exact Rototilling
01-01-2011, 12:38 PM
Quick 36 will fit through 40" gate just fine. You will probably be able to hook it through the narrower gates. You can save a few $ and get a single quick 36. The fold up step saver is handy for bigger properties. Just make sure you get a set of ultra high lifts in addition to standard blades. If you go this route.
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gasracer
01-01-2011, 12:44 PM
I still think you will be more happy buying a used Exmark or Toro. I sold my Great Dane 36" for less than $2,000 with only 219 hours on it.

Valk
01-01-2011, 12:54 PM
I know, I think I am asking to much. I just keep thinking about the quick sale (20% off). That is the reason i do not want to pay more than $3000.00

I should go ahead and get the quick. I would love to get exmark, that is really what I want, but in reality a got to stay under my budget.

BOP's 20%-off sale may or may not continue into the New Year...call on Monday to inquire.

My best advice is to pay closest attention to those posters here on Lawnsite who cut your regional grasses...basically, folks in your neck of the woods.

What works for someone in Kansas, or Florida, or Texas, or Oregon...may not work well for you.
$0.02

Trail Blazer
01-01-2011, 01:13 PM
Used Exmark/Toro or new Quick? You guys have been a really big help and encouragement for this decision. I will let you guys know whatever my wife an I end up doing. I am still open if you want to add more information to this posting.

May God bless you and your families in this new year.

Valk
01-01-2011, 01:28 PM
Go and 'physically measure' your gates.
Had I NOT done so, I would have gotten BOP's Q36 (39" wide) instead of their Q32 (34.5" wide). Gates usually lead to BIG backyards around here. Now, the 21 stays home...& for this I'm eternally grateful.