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Vabrit
12-04-2011, 07:16 PM
Looking to get my first non push power mower. ZTR, WB either are fine.
Will be mowing mostly residential yards, 1/2 - 1 acre lots.
I would love to get a commercial unit, but $$$ and no used ones in the area. I only have $2000 to spend on it.

Suggestions please? Thanks

Darryl G
12-04-2011, 09:51 PM
$2k is gonna be tough. You're probably better off with a walk behind with a riding attachment (sulky) to start out with and at that price you're going to have to go used. That's the size range of lawns where you could use a Z rider though, but personally if I were to have only 1 wide area mower it would be a walk behind if you have any sort of slopes to deal with. Getting a decent Z rider in your price range isn't really feasible I don't think.

THIESSENS TLC
12-04-2011, 10:56 PM
Check out Gravelys website, if all you have is 2k to spend check out the WAW34 (wide area walk). I think it has 14.5hp briggs engine. Its a homeowner unit and not the greatest mower, and won't last very long. But if that's all the $$$ you got, and you really can't wait until you have 4k to spend, then check it out.
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Darryl G
12-04-2011, 11:17 PM
Here you go, it's even in Virginia...nice machines! http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=366061

You just need another $500.

Vabrit
12-04-2011, 11:41 PM
I had been looking at the following:
Ariens 915157 Zoom 34 Zero Turn 34in
Toro 74620 TimeCutter SS3200 32 Inch Zero Turn

Thanks

Darryl G
12-05-2011, 01:14 AM
My suggestion is the same to you as to everyone else who wants to buy a homeowner quality ZTR...skip it and buy a commercial walk behind to start with. It's doesn't do you any good to be able to sit on a mower that's in pieces!

newz7151
12-05-2011, 03:42 PM
I had been looking at the following:
Ariens 915157 Zoom 34 Zero Turn 34in
Toro 74620 TimeCutter SS3200 32 Inch Zero Turn

Thanks

No and No.. sorry. Maybe a.. he he .. WorldLawn walk behind?

Kelly's Landscaping
12-05-2011, 07:39 PM
Here you go, it's even in Virginia...nice machines! http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=366061

You just need another $500.

I have that same mower accept its a 2005 I totally would recommend that mower. They are over 4 k new and with have exmark's ride on or what every they called it before they changed the name first year we have one from that first batch and with the accelerator bagger its a 5k unit and worth every penny of it.

You could run a small business easily off just that mower doing 30-50 lawns a week.

Darryl G
12-05-2011, 07:52 PM
I have one too but it's a 2002 48 incher/17 Kawi...what I started my business with. I still use it more than my Lazer. The only thing I don't like is the caster "bearings"...more like bushings...well that and changing the hydro belt...well, the 1/2 inch cutting height increments too, lol. But very reliable, productive machines...not meaning to bash them, I like mine.

ralph02813
12-06-2011, 07:29 AM
Looking to get my first non push power mower. ZTR, WB either are fine.
Will be mowing mostly residential yards, 1/2 - 1 acre lots.
I would love to get a commercial unit, but $$$ and no used ones in the area. I only have $2000 to spend on it.

Suggestions please? Thanks

Put a business plan together, and go to the back, or go to your neareast commercial dealer and see what you can do for financiing - I think you are on the threashold between going into business and starting a very expensive hobbie - they call it commercial for a reason.

RGM
12-06-2011, 09:03 AM
If you go into any commercial dealer they will sell you one and get you financing very easy these days. Get a 48'' belt drive walk behind and a velke it will get you through till you need to spend more money. Just put a $1000 down to keep your payments low and save the rest to help you get through the winter on those payments.