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hudson12787
01-19-2013, 09:43 PM
since im getting ready to start up in the spring im mower shoping and own nothing so as a primary and only mower for now which would you suggest a zt or walk behind

Landrus2
01-19-2013, 09:45 PM
How are you going to transport equipment .

Spring Valley Lawn Service
01-19-2013, 10:18 PM
Small ztr and push mower is wat started with.

hudson12787
01-19-2013, 11:53 PM
f150 and 6.5x10 trailer

Landrus2
01-20-2013, 12:01 AM
f150 and 6.5x10 trailer

Man you will love the zero turn :waving:

LandFakers
01-20-2013, 12:11 AM
I would say Zero, they can do mostly anything

brc1989
01-20-2013, 11:47 AM
If you think you'll be mowing mostly flat open areas get a ztr but if you may need to mow hills and tight turning terrain I'd get a hydro driven walk behind since they are more versatile.

smallstripesnc
01-20-2013, 12:10 PM
Where in NC are you? I have a 36in gravely hydro walk behind and I just bought a 52in gravely ztr. A lot has to deal with the lawns your cutting. If they have gates, terrain, etc...

hudson12787
01-21-2013, 12:18 AM
im outside of charlotte but thate reason i ask is i was talking with a buddy of mine thats been in the business a long while and recommended getting a walk behind first because if you soley have a zt and get jobs that you have to go in a fence most zt mowers wont fit thru gates

THORNTON SERVICES LLC
01-21-2013, 12:33 AM
The gate thing will be a problem no matter wich mower you get in my opinion you need a good push mower my opinions are hondas or toro's but that just my opinion , make shure it is rear wheel self propelled , and then your bigger mower I would go with a zero turn , unless you plan on mowing alot of hillsides then you may want to go with a walk behind , if you have the money and you can get a nice 52 zero turn I think that will make you the most money etc , but it you are buying used equipment , alot of times you will find a better machine in the walk behind section and in my past experience they are less maintenance , but again I think a good zero turn rider will be your best bet , you can bag in the fall more productively etc , more options with the zero turn. Just my opinion though.

hudson12787
01-21-2013, 02:34 AM
yea i love the honda engines myself and i have the honda rear wheel self self propel bagger i use on my own yard you cant kill

Darryl G
01-21-2013, 10:58 AM
I usually recommend a hydro walk behind with a sulky as a first mower because they're more versatile and can actually be quicker because you don't have to tip-toe with them to avoid doing turf damage.

smallstripesnc
01-21-2013, 11:26 AM
I started with a walk behind and it did make me a lot of money and still does. A hydro walk behind is very versatile and my 36in fits through most gates. A zero turn and a good push mower could be a good set up as well just depends on the size lawns your going to be cutting. You will be slightly limited with a 36in walk behind because when you get a slightly bigger lawn it will take a lot longer than with a 52in zero turn.

ddixon7
01-21-2013, 07:09 PM
Hydro walkbehind can do anything. A zero turn can't. Yes, a zero turn can mow way faster on flat properties, but at least for ME and MY properties, a 60 inch turf tracer CANNOT be beat. Can mow the smallest little yards with steep hills and ditches after a heavy rain without tearing anything up. I would get a hydro walk behind and build yourself up before getting a ZTR.

The ONLY reason I have a Lazer is because my personal yard is 6 acres + I mow a couple football fields and a couple large, flat lots behind a couple different commercial properties.

Darryl G
01-21-2013, 07:44 PM
I like a 48 inch walk behind because it fits between landscape features nicely and I can load it directly into my truck if needed. It will also fit through most gates. The one thing I don't like about a walk behind is if I have to bag with it...I just hate side catchers. I will throw it on either the walk behind or the Lazer if I just have to pick up a little something, but if I'm doing any significant it's the rear vacuum bagger on the Lazer. I only have a few properties that the Lazer gets used exclusively on. On the rest I'll at least cut in around the edges and do any slopes and small areas with the walk behind, then hop on the Lazer for the larger open areas.

LandFakers
01-21-2013, 07:47 PM
I like a 48 inch walk behind because it fits between landscape features nicely and I can load it directly into my truck if needed. It will also fit through most gates. The one thing I don't like about a walk behind is if I have to bag with it...I just hate side catchers. I will throw it on either the walk behind or the Lazer if I just have to pick up a little something, but if I'm doing any significant it's the rear vacuum bagger on the Lazer. I only have a few properties that the Lazer gets used exclusively on. On the rest I'll at least cut in around the edges and do any slopes and small areas with the walk behind, then hop on the Lazer for the larger open areas.
This is exactly what I do with my mowers. Walk the tricky stuff, then let it fly with the Z on the open areas. Obviously you can't have the best of both worlds when just starting out, but walk behinds can everything a Z can, just with less turf impact