View Full Version : Newbie starting in Spring 2004

10-03-2003, 02:13 PM
Hello to all Lawnsite members in cyberspace!

I've been on this site for several months and gain a lot of valuable information. I will be starting in spring 2004. I have all the basic equipment (Redmax mower, two echo trimmers and shindaiwa edgers) etc. What size walk behind should I start out with 36 or 44 deck?

Oh yeah I have a budget of $3500.


10-03-2003, 03:06 PM
the mower size depends on the properties that you will have

10-03-2003, 03:21 PM
Most of the residental property area I've targeting has 1/2 acre or less.

10-03-2003, 07:03 PM
If I had to do it all over again I would start with a 48"

10-03-2003, 07:07 PM
starting with 48" makes sense...

10-03-2003, 09:58 PM
May ask why start with a 48 deck?

Turf Dancer
10-04-2003, 12:32 AM
We have these things called fences here and they prohibit the use of mowers larger than 21" on 70% of properties !
Good Luck ! If I were to do it aover again I would buy a 36" WB
as my second machine after a 21" ! That is what works in my market ! Most of the guys on here laugh because even the big outfit here owns 2 ZTR's, 1 48" WB and 10 JD 21" mowers, They use the 21" on the vast majority of their properties. Hey if I were in a flat area as oposed to the town where I live which is over 50% built on hills, I would buy a larger machine assuming I didn't have the gates to deal with. I still think that the fencing contractors here only ever installed 30" gates.

10-05-2003, 01:20 AM
My first mower I bought was a 36. That way I could get through almost any gate, and with just starting I needed every account I could get.

10-05-2003, 01:42 AM
if they are a half an acre of less go for the 36"

MN Wildwood
10-05-2003, 02:09 AM
The fence issue was of concern to me at first also. I bought a toro 32" which works wonderful for these areas. Putting the jungle wheels on the back allowed for quick care of larger properties, even up to 4 acres within a reasonable time frame. I believe it cost around $2300 $2500- new. This would be within your budget and allow for any additional equipment that may arise as being needed later on in starting up. Hope the best for you.

10-05-2003, 04:01 AM
If you can up your budget another grand, I'd look into a Hustler Gate Master (or whatever name they've decided on).

Several reasons:

1. It's a hydro. A big plus.
2. A good intermediate size deck. Not too big, not too small.
3. Flip up deck gets you through all gates.

In the long run, I think it would be worth investing that extra grand for the extra productivity you will get in return!

I'm giving strong consideration to selling my belt drive 36" next year for one of these. Lots of gates in my area, and now that I've used a hydro (my snapper 52" wb), I don't want to use belt drives anymore.