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grasssin
01-06-2004, 05:33 PM
I have found a 2003 36" Turf Tracer HP for $3800, demo unit with less than 50 hours on the engine. My question is would it be worth spending the extra $2000 for the 48" Turf tracer? Lets say there are no gates to contend with on my accounts, would that difference in price be worth the lesser productivity? Or should I spend the extra cash to get the 48"?

Personally I am leaning toward the 36" because it is such a deal but I had to ask yall for your opinion.


thanks for the help

GTLC
01-06-2004, 05:52 PM
go with the 52". it will become my next mower.
$5800 for a 48" TTHP demo unit? That price is quite high. Here in VT it is $5000 for a brand-new 52" TTHP

grasssin
01-06-2004, 05:55 PM
No sorry the 48" is brand new, I have called everywhere in Alabama and the cheapest I can find is 5400 for the 48".

I meant is the cost difference between the two worth the loss of productivity?

grasssin
01-06-2004, 06:23 PM
oh come on people just a little help from the pros is all I am asking

o-so-n-so
01-06-2004, 06:25 PM
Don't know about the 36" but I have a 48" TT and it's a sweet machine. Very productive. I am also versatile with mulch kit and catcher. If I had it to do over...I would have bought 3 48" tt instead of the 1 48" and 1 60" Lazer.

IMO..If you don't have a true need for the smaller deck, I would upsize to the 48". You should make up the extra 2K in time alone.

GTLC
01-06-2004, 06:44 PM
Yes, so-n-so is right, and in my area, all of the lawns are way too large for a 36" and I have no customers with gates, either. A 36" would requie alot more usage time and alot more walking, too.

walker-talker
01-06-2004, 08:37 PM
Sounds like a decent deal on the 36"....thats what I gave for mine with around 20 hours. I agree about the 48" TTHP being high priced. A 48" Lazer sells for $6300. As far as production goes....I would go with the 52" TTHP....providing you had no gates to contend with.

STAN1366
01-06-2004, 09:10 PM
No gate problems? Go with the 48". Having the extra width extending past the wheels makes trimming easier too.

Fareway Lawncare
01-06-2004, 10:37 PM
48" if no gates...only problem is the 17hp Kaw. can make the unit underpowered at times.

Trim ability on the 48" is also a huge benefit.

proenterprises
01-06-2004, 11:20 PM
if youve got the cash-move up to the bigger machine. you will be more productive in the long run. look at it this way as well-you will eventually have to buy a bigger machine-and if their is no specific reason why you need a 36" now-just get the 48" and skip the double purchase.

WeatherMan
01-06-2004, 11:22 PM
I would go with 48 cut the lawn faster=more lawns u can cut = more money now thats just common sence

grasssin
01-06-2004, 11:53 PM
Thanks for the input guys I really appreciate it alot. I realize that the 48 would eventually put more money in my pocket but that is $2000 more that I would have to pay off. I failed to mention that this is only my second year and am spending a fortune on a yellow pages ad, therefore adding an additional $2000 on a larger deck seems a little forthcoming before I get calls. I will let you know what I do. Thanks again for the help!!

EJK2352
01-06-2004, 11:58 PM
Originally posted by grasssin
Thanks for the input guys I really appreciate it alot. I realize that the 48 would eventually put more money in my pocket but that is $2000 more that I would have to pay off. I failed to mention that this is only my second year and am spending a fortune on a yellow pages ad, therefore adding an additional $2000 on a larger deck seems a little forthcoming before I get calls. I will let you know what I do. Thanks again for the help!!

Sounds like you have already made up your mind?????????

grasssin
01-07-2004, 12:09 AM
No still thinking about it , a little worried about all the money I have invested in equipment from last year (21" lawn boy, 7000 blower, huskie trimmers) and the money I have YET to spend on the $320 a month ad in the yellow pages BEFORE I buy my first commercial lawn mower on top of my student loans to put myself throught school. I dont want to rush into the purchase and realize halfway through the season I should have invested in a bigger mower.

Everyone has raised very good points about the 48" which is why I love this site, even though it might be a stupid question to 98% of you, yall still give me all the information I want.

and for your info I am now leaning toward the 48".

EJK2352
01-07-2004, 12:13 AM
No gates, go 48!!!

gogetter
01-07-2004, 01:40 AM
Grassin, check your PM's.

TJLC
01-07-2004, 10:08 AM
I have owned and used both Exmark 36" and 48" models. I definitely prefer the 48" over the 36." One reason is alot more trim side on the 48". My 2003 TTHP 48", 17 Kawi e/s was about $5000.00 when I bought it 4 months ago. $2000.00 more for the 48" is alot of money but you will recoup the money, IMHO. Good luck.

doublesharp
01-07-2004, 03:56 PM
Go Big.

grasssin
01-07-2004, 04:10 PM
AHHA!! I just found a brand new 2003 TTHP 48" for $4200 today!!!

Looks like I am getting the bigger deck thanks to everyone!!

No question about what I am going to get now, for $300 more I get 12" wider cut and and extra 2 hp, over the 36"

Yes I am very excited right now

mowinmoney
01-07-2004, 04:26 PM
48 or 52, productivity alone will justify, if you don't youll wish you had in the future. Good luck