View Full Version : What size and type of mowers did you start up with?

big tim afm
08-31-2004, 10:20 AM
What size mowers did you start up with when your business was new to the lawn care industry.I don't have a very big start up budget but i'm ready to do it and I have a will to succeed attitude.

08-31-2004, 11:20 AM
i started with a Craftsman DLT2000 48" kohler. it was/is great actually. everyone always slams them but i still use it once-in-a-while. it's a two pedal automatic. runs pretty quick and stripes awesome w/o a kit. ive got over 1000 hrs on it and nothing has happened to it.

08-31-2004, 11:32 AM
60" Dixie and 48" Ferris and 21" Honda

08-31-2004, 11:44 AM
Toro Z masters(2) 60" 48" WBS John Deere. Which are for sell.

08-31-2004, 12:21 PM
A 43" Murray tractor and a 48" JD walk behind.

08-31-2004, 12:28 PM
firststarkid.....please tell me about your John Deere mower for sale. I'm also in VA, and am interested. Thanks!

08-31-2004, 12:29 PM
I started with a Honda Harmony 36" (or 38ĒÖ donít really know) 9 HP (it was one of the older riding tractors, not push). That was the biggest piece of junk ever. I moved to a John Deere L130 48"/23 hp kohler. Pretty nice machine and thatís where Iím at now. Strips awesome with no kit.

Iím moving up to all commercial equipment. I just bought a Red Max 7001 backpack blower. I'm hoping to buy an exmark lazer soonÖ

08-31-2004, 12:42 PM
I had a 14 hp / 36" riding JCPenny garden tractor.

A year later, one of the first "WeedEater" trimmers that came out.

That was all 16 years ago.

KL Squared
08-31-2004, 12:56 PM
A Toro 44 inch walk behind. I used a 21 inch mower to get into gates that were to small for my Toro. I suggest a 36 inch walk behind for starting up.

08-31-2004, 01:37 PM

16'x77" landscape trailer
72" Scag Belt W/B
52" Scag Tiger Cub
Redmax Trimmers (2)
RedMax stick edger
RedMax 7000 blower
Exmark 21" Metro

and a bunch of other equipment not in the picture:
Echo hedge trimmer
MTD 18" tiller
Mini tiller
Hover Mower
Tow behind aerator
Tow behind spreader
Scotts 3000 push spreader
Yanmar Diesel Generator
Oregon Tools Blade Grinder

08-31-2004, 01:41 PM
Started with a 21" LawnBoy and a $50 curved shaft weedeator, then borrowed a 2nd LB from father-in-law.

Mowed up to a $1,200 32" walkbehind.

Torqued the 1st lawnboy on a fence post, gave back my father-in-law's, traded the walk behind for an Exmark 52" Laser, bought a new lawnboy, and a commercial straight shaft echo trimmer and edger.

More I spend, the more calls I get for lawns to mow!

Richard Martin
08-31-2004, 01:54 PM
A 38" Briggs 12.5 hp Hechingers riding mower and a CRAFTSMAN bent shaft trimmer. Then I added a bunch of Homelite junk blowers and trimmers. My first commercial mower was a used 36" Woods (Ferris clone) single drive with a 12.5 Kohler engine. Then a Shindaiwa T-230 and on and on and on....

08-31-2004, 02:22 PM
Shoot! I started with push mowers for a long time and way later moved up to a Simplicity LTH Series 38" riding Tractor but it had the Vanguard Commerical engine and cut like a champ! But for $3K back then it should have. LOL Heck, it's about 15 years old now and we still even use it on a half a day every week on 5 really small lawns that have tight, tight gates. My guys say that is still better than a 21" for them. I'd love to hear some of the other LCO's on that afternoon that don't know any better and know our other equipment when they see all commerical trimmers, edgers and pushers on the trailer with that tractor sitting up there, I can almost hear "scrub" from here :) I was also lucky enough back then to find some really good used commerical trimmers and BP Blowers and the rest is history.

My advise would be buy the very best equipment that you can afford, do a great job with it and don't worry about what others say or think because we all strated at the bottom and I guarantee you that not many at all started with the best!

08-31-2004, 03:31 PM
A borrowed 21" snapper from my father. Until I had enough to buy a 48" bunton bullet (what a piece of junk) when I was 13. The rest of my toys just came as soon as I had more money.

Lawn-N-Garden Guy
08-31-2004, 10:13 PM
21" Toro Self Propelled bagger,$60.00 used Stihl curve shaft trimmer,crapsman blower,Now have 2 Honda 21" spp, 48" EXMARK ZTR,48" Exmark Turf Tracer,3 Stihl trimmers,Stihl Handheld blower ,Stihl Back pack blower

08-31-2004, 10:27 PM
At my start this year it was: Borrowed MTD 21, And Stihl Br420, Kawi trimmer, and Junky WB edger. Gave dad back his MTD, bough a 21" snapper (89 model) for 20 and used it until the engine gave up the ghost on a PITA's Lawn ( if you could call it that, more like a pasture..LOL)..

At which point I decided to get serious (read: go into debt) Bought a 52" Surfer, new 21" Snapper commercial, and an enclosed 6x12' trailer to haul it..

Liberty Lawncare
08-31-2004, 11:33 PM
I started with and still use its my only one. A 48 Lesco belt drive 15 hp kawi. It was 2,300 new and has not given me trouble. If you can afford it get a hydro drive. Oh it's a walk behind (great exercize). I lost 30 lbs so insted of 235 I now weigh 205.