View Full Version : What Was Your First Mower?

Eddie B
02-17-2005, 10:13 PM
When you first started mowing lawns, what type of mower did you use? Did it hold up? What did you buy next?

02-17-2005, 10:18 PM
JD GS30 - 36" belt drive, still have it, probably best cutting mower we have, just not easiest and most efficient to use. Next was a Exmark Laser Z.
If I had it to do over again, I would start with a larger walkbehind hydro, electric start, velke. I know it's easier said than done, hard to afford when u have nothing.

02-17-2005, 10:30 PM
Started with a 48" Bobcat beltdrive walkbehind. It cuts and pulls well. Then I bought a Huskee tractor for a larger job I received (big mistake, spent more money on spindles than I did parts cost on all my equipment) Finally bought toro Z-master.

02-17-2005, 10:46 PM
I have no Idea the make, it was sprayed over with grey primer. It was a 21" rear discharge with i guess a 3.5 horse b&s. I bought it when I was about 16 at a garage sale for probably $30.Those were the days, a couple bucks for a six pack of Meister brau, a pack of smokes and a dollars worth of gas in the moped and the weekend was set!!

02-17-2005, 10:47 PM
Mine was an old 21 inch mower that I bought used. It had a recoil start that you had to manually wrap the cord on to start, which took about 4 or 5 times. Then you had to remember to pick it up and put it back in the truck, (car actually at that time) so that when you got to the next lawn you could start the mower. It lasted a few months, so It served the purpose. As scrubby as that sounds, I actually had a business license and was paying taxes.

02-17-2005, 10:54 PM
I started my biz with a commercial Snapper fleet, but back in the day of junior high, I started with a 1984 Snapper push mower w/ BBC. I loved that mower, and it gave a really nice cut, espescially when bagging. I still have it to this day, 21 years later, and yes, it still runs...but only on my lawn for sentimental reasons. :D

02-17-2005, 10:56 PM
I started up last season and bought a JD GS30. I still have the mower and it did a great job. If I were to do it again, I'd probably buy a WB with an easier way to change deck height and a hydro. I'm looking to buy a ztr this season, prob a Grasshopper or JD. good luck!

02-17-2005, 11:13 PM
Started out, when I was 12, using my parent's LawnBoy GoldPro 21". My parents then got a 42" Craftsman rider. I was lucky enough to be able to use that. It did a decent job and got me going with the business. I then purchased my Gravely 260Z in August of 2003. For a graduation present in June of 2004, I got a Honda HRX 217. I am looking to add a 36" Walk-behind this year.

02-17-2005, 11:24 PM
To go waaayyyyyyyyy back I started at 11 with a Murray 21", mowed after school and on weekends. I spent most of the money on fishing tackle, gave some to mom (single parent) to help with the bills, bought some clothes when absolutely neccassary, but mostly fishing and hunting gear.
My first commercial mower I purchased was an Exmark 36" Metro w/15hp KAW. I still use it on small or fenced back lawns. Since then I've added a Exmark TTHP 48" and a Scag Tiger Cub 52". I think starting out you can't go wrong with a 36" belt. :waving:

Carolina Cutter
02-17-2005, 11:25 PM
22" Murray pushmower....oh did I mention I was 10 at the time?? LOL

02-17-2005, 11:29 PM
21" Craftsman :cry: :cry: :cry:

I didn't know what I was missing until I bought the Toro. The toro would mulch what the craftsman could barely bag.

02-18-2005, 12:35 AM
I started mowing in 1988 with a 1953, Huffy, 18" push mower. My grandfather bought it new, gave it to my father, and he gave it to me. Used it two years, then bought a 21" JD self propelled mower.
I had actually used the Huffy back in the early 60's to mow a few lawns in our old neighborhood. I still have the Huffy in my shop. Haven't tried to start it in 3 or 4 years.

02-18-2005, 12:49 AM
My first lawn mower was a 21inch lawn chief I picked off of the trash at age 10. All that it needed to run was a spark plug......ahhh the good ol days :D

02-18-2005, 10:10 AM
42" Mtd that I bought from lowes. Boy if I knew then what I know now I would be rich and famous

02-18-2005, 10:10 AM
i started when i was like 12 and my uncle had a gravely promaster 100 and about 20 yards, he only did it part time, but then he got real sick and me and my grandfather took over for like two years. Then he sold it and i stopped mowing for one year, then i had my parents mtd yard machine rider, the cut on it sucked, Then the next year my papaw tore up the rearend in his scotts 42 inch cut and bought a john deere lx280 and i got the scotts and fixed it and mowed with it for two years, now im about to buy a used john deere48 inch walk behind i think.

02-18-2005, 10:14 AM
started out around 10 yrs old w/ a 21" Craftsman. Moved to central Florida at age 13yrs. and the Craftsman was short lived w/ the fast tough growing grass down here. Went to a Snapper 21" and then went to a Snapper rider w/ 12hp. From then it was a JDEERE tractor W/ 16 Kohler & 38 deck. The first great purchase I made was a new pro 50 gravely w/ 18 kohler. Next was the Ransomes Bob-cat wb 36 and Ransomes front runner w/ 23 diesel mitsubishi and 60" deck.

02-18-2005, 10:18 AM
(2) 21 commercial lawnboys... 7 years ago... still in use as primaries today. but i will be adding this season some back ups and sopme new stuff. especially if i can't for a duraforce on a commercial deck left.

from there, i have no idea what it will be, no experience with any other 21".

02-18-2005, 10:29 AM
Ferris DD 48" WB...I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread LOL.

02-18-2005, 11:37 AM
i lean my craft on an old Rider tractor, until i beat the crap outt of it, and killed it. than when i startd my lil business, i bout 1 21" lawnbown, walked every lawn. then in college moved up to a 52 inch bobcat, what a beast, great machine when i could get it started! then i bought an 48 hydro exmark,bvest machine i ever bought. i know how a 52 inch ztr toro, i like it but it makes me lazy, bc i sit down all day.

Scottish LScape
02-18-2005, 11:51 AM
Started with an Exmark 48" Metro. Still gos out on one a trailers each day. payup

02-18-2005, 11:55 AM
When I was 9-10 years old I started out with a 21 murry,then 21 lawnboy, then 21 Jacobson (I was big time now), then 21 lawnboy, then 36 dynomark, model 70 ford 36", then 2 craftsmen 36", then 48" scag hydo walkbehing ( my first commercial mower) I still use it twice a week.

jarroo's lawncare
02-18-2005, 12:09 PM
my first mower was a 28 inch snapper rider my papaw gave me he bought brand new and never used then one day just gave it to me after it sat for two years and never used. I started mowing 10-15 yards a week with it and I tore out the rear end broke the shift lever got it fixed but needed something more durable so I bought an exmark.

Jason Rose
02-18-2005, 12:16 PM
Hummm, well when I was about 12 I bought a Dynamark 3.75 hp. pusher. A piece of junk even by my 12 year old standards! I eventually worked up to my parents retired toro self propelled and then on to my first new snapper. The snapper was a nice mower, but the Briggs engine stunk. Frist rider was a Ariens YT 11 with a tripple bin grass catcher. I loved that machine! I could keep going with my mower timeline but all you wanted was first mowers. LOL

Eddie B
02-18-2005, 02:04 PM
Looks like most of us started with a 21". I started with a 13 year old Toro 21" with BBC. A 28" Snapper rider soon followed. I still have it way back in the shed somewhere. :rolleyes:

02-18-2005, 02:47 PM
I started more years ago than I like to remember with a Case 444 lawn tractor. I think that was the model number, it had a 14 horse kohler engine and a 44 inch deck. Had it for 10 years, rebuilt the motor iwice and replaced the deck but it was used hard and lasted a long time. I started at the same time with a double bladded axe that i used for rough work. Over the years I have had to replaced the handle three times and the head twice, but I still have it and it works as good as ever.

02-18-2005, 02:53 PM
Started at 12 and used the clients mowers! Cant beat that huh?, Moved to Toro 21" equip, went "legit" and bought a 48" Walker and 21" proline, now back to Toro 36 and 21 and concentrate on small residential. Whats the saying about returning to where you started? Might be using clients mowers next year. :D

02-18-2005, 03:01 PM
I bought a Demo 36" SCAG beltdrive from an 'unreputable' dealer that went out of business pretty quickly afterwards. It was missing about $700 in parts but I got it for $500. It had less than 50 hours on it. I got the parts, all bolt-on, put them on, had it once-overed by a pro mechanic ($120.00) for a flywheel & magneto. BUTTER EVER SINCE!!!
All to do again, Hydro Anything.

02-18-2005, 03:10 PM
Sorry to double-post... but I posted B4 I read too many others.

I actually made good cash for one summer with my 21" 3.5HP 'No-Name' mower from Menards that cost $99 and the deck flexed so bad that the blade would hit the deck if twisted enough. I put it in the trunk of my car, it folded up so small and weighed about 30 punds if that. I bought a bagger for it for $28 and was in the big time, I did have to take the bag unit up to the auto-body shop and give the guy $5 bucks to tack weld it in a few places for reinforcement. I gave it away still running! It ALWAYS started on the first pull. I probably made about $3,000 one summer with it, unbelievable. This IS that best country in the world.

02-18-2005, 09:43 PM
I started out with my parents 21" Snapper when I was 13. I bought myself a brand new 48" Bunton Bullet 3 months later. What a joke. It keep breaking. I had to buy my 32" eXmark for a back up. 1 acre with a 21" as your back up machine is not fun.

If I could do it all over again. I would start out with my standers.

02-18-2005, 09:53 PM
I started with my dads 21" ryobi. I then got a super recycler, but sold it after I got a trucut p20s, proline and a honda. I then got a quick 36 and just picked up a 48" lazer hp that needs a new engine.

02-18-2005, 10:58 PM
I started out with a 38" murry that I rigged a lowes bagger on it. I hated that thing it wouldn't bag good. It kept gettin clogged. I sold it to a guy I know. 2 weeks after he had to rebuild the tranny. It was wore out!

02-18-2005, 11:00 PM
21 inch Sensation Professional with the flip handlebar and 3.5 HP briggs.

mowin at the lake
02-18-2005, 11:58 PM
I started off with a 21" snapper and moved up to a dynamark rider
I would drive it 3 miles to mow the chevy dealer.
My first real mower was a 36" bunton (1984) with a 8hp.


02-19-2005, 02:10 AM
started with an 52" exmark tthp and a 32" exmark metro in 2000.

02-19-2005, 02:24 AM
when I first started off, I had my dad's snapper home owner lawn mower. Ah, those were the days.

02-19-2005, 08:19 AM
My very first mower as a kid was a Craftsman push behind reel mower with the open bag catcher on the back.

My first mower that I used commercially in the business was a Toro 42" garden tractor.
Did it hold up? The definate answer is not for commercial use. I liked it because it was new and I was making money but I only had a few customers. Once things grew the tractor was just plain worn out. The motor was good but all the rest of the parts were worn. After 2 years of what would now be considered mild use it was time for commercial. I went with Walker and a Toro commercial WB. My advice for anyone that is serious in the business is to buy commercial from the start.

02-19-2005, 08:35 AM
Mine was an old 21 inch mower that I bought used. It had a recoil start that you had to manually wrap the cord on to start, which took about 4 or 5 times. Then you had to remember to pick it up and put it back in the truck, (car actually at that time) so that when you got to the next lawn you could start the mower. It lasted a few months, so It served the purpose. As scrubby as that sounds, I actually had a business license and was paying taxes.

I remember those had a minibike like that. Did anyone use the push mower that had a handle on top. You would flip the handle out, crank it up. I think you would hit a button and it was suppose to start. It was suppose to be easy. What a pos. it did have a deck wash on it.

Classic Lawn
02-19-2005, 08:51 AM
My first a Scag 48'' wb belt drive its great i also have a 52'' scag wouldnt use anything else

02-19-2005, 09:13 AM
It was a Lawnboy (still have it too) cira. 1974 and a IH Garden Tractor with trailer. String trimmers were just coming out then and I had a hand held Black and Decker battery powered hand trimmer.

The Lawnboy is white (dirty white LOL) and still runs to this day.

02-23-2005, 12:13 AM
36 in exmark metro. Belt driven with a sulky. Best mower for the dollar I could have bought. And like everyone else I still got it.

02-23-2005, 12:30 AM
But my VERY first mower, of my own, was an ancient 6hp, 26" cut Craftsman rider with a techumseh on it.. It buttered my bread in J-high..

My first Mower in the Lco biz was a 1987 21" Snapper that I purchased for 20 bucks.. My father in Law still uses it.

02-23-2005, 11:25 AM
Way back when I had some kind of push mower, bagger contraption that I rooked my dad out of. Then I wised up and started working for the man (age 15).

Mowing the redux.

This time I bought a 36" Gravely 150 I think dedicated mulcher, pistol grip (very used) $800 something then put $200 into fixing the tranny. Just sold it to a scrub for $600.

2 months after that purchase I bought a Toro 36 with sulky and h bar steering. Still using it. Then 2 months later bought a Gravely PM 260. Only 125 hours on her.
Then a month later bought out a business and got a snapper 36 WB and a JD 48 rider. Snapper is for sale, hate fixed decks. JD is my part time bush hog and back up for the Gravely 60.

Yeah to many mowers for a solo guy. But sold one already and the second one goes soon, I hope.

430 boy
02-23-2005, 01:03 PM
my first mower was a 1973 john deere 112 with 48 inch deck that i baught home in a bushel basket. You know it funning looking back and seeing that you never grew up . But your toy and the box you store them in did. i guess big boy drive big toy and the little ones push them around. :rolleyes:

02-23-2005, 01:03 PM
Toro 21", then a Toro 36" wb...then a whole lotta other stuff.

02-23-2005, 01:25 PM
My first mower was owned by the little old lady down the street, I was about 10 if I remember right it was a snapper. Well I guess really my first mower was my fathers western auto self prop and the Massy Ferg tractor with a brush hog on back for the fields.

When I first started in biz I got a Troybuilt 3.5 hp from lowes for 80 bucks and my landlord gave me a weedeater, stole the broom out of the kitchen and loaded in all into my wife's (then girlfriend) 1982 Datson 310 Hatchback. Put some posters up at the grocery store and started getting work. Saved up $400 and bought a 1978 Chevy 1/2 ton gave it a quick paint job with auto touch up paint. Eventually traded that truck for a newer model,, a 1979 3/4 ton.

Lux Lawn
02-23-2005, 01:28 PM
My first commercial mower was a 36 inch Giant Mow belt drive when I was a part timer.

02-23-2005, 02:14 PM
43" Noma 18 HP tractor with a gray 21" 3.75 HP push mower. We replaced alot of parts on the tractor. Didn't hold up very well.

10-06-2012, 01:00 AM
3.75hp Briggs and Stratton mulching mower, has been starting on the first few pulls since 1990, and it has never been treated with fuel stabilizer or fuel treatment, despite the fact that the shed it is in is either 20 degrees warmer or colder than it is outside..

10-06-2012, 09:57 AM
My first mower was a 12hp 38inch cut MTD. My first commercial mower was a 36in Landscaper Pro

10-06-2012, 11:27 AM
Ransome, 48 inch with a 12.5 briggs and a slightly bent deck!
Oh the simpler times.
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10-06-2012, 11:42 AM
This is my first season and I have been using a yard machine by mtd 42 inch tractor. I am looking to upgrade with a 48 inch walk behind with a sulky for the start of next season.
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