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Old 08-08-2014, 07:29 AM
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Size VS Profitability

Originally Posted by SSantor View Post
Last year there was a good post on this subject about those using only small mowers and those thinking about switching to it. I was wondering how it was going for those already using small mowers and for those thinking about it did you change and if so how is it going this year? Last year we changed to using all 30 inch exmarks. It started off rough with tranny problems, but ended well. This year it's gone really well. Last year we switched to half acre and down lawns. We use to have lazer ztr's and hydro walk behinds. The change was really good for us. How is with the rest of you?
Throwing my 2 cents worth in here. I have read all the post so far, and in my situation, we use 2 ZTR's (42" and 52") for the man bulk of lawns; .23 to 6.0 acres. We have 3 21" TRIM mowers, and commercial string trimmers.

That being said, our terrain is flat, all flat with the exception of a few minor slopes on ditch banks and such (<1%). With correct training, we are able to accomplish a very nice mow pattern on all these lawns. It seems, that 21" push trim mowers have a very short shelf life at minimum cost to operate. However, utilizing them as the main mowers distracts from the ultimate goal of profitability. That is the reason we are in business.
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