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Old 03-08-2012, 07:17 PM
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After 16 Years, Finally Got Something Bigger Than a 21"

Well, after 16 years of mowing lawns and almost 300 weekly maintenance accounts, I just purchased our first 36" mower. The only thing I've ever owned that was over 21". I know....I know..... Everyone on Lawnsite cannot fathom doing lawns with just 21" mowers. But in the suburban areas we service, all the lots are about 8,000 sq. ft. and the lawns are around 1000-2000 sq. ft. Most of them are too small for anything but a 21".

But we finally had enough accounts that had large enough lawns to warrant having a little larger mower. So I bought me a nice Gravely 36" today. It's a year or two old, but only has 31 hours on it. Starts right up first pull. Hydraulics and everything work like it's brand new. Nice machine.

We demo'd the Exmark, Gravely and one other brand last year. But the Gravely was the one my crew liked the best. We tried each unit for several days last year. And my crews really liked the controls best on this mower as opposed to the other two they tried. So that's what we decided to buy.

So this being my first 36", I have a question for those of you who use these; I'm assuming we can put a really nice cross-cut mulch kit on this thing and just mulch with it, right? Is there a specific brand or kit that you guys recommend?

Here are some photos of the unit I picked up today....

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Old 03-08-2012, 07:19 PM
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Nice machine, When you say you only own push mowers what kind do you buy for your guys?? are they commercial grade or just the run of the mill craftsman push mowers.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:28 PM
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Nice machine, When you say you only own push mowers what kind do you buy for your guys?? are they commercial grade or just the run of the mill craftsman push mowers.
I didn't say push mowers. I said 21"s. We have always run Honda Commercial HRC216HXA - The commercial Hydrostatic mowers. They're top of the line commercial mowers and we love them. Just 21" size.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:23 PM
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:52 PM
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Hows them cigars?
The Cubans I brought back from my trip? Some were crap. Some were good. But honestly, I've had better from just my local cigar shop. Been enjoying those more. Some Romeo y Julietta, PUNCH, and the best have been the Monte Cristos. That reminds me, it's about time for another one. It's been almost two weeks. Gonna have to go out to the hot tub and have one this evening. The wife doesn't like them anywhere but outside. And this time of year it's too cold to just hang on the porch for a whole hour. So I've been having them in the hot tub. Which is pretty sweet, anyway.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:46 PM
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gezzzz, you wouldnt last in my area with a 21 lol.
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:04 PM
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gezzzz, you wouldnt last in my area with a 21 lol.
And you wouldn`t last in my area without a 21 lol
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:16 PM
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And you wouldn`t last in my area without a 21 lol
LOL. I almost posted that too. I think that's always the biggest problem with lawnsite - Lack of Perspective. A lot of people cannot fathom that others in different parts of the country do it differently.
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Totally!

For example - Here in OK a lot of my lawns are 1/4 acre + so it would take me hour(s) to mow them with a push mower. Also, the grass here is typically on the verge of being wiped out by the heat and usually weed infested so striping and rutting etc. are not major concerns. I use a 48" small frame ZTR (JD 717a to be exact) on most my properties. I use a 21" (a true push mower) on anything I can't get to. So far it has worked!
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