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Old 08-16-2014, 11:19 PM
stiggy09 stiggy09 is offline
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Question What is a good beginner commercial mower?

Right now I have 5 lawns and i make between 30-70 per lawn. I used a push mower. looking to upgrade.

I am going to start offering my service to people for next spring. I am hoping to keep my rate at 50 an hour.I think I can get at least 20 yards for next cutting season. I live near Pittsburgh

I need a Used Commercial riding mower that i can run up to 40 hours a week for roughly 22 weeks a year. I am hoping to make at the very least 20 grand. right now i clear around 4 grand per cutting season.

My Budget is $3000 or less for the Mower and $600 for a trailer.
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:30 PM
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3k for a good commercial ztr that you can run 40h/per week? Won't happen. Do you bag your properties? Bagging systems go for about 3k with tax. $600 for. Trailer? O boy. You should take advantage of the finance programs if you are serious about more than quintupling your income. Most commercial rider z's (scag exmark walker ect.) With bagging systems are 15k. Save up, or finance.
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:57 PM
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Do a search, this question was just asked yesterday. And the day before. And the day before that.
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Old 08-17-2014, 12:15 AM
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At this point with that price range a zero turn would probably be out of your price range unless you bought residential, which I do not recommend you would be better off finding a used walk behind for the time being until you save up enough and have the work to support a full blown commercial zero turn
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Old 08-17-2014, 12:29 AM
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Just get a hydro walk behind...
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Old 08-17-2014, 02:41 AM
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+1 for getting a walk behind. If you real want it, get a sulky. No way you can get ZTR for 3 grand.

To save a little, buy a uses walk behind in good condition.

$600 for a trailer?! Now thats a little much to ask for. Save some more and buy a good trailer that will last you.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:13 AM
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Belt drive walk behind used: $1200-$2000.
Hydro walk behind with velke used: $2500+
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Old 08-17-2014, 09:00 AM
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Just get a hydro walk behind...
+1 for a hydro. They make mowing so much easier. I've demoed one and compared to a belt drive I demoed, so much easier to run and operate.

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Old 08-17-2014, 09:06 AM
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I would buy a used stander. But it would be tough to find one without high hours for that budget.

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Old 08-17-2014, 09:12 AM
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hydro definitely, but how large are your customer lots and new potential customers lots in your target area you need the right size for your territory
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