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Old 10-07-2006, 08:36 PM
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how many clients? what is your gross weekly/monthly income? What are your expenses(fuel, insuarnce, maint) per month? these are important questions to help us figure out how much you can afford. you can take out a financing on it, with your dad. PM me if you don't want post numbers.
Its up to him to decide what his budget is... On paper I couldn't afford a Z (had $ in bank, but not enough revenue to justify it), but in my plans and direction i'm taking the business with new work lined up, I could easily drop the cash for one.
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Old 10-07-2006, 09:15 PM
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i was thinking cub tanks m48 or the gravely 148Z which i was gonna get or maybe the 144Z. i dont know if the lescos are worth that much i havnt heard much good things about them. was also thinking go used for now. then i thought get a high class resi like a fastrack. im not totally sure what my buget is right now.
A Lesco is a Tank same mower, used they are the best deal going. I saw one sell on Ebay with only 10 hours full warranty for 4400$. It was a 60 25 Kawie and for the money are good.
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Old 10-07-2006, 09:29 PM
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I bought a cub from home depot thinking the new guys could learn on them and abuse them anyway they like and it s on my trailer when I cut now. I love that little thing. With the exception of the odd backfire when you stop it and restart it too soon, she purrrrrrssss like a kitten and takes a beating as good as a cheatin housewife <---bad joke.
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Old 10-08-2006, 01:31 PM
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how many clients? what is your gross weekly/monthly income? What are your expenses(fuel, insuarnce, maint) per month? these are important questions to help us figure out how much you can afford. you can take out a financing on it, with your dad. PM me if you don't want post numbers.
i have 10 now which i hope to get 20 more which will bring me up to 30. also i dont think i can relay on my craftsman and bunton that much more. monthly income id say about $800 just lawn mowing. nor much but goos enough to pay bills. and my expences a month would be $200. for fuel, oil, air filters, ect. i would like to get one during the winter or early spring. with the bagger. which would add $1500 i got qouted $6499 on the 148Z and $1399 on the pump assist bagger.
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Old 10-08-2006, 02:15 PM
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For that little amount, I think the cub rzt would be suffecient. But, if you still want to go commercial, i'm sticking with my oppinion[hustler fastrack].
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Old 10-08-2006, 02:46 PM
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i would like to go commercial because i dont want to get another peice of equipment for a long time. also i thought the fastrack was a residential.
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1994 chevy 2500 5.7 w/ fisher mm2
1989 ford f-250 5.8 *mine*
1984 international dump truck S1900 series
6.5*16 diomandback trailer
exmark lazer Z 52" 23/52 w/ jrco dethacher and trac vac
bunton w/b 11/52
craftsman lt1000 tractor 14.5/42
ford tractor 18hp
john deere trimmer pro series
stihl powerbroom
excaliber 22" hedge trimmer
homlite hand held blower
commercial poulman pro bp blower BP400
yard machine 21
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Old 10-08-2006, 04:11 PM
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Keep an eye on the used market and you can come up with some very good deals. Try to look for a commercial unit used by a homeowner.

But I sure would not want to buy a ZTR with only $600 a month income (after gas expenses). Unless you come across a deal that is too good to turn down I would wait until you 100% have those other 20 accounts you want.
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Old 10-08-2006, 04:38 PM
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Keep an eye on the used market and you can come up with some very good deals. Try to look for a commercial unit used by a homeowner.

But I sure would not want to buy a ZTR with only $600 a month income (after gas expenses). Unless you come across a deal that is too good to turn down I would wait until you 100% have those other 20 accounts you want.
thats really good advice thanks also ill get the want ad. and also look on craigs list. im prbably gonna advertise with the money i get from clean ups and then with the money from snowplowing get the ztr.
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1989 ford f-250 5.8 *mine*
1984 international dump truck S1900 series
6.5*16 diomandback trailer
exmark lazer Z 52" 23/52 w/ jrco dethacher and trac vac
bunton w/b 11/52
craftsman lt1000 tractor 14.5/42
ford tractor 18hp
john deere trimmer pro series
stihl powerbroom
excaliber 22" hedge trimmer
homlite hand held blower
commercial poulman pro bp blower BP400
yard machine 21
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Old 10-08-2006, 04:59 PM
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I never did cipher out whether or not you willing to go with a used unit, but anyway...

Right now is a great time to pick up nice, fairly new used stuff... some guys getting out, end of season, etc..

So with that in mind, simply check your local paper(s) and the net for used mowers that are reasonably close to you.... then check back in with us to tell what you have found.
You just might come up with a highend mower for cheap.
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Old 10-08-2006, 06:28 PM
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huslter fasttrack may be residentail but it is the best residentail out there it is basicly a low end commercail. best deal for the money. and with the few lawns you have it would work fine.
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