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Old 04-30-2009, 06:13 PM
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A good starter mower

I been doing some research on mowers and my head is going to explode LOL

I gonna do like you guys had said over and over again and stay way from lowes or homedepot...

so with that said what should i get. I want a zero turn mower that i can get thru small gates (just in case) but that has the balls to get the job done on big open lots.

any help would be great thanks.

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PS: john deere, toro, hustler, etc? what do you guys say?
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Old 04-30-2009, 06:24 PM
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I think most 36" walk behinds fit thru most gates.. Not sure how big yard you would want to mow with them.
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:34 PM
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I want a zero turn mower that i can get thru small gates (just in case) but that has the balls to get the job done on big open lots.
A 36 zero turn might have some balls, but they are going to be pretty small. There's no getting around it my freind, a 36" Zero turn is only going to cut 36 inches at one pass in this universe. If you want something to handle the big properties then you need at least a 60" zero turn. You can't go wrong starting out with a 36" wb or Stander. Belt drive wb is going to be less maint but a little bit slower than a hydro wb. A hydro is going to cost almost twice as much as a belt drive wb if you buy new. You can add the bigger zero turn when the big properties come in. Don't over extend yourself on credit, there's a million guys out there that have tried and failed. Toro, Scag, Exmark, Hustle, Gravelyr etc all good, comes down to personal preferecne and dealer support. Good luck.
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:54 PM
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On a larger property a 36" ztr isn't going to be very productive.
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:25 PM
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Yeah i say 36" to start with just hit small yards buy a bigger mower when you got the money.
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:50 PM
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thanks guys for the info. My father has a 60" zero but its all the way in NJ. Not sure he wants to part with it LOL (its his personal mower for his 3/4 acre. I always told him it was overkill but that's my dad... LOL

I was thinking about buying a small zero turn and trading him for it... but I been thinking about the what ifs.. like what if i get a lot of close fence jobs with small gates... I sure as hell dont want to push them with a small push mower LOL
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I recommend not getting anything smaller then a 60 inch. If you buy a 36 inch you will be limited on the size of lawns you can mow. If you get a 60 inch mower you can always buy a cheap push mower from lowes to get you by. We have over 70 properties we maintain, yes most are commercial properties but still, we only use the 36 inch mower on about 6 residential.

Long story short, why by a $4,000 mower to only do a hand full of lawns when you could buy a big mower and be able to do bigger properties and use a push mower on small properties.
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A 36" is probably the most versatile mower size you can buy. It's small enough to fit into back gates, but can handle some bigger properties as well ( slower, of course.) Most people don't get into the business picking up lots of huge properties. Smaller residentials are easier to start with, then you grow. Decide the type of properties you will be going for, and you'll have you're answer. Good luck.
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:19 AM
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that are you guys thoughts on a walk-behind mower... i found a scag 54", 18hp with jungle wheels. I need to find out how old and amount hours on it but price is around 1200...
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:19 PM
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Hey man always remember it is not about quanity its about quality. You can make a lawn look just as good if not better with a 36" than with a 60". I just bought a new bop 36" quick super fox WB for $1995 and it was the best investment ive made. So remember Quality work always pays off. Good luck
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