Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-20-2010, 09:12 PM
GrayM's Avatar
GrayM GrayM is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Raleigh NC
Posts: 84
Which mower?

Hey y'all. I'm new to this forum, and thinking about starting a lawn maintenance company in near future. I plan on being 100% legit with proper insurance, business license etc., so no worries there. I plan on buying either new, or slightly used equipment to start out. I was wondering what manufactures I should choose from...or more specifically are there any commercial mower companies I should stay away from?

Here are some makers I can think of off the top of my head. Any more I should check into? Any I should scrap from the list?

Exmark
Scag
Hustler
Huskavarna
Snapper pro

I'm specifically interested in Snapper Pros right now. There's a 36" W/B listed on a Raleigh Craigslist for $1000. Any reason I shouldn't pick it up if it's in good shape? Thanks for your help in advance.

Gray
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-20-2010, 09:37 PM
mowerbrad's Avatar
mowerbrad mowerbrad is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Grand Haven, Michigan
Posts: 6,269
There are plenty of commercial brand mowers out there....John Deere, Exmark, Toro, Scag, Bobcat, Hustler, Ferris, Wright, Husqvarna, Snapper Pro, Dixie Chopper, Grasshopper, Walker, etc. I'm sure I'm missing a couple in there, but as long as it is a "brand name" commercial mower, you should be just fine.

If you are just starting out, buying slightly used is a pretty smart decision, it keeps your initial cost to start up down while still providing a quality mower built for what you will be doing.

When buying used, there are alot of things to look into and consider (it helps if you are mechanically inclined). When looking at a used mower, take a look at the overall appearance of it...Does it look well taken care of? Does it look like paint is peeling off? Do any tires look flat? Once you get up to the mower, check over a few things before starting it....check oil level and how clean the oil is, check the air filter to see how clean it is, check spark plugs, check hydro fluid levels (if it is a hydraulic drive mower), inspect blades and spingles, go over the deck to check for cracks or dents, make sure everything feels "solid" on it. Once you start the mower, note how easily it starts, if it smokes on start up, how well it idles, how smooth the engine sounds at full throttle, drive it around a little bit to see how responsive the controls are, start and stop the PTO a little to see how that works. If you get the chance to actually cut with the mower, jump on the opportunity, see how it does. And once you park it, let it sit for a bit and see if anything leaks from the mower....remember to park it in a clean area so you can tell if something is leaking or not.

When you are looking at used equipment, look at ones with 500 hours or less, those mowers are still fairly new and don't have too much use on them (in relation to how long they should last). You can expect to get 2000 hours or more out of a mower with proper care and maintenance. If the mower doesn't have an hour meter on it, be very cautionous....look to see if the mower has been completely repainted or if certain components look newer than others...really anything that would give away that the mower is actually older than the seller states.

If you stick with a brand name commercial mower, you shouldn't be dissappointed. Just take good care of it and do all the maintenance required (ie, oil changes, greasing, etc.). Also, just because something is cheap, doesn't mean that it is the best buy for you.
__________________
'07 Chevy 2500HD
2010 John Deere Z925A 54" MOD
2011 John Deere Quik Trak 647A
John Deere walkbehind
81"x18' trailer
Stihl handhelds
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-20-2010, 10:12 PM
lifetree's Avatar
lifetree lifetree is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Posts: 5,365
Quote:
Originally Posted by mowerbrad View Post
... If you stick with a brand name commercial mower, you shouldn't be dissappointed. Just take good care of it ... Also, just because something is cheap, doesn't mean that it is the best buy for you.
This is the best advice !!
__________________
2007 Dixon RAM MAG 50" ZTR
2006 Dixon RAM MAG 50" ZTR
2005 Gravely 34" ZTR
2010 LESCO 48" Stand-On
2008 LESCO 36" Hydro WB
2008 Quick 36" Samurai Dually WB
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:31 PM.

Page generated in 0.07107 seconds with 7 queries