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Old 01-19-2011, 11:22 PM
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What mower should I buy?

Just starting my business from scratch. Tired of working for others, time to go into biz for myself. Looking to do mainly residential mowing, 25 -35 average sized lawns per week, full time.
Here's what I'm working with:

$3000 - $5000 for a mower. I think I need a zero turn between 48"-52", please correct me if I'm wrong. Whats going to be my best bet for my money. Would definetly prefer new. Durability, longevity and reliability are my biggest concerns as this one piece of equipment will be my only source of income.

What should I buy?

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Devin
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:45 PM
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First off you better double your budget for a new machine. What size yards are you wanting to mow?Do they have gates?Do they have hills or a lot of uneven ground?There doesn't seem like much difference between 48"-and 52" but a 48" will fit in areas where the 52" won't.A walk behind will do hills better than a ZTR but not as fast on ground speed.
Brands depends on preference.One will say one is better than the other.Just stick to a good commercial brand as:Ferris,Toro/Exmark,Hustler,Dixon,Scag,Gravely.
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:49 PM
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1/4 acre residential lots. Just trying to get started. $5000 is the MAX I can spend at this time. Whats my best bet? Used? For $5 g's I think I should be ble to get something reliable. Am I wrong?
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:49 PM
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5 k will maybe buy a new COMMERCIAL walkbehind or a HOMEOWNER ztr. I would find a good used COMMERCIAL mower Or walkbehind to start with and see how things go.
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:56 PM
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buy a great dane surfer 52'', their like 5,200 brand new. i put 500+ hours and 4+ years on mine and its running strong, no problems at all.

what are you gonna do for marketing?
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:58 PM
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thats my next question...... I'm hearing flyers/postcards, newspaper ads, craigslist and good old door to door and word of mouth. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:00 AM
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Direct mail campaign, door hangers, and word of mouth. Door to door is usually not well recieved here
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:04 AM
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local paper, yard signs on nice lawns, put a decal on your truck..http://www.buildasign.com/.
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:50 AM
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Just getting started.. I would buy a decent used machine for as little as possible.. You have no customers yet.. correct? What if things don't pan out the way you were hoping and you want to unload the equip? You will lose less money on the used... 1/4 acre lawns.. no need for a rider. Good luck.....
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Old 01-20-2011, 01:49 AM
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true, if you have no accounts dont stretch to far to buy a mower. a simple commercial walk behind will do, save the rest for marketing.
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