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Old 04-18-2011, 01:55 PM
mastruck04 mastruck04 is offline
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What would you do?

Current Setup

32" Walkbehind
21" Pushmower
8 accounts......only P/T and really don't want more than 15 accounts

6 1/4 acres lots.......all have 36" gates for their back yard
1 1/2 acre lot......no gates
1 1 acre lot......no gates

Have some money set aside to add additional mower. What do I go with 36, 48, or replace 32? Get rid of 1 acre job? Really dont know what to do.

Really could use some good insight. Thanks guys.
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:55 PM
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If the mowers you have are running good, I wouldn't't buy anything until you pick up additional accounts. That way you will see what you really need. Good luck.
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:01 PM
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dump the 32" mower and get a 36" stander or something. add a little more to your current accounts and it wont kill you and speed up your time on the 1 acre account
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:20 PM
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I would not get anything going by your current client list.
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:30 PM
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I haven't cut the one acre yet. How long is that going to take with a 32"? I feel like I shouldn't have bid it, but I did and I dont want to go back on my word.
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:51 PM
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Does anyone make a 34" stand-on mower? Or maybe a 32" wright stander would be a nice upgrade for the 1 acre yard. I don'think think 2 yards justifies anything that can't fit into the other 6. Have fun shopping
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:03 PM
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Great Dane has a new 34" stander. A wright stander will outperform any wb. The 1 acre will probably take at least an hour with the 32 and trimming. Used wrights aren't too hard to find and the 36 will fit through a 36" gate.
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:23 PM
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I mow on the side and only have 12 weekly customers. All are either 1/8 or 1/4 acre; one is a commercial lot that's 3/4 acre.

I have two 21-inch mowers, and that works great for me. Unless you're planning to pick up some larger properties or double or triple your customer base, why waste your money on bigger equipment?

Just buy another 21-inch if you absolutely must have another mower.
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:24 PM
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I would recomend a sulkie and that would be all . you dont have the money to buy a unit out right and you dont have the accounts to justify a purchase of any size the 32'' will cut it in about 45 mins if flat and open to 1.25 hours if its rough this is not a unexceptable situation considering you have more of a need for small mowers then large ones. remeber before you buy anything. an impulse by is ignorant and only justifyed by your ego. business is run by thinking through actions and understanding your cost .
and thelonger a machine is used in the field once its paid for the more money you make in return . when your mowing 3 days solid at 8+ hours a day in the field i would consider having enough information on the type of lawns you was mowing to better determine the mower you need.
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:27 PM
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Mastruck . you have to know your numbers. To bid a job 1 acre or 10 acres without knowing these numbers was a bit premature at best, as a business it our responsability to understand how to function profitably and by offering a bid in the mannor you did is never the proper way . i know alot of guys mowing to 1 acre with 36'' so i dont see it a bad thing if you priced it right.
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