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Old 11-15-2011, 07:28 PM
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Apartment Mowing

I have secured a contract for the mowing of an apartment complex next year. I am going to add to my equipment. I am thinking about either another ZTR( I only have one 52" ZTR) or a walk behind. I cannot afford both, so I am looking to make a good choice that will be helpful to my business. I currently do not use a walk behind at all, but a couple of other pros told me that they are especially helpful at apartment complexes with the tight areas. Any thoughts?

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Old 11-15-2011, 07:55 PM
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Definitely need a walk with a sulky for tight areas and slopes. Most large apartments have ditches or ponds to mow around. You can do without a ZTR but ya have to have a walk behind IMO. Id go with a 48-52 a 60 is to large if your only going to have 1 not the best for curvy terrain.

Most newbys go strait for the ZTR at least I did. Then found myself back stepping to the walk behind
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Old 11-15-2011, 08:52 PM
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Everything depends on the layout of the Apartment complex. Don't spend money on another machine unless you think you can provide enough work for it. If so, maybe a stander will serve you well, the Grandstand can function as a stander and a walk-behind if you flip up the floorpan.
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:34 AM
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I love my 36 ferris, it gets me in everywhere, I have 200 square foot lots and 2 plus acre lots, when I get to my bigger lots in August I wish I could further justify buying a 48.
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:16 AM
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I have secured a contract for the mowing of an apartment complex next year. I am going to add to my equipment. I am thinking about either another ZTR( I only have one 52" ZTR) or a walk behind. I cannot afford both, so I am looking to make a good choice that will be helpful to my business. I currently do not use a walk behind at all, but a couple of other pros told me that they are especially helpful at apartment complexes with the tight areas. Any thoughts?

Thanks,
Dustin Kirby
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Stihl Trimmers and Blowers
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My question is why are you asking us?

Next question you bid the property without knowing if and what additional equipment you will need to take on this job?

You need to walk the property and see if you need a walker or ztr.

Then go buy what you need. Each has it's advantages. Only thing is if either one will work then think which one will help you with additional big jobs more if you get them.

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Old 11-16-2011, 09:02 PM
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My question is why are you asking us?

Next question you bid the property without knowing if and what additional equipment you will need to take on this job?

You need to walk the property and see if you need a walker or ztr.

Then go buy what you need. Each has it's advantages. Only thing is if either one will work then think which one will help you with additional big jobs more if you get them.

True that !!! LOL
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:12 AM
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I am a big fan of walk behinds. I run Jungle Wheels behind them. A 52" walk-behind can be a very productive machine and is what I originally used to build my company.

Both types of mowers have their strengths and weaknesses. ZTRs shine in larger, open areas as well as narrow areas where you can run in a straight line for a long distance. Walk-behinds are more efficient in areas that require more maneuvering and turning around often.

As far as deck size, I try to put the largest deck possible on a property that will still produce the best quality and most efficient results. We run 61", 52", 36", and 21" decks and I would have to say that the MOST flexible and productive deck size overall has been the 52". The 61" is obviously more productive on the 5+ acre properties but the 52" is a great overall size.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:25 AM
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I am a big fan of walk behinds. I run Jungle Wheels behind them. A 52" walk-behind can be a very productive machine and is what I originally used to build my company.

Both types of mowers have their strengths and weaknesses. ZTRs shine in larger, open areas as well as narrow areas where you can run in a straight line for a long distance. Walk-behinds are more efficient in areas that require more maneuvering and turning around often.

As far as deck size, I try to put the largest deck possible on a property that will still produce the best quality and most efficient results. We run 61", 52", 36", and 21" decks and I would have to say that the MOST flexible and productive deck size overall has been the 52". The 61" is obviously more productive on the 5+ acre properties but the 52" is a great overall size.
I agree about the 52" WB, they will usually be faster than a larger ZTR on a small or tight property. I have a larger 60" ZTR that I rarely use compaired to my WB.
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:03 PM
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Thanks for the replies. I have obviously walked the area as I was able to get the bid. I have always run only ZTR's, but I have been interested in walk-behinds the last few years as I have seen some areas where I thought they might be helpful. I appreciate the helpful posts and I will be investing in a walk behind.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:25 PM
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Thanks for the replies. I have obviously walked the area as I was able to get the bid. I have always run only ZTR's, but I have been interested in walk-behinds the last few years as I have seen some areas where I thought they might be helpful. I appreciate the helpful posts and I will be investing in a walk behind.
I had thoughts buying one a WB At the GIE show this yr tried everything there
For me never owned one or ran one The brand I found easiest to run was the Hustler Trimstar or the cheap line Big Dog matter in mins I felt like a pro driver of it What I like was the the controls and fully adjustable floating deck
But realy dont know about he cut seem like it has lots of power
If I got one I'll have build ramps to park it on the GN of my trailer

Good luck on your new mower best deals are week before end the yr
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