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Old 04-14-2012, 11:50 PM
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who runs 21's only and why

I am in Vancouver B.C. The yards we do are usually not more than about 5000 square feet of lawn. Small gates, lots of flower beds etc. You just can't use anything bigger in most circumstances. It rains a lot here so a mower that can handle wet grass is very important. So far Honda HRC's have been the popular choice. Being fed up with Honda and their crazy parts prices etc. I am now trying a YBravo 25. A bit bigger should be good for productivity and so far the mower works better than a Honda in all circumstances. What's your story and where and why do you use only 21's? What Brand of mowers do you use and why?
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:07 AM
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In SF bay area, 95% LCO use only 21". Lots are small, a lot of the lots are not even 5000sqft. I only see ZTR because I live across a part. I never even seen one before that!!!
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:46 AM
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In my area I do alot of work around a lake and the topography is steep in many cases. I use Toro 21' commercial mowers and they work great!!!!
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:48 PM
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Our Residential lots are smallish as well. We have clay soil, mostly Bermuda followed by St Augustine. All have fences and very few larger than 36" wide.

We do use a lesco 36. We have LCO's that run all 21" and others that are mixed.

Bermuda likes to be short but no one except a few home owners cuts it often enough to keep it short.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:31 PM
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I'm in Halifax nova Scotia
Here I do a lot of small lawns 2500 to 5500 so i find the 21" just fine.
I am trying to get into some commercial lawns so then i might move up ro 36 or more but till then I'm happy with my 21'
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:41 PM
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I cant speak for people in other areas, but for here, its just not efficient or profitable to run only 21's.
I see companies do it. They have a truck full of workers all running 21's. Meanwhile my son and I can knock out more lawns with only the two of us.
If they are paying their guys minimum wage plus paying payroll tax and workers comp, then how do they make any money??
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:53 AM
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I use to use only 21's and only do residentials no more than 8 - 10 thousand sq. ft. (on the big side) Made a killing. But it's tiring work. I use Snapper Commercial mowers (self propelled). Things are built like tanks. Had a buddy one time clean cut the tip off of a piece of rebar that is used around here to mark lot lines. Didn't do a lick of damage.
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