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Old 05-01-2012, 11:10 AM
Davis Landscaping Davis Landscaping is offline
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I am 16 years old and started a small lawnmowing business two years ago in a relatively small retirement development. The lawns are too small for a 36" or 32" walk behind and slightly too big for a 21" push. ive been getting by with a 21" mower but with 15 lawns a week it just takes too much time. I like the Toro Timemaster 30" because its a rear bagger, and is similarly setup to a self propelled 21 only bigger. I'm not sure how it will hold up with 15 lawns. i know engines and i know how to be careful, i race motorcross so i know small engines very very well. i like the Metro 26" from exmark but heard is has problems and is heavy, not much of a problem though. i like the YBravo 25" as well but cant find a dealer! Please if any of you could give me some advice on the best mower. Also the grass im cutting is a moderate thickness, sometimes long, relatively flat with a small hill here and there, and my customers like the lawns bagged unless it is short enough to mulch. Please help me out, thanks alot!
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:09 PM
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Some advice would be great. thanks
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:46 PM
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Unless you have gate issues, a 32" or 36" WB is going to be much more productive than the other options. In addition, you'll be able to mulch stuff you wouldn't dream of trying with a 21" mower.

I would say your best option is to demo a 32 or 36, and see if it really too big of a mower for your jobs.
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:04 PM
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Unless you have gate issues, a 32" or 36" WB is going to be much more productive than the other options. In addition, you'll be able to mulch stuff you wouldn't dream of trying with a 21" mower.

I would say your best option is to demo a 32 or 36, and see if it really too big of a mower for your jobs.
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The lawns I mow are pretty small and the 36" WB made me much much more productive. It takes a little practice but you'll learn to maneuver them on small lots pretty well. Not to mention, I can mulch grass in one pass that a 21"er would require double cutting.

I have one backyard that I should really do with a 21 but in the time it would take me to put the 36" back on the trailer and fire up the 21" I could just use the 36" and turn it a few more times.
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:22 PM
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Thanks. I did demo my friends scag 36 and for some labs it was good but for others it was still big. I will have to demo 32 and see how that works
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:01 PM
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Thanks. I did demo my friends scag 36 and for some labs it was good but for others it was still big. I will have to demo 32 and see how that works
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I cut a townhouse with a 60" ZTR. The front and back yard is about the size of a small bedroom. I am sure a 32 or 36 would work just fine.
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:14 PM
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I was in your shoes about 15 years ago. Save your self the hassle. Get a Scag 36 walk behind with a kawi engine and never look back.
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:03 PM
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:57 PM
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I suggest you at least start with a hydro walk-behind. A belt drive is cheaper, but, I would bet that as soon as you operate it for a while you will wish you had bought the hydro.

But, then again, if you have never experienced the ease of using a hydro, ignorance is bliss.....
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