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Old 12-11-2012, 03:24 PM
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Walk behinds all the way. You can do everything with a 36 inch walk behind, you can not do everything with a 48 inch or bigger zero turn. Go encore, scag, wright, exmark, or toro, those are all great brands to work with, and dealer support is a big plus if you are just starting out and don't have tools to do the repairs yourself. Go for a 36 inch, hydro, floating deck, with double wheel sulky
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:25 PM
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And I use bluebird verticutters, aerators, and seeders.
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'95 F-250 4X4, long bed, extended cab
^7.3 all the way
14', 16' Mowing
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Exmark 36" metro, 14hp belt drive, walk behind
Scag 36" 16hp advantage deck, belt drive, walk behind
Lawnboy 21" 9hp commercial walk behinds x3
All Stihl Handhelds


Tree Gear
All Husquvarna saws: Everything from 14" Climbing to 48" 3/4 Wrap.
Thanks to Petzl, Buckingham, and Yale I am still alive!


And I'm 18...
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:56 PM
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I think I may have heard of an exmark it sounds vaugly familiar but thanks for that and yes a 36 in does sound like a good place to start most gates are about 36 in anyway except for this one lady hers is freakishly tiny and she has a shed placed partially in the way so her yard I have no choice but to use the push! Is there a way to purchase a seeder attachment for the aerator. Insetead of using the green things u see at lowes and home depot I did purchase an aerator seeder for the back of the rider but took it back because I can only use that on one property and figured there may be a way to get one on the machine anyway. Like I said I havnt done any research for the aerator yet
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:29 PM
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I do each phase with a different piece of equipment, makes for alot better coverage, and alot better looking lawn after the seed has taken. I have tried using a verticutter w/ seeder and the lawn came out with stripes of seed about 2 inches apart running the whole lawn. Which then forced me to REDO the whole thing resulting in about 4 hours of wasted time. So because of that i spend the extra time to walk the lawn again with a broadcast spreader and do all the seeding myself
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'95 F-250 4X4, long bed, extended cab
^7.3 all the way
14', 16' Mowing
18' Dump

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Exmark 36" metro, 14hp belt drive, walk behind
Scag 36" 16hp advantage deck, belt drive, walk behind
Lawnboy 21" 9hp commercial walk behinds x3
All Stihl Handhelds


Tree Gear
All Husquvarna saws: Everything from 14" Climbing to 48" 3/4 Wrap.
Thanks to Petzl, Buckingham, and Yale I am still alive!


And I'm 18...
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:44 PM
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So the thing that I'm talking about that they have at lowes is called a broadcast spreader? So you are saying it is best to use that instead of getting a spreader aerator combo?
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:46 PM
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I also rent all of seeding equipment I have a deal setup with a local rental company where i get all the equipment for the whole week for $200.
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'95 F-250 4X4, long bed, extended cab
^7.3 all the way
14', 16' Mowing
18' Dump

Lawn Gear
Exmark 36" metro, 14hp belt drive, walk behind
Scag 36" 16hp advantage deck, belt drive, walk behind
Lawnboy 21" 9hp commercial walk behinds x3
All Stihl Handhelds


Tree Gear
All Husquvarna saws: Everything from 14" Climbing to 48" 3/4 Wrap.
Thanks to Petzl, Buckingham, and Yale I am still alive!


And I'm 18...
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:46 PM
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Yes, i have 2 of the homeowner models with Edge-Guard and they work great.
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'95 F-250 4X4, long bed, extended cab
^7.3 all the way
14', 16' Mowing
18' Dump

Lawn Gear
Exmark 36" metro, 14hp belt drive, walk behind
Scag 36" 16hp advantage deck, belt drive, walk behind
Lawnboy 21" 9hp commercial walk behinds x3
All Stihl Handhelds


Tree Gear
All Husquvarna saws: Everything from 14" Climbing to 48" 3/4 Wrap.
Thanks to Petzl, Buckingham, and Yale I am still alive!


And I'm 18...
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:31 PM
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This may seem embarrasing but like I said in my original post I am brand new and only started last season with a push mower but what equipment would you need to rent for seeding? As far as I knew u aerate then seed and water? Whola grass? Then cut what am I missing? And edge guard I'm guessing is a type of guard that you place on the side to prevent the seeds from going into flower beds? I just assumed that u walk far enough away so the seeds don't go in there? Can u tell I havnt done a seed job before? Lol
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:44 PM
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Haha, i understand exactly where you are coming from. So basically you have your core aerator, your verticutter, then your spreader, (or seeder). You will either need to rent, or buy all three of them, but I just rent the aerator and the verticutter as i already own spreaders. You start out by verticutting the whole lawn, then you use the core aerator on the whole lawn, then you spread the seed over, you guessed it! The whole lawn. And you nailed it, the edge guard keeps seed off on sidewalks, patios, and flowerbeds. You can just walk far enough away to keep it out, but the edge guard costs maybe an extra $15? So i would just go with that and not have to worry about seed getting into flower beds or anywhere where it should not be. And also depending on what kind of money you are planning on putting into your company for next season start looking on your local craigslist for deals on mowers, trailers, trucks, ect... That is a good place to get good deals. But personally i would post whatever you find on a thread on here and get other thoughts on it before you go spend your hard earned money. And even look on the marketplace on here!
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Trucks and Trailers
'95 F-250 4X4, long bed, extended cab
^7.3 all the way
14', 16' Mowing
18' Dump

Lawn Gear
Exmark 36" metro, 14hp belt drive, walk behind
Scag 36" 16hp advantage deck, belt drive, walk behind
Lawnboy 21" 9hp commercial walk behinds x3
All Stihl Handhelds


Tree Gear
All Husquvarna saws: Everything from 14" Climbing to 48" 3/4 Wrap.
Thanks to Petzl, Buckingham, and Yale I am still alive!


And I'm 18...
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:55 PM
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This may seem embarrasing but like I said in my original post I am brand new and only started last season with a push mower but what equipment would you need to rent for seeding? As far as I knew u aerate then seed and water? Whola grass? Then cut what am I missing? And edge guard I'm guessing is a type of guard that you place on the side to prevent the seeds from going into flower beds? I just assumed that u walk far enough away so the seeds don't go in there? Can u tell I havnt done a seed job before? Lol
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