search sponsored by:
Advanced Search

The Green Industry's Resource Center

Thread Tools   Display Modes
Old 03-19-2013, 01:23 PM
ric1's Avatar
ric1 ric1 is offline
LawnSite Member
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 186
Originally Posted by jllawncare1128 View Post
Just got 12 new yearly contracts on some high end properties, what size and kind of mower do you recommend? Prefer zero turn but maybe a stander all yards are less than 1 acre.
It sounds like a lot of my properties I do. A stander works well for me. The Toro Grandstand 36" great maneuverability for gates and small areas, fast for less than an acre.
G & G Lawn Care
2013 F 150 XLT 4x2 Super Crew
Mowers: Toro Z-Master 2000 48" Toro GS 36" Toro TurfMaster 30"
Blowers:Stihl BR 600 BR 600 BR 200 Trimmers: Stihl FS 110 Stihl FS 90
Edgers: Stihl FC 90&75 Echo BRD 280 Pole Saw: Stihl HT 75 Hedge Trimmer: Stihl HL 45 HS 45
Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2013, 01:29 PM
creatived creatived is offline
LawnSite Member
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: new york
Posts: 69
Exmark are tanks! I have had several Walkers and they are slow and a maintenance nightmare, quality of cut is awesome though. If you are a patient operator get a Walker and your client will be happy. Exmark with Trac Vac will give a great finished product as well and you will make more money.
Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2013, 11:15 PM
Chris_NC06's Avatar
Chris_NC06 Chris_NC06 is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Zebulon/Apex, NC (RDU)
Posts: 6,187
Originally Posted by KrayzKajun View Post
I second this!!!
Posted via Mobile Device
I third this! a Walker is hard to beat on high end heavily landscaped properties. They leave a gorgeous manicured cut.
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2013, 11:23 AM
DA Quality Lawn & YS's Avatar
DA Quality Lawn & YS DA Quality Lawn & YS is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Rochester, MN
Posts: 8,579
If you are doing some smaller high end properties, DO NOT use a Z. Customers will frown on that. Get yourself a Turf Tracer or similar to do those lawns, you and your customer will be happy.

For the large properties, can't beat the cut of a Z900 series Deere. How about the Z925 with EFI with MOD option?
7x14 Stealth SE Enclosed with 48" side ramp
2013 Gravely Pro Turn 260 with Kohler 26.5 EFI
08 Toro Z400 48" deck, 21HP Kaw with EZ Vac twin bag
09 Exmark Turf Tracer HP 36"
21" Toro SR4 Super Recycler
Stihl KM90 Kombi w/ straight shaft trimmer & tiller heads
2 Husqvarna 125B Blowers
Turfco XT5 Aerator
Turfco LS-22 Overseeder
EcoLawn 200 Applicator

I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13
Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2013, 10:49 PM
johnnyusa johnnyusa is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: connecticut
Posts: 510
Ive had Scag, exmark,deere, bunton ,Gravely ,toro and walkers.i have a gravely 260z and Love the gravely for big places and would buy another but the Walker is in a whole different category for smaller manicured residentials 1/2 acre or less .When you cut with a walker you keep the accounts , I cut 4 lawns in one neighborhood for 8 yrs. where a large contractor lives who uses scag and exmark ztr's . as soon as I bought 2 walkers one year i picked up 16 more lawns down around his street except him and now he's been stopping and asking me about the walkers when he sees me and i tell him yeah they're ok Lol . It wouldnt shock me if he switched to walkers for residential , but he does a lot of big fields 5 to 6 acres where ztr;s shine and walkers are much pricier. Do a search and ck out chestnut oaks walker pics .
Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2013, 11:03 PM
exmarkking's Avatar
exmarkking exmarkking is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: North Georgia
Posts: 1,012
Not trying to get into the dreaded walker/navigator debate but I run navigators and couldn't agree more with Johnny USA on this type of mower. They can't be beat on a small residential lawn. They are anazing
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2013, 11:04 PM
Exact Rototilling's Avatar
Exact Rototilling Exact Rototilling is online now
LawnSite Fanatic
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Zone: 5B
Posts: 5,314
Lots of Walkers in my area but then there is the clipping disposal drill and the nutrients are pulled from lawn. Granted it is often faster to bag and cut once than double cut and mulch and side discharge like I do with WB mowers.

Not try to sway this but in one of the recent threads an Exmark 30 TurfMaster said he liked this mower better [faster] than his Walker....?
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2013, 11:38 PM
jllawncare1128 jllawncare1128 is offline
LawnSite Member
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: North Alabama
Posts: 23
after mowing a few of them today i think the toro/exmark 30 may be the ticket.
Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2014, 01:24 AM
PicturePerfectLawns PicturePerfectLawns is online now
LawnSite Gold Member
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Lone Star State
Posts: 3,018
Originally Posted by jllawncare1128 View Post
after mowing a few of them today i think the toro/exmark 30 may be the ticket.

Take my word on it, if your looking for a good quality cut, the 30" Commercial will give you just that. The 30" Turf Master was one of my FIRST machines and I got MANY, MANY compliments on the cut itself when using that mower. I can't speak for walker, but I know a push mower cut may not be the fastest, but it's hard to beat the right push mower in quality of cuts. Easy to make your patterns and keep your lines straight. If you keep the blades sharp on that 30" you'll be happy. I have a 30", I'm actually thinking of down sizing it to a Toro Heavy Duty for those high quality lawns that demand the "Perfect" cut. I can cut faster with a bigger mower, but I believe I can lay a better cut with a smaller mower.
For all your Mower Parts, Support a Small Family Man Business. Google ZERO TURN MAN.
Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2014, 02:10 AM
TPendagast's Avatar
TPendagast TPendagast is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
Join Date: May 2008
Location: anchorage, ak
Posts: 6,727
there are many options for walker, you do not HAVE to bag with them, even the GHS model.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Layout Style:

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:50 AM.

Page generated in 0.07100 seconds with 8 queries