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Old 07-22-2013, 02:37 AM
TwoGuyswithMowers TwoGuyswithMowers is offline
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We are a new, very small company. Right now we are running two Toro timemaster 30 inch mowers. We only have about 13 to 15 accounts that we service weekly and really aren't looking to get much more than 20 or 25 at the most.

We both work full-time jobs and this is just a part-time business. When we do get to that 20 to 25 yard range there are going to be times when either of us will have to go out and work by ourselves. I work nights and he works days so it gives us flexibility to go out any time of day but it will be alone during the week.

For that reason I am thinking hard about upgrading a little bit to a zero turn mower. We will be looking for a consumer model to keep the cost down and make it possible to use my Home Depot card to buy it.

I know it's not really recommended to use a Home Depot mower for commercial mowing but it should get us by long enough until we decide to really upgrade. If you had to go out and buy a mower from Home Depot which one would you be looking at? I would definitely prefer something that can fit through the gates to backyards in the subdivisions we now... If that exists. I'm going to measure my gate when I get home because I'm not even sure how wide they are.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:55 AM
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From a business stand point, you're making a huge mistake.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:12 AM
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I agree with orangemower. Just buy a good commercial mower and you won't have to upgrade again. You will probably spend $4000.00 at HD anyway for a pos mower with no service when something goes wrong.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:29 AM
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Alot of companies offer 0% for 48 months on commercial mowers. Instead of putting it on your HD card you get a new card with 0% and a much better mower.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:44 AM
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Buy a used commercial zturn
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:51 AM
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You might consider a scag v-ride with the 36" deck. Virtually eliminates gate issues, faster than walking by a lot and not a significantly higher price point ESP compared to bigger new commercial ztr's. We love ours.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:00 PM
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don't do it, you will so regret it, who is fixing that Home depot mower when it goes down, and it will go down
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:07 PM
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How wide is the average gate on a fence? I finally measured mine and it's just under 50 inches. Is that pretty common?
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:17 PM
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The average chain link or iron gate is 36"-38" from what I see on sites. Every place is different, but would you rather spend your money on something great but a tad smaller at a 36" mower; or buy a 48"-52" model and end up push mowing half your back yards and leaving your new mower sitting out front not making any money.
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:25 PM
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The average chain link or iron gate is 36"-38" from what I see on sites. Every place is different, but would you rather spend your money on something great but a tad smaller at a 36" mower; or buy a 48"-52" model and end up push mowing half your back yards and leaving your new mower sitting out front not making any money.
The two I was looking at are 36" and 42". All of our yards that have gates are wooden privacy fences. If they are pretty much all the width of mine then the 42" would be good. I guess this weekend ill take the tape measure am start measuring all of their gate widths
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