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Old 09-02-2013, 05:14 PM
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My two sons ( 13 & 15) have been mowing lawns for 2 years now. They currently have 14 yards which is all Dad can do to drive them around on weekends to mow. They mow while I edge & weed eat (although they can do both with great results). The 15 year old will be able to drive next season and they are looking to get between 35 to 40 yards a week. All our equipment was bought new this march-april. We currently have a 5 x 10 trailer, 2 of the cheapest honda mowers you can get at Home Depot (hrr series), a stihl br600 blower, a stihl ps90 edger, a stihl weed eater (4 stroke), and a stihl hedge trimmers. They are debating between 30" walk behinds and 21" walk behinds. In our area there is about a $600.00 difference between the two. They are also not sure if 35-40 yards a week is too much or not enough. I really don't want them to get into commercial properties yet, as they would need to invest in a zero turn and a bigger trailer. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:28 PM
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Get at minimum a 30" walk behind. A 21" is more like a self propelled push mower. They are no where near ready for commercial properties dont even consider until 1 is 18.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:40 PM
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Get a belt drive 36" walk behind and a 30" push mower. Or a 48" walk behind. Depends on how big your properties are. One boy on one mower the other on the other.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:29 AM
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:57 AM
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Not sure on property sizes, but I know I wouldn't want to mow 40 lawns, even if they were small, with a 21 inch mower. If they are small I would suggest a 36" WB and then a 30" push or whatever. Or if you have some properties that could fit a 48 then a one of those and a 36. In my eyes those small mowers lack so much in productivity that it seems painful to mow a lawn. With the above equipment they will be able to do 40 accounts just after school everyday. Good luck
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:45 PM
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This is a good thread started by another young owner who had similar mower questions. http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=409216
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Old 09-05-2013, 04:43 PM
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Thanks for the replies. Would two 30" Exmark commercial push mowers be enough for my boys? They are around $1,800 apiece in the okc area.
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Old 09-14-2013, 12:00 AM
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I have used an Exmark 30 all season for my main mower. For anything under 15,000 square feet they are a good choice. If there are very many lawns bigger than that you may want something bigger. With 2 of them they could whip out anything under 15k pretty quickly. When you get into the bigger walk behinds you're talking several thousand instead of 1800.
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