1 acre School Yard...... What type of mower?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by doitforjohnny, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. doitforjohnny

    doitforjohnny LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    Hello,
    I narrowed it down to either a Gravely HVZ 2350 (50" deck) ZTR for $2,800
    http://www.allseasonspe.com/78900934/ariens+lawn+products/zoom+hvz.asp

    Or a Scag Walk Behind SW36a-16kAI with a 36" deck for $2,700
    http://www.scag.com/sw.html

    As you can see I am still torn between a W/B or a ZTR. I am leaning more towards the W/B but everyone thinks I'm crazy to mow this School yard on foot.

    Let me know what you guys think about these 2 brands. Remember my price range is $3,000. Also keep in mind that I have 2 other small commercial accounts (small office buildings) and I plan on focusing on more small commercial jobs until I can service bigger ones. I plan on doing some residential but have decided to go with more upscale bigger homes.

    J
     
  2. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Posts: 1,898

    Alot of the posts in here mention the use of a 48" walk-behind. Guess what my large mower is? You got it--a 48"walk behind. For $3K, I would look at buying a low-hours hydro vs. a new belt drive. When it starts to get wet, you'll lose some control with a belt, especially on slopes. Hydro is the way to go. Oh, and unless you're a glutton for punishment don't buy any residential grade rider. It'll die way before a commercial walk-behind.
     

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