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21 inch mower

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by NYLAWNMAN01, Jun 21, 2007.


    NYLAWNMAN01 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    guys what would be the biggest lot to mow by myself with a 21 inch mower?
  2. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,316

    That's an interesting question, since I mow exclusively with a 21". It takes a little longer, sure, but all my customers are willing to pay extra; many do not want a company that uses a 60" Dixie Chopper just so they can get it done in 30sec. If you want to get more than 10-12 done a day though, get a bigger mower.

    NYLAWNMAN01 LawnSite Member
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    Not to get off my original post but What would be a good 21 inch mower? Self Propelled or not? Rear bag or side disharge? Is Toro mowers any good? Thanks Matt

    NYLAWNMAN01 LawnSite Member
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    MJS, how big are your lots typically that you mow with the 21 inch mower? And also you mentioned that your customers dont mind paying a little more...if you dont mind me asking can you give me a round about figure you are charging for these lawns? Thanks for your help Matt
  5. SSS 18734

    SSS 18734 LawnSite Member
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    I wouldn't do more than 1/3 of an acre with a pushmower. Even 1/8 of an acre sucks.

    If you're a homeowner wanting a good mower, I would suggest the Toro Super Recycler. I used one as my primary mower when I was starting out for two years, and its still running strong. Great mower and its great at mulching. Its a great back-up mower if anything goes wrong with the W/B. Should run you mid $500's
  6. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
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    I dont use a 21" hardly at all.... But what I have noticed is, the ones with the front wheels powered, they dont pull as well and rear powered wheels.....

    I have 1 customer that I bag and when the bag gets CLOSE to being full it raises the front end, and it's hell to push

    NYLAWNMAN01 LawnSite Member
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    any more responses
  8. YukonG

    YukonG LawnSite Member
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    I used to cut a few 0.5-0.6 acre lots with a 21".
    Hopefully I never have to do that again!
  9. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,316

    The avg size of the lawns I mow runs about 7,000 - 10,000 sqft. I typically charge anywhere from $25 to $40 depending on hills, grass type, etc.
  10. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,316

    You have got to have a self-propelled mower. Bagging and side-discharge is nice; my main mower is a 3in1 (mulch, discharge, bag). Toro mowers are very good, as are Snappers and Hondas. Make sure you get a commercial - rated mower; the other stuff is junk.

    Here are some links for you to check out.




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