34" Ariens, 33" Cub cadet or 33" Billy Goat

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by I_am_a_beginner, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. I_am_a_beginner

    I_am_a_beginner LawnSite Member
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    Which one would you pick? and Why?

    34" Ariens

    33" Cub cadet

    33" Billy Goat

    How long can I expect before having problems with this kind of mower, knowing that I mow 20 hours a week, 19 weeks per year?
     
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2011
  2. elitelawnteam1

    elitelawnteam1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    buy a used commercial mower, i bought my Ferris 36" Hydro for about $1000, which is what a new WAW Residential would cost you.

    Don't buy Cub Cadet, I've heard from many reviews that they go thru belts like crazy. i'm pretty sure we've had this discussion before too, Residential equipment is NOT the way to go.
     
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    None. If you are mowing 20 hours a week. Step up to full commercial. You can find a slightly used toro or exmark belt drive with sulky for a lot less. It will last longer with fewer breakdowns. A warranty from HD or Lowes isn't worth the paper its printed on. First thing you will hear is "2-4 weeks before we even look at it".
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  4. I_am_a_beginner

    I_am_a_beginner LawnSite Member
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    There is nothing to sell on craigslist near or even close to where I live (Quebec, Canada). So I can't get any used commercial mowers. Thats why I was looking for these 3 models.
     
  5. BINKY1902

    BINKY1902 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    To be honest I don't know if you could even put a sulky behind any of those. They are homeowner as far as I know. I would look for used commercial as well.
     
  6. I_am_a_beginner

    I_am_a_beginner LawnSite Member
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    There is nothing to sell on craigslist near or even close to where I live (Quebec, Canada). So I can't get any used commercial mowers. Thats why I was looking for these 3 models.
     
  7. BINKY1902

    BINKY1902 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from South
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    I would get a commercial 21" before I bought one of those.
     
  8. I_am_a_beginner

    I_am_a_beginner LawnSite Member
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    Why?
    My thinking was that I do work 20 hours on it maximum per week 19 weeks this year.
    Next year about 20-25 hours, Is it going to be over run that much?

    I mean, If I do buy a commercial mower like a 32" ferris, It is going to cost me 3500$ and a 34"Ariens, 33" Billy Goat or a 33" Cub Cadet are only 1500$.
     
  9. I_am_a_beginner

    I_am_a_beginner LawnSite Member
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    bump, :)
     
  10. I_am_a_beginner

    I_am_a_beginner LawnSite Member
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    Why? Are those mowers very bad? I mean, I am going to be purchasing a new mower, even if its consider "homeowner" i just mow 20 hours a week, 19 weeks per year. How long can it last? (2-3-4-5 years?) I am going to ride this mower so I am going to take care of it. Does it change something? lol
     

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