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Advice Please

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by njyamahauler, Sep 20, 2002.

  1. njyamahauler

    njyamahauler LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    I am looking to buy a 36" commercial walk behind mower. I have no experience or knowledge of these machines and I'm asking for unbiased opinions. I recently looked at a 4 year old Bob Cat, that appeared to be in good condition. The guy was asking $1600. for it. Is this a fair price or am I better off buying a new one for about $2500. Are any other makes better. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
  2. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Posts: 648

    I'd go with a new one if you don't really know the history of the used mower. You'll see Exmark talked about here, but Scag, Toro, Hustler and many others all have there ups and downs. You could do a search here and find lots of opinions. I wish you luck.
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    If that's a 4 year old belt drive mower then get a new one instead. Its to high.

    Go demo a few (eXmark) walkbehinds and see what you (eXmark) like. There are many good (eXmark) mowers out there.

    I use all eXmark mowers now. The cut is awesome and the factory support is excellent. They are even right here on this site to help.
  4. I think id go with a new one you'll get a machine with a brand new warrenty . I agree with hoss 1600 for a 4 year old belt drive is to much.
    Scag is a good brand to consider their walkbehinds are like tanks.

    Cut great stripe great and will last a long time.
  5. Dan1944

    Dan1944 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 146

    I am picking up a brand new Gravely Pro G tomorrow, Belt drive, 36" fixed deck with 13hp v twin Kawasaki for $ 2050.00 They are a forum sponser also. Built like a tank. $ 1600 for a used belt drive is to high.

    my 2cents

    Dan the lawn care man:)
  6. Precision Care

    Precision Care LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 28

    What ever you do don't get a belt drive. The belt gets wet and they don't work is well. Hydro is the only way to go. Don't buy a belt.
    Precision Care Lawn Service
  7. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    I would rather get two belt drives then pay the money for one hydro walkbehind. I could leave one on the trailer to dry while I used the other! I, myself, can not justify the kind of money they want for a hydro. If you go the route of hydro, maybe consider a stander instead of a walkbehind hydro.

    If you don't mow when it is real wet, a belt drive is fine, IMO.

    I picked up a homeowner used Toro 37" with mulchkit 5 years old for $450. Looks new except I will have to change a sump seal which is cheap.

    Take care
  8. Grasshog

    Grasshog LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 270

    exmark 36" belt 1995.00 new

    torro 36 " belt 1999.00 new

    if your part time I would buy the belts. Save thousands

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