any thoughts on this mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by windsory, Nov 19, 2006.

  1. windsory

    windsory LawnSite Member
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    http://cgi.ebay.com/48-Scag-Belt-Drive-Lawn-Mower-Good-Condition-17-HP_W0QQitemZ170051547289QQihZ007QQcategoryZ71272QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
    im llokin into buying this mower for about 12 1/2 to 1 acre acocunts for next season, any thoughts would be appreciated

    im still in high school and have had less than 7 accounts for the past 3 years. im looking to expand to at least 12 for next season, i have been using redmax trimmer, blower and edger but am looking into a commercial mower because i think 12 accounts is a little much for the ol' tractor.

    i cant drive but tow all my stuff around in a homemade 6 ft trailer attached to the tractor. its prettty sad lookin. if i buy a walk-behind im either gonna fabricate some kind of hitch for the velke or tow that behind the trailer and have some tandem action goin on.

    the tractor, surprsingly, stripes pretty well as I have mastered the whole stop-turn-back-up-turn deal

    thanks a lot
     
  2. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    If you can hold off until this coming season, we are probably selling our 48" Toro Proline. Its in A LOT better shape than that thing. Honestly it looks rough, I wouldn't give him 899.00 for it, maybe 500.00 but thats it! Our Toro Has a BRAND NEW 5 spd transmission and is very very clean, it only looks like its a year or two old. I bought it used from a friend of mine who got out of the business and he only used it 1 day a week for about 4 hours a day. I would want around 1k for it.
     
  3. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    For the price it would be okay. However you might be avantaged put your money into a savings account and collect a bit of interest on it. Then make your equipment purchase in the spring. Middle of February or March then get ready for the season.
     
  4. windsory

    windsory LawnSite Member
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    i was thinking that, as the moneys been in a savings acct for a year or so, but i figured that mower prices would be lower at this time than in the spring when everyone's preparing for the season
     
  5. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    i wouldn't use the WB to tow, you'll kill it. you can use the tractor, and just either buy or make a larger trailer with ramps. but be careful with the weight that you tow with the tractor, if you burn up a belt, it's very heavy to push back to the garage.
     
  6. Tagg

    Tagg LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    It's Best to leave a Beltdrive unit where it's at. I'm partial to Scag but I would go with another type of control instead of pistol grips.:walking:
     
  7. IRRITECH

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 931

    I have always bought my equipment used and saved money. For the price that is not a bad deal...But the auction still has days and the price willgo up alot. Keep wathcing E-bay and your local classifieds throughout the winter. Many guys will decide in the coming months that lawn mowing is not for them and will be trying to unload their equipment. Don't jump at the first thing you see. Good luck w the whole towing thing, and see what NoBager has to offer.
     
  8. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    It don't look to bad. I would go look at it before you bid. Find out how it runs and if the deck has any noise.

    Looking at it, I'd say its worth $899. I am not a fan of belt drive mowers though, but since your starting out, it would be good for your situation.
     
  9. Idealtim

    Idealtim LawnSite Senior Member
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    I wouldn't pay a dollar over $700.00 so you know what my take on it is.
     
  10. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,490

    Let's not sugar coat it guys, lets tell it like it is. That thing has 5 seasons on it and it looks like they've been rough seasons at that. Save your money and buy something new but inexpensive, like a Quick 36 for a little over $2K
     

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