Backup mowers...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LandFakers, Dec 6, 2011.

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  1. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    I have gone this whole season with only my 52 Lazer and a 36 JD walk behind. I began to fear as the season grew that if the 52 went down that i would not be able to get all of my accounts done. Seeing as its now the end of the mowing season(atleast around here), i could probably find some good deals on Craigslist. My question to you all is, Do i buy another Z or should i find a Walk behind in the same size. The second 52 can also help me on a few properties so it wouldnt sit all year. I figure that there are pros and cons to both. Let me know what you guys think.

    Rob
     
  2. j-ville native

    j-ville native LawnSite Senior Member
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    I wouldn't buy a mower for backup purposes in your case. I would wait until your lazer breaks down and then play it by ear and figure out how long it will take to fix and see if you can get by without it by using your 36 and a sulky or even renting a ztr from the closest dealer for a day or 2 if you have to. If it's going to be a while before the lazer gets fixed maybe then buy a new mower and then the new mower becomes your main mower and the old lazer becomes the back up or sell the old lazer. That's just what I'd do but I'm sure others have good ideas too
     
  3. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Why not a belt drive 48" walk behind? They are cheap and everywhere.
     
  4. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
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    once i bought my new 61" vride my 48'' WB which was my main mower became my backup. i still use it on smaller properties once in a while. also if my vride goes into the shop they will give me a loaner untill its fixed so i dont really need to worry about a backup
     
  5. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
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    The thing is i am pretty jammed packed with gettign everything done just on time. plus if there is only one mower than either me or my partner will not be doing anything productive while mowing bigger properties with the 36. I am just worried about getting backed up especially when one of the dealers is hardly ever open, and the other one is so packed with other machines and everything else because the other dealer isnt open. Could be up to a week before they even look at the mower. Thanks for the idea though!!!
     
  6. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
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    Belt drives are almost non existant in CT. the 48 and 52 hydros are also basically the same price on average used too. so might as well get that 4" haha
     
  7. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
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    As much as i would love to buy a new Z and make the current one a backup, its just not in my budget right now. on a side note where did you buy your V-ride? and mind telling me what you paid? thanks
     
  8. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'd get a 52" WB or Stand On. That way the stripes will match up so you can use them interchangeably.
     
  9. Grassmaster9

    Grassmaster9 LawnSite Member
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    I recommend getting a used Zero Turn for a back up. That's what I did this summer. I got a good deal on a Ferris IS3000 (used). It had 425 hours on it when I bought it. It saves me so much time on mowing with the 61 inch deck that it is now my main mower. I really like it. I haven't bought a piece of equipment yet that didn't make enough money to pay for itself.
     
  10. ralph02813

    ralph02813 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Charlestown, RI
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    Where to you buy those special belts!
     

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