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Best mower for islands?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JCPM, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. JCPM

    JCPM LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    I have a bunch of commercial accounts with grass islands. They're a pain to mow with the zturn and even with my 48" walkbehind. Does anybody have any suggestions for something that's a little smaller but not a push mower? Who makes a decent 36" walkbehind that's not $3,000? I gotta figure something out for next season.
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  2. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 582

    What's wrong with a push mower? I've always thought a push mower with caster front wheels would be perfect for small islands...
  3. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,133

    I imagine these are small islands. If they are too small to justify a Z then a 21 may be you best bet. I mow large islands with my 60 inch z and small with a 21, works fine.
  4. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,116

    Toro 40" , 36" will not catch the edges and will cause more trimming.
  5. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,446

    string trimmer - will save a ton of time if you can get away with it
  6. JCPM

    JCPM LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    They range from 3-4' wide bit they are all long stretches,(some up to 200' long), with trees planted every 20' or so. Walkbehinds fit perfect but the blades hit the curb every time you drop down to go around each tree. I figured maybe a smaller walkbehind wouldn't do that or maybe there was something else on the market that I haven't seen yet. I think a 21" would take just too long to make that many passes up and down.
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  7. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    I have a island same length and I use my trimmer you cant tell it was done with a trimmer I run stihl 110 I run 40-3 polyheads you can mow with that head I havent push a push mower for over 15 yrs
  8. Andy31

    Andy31 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    34" Toro ZTR, or like the others a 21"
  9. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,511

    I use my 36" JD wb
  10. orourke15

    orourke15 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    Check out Sarlo mowers. I have a couple accounts that have lots of islands as well. They make a 30'' high-wheel mower with front caster wheels and self-propelled for a little over $1,500 delivered. I am going to purchase one this winter for next year. Great mower.

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