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Best mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Franko, Mar 25, 2002.

  1. Franko

    Franko LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    I run a small engine repair business & I have a good customer who does commercial gardening. He also does some lawnmowing,
    although that is not his primary business. He has 2 Honda 21 " commercial mowers that I've been taking care of for him.
    The problem is that the parts are so expensive, and not easy to find. I told him he should consider another brand when he replaces one this year. A new Honda commercial is $1400, and I told him that he could buy & toss 3 Deere homeowner models for that price, & they would probably last about as long as 1 commercial Honda. But I'm a mechanic, not a commercial lawn cutter. So I wonder if any of you pros have an opinion on this plan, or if you can recommend a mower that is not as pricy as the Honda, but about as durable.
  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    Hello franko
    Is He still Looking For a 21":confused:
    Johnny G. :cool: :cool:
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Let's see, having to go through the aggravation of 3 Briggs engines for every 1 dependable Honda engine. Or let me put it another way. For the price of my Dixie Chopper I could have bought 7 or 8 cheapy riding tractors from K-Mart. Would I rather have 1 mower that keeps on going and going or would I rather go though the new mower to used up mower process a lot of times? I think you know the answer to this.
  4. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,465

    I would look at a Lawnboy, at least a Gold series. Hard to beat a Honda.
  5. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Posts: 1,484

    if he does lawn mowing for more then 3 lawns i would suggest a commercial mower, also depends on the size of the yards, homeowners are built for one lawn.
  6. Krimick

    Krimick LawnSite Member
    Posts: 86


    I bought two 21" Husqvarna push behinds when I started my business for $400 (cdn) each. I have never seen a push mower that bags as well as the Husqvarna. I have used them for 3 seasons now and I would estimate each has about 800 hours of use on them. Neither one of them as ever been in the shop.

    They will not last forever though. I will be replacing both of mine this season, more then likely with 2 more Husqvarnas and the 2 older ones I will keep as back-ups.

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