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Best Mowers

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by blkbutterflyy, May 4, 2006.

  1. blkbutterflyy

    blkbutterflyy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    I am just starting out and need to buy equipment. I have been researching and have decided to go with some push mowers and i just want to know what are the best ones for a business something that is durable. I was going to buy a tractor but I think that is too much for this starting stage of my business maybe when I get more clients. What should I look for when I go out to purchase. I am in Missouri and I am only doing residential cutting (nothing too big). I was thinking of buying two mowers and a trimmer to get me started. What do you guys think.
     
  2. mike lane lawn care

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

    ok, just starting out i would get a toro homeowner personal pace, or the commercial super recycler. or a honda mower. you should get self-propelled(rear wheel drive is best) with a bagger and mulching capabilities.

    for a trimmer i love my echo. i just got quoted $199.99 for a sthil FS55R straight shaft trimmer,it looks very good.

    you also should think about a leaf blower, backpack ones are good, but can be expensive, echo and sthil both make some very good handheld leafblowers.

    other things are rakes, brooms, shovels, buckets, and spare mower parts and blades.

    i am just starting to brach out of my neighborhood as of last year, see the equipment listed below?. they are very good and serve the purpose, in fact today, i was mowing a yard with the simplicity broadmoor and had several joggers stop to tell me how nice the stripes look on the lawn.
     
  3. Jnamo

    Jnamo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    Toro! Toro! Toro!
    Get one from a lawn mower shop-not home cheapo. The decks are different and you will pay for it in the long run. Spend some cash and get a good mower (Toro).
    Get a good blower, that eliminates a ton of time during clean up.
     
  4. mike lane lawn care

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

    also i forgot to add, you can get a good used commercial walk behind for little money.
     
  5. totallawncare912

    totallawncare912 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    I bought a Troybilt 33in belt driven walkbehind with a 9hp briggs commercial engine on it for 315.00 cant beat that it was used but cranks on the first pull.
    Yes you need a good trimmer either REDMAX, KAWASAKI OR SHINDAIWA, and a backpack blower you will thank yourself later trust me...
     
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    I'll second that motion: TORO ! TORO !! TORO !!!!

    To be honest, I would highly recommend seeing if you can find an oldie but goodie Walk-behind commercial machine such as the 44" or the 52" float deck. As a beginner, I would advise staying away from the 48" fixed deck until you learn how to operate a WAM but you can find older ones in decent shape for around a thousand dollars.

    Thing is, even an old commercial machine outperforms and outlasts the newest and latest and greatest homeowner models. And, it prepares you for the day you buy a new one, as you learn with the old one, you will know what to fix and how to fix the new one and also the new one will last you a lot longer since you already know what you are doing (I have never landed my 1-year old Toro in the ditch, but the older ones LOL!).

    For the trimmer, ECHO !!! The Echo is not quite as powerful but it lasts a lot longer than everything else - If money is an issue, the echo's longevity will carry your business through thick and thin before it fails, you will turn a profit by the time the echo finally quits and you will cry when it does, it is that good.

    The last echo I bought lasted 3 years and trimmed close to two thousand yards! Talk about a tool that ruled, thou I didn't cry, I do feel melancholic towards it and I haven't thrown it away and I still want to see about ordering a carb to see if that fixes it, lol it is one tough trimmer.
     
  7. Jnamo

    Jnamo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    Echo trimmers are a good investment. I don't understand what people are cutting that they say they need more power. I have a 230 and when I wind it up it cuts down thick heavy grass like its nothing. I really don't see the need for a smallblock on a line trimmer? Anyway just got my new Echo (replaced OLD one got used) and I love it! Only way to go.
    Dont even think about using a curved shaft trimmer-straight all the way!
     
  8. blkbutterflyy

    blkbutterflyy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    Thank you all so much. I really had no idea what to buy. Where do you all suggest I go. I was looking on line at prices for home depot, sears and lowes. I am trying to find some dealers or shops that specialize in this stuff so I can talk to someone that will be honest when I go buy. Any ideas
     
  9. FrankMcG

    FrankMcG LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    I'm very much a newbie also, but go to Exho's wesite www.exho-usa.com and click on the find a dealer link. Any place in my area that caries echo equipment is usually a good lawn adn tractor supply place. Good places to browse around and seeif you can find a knowledgable employee.

    FM
     
  10. CutInEdge Lawn Care

    CutInEdge Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 677

    I believe its called a phone book. Look under tractor dealer, or u could go online to any name brand such as John deere, Scag, Kubota, Exmark, Bunton, Dixie, and click the tab button for nearest dealer. Good Luck!!!
     

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