Best Self Prop. Mower for cemetery??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by spud33, Sep 23, 2004.

  1. spud33

    spud33 LawnSite Member
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    I Need Help. I manage a 16 acre cemetery with monuments, retaining walls, and copings. I need to find a good commercial type self propelled lawn mower that is no larger than 22 inch cut. We have been using John Deere JX 85 s for several years, but they stopped making them and the JX-75 is not tough enough to withstand the rigors of cemetery work. John Deere is also extremely expensive for parts and if a transmission goes, it is over $ 300.00 to fix.
    Would love to hear from anyone that has had some experience with other brands of the smaller commercial self - propelled. And also would love to talk with other cemetery maintainers.
     
  2. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
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    They stopped making the 85? That was the 5 speed commercial job with the steel wheels and Kawisaki engines right? We had two of those and they were great mowers.
     
  3. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
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    Honda or Toro either one are great. The commerical model will run around $900-$1000
     
  4. jaguar4000

    jaguar4000 LawnSite Member
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    check out the cub cadet 21 w/ front caster wheels & 6.5 kawi. My brother n law has one 6 yrs old he uses on heavy st. augustine here in Florida. Has been a great mower. Great transmission and maneuvers easy w/ the front casters. Getting one next spring myself. If you do not have a dealer you can find it at Lowe's. Good Luck!!
     
  5. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    According to consumer and commercial reports, the Honda HRX with the clip director, double blades and versamow system is #1. I bought one last month and NEVER used a better 21" mower period
     
  6. jaguar4000

    jaguar4000 LawnSite Member
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    forgot to mention the cub cadet 21 is priced around $500 to $550 I believe. Can't beat it for a 21.
     
  7. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
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    Just looked at their site, is yours a 215 or 216?
     
  8. spud33

    spud33 LawnSite Member
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    The Jx 85 is gone. They changed the steel wheels to plastic ones and the gears are not as tough. I just need to change over to something stronger and longer lasting. I see that many of you run Prolines, I take it that is a commercial type TORO. You can't beat those Kawasaki engines.
     
  9. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
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    That's a fine mower for the homeowner as it is made for but I doubt seriously that it would hold up under daily commerical use.
     
  10. jaguar4000

    jaguar4000 LawnSite Member
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    it may not be termed commercial, but if you check it out I think you will see that it is close to commercial quality. How many hrs in a week is an LCO going to put on a 21 anyway? If alot is the answer then they need to get in another biz b/c not much money is made operating a 21. Usually just used for trimming or small courtyards etc. I had a commercial grade snapper that lasted for yrs and it was no where near the quality of the cub. Anyways I have seen and operated them all- toro, honda, lawnboy etc. I would buy 2 of these at $530 bucks or so before I even thought about buying one commercial honda at $800 - $900. Would be money far ahead. My 2 cents worth.
     

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