better mower question

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by scatterbrain, Jun 25, 2006.

  1. scatterbrain

    scatterbrain LawnSite Member
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    Howdy,
    I just started my part time mowing business. I am a mailman during the day and mow yards after work. I starting using my personal mower (22" push Murray 4.5 Briggs & Stratton). I am not loving the finished product. I don't want to buy a huge lawn tractor, this is just a temporary thing right now, but I do want to give my clients the best job possible. I find the Murray leaves a lot of blades sticking up after I mow. I sometimes go back over the yard in a cross cut fashion and it still leaves more blades than I would like. Almost seems like there is very little vacuum sucking the blades up. What would y'all recommend as a good all around mower that will leave my yards looking great? I'm the mailman...not the moneyman.
    Thank you,
    scatterbrain
    houston, Tx
     
  2. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 992

    Go to eBay and buy a used 'F' engine Lawn Boy Aluminum deck, staggered wheel mower...You will NOT regret it and will have a B-E-A-UTIFUL cut that simply cannot be beat...Make sure you use the mulching plate as well...Here is a cut I just did with my Lawn Boy (which ALL Lawn Boy engines are commercial...

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  3. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 992

    Here is my machine...

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  4. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Posts: 2,419

    Or, if you want to stay with the inexpensive ones and cannot find a used one, a TroyBilt (or Yardman) with the mulch/bag deck setup mulches pretty good for a residential mower. MTD has recently come out with their own engine though this year, and the deck that those are on are crap.. very shallow. Find a deeperish deck and you should be ok. Also, keep a few extra blades on hand to change to throughout your yards.
     
  5. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
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    How sharp are your blades
     
  6. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,513

    That was my first thought. Even a cheap mower shouldn't be doing that.
     
  7. Scotts' Yard Care

    Scotts' Yard Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 343

    Most homeowner machines are set way too low to cut well. Get a tach and set your revs around 3600 or so as this is fairly safe for the engine and puts it in a good operating range.
     
  8. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    that tach will cost more than his murray is worth!!
     
  9. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,164

    $399-New Three Speed Honda WB 21" at your local home depot, they are great mowers! quadracut blade system rocks!
     
  10. Scotts' Yard Care

    Scotts' Yard Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 343

    :laugh: Still a good tool to have anyway:)
     

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