Buying a good ztr, stand on, and push mower...in what order??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Jessefloyd1, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    All depends on what works for you in your area. If the stander is a better fit then go with it. If when you do get a ztr it will make a great backup. Never know when one is gonna go down.
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  2. THORNTON SERVICES LLC

    THORNTON SERVICES LLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    In my opinion this kinda depends on the size of your lawns , who do you currently have as a customer? Your target lawns are they very steep? If your lawns are decent size and somewhat flat I would just skip the middle size and get a good ztr , and a cheaper push mower , but if you have steep hills you will need the walk behind not the ztr , just depends on your first clients that you plan on picking up , I know people who have just a walk behind or just a zero turn , or just run push mowers and they choose the accounts they take around there equipment , it all depend on your market if push mow lawns are what is the easiest to get then get a commercial 30 push and go make some money , just depends on what accounts are available for you to get and what you want to do, everything has its ups and downs , but if I had to start over I would keep things as simple as possible , choose a route to go then advertise and build around that. just my opinion.
     
  3. Jessefloyd1

    Jessefloyd1 LawnSite Member
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    Here in FL everything is pretty flat.
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  4. ric1

    ric1 LawnSite Member
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    It all depends on what works for you. Using a walk-behind for some can be a pita and for others they work great. I have to many tight areas to mow to mess around with a walk behind, I sold a 36" wb for just that reason and replaced it with the 30" Toro Turf-Master because it weighs less than the walk behind, it's easier to use and the difference in productivity between it and the 36" wb is near nothing.
    I use the 36" Grandstand on about all my lawns and it's great but I do Residential work in sub-divisions on lots from a quarter to one acre in size and like Thornton Services said that's my target area. The point I was trying to make was you can have all three mower in one with a GS or a Vantage stander and only have to spend the money once and in the long run you get off cheaper.
     
  5. Jessefloyd1

    Jessefloyd1 LawnSite Member
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    Everything is pretty flat her in FL.
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  6. THORNTON SERVICES LLC

    THORNTON SERVICES LLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    If everything is flat I would not worry about the walk behind if you can afford the zero turn , just my view , I use my zero turn about 80 % of the time , the walk behind 15% and my push mower 5% , I would not have the walk behind but here we have some steep hills that are to dangerous for a zero turn
     
  7. Jessefloyd1

    Jessefloyd1 LawnSite Member
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    This maybe a Chevy/Ford type question...Do you have an experience with any of the Wright standers?
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  8. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    IMO buying/using a Toro/exmark 30 is wasting money compared to having a 36" walkbehind. The 30's are disposable mowers and will be worth next to nothing when/if you're done with it. Not to mention the problems that have yet to be worked out with them. I've yet to find anywhere except gates where I can't run a 36" wb compared to a 21 or 30. A hydro wb is all but effortless to operate on the same/more areas where you would use a 21 or 30.
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  9. ric1

    ric1 LawnSite Member
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    No not really, there isn't a dealer around me the nearest is twenty miles. I did some research before a purchased the GS, I looked at the Toro, the Gravely, and the Scag and the thing that influenced my choice or decision on the GS was there Five year 1200 hour warranty vs the 2/3 year from everyone else.
     
  10. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Why not get a 52 and 21? Or 52 and 36 if the back yards are that big...
     

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