Buying a Lesco??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JCee, Oct 7, 2005.

  1. JCee

    JCee LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 113

    I was wondering if anyone has seen or had used any lesco products...I am in the process of deciding on a ztr or wb and lesco just keeps popping into my head obviously because of price. I own a lesco 36inch WB now, and besides a small problem with cutting height, I really like the machine. (Just started in the biz, so I'm not sure about how it will hold up though). I'm thinking maybe the hydro float deck 54" WB (3899) or the ztr (54"-5999, or 60" 6299). God for a 60inch at that price if it was close to the quality and cut of another mower Id do it. Anyone seen any of these in action or have any opinons?? And BTW I've heard the sayings of you get what you pay this one of those cases?
  2. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    I can't comment on Lesco mowers, but one thing I would keep in mind is their ability to service what they sell. The Lesco here has no service department. There is usually only one guy there and he runs the computer and forklift to load fertilizers. I have bought some stuff from them (leaf loader, spray rig and spreader). On the other hand, if I ever did buy a mower from them and it broke down "outside" of the warranty, I would take it to "my" dealer anyway. So personally speaking, I would not buy from them and buy from a reputable dealer of another make.
  3. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    Not sure on the equipment themselves. I was looking into purchasing a piece of equipment from them a few weeks back. Stopped at a dealer in central jersey.

    The place looked like a bomb hit it. Equipment parts all over the place. Looks as if a bunch of slobs ran the place. I'm not stepping foot into that one again.
  4. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    Just go demo their black deck units... ZTR & Floating deck hydro walk...

    You'll come home with them.
    I did.

    What I found is that the quality of cut was actually better in my area.
    In my case I bought the 60" Z-Two, basically because there was ZERO reason not to.

    So far, I basically like this machine better than any other piece of mowing equipment I have ever owned or tried... and there is not much I do not have experience with. The only thing I would suggest to you is to also consider the new WideTrack 60" with the 28hp Generac. I think that one might be a little easier on the turf when turning.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,138

    Lesco can't be beat on price,if you have back up i say go for it,but down time will kill you in this biz.
  6. JCee

    JCee LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 113

    thanks, How bout the rider vs. the wb...I know this question comes up all the time on this site but I have 8 accounts now and growing...all my accounts are .75 to 1 acre...I dont see getting much bigger yards then that...for price and everything else what you do think??
  7. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    I don't know about that. You'll crap your pants going from a 36" walk to a 60" Z-Two!
    What a production increase!

    Stepping down to the 48" and 54" models, I think the rider v/s wb and sulky depends on operator preferences, the properties to be serviced, and what kind of production is expected.

    For instance, I would love to have one of their floating deck hydro walkbehinds. But I would want it to "go with" my ZTR. Many of my accounts I must cut at a slower ground speed anyways, so the speed difference is sort of moot.... but I could not physically stand up to doing some of the work I do with the rider without being exhausted.

    Point being, what is the right thing to do is individual....
  8. LawnBoy89

    LawnBoy89 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 967

    I went to a lesco place once with this guy I know to get his bench grinder serviced. Once I walked in I saw the Lesco mowers and was very interested. I'll probably end up buying one they look like really good mowers and for the price it seems great.

    Envy, have you had to do any work to yours and how long have you had it? Does it cut like an eXmark?
  9. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062


    I've had mine a little over 3 months now. The only work I have done on it is normal maintenace stuff... adjustments, servicing, ect. Oh, and I removed the brass colored reverse stops for the sticks.

    The only thing I found to be difficult was the tracking adjustment I had to make.
    That was no fun.

    Deck adjustments and service are very easy and clean. Oh, and I had to take one notch off the castle nut pre-load on the front castor forks. The bearings are Timken tapered roller bearings. So they require some preload for long life. These just had a minor amount too much and the castors did not turn freely. Popped off the dust caps, pulled the pin, moved the castle nut far enough to allow the pin to be inserted in the next castle notch... good to go.

    As for the cut... no it does not cut like an eXmark... thank god!

    It cuts, discharges, creates fine clippings, stipes, mulches and self cleans great.
    This deck also does not discriminate... it cuts everything... and cuts it well.
    No more excessive overlapping on passes or double and triple cutting for one reason or another.

    I'm a happy camper with this deck.
    Maybe the Triton will be a better deck for eXmark.
  10. surfisher211

    surfisher211 LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Posts: 141

    i have a 48 " lesco hydro w/b a 36 " lesco w/b a 32 " lesco w/b and as of 2 weeks ago a 54" lesco z turn best machines for the money u cant beat them. they cut butifull . :waving:

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