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Do I need a walk behind?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by exmarkking, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,012

    I keep the following equipment on the truck at all times:

    48" laser z with mulch kit
    42" navigator
    21" push mower
    2 weed eaters
    1 edger
    Extended reach hedge trimmers
    24" hedge trimmers
    2 backpack blowers
    Backpack sprayer
    Miscellaneous stuff

    The question is: do I need a 36" walk behind? The 48" laser fits thru some gates, the 42" navigator fits thru most gates, and the 21" fits thru all gates. I have mowers for bagging, mulching and side discharging. where would the 36" walk behind fit in and where would I use it?
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  2. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,812

    If you don't have 36" gates you don't need it:waving:
  3. sharperimagelawns

    sharperimagelawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    IMO a walk behind is only a necessity if you have properties with extremely steep hills that are too big to use the trimmer. It sounds like you have the equipment you need, so I wouldnt buy a walk behind just for the heck of it. Truthfully they are kind of a pain to operate, so given the choice, 9 times out of 10 your gonna get the riders off the trailer and leave the walk behind sitting. But then again it all depends in the properties you are servicing.
  4. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,229

    I have a rider and walk of the same size and both get used. Say your rider goes down, your going to do all your accounts with the 21? I also have a part time helper that can use the walk behind and not be standing around once trimming is done. The walk is also great on hills. I also have a 36 walk for gates. If you dont have any gates its no big deal as you also have a 21, but I dont even carry a 21. Its too slow
  5. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,012

    I understand what each of you are saying. That's why I'm questioning it. I think the 36" is good if a mower goes down, but the 21" does have its place too like islands that are small and surrounded by curbs(commercial), small front lawns that are on a slope. Sometimes the 21" makes since when you have back yards that hold alot of water, it won't destroy the lawn like a heavy walk behind. I guess I'm questioning myself because I need a new 21" push mower but don't own a 36" walk behind. I started out with a 36" walk behind but over the years sold them to upgrade to the rider, navigator. I have managed for the past year without a walk behind but I did use the 21" push mower some, that's why I need a new one. The cost is a huge difference between the two mowers as well. I can get a new 21 for 1100 and a new hydro walk behind is around 5-6000 now a days.
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  6. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,001

    Have you looked at the new Toro Turfmaster? That might fill the gap.
  7. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,012

    I demos the new 30" exmark and didn't care for it. I think to simplify my question, which is more important/useful? 21"" or 36"
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  8. Joe W 17

    Joe W 17 LawnSite Member
    from St paul
    Posts: 8

    What didnt you like about the exmark 30?
  9. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,012

    Maybe I'm old fashioned but it was hard to deal with. Seemed a bit cumbersome. Didn't cut as good as I thought it would with two blades
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  10. Joe W 17

    Joe W 17 LawnSite Member
    from St paul
    Posts: 8

    Thanks for the reply. I have the toro 30 and its been awesome for getting in those gates plus its light which is always nice. The cut isn't so bad but the deck clog and it is overpowered. I was anticipating embark would fix there issues and have a homerun.
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