DR Brush mowers worth the $ or not?

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by Dugann, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. Dugann

    Dugann LawnSite Member
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    How many of you guys use DR brush mowers?

    We do a lot of property reclaiming and foreclosures for some real estate companies and private folks as well. I have a old 7Hp DR scout. It dose almost everything I need, but I am thinking of getting a new version and a larger one commercial grade. Worth it or not? or would I be better off buying a tractor and brush hog?

    Just thought I would see what you all think?

    Thanks

    Dugann
    Dugan Lawn & Services
     
  2. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't know how much a big DR would cost you, but you might consider a gray-market japanese tractor & bush hog. You can find them all over; I got a 24 hp tractor with under 500 hours, plus a 5' tiller, and a new 5' bush hog and a new disc, for about $4400. You can probably get a smaller tractor with 4' bush hog in the low $3000 range.
     
  3. Dugann

    Dugann LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the info had not thought about that. I have heard good things about those Japanese tractors. and a bigger DR starts at around 2200-2400 so seems that I would be better off going the tractor line and use what I have with the old DR. Thanks for the light bulb.
     
  4. Bert's Landscaping

    Bert's Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    One thing to think about with those Japanese tractors is how easy is to get parts. I looked into those tractors but I have heard horror stories on getting parts. For the price you might not care and once it breaks get something else.
     
  5. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would definitely consider that, although in my area there are a couple big time dealers who have / can get parts, and maybe 5 or 10 retired guys just fixing up a few at a time to stay busy and make a little money. Mine's been great and for part time or medium duty use I would readily recommend it. If full-time production and a lot of heavy use are what you are looking for, you can probably afford a new Kubota or John Deere anyway.
     
  6. DOLMARatOS

    DOLMARatOS LawnSite Member
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    Try looking at the Snapper, Simplicity, Ferris brush-cutters. WAY heavier than the Dr. units. Also have REAL dealer support. Hydrostatic drive and haevy duty cutting.
     
  7. B. L. Landscaping

    B. L. Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I have a 17hp DR and I love it it works great for cutting brush and over grown lawns it has paid for itself more than once.
     
  8. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Depends on area. Here I keep a 43 hp John Deere busy. I just bought a new 4120 in late april and already have almost 100 hours on it. Very worth having a tractor to me.
     

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