Follow up post: what would you do?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by clemsonfan69, Dec 10, 2004.

  1. clemsonfan69

    clemsonfan69 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 41

    I posted a few days ago needing an opinion on whether to sell my 42" ZTR and get a walk behind, or self-propelled mower.

    All the yards Ill be doing are residential and most have very tight spots (its a retirement community). No yard will take me more than 15-20 minutes (mowing, edging, trimming and blowing) or less.

    I came across this at my local dealer:
    Possible new mower

    $1200 brand new.

    Ive searched and read some posts on these types, but is this a 'go' in everyones opinion?

    [edit]Yes I realize Id be better off getting a big name brand, hydro walk-behind, but just starting out, I cant afford to drop $2000+. Unless anyone knows of a good WB around $1300-$1500.

    peace
    CJ
     
  2. hulan2

    hulan2 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    Have you looked into the Bradley? They look to be a good mower, peerless transmission and Kohler engine. The place I can tell you to see one is E-bay. Do a search on Bradley and it will show all the deck options. The dealer is near me and I am thinking about one myself. Good luck
     
  3. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    I would get a good 21" before I would get one of those. For yards that small a 21 would probibly work best for you.
     
  4. clemsonfan69

    clemsonfan69 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 41

    Yeah, but a 21" Push Mower = Pain in the @$$. Ive tried using it on some of the thicker sod before, and it about killed me.

    My main reasoning was the self-propelled and decent size (barely) cut path.

    [edit]hulan, yeah I did see the Bradley 32" but I think its like $1500 or so. I *MIGHT* be able to splurge $1500, but only if its worth it. Again, Im worried about manuvering the BEST I CAN.

    peace
    CJ
     
  5. clemsonfan69

    clemsonfan69 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 41

    Anyone else?

    peace
    CJ

    One Clemson - R U Orange?
     
  6. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,116

    Just looking at it, I'd say that if you've got enough horse power to mow really thick, succulent out of control lawns (clean ups), the tires are too narrow. In other words, the more horse power, the more the engine weighs. If the engine weighs too much, I'd guess you'll get stuck in soggy soils with those narrow tires.

    If the engine is no heavier than the engines on standard 21" mowers, I'd say this might not be too bad.

    I'm also a little skeptical of the propulsion method. I once had a 21" Lawn Boy with a self propelled drive mechanism that was very similar when I was in high school. It was always breaking down. And it was labeled a commercial mower too.

    Later,
    DFW Area Landscaper
     
  7. clemsonfan69

    clemsonfan69 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 41

    Good point DFW, I never really thought about wet sod, etc. and the weight of the machine.

    Do the mowers like that one (bicycle wheels) turn pretty easy? Basically Im asking if you can get yards done quickly.

    PS:As for breaking down, Ill only be doing MAYBE 10 Yards per week. I work full time in lawn maintenence @ a retirement community, so I dont really have time for a ton of yards, and the fact Im in college taking 3 classes per semester doesnt leave me time. Im just tryin to make a few extra hundred dollars a month ya know?

    peace
    CJ
     
  8. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    You could try a 21" with caster wheels on the front. They are kindah like a zero turn self propelled mower. Those caster wheels should help out a lot with manuverability and probibly wouldn't be too hard on you. Just a thought.
     
  9. clemsonfan69

    clemsonfan69 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 41

    Here is a pic of 1 of the yards in the community Ill be mowing in, most are about this size, but some are actually smaller w/tighter spots:

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    Bradley 32" Good Here, 27" Encore, or just get what Travis said, a 21" w/casters?

    peace and thanx
    CJ
     
  10. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,565

    Hey Clemson,

    I like the idea of the width of the mower. I think you have the right idea there.

    The misgiving I have about this Encore item is the drive mechanism. It looks to me like a moderate amount of wear and tear on the machine might cause the drive gear to slip past the tires, leaving the operator with a rather large and heavy push mower.

    I recommend you try to stick with a proven machine. The Encore Classic might be a good mower, but I'd hate to see you cough up $1200 to find out otherwise. If there is any way you can find another $300 in your budget to get a mower that has a proven track record, it'd be a good investment.
     

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