Front mount mowers for residential accounts

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by T Scapes, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. T Scapes

    T Scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
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    thanks for all the info going to check out a 1445 tomorrow
     
  2. 2ExploreTech

    2ExploreTech LawnSite Member
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    Tried sending this earlier but had issues with browser... Anyway, based on what you're saying I would recommend the 1435, not the 1445. The dealer, and others, can explain all the differences, but it is the same frame size but with a smaller Yanmar engine. Thus a little less hp and lesser wt. Still plenty enough for the 60" you are inquiring about.

    Now if you are thinking of a snowblower, well they tend to be hp hungry or some other attachment, then yes. Actually, look at a 1545 since it has a 2 speed trans, 15mph, taller tires, and a few other things, but same engine and hp.

    As a reminder, the 72" will have a better trim on both sides of the deck.
     
  3. T Scapes

    T Scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
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    yea i looked at the 1545 but i would need to work for the deck if a 72 suites me better im gonna go with that
     
  4. BOSS LAWN 2343

    BOSS LAWN 2343 LawnSite Senior Member
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    They are terrible on hills, I only mow with my front mount on large open & flat propertys. It is very possible to use it on res accounts but in my own opinion they are more of a finishing mower than a normal usage mower.
     
  5. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Your is only the little f510. The 1445 can have 4wd and it does have differential lock. Try mowing sideways on a hill with a 1445 with cab. You'll crap and pee all over your self. With out they are not the best but better. Last year I couldn't figure out why mine would hold any hills. Turns out the pivot for the back axle was froze. Took 4 hours of heating and pounding to get the sucker loose.
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  6. BOSS LAWN 2343

    BOSS LAWN 2343 LawnSite Senior Member
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  7. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
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    It's all together different than yours. I had a f525. I kinda miss it now that I have small lawns and cemeteries.
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  8. BOSS LAWN 2343

    BOSS LAWN 2343 LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. 2ExploreTech

    2ExploreTech LawnSite Member
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    I know with 4post ROPS the center of gravity is raised so side-to-side mowing is limited on steep ground. However, it does well going up & down or sideways and have control doing it. By that I mean being able to come to a complete stop and reversing in mid-hill ( such as to ovoid a ditch). They do need to be weighted correctly. If not, lift up the deck and the rear wheels will come up, or at the least not enough ground pressure to steer. :)

    These machines really compare better to a mid-compact tractor then a ztr.
     
  10. 2ExploreTech

    2ExploreTech LawnSite Member
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    Last Spring and a few times this summer, I was using an f928 as a light duty bush-hog (OK, rotary grass clipper). Advantages are deck is in front, vs a typical mounting, able to lift high to avoid obstacles, blades strong enough for thick grass and light brush. Note: emphasis on the light-duty -- no grinding rocks, trees, or even grading with this deck
     

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