Good entry level mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by cmos123, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. rwaters

    rwaters LawnSite Senior Member
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    The 2999.99 badboy hustler and big dog(all about the same mowers) are residential even with Briggs ELS engines and EZT transmissions. entry level commercial would include the CZT Badboy, Bob-cat Fast cat, and Hustler Fasttrak. I am not sure what the Big Dog calls their version of the FastTrak.
     
  2. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I thought the 2999.99 sounded to good to be true. They got me on the briggs els and the trans. I think the other models may be out of his price range.
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  3. rwaters

    rwaters LawnSite Senior Member
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    well at least BadBoy and Hustler have other offerings as to engine choice they just add about $300 to the price
     
  4. rwaters

    rwaters LawnSite Senior Member
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    well at least BadBoy and Hustler have other offerings as to engine choice they just add about $300 to the price
     
  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    Look at buying a commercial Honda, Exmark, or Toro 21" mower to get started and then step up to a 36" hydro unit when you can pay cash for it. This will let you learn the business and your properties before spending alot of money. Unless you already have a trailer and you only plan on staying with residental get a 6*12 trailer, it may seem large at first but you will grow into it, also get it with a sigle 5,200lb axle or a pair of 3,500lb axles. This will come in handy if you do any install work or mulch delivery.
     
  6. cgaengineer

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    Whatever you get make sure its a dual hydro.
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  7. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
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    I would buy a larger mower than this for sure unless you are doing the tiniest lawns. You will never make it to the point that you can buy a bigger mower because if you got any 20,000 square foot lawns or even 10,000 square foot(roughly a quarter acre) you will make so little money per hour doing it that you will quit. You cannot be competitive with a 21. I would go with a minimum 36 but I would recommend a 48.
     
  8. cmos123

    cmos123 LawnSite Member
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    It was my understanding that Worldlawn and Quick are commercial units. As far as 21" mowers, commercial mowers are a waste of money. I bought my mower from Sears, and it lasted two years, and I put a new commercial engine on it. The deck is the same as Snapper uses on several of its commercial models, only I spent a fraction of the price. I am just saying that you do not need to go buy the most expensive unit to get a good working product.
     
  9. cmos123

    cmos123 LawnSite Member
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    What is better, A Honda motor or a Kawasaki Kai? I believe they are both 13 hp, and the Honda is electric start as well as pull start, and they are the same price.
     
  10. houston ranger

    houston ranger LawnSite Member
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    Speaking of worldlawn have u tried their 28 inch mower
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