help me pick a mower.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Kingbman1, Jul 26, 2004.

  1. Kingbman1

    Kingbman1 LawnSite Member
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    I am going to get my first walk behind next spring, my 21 incher wont do anymore. I am going to have around 15 lawns, that are anywhere from 5-10,000 square ft. I really dont want to spend more than $3,000 on it. I prefer around 2,500. if you guys could help me decide what size and brand to get? thanks
     
  2. EastTnLC

    EastTnLC LawnSite Member
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    Scag 61" hydro WB or if you can find one with the budget your on is a Turf Tiger 61" or a Tiger Cub 52".
     
  3. KL Squared

    KL Squared LawnSite Member
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    A commercial grade 36 incher if most of your lawns are residential. This will allow you to get into backyard gates and not have to get your 21 incher out. A hydro would be nice but a belt drive would be cheaper.
     
  4. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Get a Bob-Cat, 48", belt drive, w/ 15 hp Kawasaki engine!!!! I love mine!!!! Its quality of cut and striping are absolutely fantastic!!!!! It is built like a tank, and bags the clippings really well. I have a jumbo Grass Gobbler for it, and it works great!!!! I get mine at my dealer brand new for $3,350.
     
  5. soonerlawns

    soonerlawns LawnSite Member
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    You should be able to get an exmark metro 32" or 36" fixed deck WB for around $2,500.
     
  6. 2tall

    2tall LawnSite Member
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    Check out Ferris. I believe they still have 0% for 36 months. There are a couple of good ferris dealers here in town.
     
  7. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    Yes and that deal is over at the end of this month so get movin! Check out a Ferris single drive hydro 36” I think that fits your bill. It’s affordable in your price range, will do a great job for you, the 36 month deal can’t be beat (it’s what I’m using). And I have heard of guys pulling sulky behind them (riding attachment). 36” will probably go everywhere for you and on the larger jobs I think it will be a bit faster than a 32”. I’d go measure your gates before buying though! Measure the mowers before buying also, a 32” mower will be wider than 32” and same for a 36”. I went from a 32” Gravely to a 36” eXmark and still fit through all my gates, even ones that I didn’t think I’d make it through. A couple of the wooden gates are tight but the chain link ones I have plenty of room.
    I would recommend Ferris highly, but check out the dealer closely, speak to some of their commercial customers!!! I can’t say how important this is. I got burned with mine somehow. I knew the owner from church we used to go to, well guess what I’m getting treated like a rodent there. No other dealers very close either. If the dealer is good, go for a Ferris single drive hydro walk behind. Better than belt drive and same price but cheaper than a dual hydro (don’t think you need dual hydro right now). Ferris has a 2 year full warranty on parts and labor too!
     
  8. Kingbman1

    Kingbman1 LawnSite Member
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    thanks for all the advice!

    I think i have found the mower im going to buy. A local dealer quoted me $2,050 on a 36inch lesco belt. Ive heard some good things about it and the price seems good. tell me what you guys think.
     
  9. Liberty Lawncare

    Liberty Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    I got a lesco 48 belt drive 15 hp kawi for my first mower. I used these mowers with a company I worked for. They are verry reliable. The 48 belt drive was 2500 new. I recently got a price on a lesco 52 hydro drive it is only 3700. I like my 48 belt but at 3700 the 52 hydro is the best deal. good luck hope this helped.
     

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