If you could choose.....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lantz, Mar 28, 2002.

  1. lantz

    lantz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    If you could choose any mower or mowers to start a lawn care business what would they be. We have roughly $14,000 and two mowers(woods midmount, bunton walk behind). We have about 50/50 residential/commercial accounts. Do you guys recommend walkbehinds or riding? What do you feel about Grasshoppers? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated? One more thing, who do you contact to get your chemical spray license.
     
  2. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 870

    Lazer Z and Tracer EPS. (My opinion only because I like eXmark equipment and dealer.)

    But I would suggest 1 rider for production and 1 walk-behind for smaller/more sensitive areas.

    Application License:
    Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture. (They should have a local branch in a nearby big city.)
     
  3. ohiolawnguy

    ohiolawnguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 391

    kent lawns suggestions about 1 rider, and 1 walk behind, as well as the application license is very sound advice.

    as far as equipment goes, i would pick the dealer who is most likely to give you good prices, right along with GREAT service. IE: parts in stock, quick warranty repairs if you buy new, or even a loaner if it breaks down, and you have no backup mower.

    we run Bobcat mowers, but that isn't necessarily because we think they are the best out there. it is basically because we get really good prices, and our dealer bends over backwards to make us happy. that is the only 48" and up mower we have ever bought for this reason. the bobcat dealer i mention is also 5 minutes from our warehouse-another bonus!
     
  4. Currier

    Currier LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 564

    I'd buy a Walker with a 42" deck and a 54" side discharge.
     
  5. BigJim

    BigJim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 382

    I agree with Currier,a Walker with 2 decks gives you versatility from one mower and why spend all day chasing a walk behind when you can ride around and save your legs?
     
  6. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    What Kent Lawn's Said+ A Bagger For rider :D
    Johnny G. :cool: :cool:
     
  7. excel25

    excel25 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    My grasshopper is in the garage, My Hustler super z in in the trailer.
     
  8. Acute Cut

    Acute Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 980

    First off, i think i would buy used. You will save a ton of money. Your dealer, if he is any good, can steer you twords good machines.

    As pertaining to size and type, i myeslf am an exmark man. I absouletly love my 52 wb with jungle jim attachment. No matter what you buy make sure of a few things. If you plan on running doubles then i would stay away from a 5 hp 60 deck walk behind. (joke of course) Seriously though, get power in you engine to do the type of work you want to do. Second, i would buy only something hydraulic. I am 100% against anything belt drives. THis comes from the fact that i live near seattle and it rains so much. haha. 3. Get a mower that has an awesome deck. If you are new to the field you will hit more than you fair share of stuff at first. I know i did. Rocks everywhere fear me now. lol. Some models i have seen wouldnt withstand a bee bee shot in my opinion. Choose wisely danyosan.
     
  9. f350

    f350 Banned
    from mi
    Posts: 424

    (1) 16x8 enclosed trailer w/ brakes
    (1) 52" walk behind w/ great dealer support
    (1) 36" or 32" gate mower see above

    you'll see that i'm brand loyal here!
    (1) stihl fs85 trimmer
    (1) stihl fs85t w/ edger attachment and hedge clipper
    (1) stihl br340 or br420

    jungle wheels
    equipment racks
    air compressor
    AND MOST IMPORTAINT A GOOD MARKETING PROGRAM!!!!!
     
  10. fastrunner

    fastrunner LawnSite Member
    Posts: 96

    I have husqvarna everything.. Ive never had a problem with any of thier equipment.. I just bought the 61" ZTR with a 25 Kaw and its wonderful.. Have about 170 hrs on it now with no problems. I like how they sit really low to the ground. great on hills.
     

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