If you could pick one walk behind and one push to start with.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kennymo81, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. bjack312

    bjack312 LawnSite Member
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    I run a Toro 32" WB with T-bar controls. It's a great unit, and I don't have any complaints. Just about any of the major companies (Toro, Exmark, Scag, Bobcat, Gravely, Ferris, Etc.) are going to have top quality machines. Best advice is to go with the dealer that provides the best service.

    The 32 WB is a beast, and much more productive than a 21" mower. Unless your properties require extensive use of the 21, I probably wouldn't spend too much money on one, because you'll be using the WB wherever you can.

    I do 1/4 to 1/3 acre lots, and my 21" only gets used on one back yard that is so hard to access, I can be done with the 21" by the time I get the 32 into the yard.
     
  2. kennymo81

    kennymo81 LawnSite Member
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    Im lucky enough to have a good selection of dealers near me. Most of them carry Toro, Wright, Scag, and Ferris. There is one Hustler dealer. There is a Gravely dealer about an hour away in Delaware which is tax free but I would rather stay close.
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  3. kennymo81

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  4. kennymo81

    kennymo81 LawnSite Member
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    Okay. Mostly all of my customers are in Essington or Norwood. They all want bi-weekly. I mulch on all but one of my customers. I find it difficult to mulch bi-weekly, especially with my older 21s. There is so much moisture in the grass around here and it seems to stay there for a good portion of the day. I have an older 5.5 Snapper Ninja that bogs down all the time. Im guessing that mulching with a 48 or a 36 is much easier.
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  5. baldoni

    baldoni LawnSite Member
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    Don't mulch grass clippings, side discharge. My 26HP Scag would be dead if I tried mulching grass cutting bi-weekly. A 36" or 48" walkbehind cuts the grass and spreads clipping way better than 21". They sell mulch kits for walkbehinds but people don't use them since side discharge with walkbehinds makes lawn look great.
     
  6. question1

    question1 LawnSite Member
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    I would go with a used combo rather than a new combo. Go find a Kubota w5021scc and an Exmark Viking 32 (dual hydro). I have both and they're outstanding commercial mowers that together only cost me $1,400.
     
  7. Church2224

    Church2224 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would strongly look into getting a commercial grade 21 inch mower. I use mine all the time and know I will continue to use it in the future. Some of my yards have gates so small not even a 32 inch will fit through it. I honestly do not know how some guys get away with using the residential grade ones, I have had too many headaches with them. They are much better built than most residential mowers these days. I plan on replacing my personal Toro super recycler I use for my yard with a commercial 21 next year. Plus the cut quality of the commercial units is phenomenal, I love the cut of my Exmark Commercial 21. I plan on getting another one next year, the X series with the BBC. I also recommend a Toro proline 21 like the 22198, built like a tank!

    For a 32 inch I know Snapper Pro and Toro make great 32 inch mowers, plus the Snapper Pro is around $2500, much cheaper than some other companies. If you were going bigger I would look into a floating deck hydro Exmark, Toro, Gravely, Hustler or Ferris/ Snapper pro, depending on the dealers in your area
     
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  8. kennymo81

    kennymo81 LawnSite Member
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    Ive been looking on craigslist for the last year for the used dual hydro 32 exmark and havnt found any. The only thing that came close was a 36 turf tracer, used heavily, for $3500. I couldnt bring myself to do it.
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  9. kennymo81

    kennymo81 LawnSite Member
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    Just an update, I talked to a dealer today and he gave me a few prices. Im leaning towards a Hustler Trimstar 36 for around $5000 and a Toro proline 21 for $1100. My other option is the Scag pro v but I cant stand the handles. I love the feel of the Bobcat 36 hydro but no floating deck.
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  10. baldoni

    baldoni LawnSite Member
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    http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/grd/3347389046.html end of story. buy that, use it for a couple years then sell it on CL for $3000. hope that helps.
     

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