Just getting started, got some mower Q's

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by PNSLawncare, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. PNSLawncare

    PNSLawncare LawnSite Member
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    Ok all, i got a couple accounts already, just your typical residential suburb lots,

    i need a new mower because my 4hp push snapper is a pain in the arse.

    anyways went to lowes today and had my eye on 2 mowers.

    they had a really nice john deer, John Deere 8.75 Torque JS45 21" Cut Self-Propelled Gas Mower a return for 376$. but i read really bad reviews about the soft easily bendable shaft and constant replacing fuel filters and spark plugs.

    so after some more looking, my dad is a ANTI briggs and stratton engine user( he is a ex employee go figure lol) so we found a Husqvarna with a honda engine. Husqvarna
    160cc 21" Self-Propelled Gas Push Mower, heres the link
    http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=309074-46716-961430042&lpage=none

    but its pricey at 374$

    with some more looking we came across a nice troy built with a honda motor.
    its 312$ same specs as above
    Troy-Bilt
    160cc 21" Cut Self-Propelled Gas Push Mower
    http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=303527-270-TB240&lpage=none

    both mowers are similar, both offer honda motors.

    whats your opinion on whats the best?

    we found a Husqvarna trimmer for 199 thats also very nice.

    the reviews for Husqvarnas are way more positive then any other brand.

    thanks all

    btw our company is just father and son ran.
     
  2. LSU_LAWNBOY

    LSU_LAWNBOY LawnSite Member
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    troy bilt will be fine, but u need to upgrade to a bigger mower or a riding one in the future
     
  3. PNSLawncare

    PNSLawncare LawnSite Member
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    Yes, in the future i will upgrade, but as of now we only have a few residential accounts.

    so nothing big is needed, and i would LOVE a zerio turn mower, but financing a few high cost mowers and everything else including trailers is just out of the question.

    i want to start out small, and then as i get more money i will put it all back into the business.

    we both work full time jobs during the week and take care of the accounts on the weekends.
     
  4. birdman0494

    birdman0494 LawnSite Member
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    try the troybilt with the honda engine that self propelled it runs you about 300-350 at lowes and that is an amazing mower its been beat up more then punching bag
     
  5. PNSLawncare

    PNSLawncare LawnSite Member
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    Yes, thats the one i got marked above, its the one i have picked out.

    next weekend ill have it home :)
     
  6. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
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    be smart, if your going to do this for a while start a relationship with a local dealer. he will take care of you far quicker than any chain store. he will also make you a bit more of a priority if he knows your commerical. go in, say hi, tell him your growing and want to do your business in his store and go from there. if it costs you an extra $25-$50 for the mower, you'll make it back when they fix it quick for you and keep you going
     
  7. pitrack

    pitrack LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Good point. That is, if you can find a mower at a dealer in your price range.
     
  8. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
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    God I hate john Deer
     
  9. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just bought a Snapper homeowner. It has a Briggs engine, but it has plenty of power and cuts good. Sears sells Snapper now. I don't use a 21" all day, So I really didn't need a commercial model. Sears has the Snapper on their website.
     
  10. pitrack

    pitrack LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,049

    My 36" walk behind has been a great mower, so has my buddies. Not a lick of problems. *knock on wood
     

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