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just starting out this coming season

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by prophet, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. prophet

    prophet LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    not sure what kind of mower to buy, including maker, walk/stand behind, zero turn, how much I should expect to pay...any advise would be awesome, thanks.
     
  2. trock

    trock LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 430

    You might want to add things like size lawns you will be cutting, any gates, hills, trailer size, amount you are willing to spend,
     
  3. SterlingLawn&Landscape

    SterlingLawn&Landscape LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Posts: 67

    Also you're going to want to know nearby dealers if you're planning to purchase new. If you're buying used you want to be able to bring it somewhere it can be serviced without going to far and paying to much if you can't do it yourself. Just something to think about.
     
  4. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,187

    Do you have any past experience? You may want to work for someone a season to see if you really want to do this for a living before making the investment.
     
  5. prophet

    prophet LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    Thanks for the replies, all. I have plenty of experience, I'm just changing careers after being laid off last April and not being able to replace that income. Starting with residential, but i have the opportunity to get into some commercial work as well. If you had to start with one mower that would get you thru both, not too big not too small, which would you choose? I'm budgeting $4k.
     
  6. SterlingLawn&Landscape

    SterlingLawn&Landscape LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Posts: 67

    You'd be pressed to find a used ztr without lots of hours at that price. Id look at a nice used stander or walk-behind...

    Some companies are offering some pretty awesome financing depending on your situation.
     
  7. Hidden Talents Lawn Care

    Hidden Talents Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from Livonia
    Posts: 27

    Prophet, If your just starting out and not expecting a lot of wear and tear such as extremely bumpy or hilly lawns, you might want to check out the Toro Time Cutter zero turn for about $2800. That is if your lawns require a bigger mower. Otherwise, I would recommend a few different types of walk behinds such as the Exmark, or the Husqvarna.

    Make sure it will fit in a back yard though
     
  8. Paul's Green Thumb

    Paul's Green Thumb LawnSite Member
    Posts: 130

    For the residential lawns that I'm targeting, I think a 21" commercial will get me started. I'm hoping to be self-contained in my truck.
     
  9. SterlingLawn&Landscape

    SterlingLawn&Landscape LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Posts: 67

    I used to work part time at a Toro dealer.... sorry to say I'd never recommend toro's residential series mower for a commercial application. I'd run a commercial walk behind before those.
     
  10. Hidden Talents Lawn Care

    Hidden Talents Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from Livonia
    Posts: 27

    It all depends ont he commercial property. If your mowing a 2 acre commercial property, it's no different than a 2 acre residential. If your trying to cut a 30 acres apartment or condo complex, the Toro Timecutter is probably not the recommended mower for that job.
     

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