Lesco Mowers - Any advice??

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by SLC LLC, Jul 22, 2006.

  1. SLC  LLC

    SLC LLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    I previously posted a thread about looking for a 32", 34", or 36" dual drive hydro walk behind mower. I found that lesco carriers all of these items, at a considerable price. However, I know nothing about their products. A few LCO's in the area run their equipment, but looking for some input. I currently run all Ferris. Will the Lesco handle the same? Will it hold up as well? Any input that any of you have would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
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    They will hold up just as good as any other. We run all Cub Cadet/Lesco com mowers.:waving:
     
  3. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
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    They are a commercial mower. They will work, Might be some different high points from others but will still do what you need.
     
  4. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I run Lesco and Exmark. 48 Lesco and 36 Exmark Viking. For the first 4 years ran the same combo but belt drive. The Lescos have been alright mowers but are not in the same league as the Exmarks. The Exmark have a better cut, part availability, (in my area) and just hold up better. The area that Lesco shines is price and bang for the buck. The 48 with electric start 17 kaw was 3600 compared to the 36 15 kaw at 4300.
     
  5. hornett22

    hornett22 LawnSite Senior Member
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    really? must be something wrong with your lesco.i have never seen an exmark cut that good.discharge shoot is too small.other than the cut,exmark is a good mower.lesco mowers as well as cub cadet are made by MTD.
     
  6. thestripmaster12

    thestripmaster12 LawnSite Member
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    i run a 36" lesco walk behind and i bought it used from a man who bought it in 1998 but anyways the thing had been great to me with an excellent cut showing beautiful stripes and there has never ever been anything wrong with it. the man that i bought it from said that there has never been any big problems for him. the only thinks that have been replaced on it are things like oil and air filters which are included in the routine matinence.
     
  7. CSALawnServiceInc

    CSALawnServiceInc LawnSite Member
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    I run an older Lesco 48" fixed deck pistol grip hydro walkbehind and just picked up one of the black 48" hydro walkbehinds with the zero turn controls, both with 17hp Kawasaki engines. The fixed deck cut quality is only o.k. but this may be due to mowing mostly bahia. It tends to clump with the mulch kit installed in heavy grass.

    The black z-turn walkbehind has a much improved cut quality and mulches well. BUT, after 12 hours of use it has kicked TWO PTO belts. Parts availability (2 to 6 day wait on common parts such as belts, filters, etc) and finding out if your Lesco has a service center for warranty work is a major issue in these mowers.

    Would I buy another Lesco? No. The money saved on the up front purchase does not outweigh the cost of having a new machine down, waiting on simple parts that other dealers stock. Just my 2 cents, good luck with your decision.

    Craig
    CSA Lawn Service Inc.
     
  8. Signature Landscaping1

    Signature Landscaping1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
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    I love my 48'' Lesco Gear Drive, very well built. Stripes excellent.
     
  9. KINGjosh

    KINGjosh LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have one. And from expierience ther really good and lay down a nice cut.
    But the "Main Thing" you need is good dealer support. Whenever you go down you are at the mercy of your dealer. for that reason alone I dont think i will ever get another Lesco. Unless the dealer near me gets up to par.
    By no means am i knockin the mower, its a great mower. but the dealers suck azz
     
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    I never considered Lesco units because of maintenance support. And since I could work on the units I worried about getting parts and they didn't leave me with a warm feeling. Couldn't image the Lesco chemical guys fooling around looking up parts and ordering them.
     

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