Long time lurker, first post.Upgrading equipment.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Tlhfirelion, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. Tlhfirelion

    Tlhfirelion LawnSite Member
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    Hey guys, been reading for quite awhile. Long story short I have a small side business morning 15 yards a week. It's just me and a push mower. I already have a main career but my schedule allows me to work a second job. I want to keep doing this but I do want to step up to quality commercial equipment in all areas. I've settled on Stihl for a new backpack blower and trimmer.

    Where the reason comes for my post here is with regard to a push mower. I've used the search button quite a bit and have narrowed down my choices to a Honda HRC21 and a Snapper Super Vac. The reasoning for those are with the Honda, I know they're good. I am a big Honda believer. However, The closest dealer to me is Almost 40 miles away. My local dealer is a big SCAG and Snapper guy. He tells me the Snapper with the Honda motor is the way to go. For the sake of this post, lets set aside price. I know they're expensive.

    My local shop will work on Hondas but I got the distinct impression they don't care too and it was gonna cost me. I know Honda parts can run high, but with my volume and the fact I'm a maintenance nazi, I would expect repairs to not be a major concern. Is this a safe assumption?

    I am in rather hilly terrain. (Ozarks). Some of my yards are flat, others have hills. I need to do more research on the oil pump (or lack there of) on the Honda. I expect hilly terrain will require a oil pump correct?

    It's just me and my truck and smaller then most on here volume wise. I want to have a good set up both for my property and the customers I serve.

    Thank you in advance for the feedback.
     
  2. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    They would have to be very steep to need a pump and i don't think you would be mowinguch that steep for an extended period
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  3. Tlhfirelion

    Tlhfirelion LawnSite Member
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    That makes sense. Thank you for the reply.
     
  4. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Have you considered a. 36" walk behind ?
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  5. Tlhfirelion

    Tlhfirelion LawnSite Member
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    I did and while I'm sure it would be quite nice, the cost is not something I'm willing to fork over at this time. I've got a nice thing going now, I've set aside enough money to upgrade free and clear and not interrupt my profit margin.

    I won't lie, it is very tempting but I know for my situation its not the best move.

    What I'm wondering is if I should buy based on the closest service shop or not. I don't think my volume of business will require frequent service shop trips.

    Thank you for your reply.
     
  6. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't think that is necessary for you. I would buy what you feel best suits your needs but is durable.
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  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Id go with the Snapper highvac commerical with the Briggs, it has a oil filter.
     
  8. Tlhfirelion

    Tlhfirelion LawnSite Member
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    Has Briggs changed much over the past few years? I've only had Briggs that were tolerable. It didn't matter how well I took care of them, they have never been as easy to own in my experience. Maybe on the higher grade/commercial units a Briggs unit is better? It's obvious I'm leaning towards the Honda, but I do really like the oil filter option on the snapper. Maybe I'm splitting hairs. If it matters I never bag, just mulch.

    Thank you for your reply.
     
  9. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think the Briggs on the Snapper is commercial grade, Im thinking of replacing my Snapper.

    The problem with the Honda as soon as you get on a slope it will shut itself off.

    Birggs @ Stratton bought out Snapper and discontuned Kawasakis on 21" mowers
     
  10. Tlhfirelion

    Tlhfirelion LawnSite Member
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    Why does it shut itself off? I've not heard of this. Is this on the new models or older ones or what?
     

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