Looking for a great 36 inch walkbehind mower

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Rick13, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hi, I'm new to Lawnsite website....and I was wondering if anyone has any good ideas on a great 36 inch walkbehind mower. I am looking at a Lesco WL90B walkbehind mower. 36 inch deck, 15 hp kawasaki gas engine, with hydrostatic drive. I would like to keep it around $3000.00-ish.
    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anyone have any ideas? I have a scag dealer in Rfk, IL...but their mower would be belt drive...not hyrdo. I like my Exmark z-turn...but I'm not to sure how good their walkbehinds are. I used to have a John Deere 54" walk behind mower...that was great....but I sold it to buy My Exmark 60" mower.

    Any ideas? Or experence with Lesco???
     
  3. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    That's a really good deal for that mower. I wouldn't hesitate on running Lesco walk behinds. As long as you run the green ones they're great and made them for ever. Kawasaki engine hydro gear pumps and parker wheel motors. That's all the same stuff that's on the Scags and Toro/exmarks. The mower you're looking at is the exact mower that Gravely had a year ago. Now I think Gravely only has floating decks.
     
  4. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks unknowfl! Do you think a Gravely would be close in price? The Lesco is a fixed deck. And everything I cut now is flat....and the areas that I will target for new yards is pretty flat. It would be nice to have a floating deck....and we have a Gravely dealer in Loves Park (which is close to Rockford). Thanks again for your help.
     
  5. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    the hydro gravely is close to 5k. the fixed deck in 36 is fine.
     
  6. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks unknowfl. I read in a different thread I read, some guys were talking about the new Toro 30" Time Saver walk behind. It just started showning up at some Home Depot stores and its around $1000.00. Not quite commercial but maybe a good cheap mower if the rear yard isn't too overgrown.
     
  7. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    I would seriously consider a used belt drive for 800 or less rather than buying that throw away mower. Chances are anything that breaks on the timemaster will cost about what it's worth to fix. If you're not going to use a sulky its not worth buying a hydro. I don't have any walk behind hydros only gear drives(belt) units. I use to use hydros but I've replaced them with non-walkbehind mowers as the cost is similar.
     
  8. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    So you think maybe a Scag 36" walkbehind? The price is about the same as the Lesco hydro. The Scag is belt driven. A lot of people say Scags cut tall, long, wet grass very good. Plus I would be buying from a local dealer...the dealer selling the Lesco is about 70 miles away...and I won't go there for any service. Plus belt driven mower are cheaper to operate...right?
     
  9. ralph02813

    ralph02813 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ferris 36 hydro, I love mine! Give a really nice cut.
     
  10. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    If the Lesco and Scag are the same price being the Lesco is a hydro I would make the drive for the lesco hands down. Once you get the mower I have a feeling you're going to want a Velke for it too. The Lesco is a copy of the scag deck from the 90's or they might have bought the rights to it. I have had those lescos with over 2000 hours on them with never even cracking into the hydros. I wouldn't buy a new belt drive. I feel they're well over priced and would take my chances on buying a really low hour unit for 1200 bucks instead of paying 3500 for a new one. Then again I could fix anything that could possible go wrong with it too. They're very simple machines. When you get into the hydro stuff then you start to need more specialized tools. The ferris is a nice machine but if it's the single hydro system it sucks. Also, the timed deck can cause some complications too, but they cut really good.
     

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