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mower im looking at

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by zim bob the landscaper, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
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  2. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    That engine is messed up looking!!!!??? Its a kohler that looks like a twin cyl. Kawasaki!!!????? Mower is probably the same as a bradley or Pirana. How easy can you get parts for them??? Did you order it already or are you just wanting an opinion first???
  3. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    FWIW, For close to the same price, You could get a BOBCAT Classic 48" w/ a 15hp Briggs or kohler, plus the trimmer and blower at my dealer!!! I would stay away from the no-name knock off brands personally! IMO if you want to run that kind of mower, you might as well get weedeater or crapsman 2 stroke equipment!!! Your cutting corners either way IMO.
  4. cwlawley

    cwlawley LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 470

    I also saw this in their catalogue a while back. Seems like a good deal but for just a little more you can go brand name.
  5. vixlawnservice

    vixlawnservice LawnSite Member
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    I am with J&R, being able to service your mower easily is important. Parts, like belts and blades will wear out. These parts are specific to the make and model of the mower, which can be hard to find if you don't have a local dealer. Keeping a good relationship with a local dealer is good for business.
  6. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    That's a Kohler "Aegis" engine I believe. They are found on usually residential equipment now, kinda like the cheaper Chinese Honda engines now. I did read in one catalog that their mowers aren't made by the same place as the landscaper supply mowers used to be. I actually saw the auction on E-bay a year or two ago for the entire assembly facility and all machines that used to be landscaper supply. The new mowers look an awful lot like the Bradley/Redhawk china-crap mowers... (not that their old brand looked much better, lol)
  7. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i definitely want to know the price of the bobcat that u mentioned.
  8. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
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    you should shop at your local dealers,... when something breakds, since you bought it from them, you will be first in line for repairs...:)

    but your on the right track.. your not looking at the homeowners models anymore...clapping
  9. lance1

    lance1 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 52

    The mower you're looking at is better than the BobCat classic IMO. Reasons are the Bobcat has a single narrow belt that will slip in wet conditions. Plus you have more power when the going gets tough. The deck is also heaver 7 gauge as opposed to 10 so it can take a beating on the trailer. Go for it then save for a ZTR and good luck in your new venture!
  10. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,510

    Zim, you have to know what the shipping will be before you can compare prices of 48's at a local dealer. A brand name may be barely more or even cheaper when the real cost is compared.

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