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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by tsimmons27, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. tsimmons27

    tsimmons27 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    I am searching for a used 48 inch walk behind mower and was wondering which manufacturer you have found to be the best, such as the most reliable, longest lasting, cleanest cut, etc. Also what are some other things that I should take into consideration when choosing a mower.

    Thank you for your time,
  2. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,203

    well how big are your lawns? the first thing i look for in a mower is the strength, if it does not look like it can take a beating, then i dont want it. also the cut quality is a must. if you want something cheap but well worth ur money, id get a Great Dane Surfer. cheap, strong and a fantastic cut, just my opinion (JMO) . how much do u have to spend?
  3. tsimmons27

    tsimmons27 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    I'm looking to spend about $1500 or so.
  4. Columbia Care

    Columbia Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    I would look around and see what realiable mower dealers are close to you. Reason is you will most likely rely on your local dealer to help you keep your equipment up and running. It doesn't make much sense to drive 40 to 60 miles out of your area to get a part or mower repaired (wasted time were you are not making money). When you find equipment that you like, Googgle the manufacturer and locate the dealers near you. Based on this in my area, I would stay with a Exmark, Toro, or Gravely.
  5. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    You will probably want to also take the controls on the mower into consideration. There are now so many "ergonomical" controls out there, and each on is different. Examples are the ECS controls (Exmark) and T-bar and T2 (Toro). The controls might make your hands and body less fatigued at the end of the day. That is one thing that could cause you to handle more accounts.
  6. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    for that amount you should probably go with a used machine, not too many hours on it ... commercial equipment will cost you more than that !!

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,778

    I would go with an Exmark walk behind, but it will all depend on what decent mowers you can find in your price range.

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