Need Mower Help

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Habib55, May 23, 2012.

  1. Habib55

    Habib55 LawnSite Member
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    Hello Everyone. Love that I stumbled upon this forum as I have grown my grass from a dirt field to the lovely greenery that it is now. I have approx 1/3 acre of lawn or 12,500 sq ft and currently use a 21" push mower to cut the lawn. 50% of the time I leave the clippings to better help fertilize my lawn.

    The reason I am posting is because I am growing tired of the 3-4 hours it takes to cut my lawn and I am looking for a walk behind mower with a 36" deck. I have done some research but now that I have looked on this forum I feel as if my research was for not. My budget is $1500-$2500. I have a mixed grass consisting of Fescue, Bermuda and Ryegrass. I like to keep my lawn approx 2-3 inches during the spring and fall and approx 3-3.5 inches during the summer. There's only one small 15-20 degree hill that I am not worried about.

    Ideally when I buy a product I look at the cheapest, the most expensive and the model in the middle. I like to purchase a product one model better than the one in the middle.

    I thank you for taking your time in helping me with this decision and for your expertise.

    Miguel-
     
  2. Habib55

    Habib55 LawnSite Member
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    OK So I have narrowed it down to these three mowers for my yard. What has been everyone's experience with each of these in terms of cut, stripping, mulching and maintenance? Ariens 34 vs. Toro Timemaster 30 vs Snapper RER HiVac 28"
     
  3. MS_SURVEYOR

    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I wish I could help. Didn't want you to think no one was reading your post. Seems the commercial lawn care guys, this site were saying something not so good about the Toro. But I didn't follow that thread. I'll check into your concerns when I make it home.
     
  4. MS_SURVEYOR

    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. Habib55

    Habib55 LawnSite Member
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    No it was the Ariens WAW 34" mower. So I took the Toro off the list and am left with The Ariens WAW vs. the Snapper 28" RER Hi-Vac.
     
  6. MS_SURVEYOR

    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
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  7. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    The snapper is the best mower by far. But that 28" cut width is aggravating. I think the biggest one you can get is 30". But if those are your pick's, get the snapper.
     
  8. Habib55

    Habib55 LawnSite Member
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    Ok, so If i increased my budget to the next level, what would be in my best interest to get? I am ideally looking for Snapper quality but wider cut. I prefer a walk behind but not am opposed to a riding mower. Again thanks again for your input and consideration. I am sure the commercial guys are tired of these threads but I had to ask!!
     
  9. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    When my Dad needed a new rider, my preference was a snapper 30" RER. But that narrow mowing width was a deal breaker. Snapper does make a wider cutting tractor - http://www.snapper.com/ - I would give them a try. I went with the snapper LT-125 - 24HP, 46" deck, hydrostatic drive, pressurized oil system. Had it for 1 year, no problem's so far. 1950.00 + tax.
     
  10. Habib55

    Habib55 LawnSite Member
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    So I am deciding on either a Bob Cat SW 36" vs. Ferris 32/36". Both are entry level commercial walk-behinds and exactly what I need to cut my grass. The Toro had bad reviews, as did the Ariens. The Snapper, although reliable, didn't leave me with a warm fuzzy feeling every time I looked at it. That and for only 7 more inches of cut i might as well spend a little more $$ and get what I really want and not regret it in the end. From the reviews I take it these two are popular models, no?
     

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