Need New Mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by laxnlawn, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. laxnlawn

    laxnlawn LawnSite Member
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    Im 17, and do landscapaing the Philly area. I've been doing mowing for 4 years and need a new mower. I have an echo-pb 500, and an echo trimmer I bought last year, and a toro personal pace thats newer.

    Now I need a new mower, I made the terrible mistake of not knowing what I was doing last year, and taking bad advice, and bought a new craftsman rear engine rider for $1000, not knowing what I was doing (Craftsman). Im trying to sell that for $600 now and buy a WB or ZT (also have 700 cash to spend on one). I will be cutting around 8 residential lawns in my neighborhood a week, but they are only around 1/3 acre each.. However, I only had 5 last year and the rear engine just took forever to cut them, at least an hour each. There are no hills to worry about. I know that residential zt's are considered crap on here but I only have $1000. Its a 2011 42 inch toro timecutter. I'll post link to add under here. I'm almost set that I'm going to buy a used mower and only have $1000. All of my lawns are within a distance where I can ride the mower on the street to the house.
    Any ideas?

    Ive been all over craigslist every day for the past month looking for a mower.
     
  2. laxnlawn

    laxnlawn LawnSite Member
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  3. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
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    It will do alright, but I would advise a belt drive 36 or 48 inch walkbehind. They can be had for a similar price, are simple to fix, and last a long time. Add a sulky when you get the hang of things and youll be knocking lawns out quick. Good luck
     
  4. skorum03

    skorum03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I also say go with the walk behind. You can find a commercial quality walk behind for the same price as you will find a used residential zeroturn. That being said, the decision should be relatively easy.

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  5. ztman

    ztman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I agree with skorum and landfakers, get a good walk behind. That toro looks like it has some hours on it. The tires look bald and over inflated. I assume from the ad is a pic a on a dealers lawn who is trying to sell the mower. Who ever used it doesnt look like they knew how to operate a zt
     
  6. laxnlawn

    laxnlawn LawnSite Member
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    just the info I was looking for, especially ztman's comment! I had no idea you could notice that much just from a picture. will look further into belt drive and sulky. thanks everyone
     
  7. laxnlawn

    laxnlawn LawnSite Member
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  8. laxnlawn

    laxnlawn LawnSite Member
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    what abt this? its still residential but looks less beat up and isnt a big box store mower..
     
  9. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    Eh, still looks a little shaky. Not a big fan of resdiential mowers
     
  10. ztman

    ztman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I assume that was a pic of the mower when it was new, because the ad says currently in storage and will take out for pic.
     

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