Need opinions, please help!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by fire228, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. fire228

    fire228 LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Posts: 34

    I am taking over a few lawns from a buddy of mine and hopefully I will get more as the season goes along.
    Right now I have 25 yards to cut, mainly .50-1 acre
    I dont really have the money upfront to buy an expensive mower so whats your opinions on these 2 mowers?

    Cub Cadet
    17 HP, 42 In. Hydrostatic Zero Turn Rider
    $2600

    Toro
    16 HP 42 In. Deck Red TimeCutter Zero Turn Mower
    $2600

    I have about $2500.00-$3000.00 to spend and want something that wont end up in the shop in 3 weeks. Thses are the two I have been looking at, are they any good???

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  2. Dean of Green

    Dean of Green LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 254

    The two mowers you have listed might do okay for about a year and then you will have many problems...........I would recommend taking that money and buying a used commercial grade walk behind.....maybe 48" cut............In a year or two you can move up to a commercial zero turn when the capital is there.
     
  3. Nathan Robinson

    Nathan Robinson LawnSite Senior Member
    from 47712
    Posts: 317

    my opinion JUNK! But you need to make them work. Lube them daily and maintain them often. Keep that oil changed and dont hot rod them. Next mower get a WALKER!
     
  4. Scotts' Yard Care

    Scotts' Yard Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 343

    A little more than what you say you have to spend but in your place I'd look very hard at the John Deere Home Depot machine with the twin Parker wheel motors and the unit pump. This is 4000 bucks but is heavier built and has grease fittings too plus the more robust hydro system.
     
  5. fire228

    fire228 LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Posts: 34

    Thanks for the opinions, not really good news but I appreciate it!
    Like I mentioned before, I dont have alot of money as of now to buy a great mower but I eventually will get something good. For now though should I even bother with one of these two?

    ;)
     
  6. Darrin A.

    Darrin A. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 94

    I second this opinion:rolleyes: Try the paper, e-bay, craigs list and maybe ask your friend if he has a used mower for you.

    Good luck
     
  7. Herrick

    Herrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 506

    Most dealers will finance you also, some manufacturers have some pretty good deals going in the spring.
     
  8. timmac

    timmac LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    look at a hustler mini fastrak. it's about 3500 and well built.
     
  9. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    Bingo.

    I just bought another walk-behind, using exmark's no payments/deferred interest for 12 months. As long as it's paid off 12 months after you buy it, the accrued interest does not get added to the balance. I also had the option of 3.9% APR for 36 months, but I know I'll write a check to pay the mower off by this time next year easily. If you've got good credit, look at this option - it will enable you to purchase a good commercial mower with a warranty and have the 3K left over for other expenses.

    If you've got 25 accounts at 1/2 to 1 full acre, you should have no problem making enough money to pay for it this season.
     
  10. fire228

    fire228 LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Posts: 34

    Thanks for the advice. I didnt even know about the payment plans, I thought only Home Depot or Lowes had that. I will definately go that route now I just need help on what mower to get, lol
     

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