Need some wisdom

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by QC Lawn Services, Jun 23, 2004.

  1. QC Lawn Services

    QC Lawn Services LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    My business partner and I are new to the business. Most of our lawns are residential and we have been handling them with 21" mowers. We are thinking of purchasing another, but would like to get some opinions on whether it would serve us better to purchase a 32" or 36" WB instead. We have gates at most of the houses that we do so that is something that we have to take into consideration. Also, what brand would you folks recommend, fixed deck or floating deck, motor HP, hydro or gear, or anything else that might come to mind.

    This site has been very useful for us and we have appreciated the insight and experience that everyone is willing to give. Thanks.
     
  2. dlandscaping

    dlandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from mass
    Posts: 835

    Go out and measure the gates. All but one of the houses with gates that we do can fit a 36". If most of your properties can only fit a 32", then get that. A fixed deck is fine for such a small mower, but go hydro.
     
  3. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,701

    Get a Bob-Cat!!!! I love my 48" Bob-Cat, belt drive ( I don't want a hydro) w/15 hp Kawasaki and I love it! All Bob-Cat mowers are really tough and cut and stripe fantastically!!! Definitely get a Bob-Cat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. Rollacosta

    Rollacosta LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 331

    ferris hydro every time with 48 deck
     
  5. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,565

    Regarding brand, do not ignore the need for a dealer who stands behind the product. The mowers described above are good mowers, as are many others. On the other hand, if the dealer stinks, so will your experience.
     
  6. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,905

    I'd get a Gravely 34z if you've got the coin for a hydro you may as well ride!!!
     
  7. KL Squared

    KL Squared LawnSite Member
    Posts: 113

    36 " hydro will fit through any gate that I have in my area. A walk behind is fine but as earleir stated a Gravely 36" zero turn will increase production considerably. If you are defintiely looking to expand then consider the rider.
     
  8. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    First off, all you northerns have mostly larger gates than we do here in Dallas. Secondly, QC Lawn Services: How big are your properties? If they are under 7k sq feet of grass, a wb probably wont benifit you. Third, our grass won't stripe in the summer, and thats just pretty much a fact, so don't bother with which one stripes better. What kind of mowers does the dealer you shop at carry? Are you happy with their service, if so, that should be a good clue as to what brand you should highly consider. Hope this helps, if you have any questions, feel free to PM me.
     

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