1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Not to worry. Check out the archived thread of the Q&A with Ken Hutcheson, President of U.S. Lawns, and the LawnSite community on the Franchising Forum.

    Dismiss Notice

Need to upgrade for Church Property mowing

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by Brother Jay, May 11, 2008.

  1. Brother Jay

    Brother Jay LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    I am putting information in this forum since it seems closest to what I am responsible. I have been elected as head trustee of our church and we have about 5 acres around the church with quite a bit of open and and also some trees in the open and a lot around the perimeter.
    Currently trying to do it with a older 38" John Deere and Craftsman.

    The time has come to upgrade. Budget is in the 5,000 range.
    Recommendations are very much appreciated.
     
  2. jsw2008

    jsw2008 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 513

    If you have a Hustler dealer nearby, you can get a Fastrack Super Duty 54" with a 25 hp Kawisaki for around $5600-5700 if you can talk the dealer down off the list price.
     
  3. Brother Jay

    Brother Jay LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    I will check it out. I know there is an Xmark and scag.
    Need something that will ride over the mole runs. We only fertilize two times a year. It is about 50/50 weeds and grass. U know how thoughts go, the more you fertilize the more you have to mow. I disagree. It will take time to turn this mess around. In the meantime need something I can depend on an the people who are willing to mow can run without a long training session. I have 6 men on schedule now and it takes at least two days...like 4 hours a day on volunteer basis/
     
  4. packey

    packey LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 556

    with 5 grand find a good used commercial ztr. Exmark, Scag, Hustler it should take a few hours to train the guys. It would be better though to have two guys who knew how to run the mower. 5 acres would take you about 3 hours to cut on a good ztr
     
  5. Brother Jay

    Brother Jay LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    I agree with having less people. Of course the reason for the number now is the length of time it takes with what we are using. Is there one or two brands that are more user friendly as far as self maintenance. I am speaking of routine service, changing blades, things of that nature.
     
  6. RD 12

    RD 12 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 85

    I would see if you could get something off of the state bid list if you qualify. If would knock off 15 to 20%.
     
  7. Brother Jay

    Brother Jay LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    I will pursue that avenue. Never thought about the bid list.
    Thank you.
     
  8. Brother Jay

    Brother Jay LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    We are not educational institution so would not qualify.

    Will just have to take the best deal on best equipment within our budget of 3-4k.
     
  9. jsw2008

    jsw2008 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 513

    Did you have to cut your budget? In your first post budget was 5k.
    Sounds like my church. If you have enough deacons' meetings we'll talk ourselves out of anything.:)
     
  10. Brother Jay

    Brother Jay LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    I got bids for Xmark and Hustler for around 4k,,the deacons like looks and warranty of Hustler.
     

Share This Page