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new Hustler Raptor

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by laxnlawn, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. laxnlawn

    laxnlawn LawnSite Member
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    just ordered the new Hustler Raptor for light residential mowing, like less than 10 hours a week. test drove it and it has plenty of speed. seems like a good buy for $2999 0% 48 months, and has a 52" welded deck and 23 hp kawi.
     
  2. doobs41378

    doobs41378 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 184

    Congrats, maybe some pictures when you get it?
     
  3. laxnlawn

    laxnlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 48

    yeah I figured I'd put some up when it comes. It's brand new model this year so maybe ill do a review after a few weeks of use
     
  4. retrodog

    retrodog LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,420

    We have sold over 20 this year already, nice machine for the money! Definately buy extra spindle, and belts to keep on you, as you know that is not really designed to mow more than one yard. Spindle will be biggy for you, your dealer might not even have one in stock, so i would order atleast one to be safe. I havent fixed any yet, but im expecting too as on any mower... already got parts on the shelf for it. I have had several commercial guys arguing with me, "heck i can buy 2 or 3 for a 52" commercial mower". There is a reason they are 3 times more too... if i was your dealer i would be begging you to get the xone or atleast minimally the super duty...
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  5. laxnlawn

    laxnlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 48

    yeah I was going to get the 48 sport with the kawi, still not commercial, but it would have been overkill for what I mow. for over $1000 less, the dealer said the differences in the sport and raptor are minimal (deck lift, standard ROPS, pulleys and hydros more heavy duty) , and I do have a wb I can use in case of trouble. I only have 10 weekly accounts ranging from 1/3 to 1/2 acre, and have 3 mowers for them
     
  6. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    So why did you need this mower? Do you plan on operating a business long term? If so, you already made a mistake.
     
  7. Turning tall grass short

    Turning tall grass short LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    At $3000.00 and you have other mowers to mowing a small amount of lawns you should be fine. If you were looking to put 700 hours a year on the machine I would think you have issues down the road. Up in Philly what do you have maybe 26 weeks of mowing? I'm not thinking the mower will last 5 years but you should get your money's worth out of it. It's costing you maybe $70.00 a month in finance. You should be able to make a profit with that machine for a while. Just watch your maintenance with oil and air filters. As you grow then you can get more commercial.

    TTGS
     
  8. laxnlawn

    laxnlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 48

    Exactly! I have 1 wb and 1 waw. This will jus be used for large back yards when I don't want to walk. It will be like 5hours a week, and a 20 week season, so it will be like 100-120 hours a year. If this lasts 360 hours ill be happy..
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  9. laxnlawn

    laxnlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 48

    Also- didnt want a sulky bc I've tried and my knees can't take it
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  10. Turning tall grass short

    Turning tall grass short LawnSite Member
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    As small as you are having a machine sit on your trailer is not that big of a deal. But as you get bigger, a machine sitting on your trailer is not making you any money. With growth focus on a machine that will be working at nearly every stop. I realize being on your own you can only work one machine at a time, but as you grow and have help look for productivity and long life.

    TTGS
     

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