New mower: How much can I expect to spend?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Abouna, May 4, 2010.

  1. Abouna

    Abouna LawnSite Member
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    Some advice please.

    I have a 1/2 acre lot, mostly level, with one mowed ditch to do. I've been doing this for the last several years with..............wait for it...............a CC 2147 tractor. Biggest POS I've ever owned.

    We bought it for our rectory and church property several years ago based on our previous experience with a fantastic 70's era CC. What a difference. This thing should be banned. Anyhow, today was the last straw when the reverse pedal got stuck under the decking because, lo and behold, it's just a piece of plastic attached with what looks like a 8" drywall screw! I can't believe it lasted this long.

    Well, I've had it and I'd like to start looking for something new. Problem is I have no idea what to look at. Obvious CC is out!

    I do know I don't want another tractor, it's completely unnecessary. I'd like something ZTR I guess as I have lots of trees to do.

    - whats the lowest dollar amount I can expect to pay for something decent?
    - what brands should I look at?
    - is anything US made?

    Thanks!
     
  2. MS_SURVEYOR

    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,002

    That's a tough one to answer. Without knowing how much your church budget can stand. You can get a home owner class mower that could give you several years of service. Or a light duty commercial class mower that will give the church many, many years of duty. My vote is for light duty commercial.

    http://www.scag.com/zeroturns.html

    http://www.exmark.com/Ride.htm

    http://www.toro.com/home/zeroturn/index.html

    http://www.ferrisindustries.com/

    http://www.hustlerturf.com/

    http://www.bobcatturf.com/

    http://www.walkermowers.com/

    http://www.badboymowers.com/

    Look these over. Ask more questions. We'll give answers.
     
  3. Sport42

    Sport42 LawnSite Member
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    Of course I would recommend the Hustler Sport at $3,000.

    But another good, less expensive alternative would be a Toro Timecutter for $2,400.
     
  4. Abouna

    Abouna LawnSite Member
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    Thanks to both of you.

    Whoa, lots to look at.

    The price range of the Hustler and especially the Toro are more in line with our budget. I quickly looked over some of the others and I didn't see any other brands in these price ranges. I probably just missed them.
     
  5. MS_SURVEYOR

    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
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  6. Abouna

    Abouna LawnSite Member
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    Thanks. I've noticed the trend also in reading. I'm leaning toward either a Kawa or Honda.
     
  7. MS_SURVEYOR

    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Once again. Home owner mowers. I listed light duty commercial class mowers. More money, but much longer duty and less money to up keep.

    One gets what they pay for. Less money up front. More money down the road with repairs.
     
  8. Sport42

    Sport42 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 111

    With proper maintenance and only mowing 1/2 acre, a good quality residential mower (like Hustler, Toro, etc.) should last a very long time with very minimal repair costs.
     
  9. fredmullegun

    fredmullegun LawnSite Senior Member
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    commercial mowers are more likely to have grease fittings that you need to maintain where residential mowers have mostly sealed lower maintenance systems.
     
  10. Sport42

    Sport42 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 111

    I wou'dn't be scared of a Briggs or Kohler for your application either...
     

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