Only one WB........

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by PMSHUNTSVILLE, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. PMSHUNTSVILLE

    PMSHUNTSVILLE LawnSite Member
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    I'm a small operation and need a new WB. I've looked at a few different brands and nothing really stands out.I would like opinions on what will give me the most bang for the buck...

    Thanks
     
  2. Leaves of Grass

    Leaves of Grass LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    Pretty broad question. What size properties do you maintain? How much have you budgeted for a WB? What kind of dealers do you have nearby?
     
  3. Shasta Lake Landscaping

    Shasta Lake Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 436

    If your in the market for a walk behind, scag has several models to choose from, reasonably priced and ready to suit your needs.
     
  4. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Click on BETTER OUTDOOR PRODUCTS at the top sof the site.
     
  5. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 795

    I have used Exmark Turf Tracer hydro, Great Dane Scamper hydro, Scag belt-drive, and Bobcat belt-drive WB's, and out of all of them the 48" Great Dane Scamper was by far the best one, and most comfortable to use. They are very inexpensive, and Everride also has one that is exactly the same mower called the Everride Wasp, just different paint and decals. And best of all, the build quality is one of the very best, right up there with Scag and Ferris. For a really cheap alternative, check out Better Outdoor Products line of Quick mowers. They make a Quick 44" Ninja Dually that is really good, and goes 7.2MPH! I have never had experience with one, but go ahead and read what other guys say about them on this site.

    Last of all, I would say go with whatever has good dealer support in your area.
     
  6. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,732

    I would recomend a exmark metro, I have the metro hp which is the same as the metro only with a floating deck, but they stopped making it a couple of years ago, Exmarkmakes great mowers IMO, but you can't go wrong with a ferris either
     
  7. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 795

    I'd say the top brands of WB's are in rough order:

    1. Ferris
    2. Exmark
    3. Scag
    4. Toro
    5. Hustler

    And there's also Great Dane, Everride, Gravely, Bobcat, Encore, Walker, Wright, and some others. But really all of them are very good, some a little better than others. It all comes down to dealer support, and then after that which one to get.
     
  8. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    go on craigslist and you can most likely find a decent used commercial walk behind that will be a great starter mower
     
  9. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,732

    My oppion is I have never used bobcat but may someday
    Exmark
    Ferris
    Toro
    Bobcat
    a friend of mine who is a lco as well says he has used all 4 of theese brands
    Exmark
    Bobcat
    Ferris
    Scag
     
  10. ohmbuilder

    ohmbuilder LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    I'm in Huntsville and have a WB that I was looking at getting rid of.

    It's a Toro Proline hydro with a 36" deck.
    It's been used to cut my lawn and the lots that I own. I bought it new in 2005.
    I just put new blades on it yesterday. It runs great; starts on the 1st or 2nd pull everytime. Let me know if you're interested.
     

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