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push mower. Need advice

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by gil, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. a a green

    a a green LawnSite Member
    Posts: 116

    Craftsman is good for tools, but mowers and trimmers ,, naaah. heck lowes and home cheapo sell better stuff anymore. just my .02$
  2. Pro - Cut

    Pro - Cut LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    Look in the local paper and poss bargin trader. I have bought some used eqpt. Started out the same way and have grown from there. Poss try to get some more work and can justfy spending more on better stuff. You will get what you pay for. if you plan on poss doing more work in the future try to spend a little more and get some better stuff that will last. ( if you build it they will come) Good luck
  3. Mower11

    Mower11 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    I was wondering the same thing. I've been looking in to starting my own mowing
    business but I don't have all kinds of money to spend on commercial equipment right now.

    I know you pros recommend commercial equipment but is it possible or wise to start a bussiness with non-commercial equipment?

    (sorry gil, didn't mean to hijack your thread... :D )
  4. BZB_Helpers

    BZB_Helpers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 131

    i run a 15yr old JD 14sb and my helper runs a 9yr old JD 14sz. my kawasaki runs perfect, but the briggs is starting to burn a bit of oil, just enough to smell. just greasing the axle bushings extends life. the only problem is the wheels, they have a bearing and a bushing in them but the tread wears out sooner, wheels are $20 each.
    i calculate my mower has around 1100 hrs on it. had to replace the rear axle and bushings because the previous owner forgot to grease them, but im still on the original blade clutch.
  5. gil

    gil LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    Do you guys know anything about the MTD lawn mower? I saw a 21", 6.5Hp with a Honda engine. I think it was close to $400. I never heard about that brand. Is it reliable?
  6. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    I've beat the crap out of my Husquvarna 21" Hi-Vac and its selfpropelled and we are using it again this season. It runs like new and cuts like new. Paid about 499.00 I think they are cheaper this year.
  7. lawnranger44

    lawnranger44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 370

    Yes its possible to start without commercial equipment. We did it. However, I wouldn't recommend it if you are planning on building a decent business. If I could do it over again, I would've spent a little extra money for the quality equipment in the beginning. You'll save money and headaches in the long run.
  8. kcowell

    kcowell LawnSite Member
    Posts: 41

    I just got a Toro 22" self-propelled with the electric start at Home Depot for $399. Good control, mulches like a beast, and can handle a lot in the bag if you decide to do any bagging. I have about the same amount of laws and yourself and it's good for the money.
  9. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,853

    /\ That pretty much sums it up, would be my advice exactly.
  10. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 932

    I'd have to agree that if you are not going to get a commercial mower, I'd go with Toro.
    I have been in the same boat, and mowing 10-12 yards for 2 years now with a Toro 22". Had a craftsman the first year, and it was getting tired already.
    Just keep your blade sharp, as it is easier on the engine, and keep it nicely oiled. save up and prepare if it ever goes out.
    mine has paid for itself ten times over, and made well enough to upgrade when the time comes.

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