Quick 36 Ninja vs Sam

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DA Quality Lawn & YS, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Am going to be ordering my Quick very soon....
    Anyone see any distinct disadvantages to the Ninja vs. the Sam.
    Both are Kaw powered but the Ninja is a horse less.
    Sam has electric start - but I don't see that as an advantage, just extra maintenance and expense with battery replacement/charging.

    What are other's opinions?
     
  2. BUCKEYE MOWING

    BUCKEYE MOWING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have 2 SAMS ...never replaced a battery in over two years ...trust me ...you will come to love elecric start ! Take proper care of the battery and it will last a long time ...
     
  3. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Envision a place where you are unable pull the recoil...IE next to a fence, in your trailer/truck, etc... I went through the same decision process...and since I decided to work out of my covered truckbed it became a no-brainer.

    I presented the question of reliability in the mechanics section and got positive feedback endorsing an ES.

    There are certainly good arguments for either a Samurai or Ninja. Should you ever want an electrical system (for lights or other electrical attachments) it will already be in place with the Samurai.
     
  4. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    bump - love peoples opinions...
     
  5. Howard Roark

    Howard Roark LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    I have never owned a Quick mower without electric start. When I bought my first one I thought "Oh my God, what happens if it doesn't crank...we're so busy, hot days....aaaaahhh". Whatever..


    3 years later every Quick I've owned with electric start has cranked every time, even after our short 3 month winter with no maintenance. In fact the only time I can think of one of ours was dead was because someone left the key on.

    And we service 30+ properties per day, 36 weeks per year with ours. So that is 30 + starts per day in the Texas heat, NO problems.

    I wasn't sure at first either. Now you couldn't pay me to pull start one. Well, for the right price.....
     
  6. BUCKEYE MOWING

    BUCKEYE MOWING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    36 weeks a year must be nice.....We need plows for the front of ours !!
     
  7. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Actually this is sort of funny because believe it or not the day after my super duty 36 came to my house the battery died and i had to jump it. I have no clue as to why it died because it started right up the day i got it and i took the key out.
    The next morning i tried to start it and it was dead. Its been fine ever since so i think it was just to cold out that night and the cells froze or something.
     
  8. Howard Roark

    Howard Roark LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    I shoveled snow for 25 years up North. Walking barefoot in TX in December with a margarita sure does help me with all those bad memories! :drinkup:
     

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