Rookie question

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Norm3333, May 11, 2011.

  1. Norm3333

    Norm3333 LawnSite Member
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    I have spent a lot of time reading the great posts on this forum and learned a lot. Unfortunately, I haven't found an answer to my question. I am making the leap into residential lawn cutting (~ 1 acre) and need advice on mower. If you experts were starting out, what mower would you buy for yards ~ 1 acre? Reliability is a more important factor than price. And, do you recommend new or used?
     
  2. JTlawns2

    JTlawns2 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
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    How much are you looking to spend?
     
  3. xclusive

    xclusive LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you could find a used exmark turf tracer in good shape or just buy a new one if you have the money.
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  4. Norm3333

    Norm3333 LawnSite Member
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    Looking to spend <$5000
     
  5. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    might wanna look into a hustler fast trak super duty...they are in the $5k-$6k range...they are like an entry level commercial ztr mower
     
  6. Norm3333

    Norm3333 LawnSite Member
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    Thank you very much, I appreciate the advice.
     
  7. jasoncreel

    jasoncreel LawnSite Member
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    I would look for a hustler as well. Personally, I think you could get a slightly used hustler z for less than a new hustler fastrack super duty. It would be faster and more powerful. I started with a 44" in hustler mini z and loved it. It just did fit inside 4 ft gates on privacy fences.
     
  8. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What ever you get, get a 44" deck. And remember a walk behind will cut ever yard a zero turn want.
     
  9. pwaltrip

    pwaltrip LawnSite Member
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    I would look for a 32" walk behind, used. For a few reasons: I like 32" mowers because you can fit them through backyard gates and lots of other places bigger walks and zeros can't fit. If your only looking into mowing
    +/- 1 acre, then thats not that bad. I would say find a clean used one first, because they are cheaper and it I would use it until I, 1. decided I need a bigger mower to cover more ground quicker 2. got tired of walking that much 3. made enough money off of it to afford a really nice reliable new with warranty zero turn or larger walk behind. Also, even with riding mowers I always still needed my 32" everyday. As far as brand goes, I always ran toro and 1 snapper walk. They worked just fine.

    Thats my .02

    pwaltrip
     
  10. zo6

    zo6 LawnSite Senior Member
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    bobcat bobcat bobcat, probably a 52 would be perfect, 48 is to small, and 32 is just ridiculous, i would go with a new one, but the right deal on a used one could always come along...
     

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