Suggestions for a back-up mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by skmodmsl, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. skmodmsl

    skmodmsl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    I currently have one 48" Snapper walkbehind mower as my main machine. I have a 22" mower for trimming and emergencies if the big mower goes down. I've been thinking that a 36" walkbehind would make both a good back-up machine and allow me to get through gated areas. It sure would beat having to use the 22" in an emergency. I'm pretty sure that I will purchase a new 36" machine.

    What are your reccomendations on the new machines out there? I prefer belt drive and a non-electric blade engagement. Local dealers in my area sell Scag, Exmark, Ferris, Toro, and Gravely.
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    eXmark 36" metro I have has been nothing but a money maker.
  3. alwaysgreener

    alwaysgreener LawnSite Member
    Posts: 52

    We use Scag, (5) 48" & (5) 36" walkbehinds. Great back up mowers. Don't forget "work smarter not harder"
  4. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    My main machine this year is going to be my 36" metro. I am going to use my 30" Dixon for a backup. I have a lot of gated yards so its nice to have two capable machines.
  5. matth

    matth LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    id say go with a scag 36
  6. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,170

    Toro, Exmark, or Scag. They are all good mowers, it just depends on what you like.
  7. Go with the mower that will last the longest and take an unbelievable amount of abuse: Scag. I plan on keeping
    my Scag even if I dont stay in business so my kids can
    use it for their business....... :D
  8. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,403

    I'd go with a toro fixed deck 36" t bar for about $2500 plus tax. Or maybe a 36" Gravely pro steer fixed, since it has a better height adjustment system. I personally would pass on pistol/ecs type "squeeze to slow" steering on a belt drive.

    The Toro uses the identical deck as an Exmark metro, and also shares its manual blade engagement, but with the advantage of t bar steering.

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