The truth about the time master

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by beachtownlawnservice, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. beachtownlawnservice

    beachtownlawnservice LawnSite Member
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    And i dont have that many yards. i work a 24-48 schedule at the fire department. so we only mow the days im off. we do maintain 20-25 yards a day. but some are bi-weekly accounts, so they are not on my weekly list. and we have 2 days of full commercials, condos, hoa's, apts, animal shelter etc. and we are also a sub-contractor for many of our neighboring city's for nuisance abatement yards and board ups. so they get thrown in the mix all the time also.
     
  2. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,068

    We mowed 20-25 each day for several years with a troy built...relatively little maintenace...blades, belts, replaced handles every 6 months....our first scag in 94 made things a lot easier though-
    Until you use a PRO-mower, its hard to know what you are missing--go get a 36 inch/adjustable deck and it will make your life so much easier-cut quality/longevity of the equipment--be prepared for customers to be upset for size of mower though-
     
  3. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    bottom line is, it's a homeowner mower designed for homeowner use. which is once a week for let's say a couple of hours.

    why when you do this for a living you would buy anything but commercial grade is beyond me. it will never last unless it's commercial grade and will end up costing you more money than if you spend the money upfront for commercial grade.

    a thousand huh. commercial 21's are only $1500. and although they are 9" smaller they will last a hell of a lot longer. I personally got a steal in my toro commercial 21. paid $500 for a unit in the box the dealer was looking to dump to make room for the newer stuff.
     
  4. jiggz

    jiggz LawnSite Senior Member
    from jerz
    Posts: 646

    I dont know why everyone is busting this guys balls.. he knew it wasnt a commercial machine going into it, he was expecting it to last a year, not a few cuts..Although buying a deck that big with a engine that small is a stupid move HAHA..But sometimes it works for what you want it to do.. hell my best push mower was a residential Murry select 22.. ran all day long for years untill i ran it over.. and it was a 1/3 of the weight of my commercial push mowers
     
  5. mojokat

    mojokat LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    I bought the Timemaster for homeowner use, 15k sq.ft. and it couldn't hack that either.

    I took it back.
     
  6. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
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    finally! this pos is exposed for what it is and mabey some will wise up and not buy it.
     
  7. chipk1

    chipk1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 392

    There is only one proper response to this thread .... Duh!
     
  8. ShooterK2

    ShooterK2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 816

    There have been several pieces of equipment rated as "homeowner" grade that folks use daily and they live a long life and work fine. Most folks go off of others' reviews, just like I did when I bought my Honda HRX 217 three years ago. It's a "homeowner" model, and still runs just like new today. Not a problem yet.

    A lot of people will just look at the rating of something and then pass it off as junk, when actually, it can give many years of use. I always rely on reviews from others as a guide to know what actually will work for me and what won't.

    This Toro is a new machine, and the OP has been one of the guinea pigs for the rest of us to learn from, and, in my opinion, he deserves more credit than he is getting here.
     
  9. BestImpressions99

    BestImpressions99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 491

    If I'm correct, aren't these sold at box stores, etc?
     
  10. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    everyone's intitled to there own opinion I guess.

    personally if I can't find it at my dealer and it isn't commercial I'm not buying it. not for my business anyway.
     

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