Walk behind or push???

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by chefcam864, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. chefcam864

    chefcam864 LawnSite Member
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    He got back to me and he still has it, but it's a 44" cut. I really did not think it looked that big:-( that won't get me into these stupid gates. I'm bummed! I may still go have a look at it, as my timecutter is taking a beating. I'm not sure if it would be worth me buying or not. Someone talk me into, or out of it.
     
  2. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
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    Sorry! Meant to say "Timecutter." It's a tough decision but if more than 50% of your accounts have a gate that you need to get through to do THE MAJORITY of your cutting, I would pass too. Which brings us back to that sweet 36in. Scag!!!! Since the Scag was at a dealer, maybe he will do financing for you..... I would still offer him a grand if you can swing it. He might bite, you never know......
     
  3. bmxerss

    bmxerss LawnSite Member
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    I use a 36 in scag walk behind.
     
  4. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
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    I have a rather new 36" scag walk behind collecting dust at the shop. Im in Northern California, find out how much shipping will be and i'll give you a killer deal on it.
     
  5. chefcam864

    chefcam864 LawnSite Member
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    I sent a PM to SRT8, and I'm still thinking about the Toro since most of my accounts do not have a gate. I think I might be better off waiting, or trying to get the Scag at a lower price. I'm with Armsden on that one. After cruising Craigslist, those things come up a lot for a damn sight less than that one.
     
  6. chefcam864

    chefcam864 LawnSite Member
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    Another question: If I end up buying one without a velke, what would you recommend? I've checked out the Kage Kaddy and it looks pretty sweet, but I'm afraid it may cost as much as a used mower. I think I'd prefer a 2-wheel, and the larger the better. I have a size 15 ape-foot that's as flat as kansas, plus I'm a bit goofy to boot. I definitely want a velke, as my left foot has been surgically fused, and I can't take walking day in and day out. I'm fine as long as I get a break here and there, but I'm pretty sure if I walked all of my yards I'd be in pain. The fused foot is a big cause of my goofiness. It doesn't move much at all, when compared to a healthy ankle. That's one of those things you never notice until it's fused together... It's so immobile I actually had to change my prone shooting position from Olympic to Military, as I could no longer tuck my left foot in. I f you don't shoot, that may not make sense to you so it's probably a bad explanation. I cant sit "Indian style" either. Not that I'd ever want to...
     
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  7. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
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    I would go 2 wheel for sure..... They are just way more stable and they also don't leave the ugly 3rd wheel stripe.... (Yes, I am aware that I run Walker and Walker has the 3rd wheel stripe but that's different because it's the Walker's signature) That's cool that you shoot, I don't myself(meaning with any discipline or training) but I have a lot of respect for marksmanship... Did you happen to serve our Country?
     
  8. chefcam864

    chefcam864 LawnSite Member
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  9. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
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    Offer him for $700 for it, seems like a good mower for the price.
     
  10. chefcam864

    chefcam864 LawnSite Member
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    I have an appointment to see the Toro on sat morning. I have a few concerns that maybe you guys can give advice on.
    1. The unit has 1,700 hrs. What are the chances the hydros have any life left in them. The guy told me he bought it used and didn't know the service history. How much would it cost to replace the hydros? I'm pretty mechanically inclined. Can I do it myself? What should I look for (hydro wise) when checking out the unit?

    2. How much life do you usually get out of an engine? (I know there are many, many variables, so just a reasonable ballpark) I don't have a compression gauge, so I can't check it.

    This is my 1st commercial equipment purchase and don't want to be burned. I would like to get 2 seasons out of it minimum. I currently service about 20 accounts, and plan on picking up more in the spring.

    Should I even consider a machine this old?
    I'd appreciate any advice or tips.
    Thanks, Casey
     

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