walk behind?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by farmerkev, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. farmerkev

    farmerkev LawnSite Member
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    Hi everyone, Was gonna ask this in the homeowner section cause I cant call myself much more at the time, but all I could find in there was zero turn questions. Im slowly trying to start my own company, it wouldnt be a lawncare based company, but through some of the jobs Ive done in the past Ive found myself mowing a few lawns, probably down to only 2 this year. I have a brand new 21" Toro mower right now but Id like something a tad bigger. I know I want a walk behind and Im not wanting to go any bigger than a 36" I used some Lesco 48"s briefly in the one summer I worked for a local lawn care outfit, but I dont know enough as to buy one. I looked into an Ariens mower, I think it was called something loke a WAW 36 but heard nothing but bad. Any suggestions?
     
  2. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    For a walk behind, a 36 is fine if you don't want to go up to a 48. They're not great for big lawns, but for small lots and areas with gates they're awesome.

    Don't buy a home depot ariens, please. For way less money you can buy a quality used one on Craiglist, and it'll last you WAY longer and hold more value. Bobcat, Scag, Gravely, Exmark, Ferris are all good. I don't tend to have a brand loyalty because every brand has their ups and downs for different pieces of equipment. Exmark makes a great 36 walk behind.
     
  3. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Toro TimeMaster/TurfMaster or eXmark Commercial 30"?
     
  4. farmerkev

    farmerkev LawnSite Member
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    Thanks, Ive been keeping an eye out on cragslist. Not finding much that isnt going for over $2,000 at the moment, but Ill keep looking. Can find better deals on larger units. Part of the reason I want the smaller size though is the one large lawn I have is very hilly, so a smaller size would keep the scalping down hopefully.
     
  5. farmerkev

    farmerkev LawnSite Member
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    I was just looking today at a Toro timeMaster. Goes for about 1,000 bucks new around here. Any feedback on these? They sell em everywhere but Ive yet to see a single one in use
     
  6. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Search the forum, as there are numerous threads with a tremendous number of pages to read through. Hope you got plenty of time for reading. :laugh:
     
  7. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    you will be happy with a 36" walk behind.

    something like a ferris hydro cut will probably fit your needs, very simple operation, commercial construction.

    I personally would prefer a dual hydro if I'm going have a hydro… but it's quite a bit more expensive…

    If you want to lean the groove… a belt drive 36" walk behind is easy, simple and relatively inexpensive… $3500.
     
  8. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If scalping is a concern, see if any of them are floating decks vs fixed decks. you can run a 48" floating deck and not have to worry about scalping as much.

    Usually if you're scalping with a fixed deck walk behind, you're either not paying attention to the turf or you're cutting too low.
     
  9. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    its pretty rare to scalp with a 36" deck…. you've got to be cutting stalactites.
     
  10. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    He said he was finding better deals on larger units, that's why I wAs suggesting using one if it was floating.

    It's possible to scalp with a 36, like a said, cutting too low or not paying attention. Really simple things. After doing this for years, I've learned that nothing is impossible for someone who is hopelessly stupid.
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