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What is the best mower to purchase? Zero or walk behind

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by BetterLawns&Gardens, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. BetterLawns&Gardens

    BetterLawns&Gardens LawnSite Member
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    don't laugh when i say this but I currently use a 2002 Chrystler Town and Country! before i got the trailer i took the back seat and moved it to the middle for the kids and had all my gear in the back! the oldest started complaining about being squished is why i bought the trailer sooner i had originally planned to wait till tax time when i bought the mower which im kinda glad i didn't wait
     
  2. Ethan51

    Ethan51 LawnSite Member
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    I would go for the Ferris over that. 1300 hours is quite a few on a non-commercial brand like a john deere. And like i said get a 36 so you can get into back yards. A 54 would be good as a second mower, but not a first, because you dont want to turn down a single call because they have a gate that you cant get past.
     
  3. Ethan51

    Ethan51 LawnSite Member
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  4. Ethan51

    Ethan51 LawnSite Member
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    and thats not that weird! I towed my 4x8 trailer with a 93' Subaru Legacy for my first season :weightlifter:
     
  5. BetterLawns&Gardens

    BetterLawns&Gardens LawnSite Member
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    I also have a 2002 dodge durrango 4x4 if i need it, i don't drive it because i drive all the tiem and that thing is a gas hog compared to my van after i get the new mower i may have to start using that due ot the added weight it does fine with my boat when i have to pull that but we try not to since we got the durrango we use it instead but the john boat we pull it with that
     
  6. Ethan51

    Ethan51 LawnSite Member
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    I would look into picking up that Encore 36 and maybe a 90s F150, 4x4, long bed with 100-150k on it or something along those lines. If you bid correctly gas shouldn't be anything to worry about because that should be built into the quote
     
  7. BetterLawns&Gardens

    BetterLawns&Gardens LawnSite Member
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    i was actually already looking at that one!!! and are you seriously only 16? that has to be a joke?
     
  8. Ethan51

    Ethan51 LawnSite Member
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    Haha, you are not the only person who thinks that! haha You should have seen the guy who was there taking my bid for an office complex... He about passed out! haha
    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/ctd/3462270007.html This is exactly what you need. If you know anyone who is handy with a wrench, this is the way to go
     
  9. BetterLawns&Gardens

    BetterLawns&Gardens LawnSite Member
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    i am a dodge girl through and through! but that is actually the next thing on my list of things to get i may end up getting one just for the biz don't know yet... i love my van too much to get rid of it that thing has long been over 200,000 and still going strong ive hardly put 500 in parts into it i don't even think i have even come close to that... not counting maintenance on it...
     
  10. Ethan51

    Ethan51 LawnSite Member
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    At that price, that truck is almost worth my time to spend the 8 hours to go get it... so act fast before i decided it is! haha
     

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