What mower do I pull off the trailer?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by echeandia, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    Here is the scenario. You have a new customer and they have a 1/2 acre lot. Nice yard with planting beds and a patio out back. The front is also nicely landscaped. There are several trees in the middle of the turfed areas of the yard. You drive up for your first cut of the yard. On your trailer you have a 48" WB and a 60" ZTR. Which mower do you use?
     
  2. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,624

    Me- 60 - I dont walk anymore. But really you should use the 48. With the footprint of the house, beds, and driveway there is not much grass. 48" will give you a better look and do less damage over time. Plus customer will thank you and appreciate you "taking care" of their lawn.
     
  3. MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,567

    Walk,man don't you run a sulky i would cut it with the walk behind.
     
  4. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812



    Walk it till you know what you can get away with. Never screw around on the first cut.
     
  5. Steve's Mow & Trim

    Steve's Mow & Trim LawnSite Member
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    I agree walk it, you will get a much better look from not using the 60
     
  6. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    Ahhh, but you can cross-cut w/ the 60 on the first time & it'll only take a little longer. That's what I'd do.
     
  7. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    Hell you don't buy a $7,000 machine so it can sit on the trailer...2,000 square foot lot...maybe...a half acre??? No brainer you ride on that one!!
     
  8. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    If the customer is home...WB


    If the customer isn't home...ride it
     
  9. Lawntime Mowers

    Lawntime Mowers LawnSite Member
    from KC MO
    Posts: 219

    ALWAYS tread lightly on the first couple of runs until you have a good handle on the yard and all the obstacles.
    You also have to take the ground and grass conditions into consideration before you drop a 60" Z onto a over saturated lawn. Bury a Z on the first trip and see if the customer continues service with you all summer.
    Don't loose an entire summer worth of work because you're in a hurry to fire up the largest mower on the trailer.
     
  10. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    i'd walk it the first time
     

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