what mower to get

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ed Fasy, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. Ed Fasy

    Ed Fasy LawnSite Member
    from WYO
    Posts: 4

    I am looking into starting a mowing service and would like some insight on the does and don't. I have read a lot of opinions on commercial vs residential 21" mowers. I am leaning towards the lighter models. I have read some good things about craftsman mowers but that was a consumer report. I would like to get a good bag mower as a plan on mostly bag. Also a weedeater I am looking at a still. any kind of info would be great. will be doing about 10 lawns a week. Thanks

    MOHUSTLER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,376

    Pushmower go with Snapper/toro/honda. Trimmer Go with Stihl/echo/shindy/redmax. All are good IMO.
  3. Pat'sPerfectLawnService

    Pat'sPerfectLawnService LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 379

    toro is a really good pushmower brand and i would say stihl or echo. For little more than a pushmower you could get a good used walk behind mower like a 36".
  4. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,711

    A dealer sold Toro Super Recycler 21 (~$550 w/bag) would be the minimum I'd get. The hardware store/HD sold Toro Recycler 22 is substandard in comparison.

    I purchased a Quickie 32 a couple of years ago...and it is indeed worth 4-5x more than the above Toro. Because a 32 fits through all my gates, the 21 stays at home in the shed...and collects dust.

    Trimmer & blower? Stihl, Echo, RedMax, Shindaiwa, Kawasaki - you choose
  5. castlerockmo

    castlerockmo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 867

    The toro I had sucked and then died! I went to husqvarna I've got two now and they are a great mower. They run a bout 300. The husqvarna 326l trimmer can't be better, even the sthl rep said so. I also had four of the 223 from lowes and put about 1000 hours on them before they quit! And my husqvarna dealer is great!!
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  6. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 37,805

    The Snapper commercial Hi-Vac 21" is an EXCELLENT bagger and weighs just over 100 pounds. I'd recommend that for a first mower. I've had one for two years as my only mower for 7 accounts and it's been great. Good cut, easy to work on, light, and good bagging. In my opinion, you can't beat it.
  7. Daily Lawn/Landscape

    Daily Lawn/Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 694

    Can't beat a snapper for bagging and a toro for mulching .

  8. Ed Fasy

    Ed Fasy LawnSite Member
    from WYO
    Posts: 4

    thanks guys. I think I am going to go with Husky mower powered buy the honda 190cc motor. 530 buck at my local dealer. I plan on bagging so I will just buy a lift blade right away. I have a nice still weedeater for a back up and will probably buy a husky eater too. Thanks again.
  9. CJL

    CJL LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Posts: 21

    What is the model number of the mower you're talking about?

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