what mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by suprman9019er, Jun 18, 2003.

  1. suprman9019er

    suprman9019er LawnSite Member
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    :blob2: I am just starting out and i am wondering what lawn mower i should get. I want it to be at least a 42". also it is only really going to be used for residential purposes. also if u could give me how much you payed for the mower.
     
  2. B&B LAWN

    B&B LAWN LawnSite Senior Member
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    i am just now in my second year and i am running a 44" toro proline w/b. it works good for me but sometimes i wish i would have invested in some type of bagging mower
     
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    There are numerous mfg's and types of mowers out there. Comm'l walkbehinds are great starters and do a very good job. A few of the best manufacturers are sponsors here on lawnsite.

    I run all eXmarks, but the Hustlers would be the only other brand I would consider...If I was to consider another brand. Thats a big if though.
     
  4. rvsuper

    rvsuper Senior Member
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    What state do you live in? Ohio? South Dakota?
     
  5. pottstim

    pottstim LawnSite Senior Member
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    I purchased a Toro Proline 48" walkbehind with a 15hp Kawasaki about two weeks ago. It is the fixed deck model with belt drive. This is my first commercial mower, and I can honestly say that it cuts my time in half compared to the riding lawn tractor I started out with. Now I have a machine that actually stripes. I paid $2,795 for the Toro at a local dealer and got a velke for $260, so I can ride instead of walking. During my search for a walkbehind, I looked at Scag, Toro, Gravely, and Great Dane. They are all very fine machines IMO, but I got a better deal with the Toro. Plus, the Toro dealer was much more cooperative. Best of luck.
     
  6. suprman9019er

    suprman9019er LawnSite Member
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    i live in michigan
     
  7. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
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    Couple of things to think about: Make sure you get a mower that will fit through gates (normally a 36" deck will fit), Price is not the only consideration make sure the dealer you choose has a great service department with plenty of parts in stock and finally demo everything you are interested in to see how it really works.


    Gravely_Man
     
  8. suprman9019er

    suprman9019er LawnSite Member
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    ok thanxs what do u think is the best size for just doin residential lawns?
     
  9. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    My opinion is that doing residentials you really need a 36" on the trailer. You can use a 36" to get started and as business grows you can buy a bigger mower. The 36" will then be used for gated areas. Its a mower that can stay with you as you grow.
     
  10. roscioli

    roscioli LawnSite Senior Member
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    What is the average sq footage of the lawns you will be targetting?
     

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