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What's The Best Walk-Behind?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Barker's Lawn Care, Jun 9, 2002.

  1. Barker's Lawn Care

    Barker's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 82

    I've got 6 yards and a Bunton 36" belt w/b and am ready to upgrade.
    I need some input on yazoo/kees. Anyone have one? This winter i can buy a:

    -36" cut"
    -2001 or 2002
    -15hp kaw. v-twin

    Is this a good deal? Are they dependable? What is good AND bad about Yazoo/Kees?

    ALSO what mowers are you using? I've only got $2,500 so it'll have to be a used w/b. I am willing to try another brand, but needs to have the same characteristics as the one above. So if you have a recommendation or what i shouldn't get, PLEASE REPLY.

  2. Turf Technologies

    Turf Technologies LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 590

    Honestly its what you like, what feels good when your using it. How you like its cut and pattern, etc etc etc. Many will tell you go get Exmark or Gravely, but you just need to try them all and make the choice.Also if you like the brand you use stick with it.
  3. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 739

    You're the only one that can decide which is best because not everyone has experience on every single mower out there. We can tell you which is worst from personal experiences. If you do a search (OMG I said it!), you'll come up with tremendous information to deal with. Then when you find a good deal, ask us and we'll give you our opinions. I personally like Bob-Cat, but a lot of people here like Exmark. I'll probably try one myself soon.
  4. mac43rn

    mac43rn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 237

    I have had three 36" wb this year.

    1. gravely 1536g (piece of s%&t) (long story)

    2. gravely 1536H (piece of s*^t 2) another long story

    3. exmark 36" tthp (unbelievable machine). I could not be more happy. Take it from me, I really tried to tell myself gravely was just as good; but it just isn't.

    I would not wish Gravely on my worst enemy. JMHO
  5. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 922

    Great Dane Gateway.
  6. Wayward

    Wayward LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    If you get a chance, demo a Hustler. They have a unique control system that you can even run with one hand. Plus they have one of the strongest decks out there.
  7. GrassMaster84

    GrassMaster84 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 141

    I run John Deere walkbehind's (Nothing runs like a deere!!)

    My friend although bought a 36" bunton hydro with a kawasaki used 1 yr old with around 300hrs for 1800, so far he's had no problems, and he services around 20 yards...

    Good luck with your business :)

    Jim :cool: Rosemark Lawn Servicing
  8. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Posts: 1,540

    I'm with mac43rn.

    I just bought a new Exmark Turf Tracer HP (36"/ECS controls/15 hp Kaw) and this machine is simply fantastic.

    Demo one if possible. For $2500 you would need to find a decent used one though. A new one runs a tad over $4000. I paid $4400 for mine plus another $200 for the Jungle Wheels sulky.

    It all comes down to your preference but do seriously consider dealer support. A reputable dealer, with excellent service, is a really important factor in the decision making process.

    Sorry that I can't comment on the Yazoo/Kees as I rarely even see one here in my service area. Surely some other Lawnsite members use them or know someone who does.

    Good luck in your search for the "Perfect Walkbehind", Barker! :)
  9. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    If you only have 6 customers, you have $2500, and you already have a 36" mower, why would you be considering buying an "upgrade"? Is something wrong with the mower you have? Its real hard paying for a new mower with only 6 customers, so maybe you might want to keep what you have until you need to buy a bigger (52" +) mower.
  10. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 408

    Im with 65hoss on this one if this is all you have unless you plan to expand keep what you have. Maybe look into upgrading your handheld equipment.

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