What's your choice?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by kaufmaninc, Mar 30, 2003.

  1. kaufmaninc

    kaufmaninc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 168

    Let's leave brand name out of this discussion. I've got 3 properties that range from 3 down to 1.2 acres. The remainder range from 1.2 down to 5000 sq. I probably won't search out any properties any larger than 3 acres but will focus on the 1 acre lots. I'm also just starting out & was wondering what size of mower I should get. If I get one too big, I won't be able to do some of the smaller properties but still want to utilize my time as best I can. I've got everything except the large mower. I don't want to buy 2 mowers, just one. I will keep this a part time business until next year. Woud you go W/B, if so what size or ZTR? I want to start this right & not have to regroup next year. Thanks
     
  2. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,446

    ZTR---my 60in tiger does all but 3 of the lawns my 48in w/b used to do. Out of these three two have steep hills in tight areas and one requires driving to mower over a 54in wide footbridge. If you have room in the budget and on the trailer buy a ZTR.
     
  3. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,150

    52"or 60" Zero turn rider. 3 acres is too much walking. A sulky on a walk-behind can beat you up if the properties are rough. :) ;) :) ED
     
  4. Navig8r

    Navig8r LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 477

    I gotta say I really love my ZTR, but, if I could only have one machine, it would probably have to be a WB. Definately Hydro.

    In my area, there are hills to contend with that only a WB can do.


    Gates, or other confined spaces sometimes keep a ZTR out.
    but any prop big enough for a large WB to be needed usually will not only have one small gate.

    I know you said leave brand name out of it, but I've heard the eXmark self steering sulky works well... I haven't used one, and I don't know if anyone else makes a sit-down sulky like it.

    Now...... If hills, confined spaces, or purchase price are not major problems....... go w/ZTR :cool:
     
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I use my 60" ZTR on every property I do. I currently have 40 customers ranging from 4,000 sq ft to 2 acres. I used to use a 50" Gravely walkbehind with a sitdown sulky but the 60" ZTR is way, way, way faster.
     
  6. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,977

    Our 60" and 61" ZTRs do the job. I don't ever see anyone going for the walk-behind on our trailer, unless it's really needed :D We have a lot of lawns in the 5,000 to 10,000 sq. ft. size.
     
  7. GraZZmaZter

    GraZZmaZter LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 740

    I would definitely get a 60 or 52. I use 60's on all our lawns.

    If i were in your shoes, i think a 52 would suffice for now.
     

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