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which mower to buy

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dmk395, Sep 30, 2000.

  1. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 992

    I have a small business (fulltime college student also) for which i handle an expanding account load of 35 weekly customers. I am debating on buying a 36 or a 48 encore next year, big upgrade on my 2, 33 inch troybilt mowers. What are my pros and cons, what would u guys do?

    thanks,
    Dave
     
  2. Turf Kutter

    Turf Kutter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 125

    That is a lot of lawns you should move to ztr or maybe 52 inch w/b a sulky.It really depends on the gates.If there are not any gates get maybe a 61inch DC.
     
  3. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    Look at the Great Dane "Scamper" model. Great mower, gets into tight spots, narrow body allows you to get right up to the edge of objects. I can mow faster with my 48" scamper than I can with my 52" Chariot due to the time I save not trimming as much.

    My local dealer has 2 demos, both duel hydros that were demo units with full warranty, selling them for $3500.00 here in NC.

    Ray
     
  4. Five Star Lawn Care LLC

    Five Star Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,006

    Sorry to break it to ya KUTTER but Dixie doesnt make a 61"
     
  5. Grasscape Inc

    Grasscape Inc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 235

    Go with a 44" ZTR w/ 17 hp kawasaki. Your best overall et. Buy now while they are cheap.
     
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I have a 48" Encore w/b hydro with sulky. I will only be using it as a back up or for those very tall junk yards. The hydro unit is all that makes this unit productive. I can't seem to find anything to make the spindle bearings last longer than about 5 mths. NO, its not because I don't grease them. The safety switches break easily because of poor design from the factory. It does cut nicely on a well maintained lawn at decent speed, but the slow blade tip speed allows it to skip alot on tall grass or weeds. I personally would not by another encore. I have an Exmark 36" and a new Exmark Lazar HP and love them both. The cut quality and design are far superior to the encore.

    The best way I can think of to describe the encore is a walkbehind bushhog.
     
  7. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    if i were you i would go with a 49 inch walk behind, preferably a scag. if any of your accounts have hills and such i would recommend the hydro over the belt drive. i have a belt drive at the moment and am going to purchase a turf tiger in the spring, but there are a few instances when a hydro would come in handy.
     
  8. Turf Kutter

    Turf Kutter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 125

    60"60"60"60"60" woop`s I meant 60" DC.
     
  9. stick9

    stick9 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 262

    We all knew what you meant.


    STICK-NInE
     
  10. chrisbolte

    chrisbolte LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    48 inch is a good size 36 is not productive enough 60 inch will tend to scalp
     

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