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Which mower will work best?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by stevenf, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,612

    I was looking at mowers in my price range today and pretty much have the scag freedom z 48" with a 26hp briggs as my only option. It is about $5,000.00.
    Would this machine be worth getting? Is it a good quality and enough power to last me a few years or should I use the $5,000.00 and get a really nice commercial WB?
    Please compare the two for me, I would really like a rider because 20-30 accounts will be really hard standing up. I need quality also....
  2. snowjeep

    snowjeep LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 454

    If you have a Cub Cadet dealer you could look at the 48" enforcer. It is an mid level commercial mower and should be about $4800.00.
  3. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,322

    i would go with the wb mow for a year and then put a nice down payment on a turf tiger. you will end up selling that freedom in a couple years anyway, plan ahead. not to mention you wont look like a joke
  4. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    I don't know why you consider 20 or 30 lawns to be hard with a walkbehind? How large are they and are there any obsticles or hills on them?
  5. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    That many lawns isn't hard with a WB with sulky. Is there something wrong with your knees or back?????
  6. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,612

    I do have slight issues with a bad ankle and lowerback but usually only under alot of stress.
    20-30 lawns is my complete random estimate. I will be targeting ANYTHING so there could be hills, big yards, and so on....
    I need something with quality and long life. Right now I have a 14hp 44 inch cut lawnboy so that is a MAJOR!!!! upgrade.
  7. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,612

    Basically, I would much rather a rider and the question is,,, Are these a good overall quality and performer or should I spend another $1,500.00 and go for something bigger?
    Keep in mind I just started this summer and had 9 accounts. Plan on really getting into it next season.
  8. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,322

    go for a 19hp kawasaki on a 48'' or 52'' scag pulling a sulky, great mower tons of power
  9. razor1

    razor1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,985

    We all love a nice new tractor but don't rule out a good used, low hour, trade in or private sale ztr. Many dealers are looking for a quick sale on trade in's and they usually offer a limited warranty. Don't forget to look it over good and do some haggling, especially this time of year.
  10. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,612

    Ive looked it over and ask around about used and demos for sale and noone has any.
    Do the prices usually drop drastically during the winter?
    also, Is the freedom Z worth it? I just need a good cutting long lasting mower and I know scag has that reputation... Also, Im not going any higher then a 48" if thats what most of you mean by better.......

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