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Which mower

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Jimmy348, Apr 18, 2003.

  1. Jimmy348

    Jimmy348 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    Silly question but been looking at Dixie, Exmark & Scag.
    All entry level mowers one step above residential use and basic for commercial (I'm told). All motors range from 19-20 HP and deck sizes from 48 to 51. Prices from $5,500 to $6,500. Will use the mower for 10 weekly lots 100 x 100. Tired of the research and looking for a quick answer on what mower is best. Dixie guys say their machine is simple and less likely to malfunction but it looks like a friggin tin can with wheels. Everyone else says Tiger cub may not hold up and the 48 in deck doesn't have enough trim ability. Lastly, the Dixie guy (who also sells Exmark) says that the Exmark is prone to repair and he knows......cause he works on em. Recommends Dixie because the company is small and support is good. I forgot all of the model numbers and they all seem just about the same Please...........anybody.............which one is best?
     
  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    Does This HELP!!!

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  3. Just Turned Pro

    Just Turned Pro LawnSite Member
    Posts: 109

    Just curious.... was that photo taken on Princess Cays Island? It looks very familiar!
     
  4. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,469

    I'm in New Jersery, between Somerville and Morristown. IMO, the Hustler WB is the best WB you can buy (48" hydro, floating deck, 17 Kaw, under $4,500 built like a tank)........ I will glady let you demo my machine and decide for yourself.......
    Pete
     
  5. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    Just turned Pro YES!!!
     
  6. glenjr10

    glenjr10 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 98

    down in louisiana, a 17 HP 48" floating deck runs right at $3,400. I just purchased a Gravely 13 HP 32" for $2,200.

    Have not had any problems.
     
  7. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,469

    Going out on limb, I'm talking (dual pump hydro) for under $4,500, are you talking hydro or just a belt drive...........
    Pete
     
  8. Theroadrage

    Theroadrage LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    I use the exmark 48" with a 21 horse motor 5 days a week and the trim ability on these mowers is great.I've never used the scag or the dixie so i don't know about them.The only problem with the exmark was the recall on the Kawasaki motor which has been resolved(and a little extra wheelspin).
     
  9. WildMowMan

    WildMowMan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    I'm just a GC not a dealer.I've been in the field for 18yrs and on my own for 2yrs. I've used all types and my greatest respect goes to SCAG. Belt driven or hydro it runs like a Cadillac. I've just purchased a new 48" belt drive with a 15hp Kawi..No complaints whatsoever!! In the beginning of the season SCAG ran a promotion on these for $3,100/15hp and $3,600/17hp...hydro's only have 17hp for $4,700...some will fanagle the cost if you buy it outright in cash or business check.............just my opinion..good luck. They also come with decks from 32/36/48/52/64/72" depending on your needs........the prices I quoted were for the 48" which is standard.
     
  10. Lawn Cops

    Lawn Cops LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    Why buy a z for those small lots......get a 36 to a 48 walk behind and save a couple of thousand. Unless you have very deep pockets. Get a sulkie and you will cut about as fast as a z. This would also be more than a "step" above residential quality.
     

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