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Who loves their little mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by IA_James, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 2,593

    How many people on here use a less than 48" mower for their primary cutting machine? Do you make a niche of "smaller" lots? Or people with fences? Do you get deck envy? Any of the guys with the bigger mowers kick themselves for not buying a 32" once in a while?
  2. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,925

    my little mowers get used just as much as the large ones. My 36" is 4 years old and has well over 3000 hrs on it. I have had 5 21" in that time and now a new 26". I did, well yesterday, buy a new 52" Lazer HP. It will take the place of some of the 36" properties.
  3. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,712

    i couldnt do 3 of my accounts with out my 32.
  4. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 380

    90 percent of myu work is with 21's. I loove tyhe look. I can use the 48's on some but people here love the stripe of a 21.
  5. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    I have a 32 and I hate it! lol. Well I don't hate it, I just never use it. Seems if I use anything its a 21 or else I get atleast our 48 hydro on it.

  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    My small mower is the 48" :laugh:

    No, I've never had deck envy, thou I do wish the 48" was as capable in the straights of high speeds as the Z,
    I guess it's just too dangerous on a velke.

    I have considered once or twice to get a smaller machine, but it takes longer, and I can already see the argument about I can't charge extra just because of THAT. No, I am not buying another specialty machine, not even if it's a mower, that's just another piece of equipment will sit around most of the time, much as I'd like to say it wouldn't... The ONLY specialty machine that's on the list is a compact tractor, that's it, no more.

    I'll consider a 44" if the price is right, but I like the lighter weight of the fixed deck, and afaik Toro has never made a 44" fixed, all 44's are floats, only the 48" is a fixed deck, the 52" is also a float. I don't personally think the 52" gets more done than the 48", I think the 48" is as fast as it gets in small machines.

    One thing I did notice, the 48" is the largest deck that will still fit through most 4-foot single gates.
    Once you get a 52", there exist very few single gates it will fit through.
  7. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    I bought a 32 this year. I wasn't sure if it was going to get enough use to warrant buying it. But I am now glad I bought it. I am able to pick up more yards with tight gates that I avoided or had to do with a 21" and that wastes time. It amazes me at times that some people have very large backyards with a tiny gate that the 32 barely fits through.
  8. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    I like the 32" you can get through a lot of gates and still cover a decent amount of ground in a somewhat timely manner.

    Equipment decsions should be based on who and what type of lawns you desire to service. What works for you and your business.
  9. patterson

    patterson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    Granted, mowing is not the lion's share of my business, but I love my 36". I have added a 48" walk behind for a couple very large properties, but still use the 36 for the formal areas.

    Who says you can't charge more because it takes longer? If you're creating a niche, try the one I seem to be falling into. Top quality properties with premium cuts. One of my customers went from being a $170 cut to a $270 cut after last year. I also do the fert & weed control and the only thing ever wrong with the estate was the ZTRs tearing hell out of the turf and the string edgers killing all the grass at the edges. With my 36, 48, and 21, the turf looks 100% better than when I was only treating and the superfast mowers were ripping it up. Sell the quality, the money will follow.
  10. Mark in MD

    Mark in MD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 322

    My 32 is my bread and butter mower, and yes, I do have a niche for smaller jobs. I have a 36 but I never use it, it just sits in my shed. My 48 is my big machine.

    I don't think you can really appreciate a 32 until you own one and start using one.

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