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About to buy new mower, help me w/ options...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TROTTMAN, May 12, 2004.


    TROTTMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    Hey y'all, after going around to 3-5 dealers here, I think I have decided that I want to get either the,

    Snapper 36" hydro floating deck for $3900,


    The Husqvarna 42" hydro floating deck with single lever height adjustment. $4200 and he will likely throw in a free mulching kit (since Kimco has it online for $4071.99). I would rather buy it from a dealer though.

    Anyway, the dealership here doesn't have the mower in stock and I really doubt they would order it in just so I could demo it first haha. Keep in mind, this is a place FILLED to the brim with good-ole-boys.

    Now I still haven't made it to the Exmark or John Deere places, but they don't make a 40-44" mower anyway, and I am trying to avoid getting a large 48" deck again. Its just not a good size for residential lawns (at least not for me some guys pull it off, but I don't know what they do about uneven ground or gates).

    Another note, I might be getting an old 4 wheel steering rider with like a 50" deck, so if I do this kind of reduces the need of a large cut walk behind mower for commercial and large country lots. But, I still don't think I want to go as small as 36". I have a 33" now, and its too small. I have a 48", and its too big haha. Seems like the 42" Husky is an obvious choice, but I am very careful about buying anything, especailly a $4k+ mower.

    Also, I don't really like the Toro 44" very much. Those 2 inches make a big difference in gating, and on my house a 44" won't fit through the gate.

    Any help would be be greatly appreciated.
  2. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    Umm, Toro made some 44" 's a while ago.
  3. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    Might is suggest looking at a Wright stander. They make a 42" version.

    TROTTMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    I don't want to pay more for a stander. Not as safe on hills anyway.

    And again, I don't like the 44" Toros, they are still a little too big and the 2 inch change makes a difference.
  5. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Stick with the snapper.
  6. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    The stnaders are safe on a hill. Probably the safest mower you can run on a hill. The 48" to 61" are better on the hill than the 42", but it still will do very well. You could bug wright about building a 42" Velke mower.
  7. themowerman

    themowerman LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 298

    Try looking at the BobCat line of mowers.

    TROTTMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    I have a Bobcat right now and I think they are a little less sophisticated than some other brands out now. Its not a bad mower by any means though.
  9. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    If your willing to wait a bit, Hustler is coming out wiht a 48" mower that the deck tilts to fit through a 36" gate. They call it a gatestar. I have their 48" super walkbehind and it goes everywhere. It does very well in tight spaces. the hydro controls and h-bar give it bery god manuveralbility. One place that has a small gate (a 36" woudn't even fit) lets me open up a section of the fence to get the big mower in. The clamps on the top of the chain link are loose enough that it only takes a minute to open anad close. Another I anm trying to talk into a bigger gate. There are pictures of the new hustler mowers on their forum.

    TROTTMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    Yeah I have seen that Gatestar, but I think it is out of my price range... 48" deck is too big for me as far as mowing goes as well. Scalps too much and it can't cut on narrow strips of grass inbetween fences/beds etc. Too many of my lawns are too uneven and undulating for a 48" deck. But I really like that design though. Its really cool!

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