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advice on wb (bradley)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cutrite, Mar 1, 2005.

  1. cutrite

    cutrite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    I was in the business 6 years ago, and I'm getting back in.Back when Exmark Metro was $2100 and viking was $2700. The Bradley mower reminds me of the old Metro's.Didn't know if anyone has ever used one for commercial mowing?Local lawn dealer said mostly home owners.He also has a used 36" snapper w/bagger for 995$ . I was thinking of getting the bradley and the snapper to get in gates.That would be a little over 3000$ for 2 mowers. The next step up is the Metro for 2600$ and bagger for 299$.That's around 3000$ for one mower. Go easy on me this is my first thread.Hope everyone has a great year of business. :angel:
  2. tacraven

    tacraven LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Buy a 36" metro and a $150 steel bag. Shop around and bargain the price down. Usually the prices in spring are inflated and can be talked down. The bradley would be a parts nightmare. Check ebay for one. Just look at the ones that are near new condition.
  3. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    The Snapper Pro Gear Express is a great little mower. If it has the Kawi 12.5 engine on it, and adjustable deck, buy it. The factory bagger for those units is over 3 bills alone. Our Snappers were all new in 99-00, and were great solid machines. I'd try and get the price down a little depending on the year. I have seen the Bradleys at the local Toro dealer. I don't think it could handle the rigors of commercial cutting on a full time basis. Get the Snapper and buy a Metro and accelerator bagger as $$ permits. The Snapper would be a fine starter piece to make some $$ with, IMO...
  4. Legacy

    Legacy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    If money is an issue the Bradley would be a good choice..I know of a guy in town that bought 2 to do gated and small lawns (36" 15 HP) and he likes them.

    There have been a lot of them sold in my area by 4 different commercial dealers. These dealers carry the Bradley as a price point and have had little to no problems with them..

    Parts are not an issue either as the manufacturer/importer is in Illinois...

    Just make sure that you go to a solid commercial dealer for support...Some dealers even put packages together with trimmers, blowers etc. to get you started....

    Good luck!!
  5. cutrite

    cutrite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    The snapper does have the 12.5 hp briggs and it was a homeowners not a commercial mower.How many guys just mow with a 36" mower? Can't be as fast as 48"?I do want to stay around 3000$ to start out.I have to buy a trailer also. :cool2:
  6. cutrite

    cutrite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    Not including the trailer I know its around 1200$.
  7. Legacy

    Legacy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    A 36" is not as fast as a 48" but it is a very versatile machine..

    I have had a 36" mower for years now to do smaller lawns and or gated areas...I think the Bradley mower has a 15 HP Kohler engine which is plenty of HP..Bradley also makes a 48" mower at a great price..you might check it out...

    Stay away from the Briggs IC in my opinion...

    What dealer sells the Bradley in your area? Is he a commercial dealer?
  8. kickin sum grass

    kickin sum grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 628

    I know a guy here in the cincy area that may have one for sale. Bradly 17 hp 48" with jungle wheels. I think he wanted 1900 or around that. I think it has little to no hours like maybe 10.
    If interested let pm me and I will give you his number. I do not want to post his number over public forum.
  9. cutrite

    cutrite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    Beltz lawn and garden in akron ohio and doc's in massillon ohio. Both are reputable dealers.Doc's is where I had purchased my previous equipment.Has a good service department. Puts his commercial guys first when broke down,I think he even lent me a mower years ago to finish my yards. :blob3:
  10. chevy1989

    chevy1989 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I have bradley I bought last year and have had great luck with it no problems at all!!!!!!
    It cut my mowing time in half.
    18 kohler pro command 48" deck :rolleyes:

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