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After 16 Years, Finally Got Something Bigger Than a 21"

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JimLewis, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. TruSomethingOrOther

    TruSomethingOrOther LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    I can attest to the effectiveness of 21 inch commercial self propelled mowers. I use to mow only with these (actually am waiting on delivery of my first 48 inch rider). Most of the lawns I did were no more than 10k sq ft, all with gates and flower beds etc. Two guys running commercial 21's could zip in and out within half hour most times. Sometimes 20 minutes. A good chunk of my accounts were all within walking distance of each other. I planned routes accordingly and it was very profitable.

    If you're going to be using 21's in any shape or form, they have to be commercial grade. When I first started I bought a yard man (was a nice model, so I thought) and had it trashed within 3 weeks. At the time I was hardly doing 25 lawns a week. I love my Snapper's now. They seen some abuse. Change the oil every 25 hours and keep'em clean, will last you a very long time.
  2. GritCity_Nick

    GritCity_Nick LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Congratulations, man. Your set-up (logo, website, trucks) is very professional!

    Your choice of the Gravely controls is very interesting to me. Usually it's impossible in my region to convince anyone to even try anything but pistol grips because that is what they are used to. It's cool that since you didn't have the "pistol grip habit", you chose something different. You'll be happy that you did, even if you never realize it!
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Looks Great Jim!

    Definitively will up production on the bit bigger lawns.

    I can understand why you have to use smaller mowers in your region without even reading your replies.

    Not only is size of each property an issue, but I can also see weight/pulling being a factor as you've probably got some steep elevation changes when commuting to accounts.


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