Am I making the right choice? (used WB for 1.75 acre lot)

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Herty Field, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. Herty Field

    Herty Field LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    ***My apologies - I just noticed the homeowners forum, and I reposted there. Mods - please feel free to delete this post from this specific forum. Apologies again everyone***

    After months of researching ztr's and which one I was going to buy with my 3-4K budget (I planned on buying a new residential mower such as Ariens Ikon, Cub Cadet Ultima, etc.), I'm now strongly leaning towards a used commerical WB instead (with sulke or proslide), as I can get far more bang for my buck plus perhaps save some cash to boot...and probably get a better, faster cut.

    My question is, am I making the right choice? Also, the overwhelming majority of used WB in my area are Exmark Vikings, with a few Snappers available as well. Thus I'm guessing I'll end up with a used Viking if indeed I go the WB route. Any thoughts on buying a used Viking with, say, 500-1000 hours on it also would be appreciated.

    Finally, ideally I'd like a mower that is a nice striper as well. Are Vikings (or other WB's) known for their striping capabilities and/or is it possible to add a striping kit in conjunction with. Sulke? Also, if I go through with a WB, I'll be the only homeowner in my entire community with a WB, but what the heck - if I'm getting a better cut with less time spent, that's fine with me.

    Thanks in advance for the help.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2019
  2. CorgiTurf

    CorgiTurf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 523

    I’d rather be sitting down for 1.75 acres.
  3. agm

    agm LawnSite Member
    from NM
    Messages: 229

    For what you will be using it for, a homeowner would be fine. If you do want to go with a commercial walkbehind, 500 hours isnt all that bad as long as maintenance was kept up. Just about all exmarks leave pretty good stipes without a "striping kit" installed on it. I use a 60" turf tracer with a sulky and it leaves great stripes. My navigator leaves great stripes as well.
    hort101 likes this.

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,867

    Your gonna hate mowing that much area with a walk behind. Yes it’s doable but takes longer than a ztr or stander would do.. and they’re going to be more comfortable
    Walker56 likes this.
  5. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,919

    2 acres isn’t that much with a walk behind if you have a sulky.

    A commercial walk with a sulky is better than a cheapo depo residential rider anyday
  6. Jasburrito

    Jasburrito LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    I am also in need of a new mower for my home. I probably gonna start a lawn mowing company too. I have watched tons of youtubers. Theres a bunch. Anyways i noticed alot of the jobs that seem to have decent profits are smaller lawns. I do not have a huge bugdet. Used zrts in my area seem way overpriced. Probably worth buying new in future. Anyways i am also looking at getting a viking or similar to use on smaller properties. Any advice would be great. Thanks.

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