Anybody strictly use 21" mowers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by nick2765, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I agree. I find that the transmission starts slipping sometime after 2 to 3 years. I picked up an Exmark 30 last year. Works great when its dry.
  2. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I forgot to take in to consideration the fact that They have more cuts per year in Oregon than we do. Probably no droughts to slow down mowing either.
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  3. oqueoque

    oqueoque LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Jersey
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    Do you use that model for mulching or do you only bag with them? I have a friend that uses the non-commercial model. He says they last a little over a year, before the transmission, recoil and wheels start to go, and his use is probably half of yours. What he really likes about them is that once the constant rains of spring are over, he can normally mulch most lawns, reducing the time and money spent going to the recycle center. Your weather may be different. That model also has a lever to allow you to switch from bagging to mulching providing versatility.
  4. nick2765

    nick2765 LawnSite Member
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    Same question as well. Are the twin blades that more efficient? Thanks in advance!
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  5. JimsLocalLawn

    JimsLocalLawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    I wish I could use 21" mowers exclusively! To be honest I profit more per hour with smaller mowers than larger ones...but I couldn't imagine cutting up to an acre with a 21.

    I been tossing around an idea for 2014. If I decide to put that setup together I got a place now to dump the pics!
  6. grassmonkey0311

    grassmonkey0311 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MD/NC
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    I used the HRR216's last year, $400 each. The mulching blades worked great. We never really cut any overgrown yards, but the very few we did, they did great.

    I was part time, I had 2 mowers, and mowed about 20 yards a week, 26 weeks total. They worked just as good on the last cuts as they did on the first. Only used the bags a few times.

    We'll see how they do again this year!
  7. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
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    I charge depending on the size of the yard. The nice thing is that there is barely anyone in my area who just focuses on townhouses. Some companies won't even touch them. My average charge is $25 for mow, edge, trim, and blow. I actually make most of my money off of clean ups, mulch jobs, weeding, and leaf removal. I don't typically give special rates for side by side.Thanks for the interest!
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  8. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    How would you compare the 21" to the 25" in cut quality...? What engines are on yours...?

    I have a GXV160 Honda powered yBravo 25" and I use a OregonĀ® G6 gator blade on mine and overall it works great for bagging plus mulch and rear discharge.

    If I had to buy a 21" ever again it would be the Ybravo.

    Any real advantages to the Ybravo 21 vs just running the 25's only.
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  9. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have found a breaking point where the smaller courtyard lawns that typically have to be bagged take more time due to manuvering and clipping haul off hassles to be be less profitable than larger lawns which can be mulch mowed with a bigger WB even double cut with less hassle and more profit.
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  10. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    They mulch well, as long as you are not cutting off more than about 1/2" of grass or so. And as long as it's not too crazy wet. Problem here is we're usually cutting quite a bit more than 1/2". Grass is so thick and full and lush here and always growing so fast that it's difficult to mulch.

    We do use them for mulching-only during late July, August and September. But we keep the bags on because homeowners in this area really hate mulching. They look at it as unprofessional and messy. And normally it is, here. But we know when it will work perfectly and when it won't. I just don't want to get into the argument. So we leave the bags on.

    If we were in a climate where the grass wasn't as thick and lush and growing so fast I bet we could use them to mulch quite a lot.

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