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Best 36" for the money

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by SomervilleLawncare, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. SomervilleLawncare

    SomervilleLawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    I was looking into buying a used 36" but everything I've looked at has been in rough shape. I'm pretty sure I'm just going to buy new, but which 36" do you recommend that gives a nice cut and is reasonable?
  2. flathead

    flathead LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    Take a good, hard look at Better Outdoor's Quick 36. They are a sponsor here and if you click on their logo, you will go straight to the website. Their reputation for customer support is second to none.
  3. SomervilleLawncare

    SomervilleLawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    I was looking into the samurai but just cant swing the price just yet, do you think the fox would do a good job for a starter mower?
  4. EngineeredLawns

    EngineeredLawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    I was about ready to purchase a Better Outdoor's Quick 36 Samurai since I could not find a good used mower. The Samurai is very well built and the company has a great reputation. Just before purchasing it, I found a Toro Proline 36" with less than 50 hours, more like 25, looked brand new. Got it for under $1600. Great deal that I could not pass up. I love the cut and the T-bar works nice, but the Samurai with the hydro manuvered better.
  5. TAZ

    TAZ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 344

    I have no complaints with mine. I did put the caster reinforcement struts on it to stiffen it up. Not that I needed to I just wanted the added insurance. I can be rough on things. :) The 13 hp only bogs for me if I am mulching much more grass than I should be at almost full speed. The briggs has given me no problems so far and always starts on the second pull.

  6. irishsoul

    irishsoul LawnSite Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 71

    I've just started out this year and the Super-Duty is my primary mower. My opinion was that the SD was the minimum to go pro with. But if you get the struts and such I'm sure the Fox will serve. My engine is only a horse and a half better and has power to throw around. I'm guessing that the Fox's power will be a pleasant surprise as well. Luck.
  7. Giantpumpkin

    Giantpumpkin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    I would keep looking for a used mower. I just bought a 2006 scag belt drive 36" wb with 25 hours on it for $1900. I am not sure it even had 25 hours it still had the knobbies on the tires. Good luck
  8. SomervilleLawncare

    SomervilleLawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    Thats a heck of a deal on the scag!
  9. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 737

    Good deal! So how does that belt drive turn? I only have a 21 but am curious as to how hard it is to turn or back up with a belt drive vs hydro.
  10. YukonG

    YukonG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    I would get either a Toro T-bar or Exmark ECS.

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