Best Mower To Buy

mownitup

LawnSite Member
Location
south carolina
I want to be open for business on or @ April 1. I've been looking at several different mowers but wanted to know what's the best brand, HP and deck size to purchase? I am going strictly residential for the first year unless someone comes along with a price that I can't pass up! Also, for the brand engine, what would you recommend, I've heard that Briggs and Stratton is the best to have?
 

jajwrigh

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Martinsville, IN
I think the 36" walk behind is a good all around residential deck size. This allows you to get into most gates and cover average sized yards quickly. Some brands I recommend looking at are Exmark and Scag. Stay away from Briggs and Stratton...its great for the homeowner, but not durable enough for commercial use.
 

bugspit

LawnSite Senior Member
That's interesting, I'm looking at buying a Dixie with a Briggs. Would you know any other problem areas with Dixies?
I'm looking at a Coatsville 50".
 

bugspit

LawnSite Senior Member
Briggs on Dixies? I'm surprised no one caughts this. Dixies have Kohlers.
Any thoughts on Bad Boy mowers......anyone?
 

bayfish

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Maryland
I would start with a walkbehind. I have 2 Toro's, a 44" 15 hp and 52" 20hp, both with Kohler engines. They have been very good and rugged. I personally avoid Briggs motors in favor of Kohler. They are very tough motors and the Kawasaki's are good too.
 
Anything of commercial quality will suit you just fine. I recommend going with the highest HP/deck size ratio you can. You won't regret that. Dealer service is the most important thing. When you break down, (and you will)...you need a great dealer who will give you a loaner or get you back running fast.
 

bugspit

LawnSite Senior Member
Thanks, I'm interested in a , 50, 52" ZTR. Doing searches I've found the Bad Boys are getting good responses. I feel pretty secure going with a commercial grade mower, just sorting details.

The Dixie looks to have bigger spindle shafts and I like the mechanical deck height adj.
The Bad Boy does look well built but, I don't care much for an electric motor deck adj. and the spindles do look smaller. The BB also uses a Briggs on the 25 & 27 HP units. Haven't found alot of praise for Briggs.
Decisions...decisions
 

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