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Best walkbehind for the money?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by fire228, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. fire228

    fire228 LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Messages: 34

    I am looking for a walkbehind mower with a 36"-48" cut.
    What is the best for the money? As usual the lower the better, lol but I dont want junk.

  2. Nathan Robinson

    Nathan Robinson LawnSite Senior Member
    from 47712
    Messages: 317

    you get what you pay for. There are so many now. Go to a lawn expo and demo them. They host lawn expos everywhere throughout the year. Alot of people really like scag.
  3. fire228

    fire228 LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Messages: 34

    Well what company now has the best deals?
    I am really looking for prices because none of the websites actually have the price listed..
  4. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    Well I have read and thought and changed my mind back and forth for months about this very subject. Almost when the Quick 36 has me.... they pull me Back in.

    I'm buying a 36" Toro gear drive, T-bar. I would try the 48" (price is almost the same) but I don't use a trailer and a 36 will fit in the back of my truck.
  5. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    You have to shop around. There are lots of dealers in and around the Pensacola area. If I were you my first stop would be at Seville Lawn Equipment. Very nice store and Exmark dealer. The last time I was there they had lots of mowers on-hand. You will be able to check out the differences in belts and hydros and z-turns.
    When I was in the market for a new mower, I went on every manufacturers website and found the dealer in this area. Then I went and visited each one of them. It gives you a feel for dealer support when you visit all of them. Some are jerks and some are very cool. Jim at Seville was the coolest. Although I did not buy from him. I should have and I will be buying my next mower from him. Also, you don't have to buy new. Check the American classifieds, they have commercial mowers in there quite often.
  6. fire228

    fire228 LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Messages: 34

    Went down and saw Jim at seville and left with a new 48" Belt drive walk behind Exmark!

    Jungle wheels and all out the door for $3200

  7. mountianview

    mountianview LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    Im with viking wanted the quick, wasn't meant to be,turbo force deck etc the 36 toro is coming home next wk.had to settle for pistol grip control got a GRANT,discounts on toro and john deere got me hooked up with them ,no complaints.$ 10,000 IN EQUIPMENT iM OFF AND RUNNING.theres a new dog in town, looks like a french poodle ,bites like a malinois .Im off and running !
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Whatever you do, get a Toro with T-bars, if you look long and hard you should be able to find a used one in the 5-6 y.o. range for around a grand to 1500, that's what I would do is buy used.

    Or you can just get the new 48" fixed deck, but it's no toy, the fixed deck has a learning curve on top of the regular curve, I started with floating decks and upgraded a year later, fixed decks definitely take extra skill but they are the razor's edge, master a fixed and you can cut any lawn.
  9. mountianview

    mountianview LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    Tell me more on the fixed deck problems and tricks.
  10. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,369

    Sounds like Jim is both a good guy and good salesman.

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