Brands of machine threads...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by topsites, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I just wanted to say I see a lot of threads discussing this brand vs. that and which one is better and what have you...

    In my experience there is no best brand per se, they never have made a one size fits all of any specific machine that everyone can agree on, but if you're asking the question then it could mean you haven't found yours yet.

    While it does pay to check out different makes and models, buying used mowers might not be such a bad idea, the trick is to buy until you find the one you fall in love with, in my case it's the Toro 30197 48" proline, see what I mean is once you find a machine you really like then you stick with it.

    We all have them eventually, that one tool we wouldn't do without, now it makes sense to stick with that particular make and model almost to the point of using it exclusively, it might also make sense if you see it being discontinued to buy one of the last ones as a spare (such as if you have one already that you really like) but what makes as much sense is to stay within that line.

    Unfortunately manufacturers change their minds at the whim of the wind somedays, and all of a sudden trusty oldie craps out good and they don't carry that thing anymore and you're back to square one... But at least you got some years of peace and quiet operation in between.
  2. PEVO

    PEVO LawnSite Member
    Messages: 211

    Thats my story. Found a 04 hustler 60" super-z 28hp efi w/1140hrs on it for $2750.00. I sank less than $200.00 in it & it's exactly what i've been looking for(new paint, anti-scuff wheels, filters etc.) I'm no LCO just a homeowner with about 7 acres to keep mowed. It put my ford 8N with a 5' shredder & a 42" dixion out to pasture. I actually don't mind mowing now!!
  3. fergman

    fergman LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 286

    yeah no kidding. if they ever quit making the ultracut deck then ill buy all the old used ones i can find and fix them up like new. unless they come out with a better one. i know a guy that has mowed for 30 years or so and hes still convinced that the john durr 455 tractor type mowers are still the best you can buy. i told him that if all people were like him then we would still be throwing spears to catch our food and having to lift huge rocks and boulders by hand instead of equipment. he just looked at me like i was crazy. my point is. people tend to get too brand loyal and then before you know it theres billy mow joe down the road from you mowing with better equipment than you and hes making more money in less time and doing a better job.

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