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Buying a Commercial Mower for Children's home - help!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Smokyhousers, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. Smokyhousers

    Smokyhousers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I stumbled accross this website on google.

    I work at Wears VAlley Ranch Children's Home in Sevierville, TN (www.wvr.org)

    We have about 5 houses, a soccer field, ropes course, and lots of hills that need constant mowing. The mower gets used every single day, often by different housedads and other people. All of our mowers always break, I think that is because we keep using residential mowers that are not manufactured for a beating.

    WE have about $5000 to spend on a mower. I think I want to buy a walk behind mower for the hills and to keep the houseparents from wrecking the zero-turn.

    Any advise on what mower to buy?

    Thanks so much
  2. lawnrangeralaska

    lawnrangeralaska LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 433

    exmark hydro walkbehinds or hustler's walkbehinds. you might be able to find a nice used exmark ztr or hustler super z for 5000. it would be much easier to mow with then a walkbehind.
  3. Mowing Freak

    Mowing Freak LawnSite Senior Member
    from S.E. Ks
    Messages: 459

    What ever you do, let the dealer know you are a not-for-profit agency and they should be able to help with a "bid assist" from their distributor. If they don't know anything about that, check around. I know Hustler, Snapper, Grasshopper and Walker for sure has "bid assist" but not sure about the other manufacturers. Hope this helps!
  4. Spirit Lanwcare

    Spirit Lanwcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    John Deere has an awesome bid assistance program for non profit organizations!

    You can save a ton of money! Works with Great Dane mowers as well as they are owned by Deere.

    Good luck and God Bless!
  5. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    get a scag hydro best walkbehinds out there

    52" deck and maybe a seat sulky (thing of the past for most guys) lol
  6. sawman65

    sawman65 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 754

    hey smokey i work in johnson city and will cut you a good deal on a exmark or hustler walkbehind call me @1-800-926-3881 ask for john
  7. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    Ferris also makes some good walk behinds that you may want to look at.
  8. redoak77

    redoak77 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    I would try to go for a 0-turn rider because in my opinion, it is easier to control than a walk-behnd. Most occasional users dont like the walk-behinds because you can't control them like a regular push mower. The first time i tried a walk-behind, i ran over a boxwood :rolleyes: and my dad dosn't even like to use my exmark and perfers the 33in troybilt that you turn urself. Thats just my .02 but i think they would be better off with a ZTR.
  9. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    whatever you decide, DO NOT get a pistol grip walk behind. That has a high learning curve and if you have a continuous rotation of people using it, someone will get hurt or the mower will get mangled.
  10. lawncare4u

    lawncare4u LawnSite Senior Member
    from S>C>
    Messages: 399

    Hustler Super Z

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