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Hi Guys. I have been cutting my lawn and a few others for 5 years with a 48" Metro HP and will soon be upgrading to a LZHP. My first choice was the 48" deck but I am concerned that the deck doesn't stick out far enough beyond the wheels to edge? I really don't want to get the 52" deck because I have no room for a trailer and want to stick the unit in my pickup to get it around.

My second concern is how do you clean out the deck and change blades on the LZ'S? On my Metro I stick a 2x4 under the deck after lifting it up by hand. The LZ's are too heavy to lift by hand.

Last but not least, are there any good books out there to read on how to cut lawns? Since I am self taught and wishing to start up a part time mowing business, I would like to know if I am cutting lawns the best way.

Thanks All for any advice! Gregg
 

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I seriously suggest NOT loading a Lazer into a pickup bed. Not very safe unless your ramp is long and heavy (ie: 10' long heavy duty metal ramps.) 2x10's won't cut it! Your going to be 350lbs heavier in just mower, then you have to factor in YOUR weight sitting on it.!

I suggest that you spring for a small trailer and go for the 52" Z and get faster top speed AND the much better trimability.

Good Luck!
 

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first thing, if you are thinking of any kind of ZTR, get a trailer. Your asking for trouble loading and unloading a rider all day long. Get the 52 inch dech HP too. The 4 inches isn't that big of deal, but it goes 2mph faster than the 48 inch. 4 inches+ 2mph=More productivity=more $$$$ You also can lift the front of the HP's up by hand. I do it everyday with all three of mine. Just lift it up and slide a cement block under the wheel. They aren't that heavy, but you can also use a floor jack if you need to.
 

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Gregg,

The guys are right. Don't put the mower in the back of a pickup and NEVER use split ramps. Any ramp used to load and unload the mower onto a truck or trailer should be full width.

The danger of using a split ramp is a rearward tip over. On a full width ramp if the front wheels begin to lift from the ramp the rear of the frame could catch the mower and prevent it from tipping over backwards.

The other thing you need to consider is how high the bed of the truck is. Most truck beds sit substantially higher than a trailer floor. A safe ramp that doesn't exceed the mowers maximum 15 degree slope would most likely be quite long and need a great deal of support to cover such a large expanse.

Thanks

Terry
 

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Greg,

Sorry I kinda forgot the rest of your question.

John is right the Jungle jack is quite common. Some guys use a floor jack and jack stand, some will use their trailer ramp or a car ramp etc. There are even a few that use a hoist.

Probably the most common for the commercial guys is the trailer ramp and the jungle jack. Most homeowners use the floor jack and jack stand. In a pinch a curb will work as well.

There are some publications out there through www.alca.org and www.plcaa.org. One of the best resources I've seen for guys getting started in the business is right here. LS can be a great learning tool if you want to spend the time to read some of the various topics current and past.

From what I've seen a large number of the members are pretty good about sharing information and you’re talking to guys that are doing it everyday.

Thanks

Terry
 

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Gregg,

Great! It's no secret I really like the LHP 52". It'll be a good machine for you. If you buy before October 31, 2003 you can get either a free mulch kit or a free striping roller.

Thanks

Terry
 

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I love my Exmark Laz HP. 52" is perfect for all thelawns I do.

To clean the deck and change the blades I ride off to one side of my ramp on the trailer (while it's still hooked to the truck) and I can have the deck cleaned and blades changes in about 15minutes. Once a week ritual!

One thing I should have done...given the mower a good coat of wax before I started mowing. The green sdoesn'r seem to come off even witha presure washer!
 

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Originally posted by HighGrass


One thing I should have done...given the mower a good coat of wax before I started mowing. The green sdoesn'r seem to come off even witha presure washer!
Wet area needing to be cleaned.

Spray area w/ Simple Green and leave soak.

Use a stiff bristled tire brush and scrub. Comes right off!
 

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Thanks Highgrass for the info. I just demoed the HP on my lawn and I am having 2nd thoughts about spending 7 Grand. Deck clogged up pretty bad as expected just like my Metro because grass was very wet. I couldn't lift the mower up by hand so I used my truck jack. I practiced turning for an hour and a half and was still ripping the hell out of the grass. Oh well :mad: I have it until wednesday. Hope it stops raining so I can try it out on dry grass... Gregg
 

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Originally posted by Gregg in CT
Thanks Highgrass for the info. I just demoed the HP on my lawn and I am having 2nd thoughts about spending 7 Grand. Deck clogged up pretty bad as expected just like my Metro because grass was very wet. I couldn't lift the mower up by hand so I used my truck jack. I practiced turning for an hour and a half and was still ripping the hell out of the grass. Oh well :mad: I have it until wednesday. Hope it stops raining so I can try it out on dry grass... Gregg
I know, I am practically up the street here in MA but you really need to try the machine under better conditions. Anything is going to clog with all the rain we're having and turf is going to be tender as well. As far as turning, you will get the hang of it. It took me a few weeks and now I don't really even think about it. I think people who buy zero steers for the first time expect a little to much in terms of turning but it's still easier than it used to be !!!
 
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