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Church Camp Needs New Mower

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by imskofrvs, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. imskofrvs

    imskofrvs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Camp Patmos, a Christian Church Camp for youth and Adults, is located on Kelleys Island, Ohio (Lake Erie) and is in need of a new riding lawn mower. Currently the camp is utilizing 1- John Deere 54" Zero Turn Rider (sorry I am not aware of the model) to maintain the campgrounds (approximately 25 acres). Though the Deere runs and cuts great, the camp desperately needs a second mower to help speed the cut time and lessen the load on the poor Deere.
    I have been asked by my cousin to research the best options for the camp and relay the information to the camp director. The camp would like another zero-turn rider with a minimum 60" cut...but I am open for other suggestions. The maintenance staff is very pleased with the John Deere; however being a non-profit Cristian Church Camp we have a limited budget to work with and need a quality unit.
    Any advice, recommendations, direction, or donations (tax deductible for full retail value) would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you for you time
    Camp Patmos - Christian Church Camp located on Kelleys Island, Ohio (Lake Erie). www.camppatmos.com
  2. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    John Deere has special reduced pricing for registered Non-Profits
  3. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    What is your church's budget? We can recommend a mower to fit your needs and budget if we know what it is.
  4. rodneyskip

    rodneyskip LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Messages: 196

    That much acreage- Go with at least a 72" deck. John Deere offers a GREAT deal to non-profits (as MM said).
  5. harryhomeowner

    harryhomeowner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

  6. imskofrvs

    imskofrvs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I wish I knew the budget...I am just a pawn in the information gathering stage with just enough information to know that this is the best source of information available to me. The camp had a large tractor with a large mowing deck (very old, cut very poor). The tractor took a dump on the maintenance staff and the director believes that a new tractor (or Zero Turn Rider) is the best option. I want to know all of the options to present to them (new Tractor - Cost/benefit & Zero Turn Rider - cost/benefit). I know that the camp was approached by a local dealer about "working out a deal" however after review the camp found the deal to be too expensive...again I do not know financial aspects.

    I want to know what brands and models are available and which would serve our needs the best - I will then research cost and if reduction of price is available.
    Is there are clear-cut best option for the camp with 25 acres?
    Again thanks for your advice...it is appreciated.
  7. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    How long do they want to spend mowing? A few options that will last for a LONG time here:

    A) John Deere 997; Diesel; 72'' deck. Those are pricey at close to 15k but will get the job done very quickly and efficiently.

    B) John Deere 4000 series utility tractor equipped with a bush hog type rotary cutting deck such as this http://www.deere.com/en_US/ProductCatalog/GC/servlet/Attachment?attNmbr=2723M&prodNmbr=684DLV&tM=GC

    You can see all the models of equipment available at www.deere.com . There are other manufacturers to consider as well but deere will probably be the easiest route to go. I hope their budget is high enough...ya'll are lookin at anywhere from 15-25k for a mower to cut this place.
  8. rodneyskip

    rodneyskip LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Messages: 196

    Those are Suggested retail prices, again, Deere gives a substantial discount to non-profits. That would make it a lot less than retail.
  9. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Actually, those are approximate prices...didnt think to look at the pricing guide thing on their website but deere does give breaks to non profit organizations...

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