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Commercial 21's

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by BotetourtBoy3, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. BotetourtBoy3

    BotetourtBoy3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    I have two questions

    1. What normally are the prices for commercial 21" mowers?

    2. What is a good band of 21" mowers for the cheapest price? Could i go to Lowe's and buy a John Deere 21" and use it for commercial use, would it stand up?
  2. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 737

    I've got a 21 inch john deer I bought from lowes about 2 months ago. I do about 25-30 lawns per week and most are about 1/6 acre avg. So far I've had 1 height lever broke, 1 messed up and had to fix it with washer, both handle screw/adjusters broke had to replace, but other than that, it runs well. I wouldn't get the kind with the rotating castor wheels. Mine is bent and is why the wheel broke of in the first place. The right side wheel always is rotating and it's annoying! Especially when u are going straight and want nice lines. However it does do good lines. I'd recommend commercial but u may be like me and only able to get something more affordable.
  3. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    The primary difference between commercial and residential mowers is in the thickness of the deck, the durability of the wheels/height adjusters/blade and attaching mechanism and in the overall heavier construction of the commercial unit.
    Buy a residential unit for commercial use is a crap shoot at best.
    Prices for new commercial units start at around $1K and up.
    However, it is money well spent.
  4. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 737

    ARe commercial mowers in the 21in range quicker than a home owner model. My John Deer goes about 3.5 or 4mph, much faster than my troy built I'd returned. I went from a $350 mower to a $500 one. But I'm about ready to either get a commercial 21 with the credit line I've been approved for and use the jd as a helpers mower or back up, or purchase a 32-36wb.
  5. BotetourtBoy3

    BotetourtBoy3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    I had my eye on a Toro PT21 Trim mower, about how much does one cost 500 or under?
  6. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    I am not familiar with the Toro PT21 Trim mower so I cannot quote cost.
    My Gravely professional 21'ers cost me $895 each as I bought in volume (5) however this particular model was abruptly discontinued.
    So now I buy ExMark 21" at $1375.00 each.
  7. J&T Kiev

    J&T Kiev LawnSite Senior Member
    from N.W In.
    Messages: 416

    Toro\Exmark 21's are just about bullet proof for me. I put my first Toro into service during the 1997 season; it's still running strong. Toro is in the upper end of the price spectrum, but give many, many years of reliable service.
  8. outlaw1960

    outlaw1960 LawnSite Senior Member
    from denver
    Messages: 307

    I've been running a honda hydro 21 since 1995, toro pro-line before that, appx 6 years. You really do get what you pay for, hth outlaw
  9. BotetourtBoy3

    BotetourtBoy3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    well does anyone know of a inexpensive commercial 21"? 700 or below
  10. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

    My Deere JX75 is "almost" a commercial mower I guess. After tweaking the RPMs, in 5th gear it is a VERY fast walk, I would say 6 or 7 mph maybe? So yea, its pretty quick. My next 21" is either gonna be a Honda or Toro, and definitely a commercial one.

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