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Equipment question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by flasooner, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. flasooner

    flasooner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I am new trying to get started. There are a ton of different brands of mowers, so I wanted to get opinions on what would be good equipment to start with. I want to get a zero turn but am not sure what the best brand to get would be. Obviously I am new so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.
  2. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    That is a tuff question to answer. There are many companies that have good equipment. What dealers do you have in the area? Go and talk to them and see how they handle breakdowns and how they treat you. Alot of companies make good equipment but a bad dealer makes it hard if he doesnt service you. No matter what brand you buy they all breakdown at times so customer service is very important too
  3. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    I agree with grass cuttin fool, talk to some local dealers, see what they have to offer and how they treat you, then make a decision.
  4. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    i agree with the above two
    i will add this though.

    i would buy a walk behind with sulky to get started though.
    they are at least 1/3 less money.

    buy the best handhelds you can afford.
  5. flasooner

    flasooner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Thanks, that's good advice. I have talked with a gentleman who sells Hustlers and seemed very helpful. I spoke with another guy in the business and he uses Dixie Choppers and swears by them but I haven't talked with a DC dealer yet. That makes sense that good service would be the key. Thanks for the replies.
  6. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    If you decide to go with a dixie chopper take a look at the flex-deck option. The creator is a member of the board. Like everyone has said so far, service will be one of the biggest things to look at. Try and get a mower that will siut your needs now and iin the future as well. By that I mean don't get something with a small deck now if you plan to be doing larger properties in the future. On the flipside a huge mower to do small residentials wouldn't necessarily be a good move either. Demo several types and brands and see which feels the most comfortable over a period of time. Also look into used if you're on a budget. Check into a loaner policy at the dealer you're thinking that will be doing the service and see if their policy works for you. There are lots of good brands,Exmark,Toro,Hustler,Dixie,Walker, Bobcat/Jacobsen/Bunton(all owned by Textron),Yazoo,Gravely, just stay away from non-commercial equipment. Good luck to you. :waving:
  7. sethsodsquad

    sethsodsquad LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    Don't forget Scag, Snapper, Ferris, and Wright!

  8. Cheesedawg1

    Cheesedawg1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 283

    Don't buy crappy equiptment first trying to save a few bucks. I did a couple of years ago when I started and it ended up costing me double and triple for trimmers and blowers. buy good stuff first and once.
  9. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,420

    Like many others have stated dealer you feel will treat you right goes a long ways.


    Narrow some informed choices down bearing in mind the $$ you are comfortable in parting with, and demo.

    Good Luck

    G-P :waving:
  10. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    In the FL weather conditions ..... almost year round cutting ..... sun showers .... heat etc and than with our thich tough St. Aug

    I'd make sure I have a mulching deck ..... deck size most flexiable (36-48") if I only had 1 mower to start .... Hydro ...Z if the $$ allows n the largest HP motor I could get

    Good Luck

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