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Equipment Suggestions

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by grassman1, Feb 23, 2006.

  1. grassman1

    grassman1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I am starting a new lawn care service this year and need some advice on purchasing a mower. I have 2 small commercial accounts set-up and a small residential. Initially I would like to have 8-10 residentials to go along with the 2 commercials. Right now I don't have anything larger than 1 acre and don't anticipate anything larger. I have been out shopping and obviously no dealer will give me a fair comparison on various equipment that they don't carry. I'm looking at purchasing a 50"-52' zero turn. The trailer I have is a 8' x 5'. I don't have unlimited funds and would like to keep it at or below $6000. Right now I'm looking at a Dixon Kodiak or a Hustler Mini Z. I would like to purchase new for the warranty.Any guidance would be appreciated.
  2. PR Fect

    PR Fect LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,076

    Grassman, do not overlook the Exmark CT if you have a dealer near you. We paid around 5k for ours and love it. It saves time, saved us money, and gives a great cut. It probably would not take the pounding of a everyday full time operation, but it sounds like you do not have that. PR
  3. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    Go with a 48 inch cub you wont go wrong trust me i have been using scag since the 80's an i have tried em all .Scag is the best!!
  4. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    With that number of accounts, i wouldnt monkey with a Z. I'd go with a 48" or so walk behind. Sounds like your puttin the carriage before the horse with a purchase like that. Save your money and build your clientele first. Just my $.02
  5. K&L Landscaping

    K&L Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    Right on the money NEPSJay! I would get a John Deere 7H17 WB (48" deck with 17hp engine). If you do get a walk behind make sure it is a hydro and not belt driven. Belt drives are not nearly as easy to operate, are more time consuming and when it rains you might as well head for the trailer with the belt drives. Trust me, you will not like a belt drive unit and anyone who does this for a living will tell you the same thing.
  6. beautifullawns

    beautifullawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    Get what ever has the best dealer support. If somthing breaks you will need it.
  7. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    Haven't had expierence with Dixon in a long time and hear that they have come along way. My preference between the two would be the Hustler. That being said I agree that the place to start would be with a commercial walk behind. If you have gates a 36 if not 48 or 52. You can always add a Z later if your accounts dictate it.
  8. grassman1

    grassman1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Thanks for all the advice. On the lines of a 36", has anyone any experiance with a cub 48 z wing? There is a local dealer who suggested that mower. He states that it is a commercial mower with a 48" deck that will rotate to get through 36" gates. Kind of the best of both worlds???
  9. Jake's Lawn Service

    Jake's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    I have an exmark Lazer Z CT also. It is a great machine and not too expensive either. I have never had a problem with it yet.
  10. grassman1

    grassman1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Thanks for your input. I was originally planned to start with a 36" WB but as I shopped around the Z's looked like a better way to go. Thanks for putting $2400 in pocket without even the cost of a drop of gas! Do you have any suggestions on a good WB? I was thinking of an Exmark Turf Tracer HP.

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