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For you guys who run 48" or 52" walk-behinds

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by milsaps118, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. milsaps118

    milsaps118 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 562

    I have a decision to make in less then 48hrs. Here's the scoop: I added a new com'l account and they have a huge steep hill which occupies about 75%of the lawn. I cut some scary steep hills now with a Z but this one is walk-behind ONLY. It's tiered mid way and the slope is held up by a 8' high retaining wall that runs a span of about 200'. From the top of the wall to the top of the hill is about 80'.

    This is the only account I'll ever need to use a walk-behind on, so here's what I'm stuck between on. I can buy a over stock New 2010 48" Metro for $2989 OTD full factory warranty, or an '06 TT w/jungle wheels used by a LCO as a back up (he says) for $2200. Any thoughts?????
  2. coreisntlife

    coreisntlife LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    just get the used mower. check it out and make sure it looks low hours and in good condition. you can probably get it for 2k even. then go acquire a couple more properties with steep hills to make it worth the expense
  3. MowingMowingMowing

    MowingMowingMowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 526

    Assuming the Turf Tracer checks out, I would 100% rather have that machine than a Metro.

    Both are good products, but the TT leaves a much better cut as it is a floating deck.

    Also, belt drive mowers, especially Metros are never going to keep their value compared to a hydro floating deck TT. There are TONS of Metros on Craigslist all the time; heck, you could probably do a little searching and find one for about $1,200-$1,500.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653


    You don't buy a machine for just one account. :nono:
    It is a very bad financial business decision to do that.

    You need to figure out how to deal with this account with what you have,
    and in the future don't bid on something you don't have the equipment to do it with.
  5. milsaps118

    milsaps118 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 562

    Your response is beyond the point. I'll leave it at that.:hammerhead:
  6. jiggz

    jiggz LawnSite Senior Member
    from jerz
    Messages: 646

    Out of the two i would get the TT.. well personally i would look for a 48 for around 5-800 bucks.. if you have the cash yea tt all the way.. i will also agree on never buying a peice of equip for just 1 project..but in this case i see it as fine.. if your a landscaper you should have a decent sized w/b anyway.. i dont know your properties but you might find it being easier then your zeros at times
  7. ivyslawncare

    ivyslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 247

    Even if it is for one account it will defiantly be used for many others I'm guessing. I did the same thing a couple months ago. But i bought a used 48 inch snapper for 1000. I have never ran a hydro wb but im sure thats what you will want for steep hills. Mine is a belt drive BUT i weigh 160 and have a sulky and it will pull me up dicthes all day without struggling. What I'm trying to say is i would go cheaper and get an older wb but make sure it is in grat condition!:cool2:
  8. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    If I had to buy one to do the job I would buy new one If you are like me you will keep using it on other jobs
    Warrenty with new Old you are Sh_T out luck
  9. Southern Pride

    Southern Pride LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Memphis
    Messages: 1,382

    Yes, I notice a HUGE difference in my eXmark metro BELT drive (36" w smaller turf tires) and my Toro Proline HYDRO 48" w the bigger turf tires. I don't think it's the tires or the hydro in particular, but rather the combination of both. The turftracer sounds like a winner to me.

    Also, my Toro proline is essentially a Turf Tracer with Toro stickers and a slightly different deck. Toro and eXmark are essentially the same.

    Topsites, you completely missed the point bud.
  10. georgiagrass

    georgiagrass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 970

    TT any day. The TT48 is probably my guys' favorite mower.

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