Front mount mowers for residential accounts

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by T Scapes, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. T Scapes

    T Scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
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    does anyone here run front mount mowers for their residential accounts? Ive been kicking around that idea for a couple weeks now for next year. Would prob run john deere with my exmark lazer i have now any opinions. Im not talking about a walker or exmark naviigator i was thinking along the lines of a deere 1445 with a 60in deck
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  2. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4,143

    What size residential? They are big heavy and not very good on hills. I would concider a x740 x748 with a 60" 7 iron deck before the 1445. They follow the contour about as well as a front mount. Not sure what your reasoning is for wanting a front mount.

    Have you thought about grasshopper?
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  3. T Scapes

    T Scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
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    after cutting with a friends old front mount john deere i really like cutting with it and starting thinking it would help with some of residentials and also looking down the road i know some accounts require rear discharge mowers. Id had looked at grasshopper but no dealer real close
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    why is walker out? they make side discharge and mulching decks also.
    i love my front mount. it compliments my lazer z awesome!
  5. T Scapes

    T Scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
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    the only walker dealer within 50 miles of me really rubbed me the wrong way. I guess sine im only 20 the didnt take me seriously and overall i really would not do any business with them
  6. scotts lawn care

    scotts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 468

    I love my 1445 diesel for medium/large accounts. The seat is great, uses half the fuel of my z's. 72" cut can be a bit tricky on some resi accounts, it's better suited to commercial properties.
  7. T Scapes

    T Scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i was thinking either a 60in side discharge or 62in rear discharge
  8. 2ExploreTech

    2ExploreTech LawnSite Member
    Messages: 110

    Yes, I do. The older models, like the f932, are lower profiled and great on hills going side to side or up/down. However 2wd units don't climb as well and some counterbalance on rear is a good idea on hills. They hold much better than the zt's that I demoed, even in wet grass. (A full tractor or something with tracks would be the only thing better, but beyond the scope in typical suburbanite yard)

    The 1445/1545 have a 30hp diesel so a 60" deck is on the small size. A 72" would be better sized. The 1435 is ~26hp diesel. With 4wd they climb. Really, these compare better to compact tractors, except the implement is in the front. Yes, they are heavier than a ztr, keep in mind that's over 4 tires + deck, where a zt is 2 tires + deck. Now add a MCS (fancy grass catcher that makes it look like a mini-self-propelled chopper) and a 4 post ROPS/cab and it gets up there.

    As was asked earlier, what kind of size and terrain? I personally use this on a few properties of a few acres each plus a farm around a small orchard, pond lot, campsite, roadside and in general 'taming the wild'. Have used it to pull a huge roller over the yard, pull/push logs/branches out of area, minor grading --- winter plowed/blow snow (well, OK, just 3 times last yr). The snow plow is light duty and has no down pressure.

    Deere and Lastec do make a 72" Flex deck. For $7k you get a High-Def mower that floats to the contour of the ground. You also need the 30+hp and some extra weights, belts, lots of belts... and if soft ground is the norm, you'll have some issues. Won't get stuck but will leave marks. The dealer at the Golf/Turf store actually persuaded away from it (at the time there was a slightly used one with striper for ~ 1/3 price)

    OK, probably more info than you asked so brief summary -- Big yard - Yes ;Small yard - not really, use WB ; hilly terrain - yes ; soft yards - Yes, but 4wd and smaller unit or older 2wd ; Yard with trees - Yes because front deck can get under low branches and save on trimming!! Big acreage -- umm, no . Harvest and sell it instead.
  9. T Scapes

    T Scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i have a fair amount of my accounts that have hills that a 4wd front deck would help on a ton as well as some larger fields i mow that i think would help. Also with some accounts i would like to bid on it would help. Alot of my yards are faairly big and it would help with those.
  10. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Messages: 1,405

    so um, is that actually your slogan in your signature?

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