Getting through a gated yard

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by nitro121, Nov 8, 2004.

  1. nitro121

    nitro121 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    Hey, if you guys get a job where the yard is gated and your mower won't fit you guys just push mow the back yard?

    I'm thinking of getting a walk behind but don't want to get a big deck because I only do residential yards so far.....but I don't want to have to push mow a yard or give up any jobs. A 36" deck almost seems to small to me....but I don't want a 44 or 48 to hinder any jobs.

  2. jbell113

    jbell113 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    How many gated props do u have now and how many accounts total do you have.
  3. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,116

    Actually, I take a yard stick with me on estimates. If it won't go through the gate, I generally bid it so high that I don't get the job. I do have one customer that has been with me since 1985. I unhook her cyclone fence and pull it out of the way and a 52 with go in there no problem. I usually leave those jobs for the :waving:
  4. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    If my 48" wb won't fit through the gate, I pass on the job.
  5. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    Buy a Great Dane Gateway 52 inch. deck fold up to 37.5 inches. 17 hp Kaw Hydro drive walk behind mows real nice for a stiff deck. Plus i use it as a trim mower with the over hang on one side i hardy ever trim or push mow anything.
  6. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,116

    About 90% of the yards I use a 36 on just do let it in the gate. That 37.5 may have a problem.
  7. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    we had a new 48" last year, sold it this spring and bought a 36". We never used the 48 but use the 36 just about everyday.
  8. K c m

    K c m LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,313

    Naa man. the 36" is what i started with. The thing got through gates with the exception of 2 i think. Definatly worth the investment. Go with the 36 if you are keeping it small for now.
  9. Cheesedawg1

    Cheesedawg1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 283

    If your trying to get some new customers and need the money use the push mower. Once you start growing you'll see that it will become a pain in the A$$.
  10. Smithers

    Smithers LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,265

    Metro, if most of your yards have 36" gates, you should get a 36" mower. Just be carefull...a 36" is actually a 37 inch, including the side.

    Gravely makes a 34" rider..dont know how good it is, though.

    I saw an idea here awhile back.....offer the customer to increase his gate. It costs about $350. Offer you do the leg work and find him a fence contractor to do it. Then, get a commision if you get a few. you make money either way.


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