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Good Walk behind? Need Help.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ChadA, Oct 18, 2004.

  1. ChadA

    ChadA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

    Alright I could use some help here. I've been in the business for about 3 months now and im looking to buy a good quallity but reasonably priced W/B. Every dealer i've talked to says theres is the best(of course). I've looked at Toro, Gravely, Exmark, and Scag. All are a little to much for me now. The Scag is closest to what i would like to pay at $2,600 for a 36" belt drive. If you could recommend some good brands that are reliable and not to much i would be grateful. All my accounts are residential so a 32" or 36" is all i will need. A belt drive is fine. under $3,000 would be nice nice but any advice will be appriciated.
    Thanks for all your help.
  2. bondman35a

    bondman35a LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    Check Out lesco, i paid under 3 grand for my 52/17 with electric start, Mine has been a work horse and I will continue to purchase lesco products for a long time
  3. LCME

    LCME LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    Did you ask the dealers if they have used equipment for sale?. Used equipment with low hours and a dealer service/warranty is a good deal. Good luck, LCME
  4. WigginsLandscaping

    WigginsLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    I have a Toro. 52",37"36". I personally wouldn't go less than 36". Belt drives on all of the ones I have and they are fine to me as well. The ONLY thing that I would suggest is to pick a floating deck. Dont skimp on a deck. Fixed decks cut like crap in my opinion. It is worth the money to get the floating deck. The only problem I have had with my toros and it is normal is that you have to adjust the belts regularly but thats it. They are built strong. We have had a buntyn 36 as well and wouldnt recommend that based on the design of the deck and the frame on ours wearing out at the adjustments. I have tried John Deere's in the past Hydro and Belt. Both were good solid machines. Pricey. But cut good.
    Good luck. And remember that this is an investment and once you purchase you will ask yourself how did i make it this far without something bigger. I push mowed about 20 yards weekly my first season. The second season with the same amount of help managed about 45 weekly and about 5 additional every other week with nothing more than a few pieces of good equipment.
  5. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    Go see your Yazoo/Kees dealer.They've got modelKKW36132(36inch, 13 horse Kawasaki)on sale for$1899 Msrp is$2675.
  6. RobH

    RobH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    You will see tons of threads here discussing what w/b or z to buy. I think for the most part that everybody will say that you should buy a machine from a place that has good dealer support. This way if you need parts you can get them quickly or if you need repairs done you can get them done quickly.

    All the brands that you mentioned are good brands. Weigh that factor with the dealer who seems to give the best support and you will do fine.
  7. ChadA

    ChadA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

    I couldn't find any used.
  8. ChadA

    ChadA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

    Thanks for all the help guys. I really appriciate it.
  9. ChadA

    ChadA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

    Thanks Bondman35a. I called around about lesco after your reply and found a 36" W/B belt drive w/ a 13hp kawasaki for $1850. Thanks again.

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