Help Choosing A Mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DAZ982500, Jun 3, 2005.

  1. DAZ982500

    DAZ982500 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    My current mower 36" JD WALK BEHIND broke down for ever.I need to choose a new mower. Here are the options.SCAG 36 2700.00, Gravely 48 2800.00 exmark 36 2700.00 or 36 JD with 36 hours for 1600.0O.I know time is money 48 inch would save me time.I currently mow smaller prop 5000-10000 sq feet.I have 5 bigger lawns 1/2 -1 acre.36 is adequate.48 tempting for future work.DZ
  2. ztoro

    ztoro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 735

    Are these Belts?

    I just bought a 48" Metro for 2700........
  3. ensor

    ensor LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 55

    I have the Gravely 48. A great mower and wider cut than the other options you mention. Demo and decide.
  4. chimmygew

    chimmygew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 578

    Scags cut great, but those darn grips kill your hands.
  5. A+ Lawncare

    A+ Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 503

    How many weekly & bi weekly customers do ya have & wht size are these lots?

    what i'm getting by all of this is if you have more than 15 accounts averaging .25-.50 acres you should be able to afford a 48'' tthp or at least 48'' metro.... the tthp sells for about $5,200 while the metro is priced at about $3,500...

    btw, both models are made by Emark and the tthp is a floatin/hydro mower, while the metro is fixed deck & gear drived.. i recomend at least the exmark viking mower (sells for about $4,200), hydro drive & fixed deck....

    hydro drive will allow you to go in reverse, while the belt won't allow you to go in reverse.... plus the hydro is alot more user friendly, perfect for newbies...
    does any of your customers have gates if so whats the ratio of gated & non gated lawns? if you have say 70% of your customer base w/no gates then go ahead and buy a 48'' deck... but any customers with gates that are more than 50% of your customer base then go ahead and buy a 36'' deck, that is if the gated lots are .35 of acre (15k sq. feet) or more...

    A belt 36'' w/b won't save you much time compared due to a 21'' mower, b/c the belt doesn't go in reverse and makes it difficult to trim when compared to any hydro mower....

    If for some reason you do and get a 36'' w/b, please do us all a favor and get the 36'' exmark metro or tthp.

    MHP3615KAC (36'' metro, 15hp) is $3600 before tax + Turf Striper $259 + mulch kit $160.

    TTHP3615KAC (36'' tthp, 15hp) i was quoted a price of $4516 before tax and + Turf Striper $259 + mulch kit $160.

    Final price out the door for a eXmark Metro HP 36" was $3782.00 and $4,698 for the tthp when quoted 2day @ my local dealership.

    I highly recommend a toro proslide, to maximize your productivity on any of these units.
  6. A+ Lawncare

    A+ Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 503

    Please not above when i said "If for some reason you do and get a 36'' w/b, please do us all a favor and get the 36'' exmark metro or tthp." i meant a viking instead of the metro.... IMO i could never imagine operating a belt drive mower its PITA....
  7. leaflawnandlimb

    leaflawnandlimb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198

    For the size lawns you have a 36 would be adequate, I would definetly go with the Exmark, personally I like the ECS handles. As said by someone before, the handles on the scags are terrible (previosly a scag owner) Where in NY are you and who's your dealers that your looking at?
  8. ercrvs24

    ercrvs24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    This is my first year in the business and I bought a new 04 36 metro belt drive(pistol grip) and I'm already trying to sell it. I hate not having reverse and the fact that you really can't have a sulky. I have one but have to take it on and off because if you hang it, then you can't change gears. I'm going to get a 36 lesco hydro for only a few hundred more than i paid for the exmark. :)
  9. gwwilson

    gwwilson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    A+ lawncare
    this nut is only 17 years old............
    please don't read what he's bull $hitting about.......

    A + lawncare doesn't even have a mower bigger than 21".................

    so now he's a expert..................

    :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help:
  10. gotgreen?

    gotgreen? LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    2nd yr on business with an exmark 36" and I wish it was a 48"; most of clients don't have fences and the ones that do, is a little hard to take 36" in and out and end up using the 21" on most of them (fenced back yards are not that big around here), maybe next year will be upgrading, but I know that when the time comes, it will be replaced with a 48" and a hydro will be nice, and while at it, upgrade the 21" to a 26" and keep the 21" as a back up and put the craftsman to rest.

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