How Good is CUB CADET?????

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Toastpuppy, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. Toastpuppy

    Toastpuppy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Well...I am a full time firefighter in central florida, and have had my small lawn business going for about a year. It's been growing and I have been getting busier and busier. I need to upgrade mowers. Right now I am using a 36" Bunton walkbehind, it's great for getting through gates into back yards and stuff, but i'm getting into bigger nicer accounts and I need something a little better...still keeping the bunton as a back up though, which I dont think is a bad idea.

    So here is the question...I need something bigger, badder, better, more....keeping in mind that I only mow several days a week (on my days off from the FD), should I go ahead and take the leap and get something like an Exmark or a Gravely and dump the 8 or 9 grand, or do you think I should spend about 3 grand and get a nice 50" Cub from home depot? The Cubs seem decent at a decent thats why I'm considering it. Cost is the main issue for me right now...I dont make **** at the FD and the lawn business is just helping me get through at this point..............ANY INPUT???????

    I'm also considering just getting a used mower, but you know how that goes...never know what it's been though and what-not.

  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    if you don't want to drop the money on a new commercial mower, then go with a used one. The ones from HD, lowes and other box name stores SUCK, and will be a pita later on. What are you mowing with now? You can get a nice new WB for under $4k for a belt drive with velke, bagger and mulch kit (if you use one).
  3. "Ground Control"

    "Ground Control" LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    ...not very
  4. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    The cub tanks look to be a well built machine. The RTZs are decent for a home owner.
  5. Toastpuppy

    Toastpuppy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    I found a used Lesco Z2 54" ( i think it's a 54) for 1800, and needs a new seat. Should I go for something like that? how are those things???

  6. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    For a while the Lesco and Cub tanks were same machine. Thats a heck of a price for a 54"
  7. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    yea...makes you wonder what else is wrong with it!!
  8. FyrFyt

    FyrFyt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    I am also a firefighter. I am near the Tampa Bay area. When I needed a ZTR I took the plunge and went with an Exmark. Mainly because there is a large reputable dealer near me.

    I can tell you this. In the one year I have had the mower, the support with answering questions, simple fixes/maintenance etc has been worth the extra money and peace of mind. I also have no worries that if the mower has a problem they can have it back running the day after I get off shift or will give me a loaner.

    I know cost is a consideration. But take all things into play. You are running a business. Not cutting your grandmothers lawn.... well maybe you are cutting her lawn.. but you gt my point.

    As for used. Unless it is practically new.. I think you buy some one else's problems.
  9. oak1787

    oak1787 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    on 8-1-06 I bought a new cub 50 with a 22 kal. on it have about 80 hours havnt had 1 problem . only thing i have done is oil changes and new blades.. mows great... i got it for a back up but now i use it on all my yards..john deere walk behind 48 is my back up ..
  10. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    I thought about that too. But its hard to tell without pictures or seeing the machine.

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