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How many hours do you put on your mower per week?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Cmonstihl, Feb 11, 2020.

  1. Cmonstihl

    Cmonstihl LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 66

    And when buying used, what’s too many hours on the machine for you to say no
  2. Mowing monkey.

    Mowing monkey. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,007

    The grade of machine makes a big difference. A homeowner machine is junk at 300 hours. A commercial mower could have a lot of life left at 2,000 hours.
  3. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,146

    2000 hrs is my cutoff for a hydro machine. belt drive can go much longer
  4. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 20,472

    When I was really going at it, solo, I would put nearly 25 hours per week on the main mower. This would be during the spring season with heavy growth.

    The second question is harder to answer. I've seen mowers with the engines locked up at 3xx hours and others on their original engines/hydors at 5k. The last 2 used mowers purchased had less than 200 hours on them.
    Cam15 likes this.
  5. Advance_lawn_care

    Advance_lawn_care LawnSite Member
    from AR
    Messages: 163

    This thread interest me as well. I'm jumping from part time to full time this year, currently 25 yards 2 weeks out of the month and 10 or so the other 2 weeks. Wondering how many hours I'll hit at full time production. Put 75 hours on my ztr and 25 hours on my 36 hydro walk last year. Only had the hydro walk for the last 3 months of the season last year.
  6. cold-beer

    cold-beer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    My business specializes in nothing but smaller Urban properties. I have 2 Honda hrx-217 mowers. One is set up to bag and the other is set up with a custom side discharge on the back.

    I put about 10 hours a week on the side discharge mower and maybe a couple hours on the bagger.

    The mowers I use are considered Semi-Pro and only cost about $700 each, but I feel that they out perform Honda's True commercial mowers. I'll run them a couple seasons and sell them for half of retail on Craigslist.
    Brucey, Cam15 and sjessen like this.
  7. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,543

    my "newest" mower is starting it's 3rd season with 486 hrs.
    Cam15 likes this.
  8. Andrew H

    Andrew H LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,042

    20-30 hours per week
  9. Cassidy Cuts

    Cassidy Cuts LawnSite Member
    from MD
    Messages: 28

    We average about 400 hrs a year, so probably about 15 hrs/week. This is with commercial mowers (hustler x one, toro z master). They all are in between 900-1600 hrs. I probably wouldnt buy a used one with more than 200ish hrs cause you just never know how the previous person used them. The peace of mind is worth more to me than the savings.
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  10. Advance_lawn_care

    Advance_lawn_care LawnSite Member
    from AR
    Messages: 163

    We meaning crews? From what ive read here is seems solo operators average between 100-200 hour annually per large unit depending on how many mowers they have to spread the load across and crew operations exceed 400 per unit.

    Kinda funny looking back...I remember when I wouldnt put over 50 hours a year on on my ztr and I didnt have my hydro walk then. Now I estimate 300 hours annually between my ztr and my hydro walk.

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