How much should you pay for a 36" mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by The Happy Gardner, Jan 3, 2004.

  1. The Happy Gardner

    The Happy Gardner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Here's my problem.
    we only have 2 dealers in my area( with in 30 miles )
    First - Toro and Hustler
    Second - JD

    Both sell comparable machines. Both push Hydro with floating decks. Both around $5,000. They offer fixed deck, belt drives at around $4,000. Until I started visiting this sight thats all I knew and was ready to buy. Now I am questioning.
    This will be my first large mower and though I would like a larger mower I need to get through 36" gates.:mad:
  2. J.Gordon

    J.Gordon LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 674

    I don’t think Hustler even makes a 36’’ there website advertises 37, 48 or 54" Side Discharge Decks. The price seems a little on the high side to me for a 36’’ but then again I have not priced them in a while. I do know I could have bought a last year’s model Scag 36’’ belt for $1500.00 I might have missed a good deal. :eek: :eek:
    Good luck

  3. Rick Jones

    Rick Jones LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 427

    I paid $4,000 for a Toro Hydro 36" floater w/ the T-bar. Same thing with a fixed deck/belt would have run about $2800.
  4. The Happy Gardner

    The Happy Gardner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Anyone tryed the Better Outdoor Product's 36" hydro????

    I here their around $2,000 !!!!!
  5. Rick Jones

    Rick Jones LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 427

    You get what you pay for...
  6. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 976

    Now is the time to start searching ebay and the classifieds. Start out with what you can afford, but if you tie all your funds up in a brand new mower you better brace yourself. Even new mowers occasionally have flaws, and if you run into a problem where you loose the use of that machine for 2 or 3 weeks what are you going to do? I started my business back up last year with a great used Bunton 48" belt drive, and it still runs perfect. Best part is that I found it on ebay and only paid $1200 for it. Next piece of acvice is to stick with a mower that you can easily get parts for and serviced. You said you have a Toro dealer and a Hustler dealer in your area, then stick with one of those 2 brands. Also check to see where your closest Lesco dealer is. They have a nice little 36" that is very reliable. You'll probably end up paying about $2400 for theirs. If you do enough footwork you'll know when you run across a good deal.
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Time to find other dealers. Those belt drive prices are WAY to high.
  8. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    Drive the Hustler. That should make your decision. The hustler walkbeihnd controls are the easiest to learn and opperate.
  9. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,725

    I have a question having cut lawns for 15 years IV used 48-inch belts and 52-inch hydros and as of the last 4 years I personally use my 60-inch lazer now the lazer has a floating deck and I completely agree with that. But why the hell would you need a floating deck on a 36-inch machine? I'm being serious I live in New England we have some of the worst terrain for cutting you’ve ever seen there’s a reason you don’t see big farms here for us 75 acres is a big farm the land is rocky and the land is hilly and having spent all the years cutting that I have, I still have no clue what you would need a floating deck on a micro mower for. I mean were talking a 3 foot deck here that’s nothing hell my boots are 12 inches each I think your going after features that really aren’t needed on such a small machine I personally wouldn’t even go floating deck on a 48.
  10. The Happy Gardner

    The Happy Gardner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    I've never used E-bay before, what do you look under????
    Dosen't shipping kill you??????

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