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I need ideas on purchasing a commercial mower.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by txnascarguy, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. txnascarguy

    txnascarguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Hi there:

    I clean out foreclosed homes in the Austin, Texas area. I also cut the grass at these properties. Last year was my first year cutting grass all summer. I cut about 60 yards a month. Most are normal lawns on under 10,000 sq ft lots. I do have a few that are over two acres. I had two non-commercial push mowers from Sears I used last year. Needless to say, they fell apart. I need a commercial push mower and a commercial riding mower. Since I am new, I have no idea what to buy. What brands are best? I will need the mower to fit through gates to access the back yard. I also need the mower to chomp straight through thick grass up to three feet high. Any ideas on what is good, and what I should run away from?



    Please feel free to email me at mrjoey at gmail.com
  2. craglawnmanor

    craglawnmanor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    Most anything by Exmark, Scag, or Hustler are good. Toro commercial mowers are good also (Toro owns Exmark).

    All of the above brands have decent websites from which to obtain info.
    A couple other manufacturers are also well thought of.

    But personally (even though I have an Exmark, Snapper, and Scag), I'm thinking of looking at a new Everride Hornet zero turn mower soon. They have a $1500 instant rebate promotion going on for the next month or so, and appear to be heavily built by looking at their website.

    Good luck! :)
  3. CustomKare

    CustomKare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 212


    You only need 1 mower!! Look at a WRIGHT Stander.
    Look on Ebay there are a couple for sale. I only use the one machine no need to have 2 mowers. These are versatile enough to trim very well.

    Paid $5200 new for mine for a 52"

    Good luck
  4. quiet

    quiet LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 720

    Call Baran's Fix-It in Taylor. He's a good dealer locally for you. He may have used one for sale that can handle rough mowing as well as "finish cut"
  5. Myk

    Myk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    Find a dealership that carries two or more brands you are choosing from (if your lucky). Then talk to the service guys the guys that actually work on the equitment and tell them what you are doing and what mower they would recommend I've found the is a great resource they don't get commison from it they just know what works and what doesn't. This might be hard if you don't carry any buisness with them but I'm taking a wild guess that if you ask them they will talk your ear off unless they are really busy then don't bother them, and come back when they are slow. my pick Exmark Scag Hustler Toro John Deere don't get a grasshopper.
  6. razor1

    razor1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,985

    I must agree, Exmark, Toro or Scag.
    Did you notice how Exmark is usually mentioned first. That might be because they sell 2 to 1 over all other brands.
  7. quiet

    quiet LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 720

    ...Baran's Fix-It is his local eXmark dealer.
  8. CRF500

    CRF500 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 152

    Horse poop, Hustler dethroned them last year in sales and my Super Z will blow my Exmark out of the water bad.
  9. Mark in MD

    Mark in MD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    Consider a 32" walk behind -- depending on the width of the gates. A 32 will fit through any gate. I hate 21" mowers.
  10. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Hustler is a good machine, but they aren't even scratching the surface on Exmark or Scag's sales numbers.

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