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Is this a good decision? Need help quick

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by TJW_692, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. TJW_692

    TJW_692 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    i've been searching a little bit and i just found this bob cat ransomes. This is actually the same mower i use on a lawn for a guy i work for.
    I do all residential homes and i do have smaller lawns where i need to use push mower to get tighter spaces. This is a 36" deck at a good price. Not for looks but that doesn't matter if it runs great. Would it be a good decision if i also looked into a 36" or 38" deck? I like the 48" cause it gets more done quicker but it's that big of a difference.
    It's at a good price and close to me which is why i'm looking at it. i may call the guy and ask about it.

  2. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    Both of the those mowers looks pretty crappy. The first mower looks like he took some random engine and put in on the mower considering his yard is basically a junkyard. At 500 or less you are basically buying someone elses junk and you have no idea if it will make it a week. At least the craftsman seems to be running be pretty good. My advice would be save some money up and wait until you can buy something decent instead of buying junk and hoping it turns out okay
  3. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,148

    Very good advice!!!
  4. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    The pictures you are showing are mowers that are to bad to get accepted into a junk yard. Except for 42" Craftsman. It runs good, cuts good, because you did not complain about anything then the mower not being fast enough to your liking.

    Where are you in the Hudson Valley?

    Where I am a lot of properties have 4' gates. There are a lot of 36" gates around but I do not have any 36" gates this year.

    Point is if I had a 48" mower I would have to use my 20" to do some back yards the yards of mine that have 4' gates.

    I started out with a JD LT 180 42" rider and a 20" push, and a 4 x 8 trailer, because they are what I already had to do my own property when I decided to get back into the business.

    Yes my 42" is slow. Though between my two mowers I get 15 lawns done every week. And could add a few more with the mowers that I have. And, still be done in less then four 8 hour days.

    In starting out you need to learn the difference between a need and a want. You want another mower. You do not need another mower now. You do not need to increase your production capabilities when your volume does not even use half of what your mowers can do.

    Saturday I bought a 5 x 10 open trailer. Now I will be saving to buy a 36" WB to increase efficiency, safer on the hills, smaller gate access.

    When my volume increases I then will get a commercial 48" to 54". And I will have the trailer to pull it. Remember to build with a purpose.

    That $300 you looking to spend. How are you set up for hand helds? Good BP blower for fall clean ups. Being a LCO is more then just mowers and lawns.
  5. TJW_692

    TJW_692 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    well the guy is offering me 300 for mine. which if i can get a mower for 400-500 i won't be spending a lot. i don't need the walk behind but i'm looking cause if i find a good deal i'll jump on it.
    I'm near poughkeepsie btw.
    I do know that a couple places i mow i would not be able to fit a 48" mower through some sections but i would still be able to use it on all lawns.

    Im fine with the blower and trimmer. i have a backpack blower 4 stroke troy bilt. and a 4 stroke troy bilt trimmer.
  6. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    If you want a better mower, then sell your rider and spend 500 on a bigger used rider like a Simplicity or something like that. I would much rather use a small garden tractor than a old piece of junk belt drive. Save your money for a nice 48" hydro.

    I push mowed 7 lawns for 2 years with a 21" before I bought a 48" hydro. Like another guy said, grow with a purpose.

    Just my two scents.
  7. TJW_692

    TJW_692 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    Yea i've been using a push mower up until a month ago when i got the rider.

    The hydros are the one's that have the reverse and don't some have the controls that a zero turn would? I've come across a couple of them but i figured even though they are newer i heard hydros are very expensive to fix. I almost bought a hydro rider but stayed away cause it's too expensive to repair.
  8. TJW_692

    TJW_692 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    I'm going to check out a zero turn today. It's like 5 minutes away so it won't hurt to look at it at least. It's an older wheel horse model. But he said low hours and it runs and cuts fine. 42" deck. 16 or 19 hp he said
    He was given it by one of his customers and it just sits. The only things it needs are a throttle cable and battery. He said he thinks it's hydro powered not belt. But i'll see what it is. He only wants 250 bucks for it. The guy is still interested in my mower as well. So, depending on the condition it's in that's an awesome deal for a zero turn!

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