just starting,34inZTR or 44inZTR??

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by confuzed, Jul 17, 2004.

  1. confuzed

    confuzed LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    well im just starting out , ill be doing mostly residential and light commercial. most of the yards are 1/2 acre lots, flat, not to many ditches. ive considered a walk behind but feel ill be more productive with a ztr. ive got a little 22in honda self prop for tight areas. im looking at the gravely 34in ztr or the exmark lazer ct 44in. theres only a 500.00 dollar diff in price but i feel for what im doing the 34in will be more versitile, but i sure hate to give up 10 more in of cut for 500.00 bucks. if i getthe 34in and things grow, i can always buy bigger, but with the 44in i think itll be a hair on the big side. any suggestions??or should i start with a good w/b?? i know the w/b is cheaper, but if you could buy either (not both...i wish)what would most of you do. im wanting to get into this full time. thanks!!
  2. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    All depends if you have alot of gated yards or in the future if you do, the 34" will get in most of them, but the 44'' will get in very few backyards. Just my 2 cents.
  3. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,714

    Gravely also makes a 44" ZTR that uses the same frame as the 34" machine. It just has wider deck, wider tires, and a little bigger engine.
    I have used both, and I would say you will not see a lot of difference in productivity on small properties. Where size makes the difference, is where you would have a lot of wide open space to mow. Then the 10" difference would help out.
  4. rlc321

    rlc321 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    I have a 34z and love it. I also do small yards its a great if most of your yards are fairly flat.

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  5. confuzed

    confuzed LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    well, i went with the34z/mulching kit. mowed my yard (lil over 1/2 acre)in about 20-25min. took over an hour with the old honda rider before. i like it, but itll take some getting used to! now hopefulley i cant get a few yards lined up.
  6. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    go with neither? a zero turn of that size is a waste unless you are a big company with a lot of capital. get yourself a walkbehind to start with, you shouldn't buy a zero turn unless it's at least 48" deck or more in my opinion
  7. confuzed

    confuzed LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    well, too late. i have a little capital, but i needed a decent rider for my yard anyway. a decent lawn tractor is around 2000-2400. so spending 3999. on a smaller ztr didnt bother me. if it grows were id like i can always buy a big ztr.

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