Just starting out need advice

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Jimmy79, May 23, 2010.

  1. Jimmy79

    Jimmy79 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I am just starting out and a friend of mine has 2 mowers he will sell me for pretty cheap just so I can get my lawn care business started and before I post my 2 options I already know they are not top of the line commercial mowers but I cant afford anything else right now.. He says I can have my pick of his used JD LA145 with 80 hours on it or his Troy built Mustang ZTR zero turn with 110 hours on it for $1300... nothing wrong with either one of them, both look really good. my question is which one should i get and why? Here are the specs on the 2 mowers and thanks for any advice you can give.

    Troy Built ZTR:

    • Infinite-speed dual hydrostatic transmission with large 1" drive axle
    • Extra-wide 50" triple-blade mowing deck
    • 4 adjustable & greasable anti-scalp deck wheels for a smoother cut
    • Electric power take-off (PTO) for fast & easy blade engagement
    • Ground-following solid steel pivoting front axle
    • Standard front axle grease fittings for long service life
    • Fully welded steel frame
    • 2-way adjustable lap bars provide near infinite positioning
    • Comfortable high-back seat with dual suspension springs
    • Large, greasable 13" front casters
    • Standard rear bumper
    • 25 HP Kohler Courage V-Twin engine

    John Deere LA145:

    # Cutting Width : 48 in
    # Engine Displacement : 656 cm³
    # Engine Make : Briggs and Stratton
    # Engine Torque (Ft./Lb.) : 656
    # Engine Type : Gas
    # Fuel Tank Capacity : 4 gal (US)
    # Horsepower (hp) : 22 hp
    # Housing Material : Steel
    # Mower Deck Width : 48 in
    # Mulching Capability : Yes
    # Number of Cylinders : 2
    # Start Type : Electric
    # Turning Radius : 18 in
  2. fredmullegun

    fredmullegun LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 317

    For 1300 bucks I think I would rather have a used 48" walk behind. If these are your only two options I would go with the Deere because of a personal grudge I have with buying a complete POS Troy Bilt 15 years ago. I will never ever ever support that crap.

    500 bucks for a mower that didn't mow.
  3. Jimmy79

    Jimmy79 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    ok thats 1 for the jd, anyone else?
  4. 1whitetail

    1whitetail LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Messages: 149

    X2 plus its easier to get parts for John Deere than Troy Bilt.
  5. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,158

    IMO the kohler is a much better engine than a briggs, but I have never run Troy Buit or Deere
  6. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    Get the Deere, TB are junk....
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I would pass on both of those and either keep saving up money or as was suggested get a used
    commercial Wb because what you can't afford to do is buy junk that won't make it the season.

    No argument that those mowers are fine for a homeowner's use, but at the rate
    we mow lawns it probably won't last a week without breaking down.
  8. JoeHop6299

    JoeHop6299 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    He's right, one thing I've learned the hard way is you get what you pay for. Get you a used walk behind to start out. 1300$ will put you on a good used one.
  9. Butler Landscaping

    Butler Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

  10. Butler Landscaping

    Butler Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130


    briggs is sh*&

    kawasaki, kohler, and honda (gx series, not gc) are all good

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