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Just starting out need advice

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

  1. jbt79

    jbt79 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    I have a 52" Scag WB with a Sulky I will sell you for $1,500. I'm in Douglasville GA. 35 mi from Alabama State line on I-20. PM me if interested.
  2. kgcs

    kgcs LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    If you have another $1,500, I would go to a hustler dealer and get one of their residental units. You could get the 42" sport for $3000 brand new. Its got a briggs and straton engine, but for a little more you could get a honda engine. Hustler is much better than deere or troy bilt. They say the sport is built to the same standards as the commercial units. I have had it for 3 months and it works amazing.
  3. GrassIsGreenerLawnCare

    GrassIsGreenerLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 636

    $1300!? look on Craigslist and get a used Walk Behind. i got my 07 gravely 36" w/ 176 hrs for 1100. u can find a 48" for around that price probably too. i wouldnt get either. do urself the favor and save up a couple hundred more and u will find a nice mower. if u are absolutely stuck on this kids mower then go for the deere. but u could go on CL right now and find a good WB in ur area no doubt in my mind for 1300
  4. jnt412

    jnt412 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    You can get a used Exmark Laser Z (60' deck) for $3000. When spending that kind of money, go commercial..
  5. Jimmy79

    Jimmy79 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

  6. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,510

    The Troy-Bilt Z and the Cub Z are basically the same unit with different paint and decals, both made by MTD.

    The JD rider is not a real JD, probably made by AYP or MTD. A real JD will say "Made in Moline" and hold its value.

    Probably the weakest point in all of the three you mentioned is the hydro trannies. They don't have a filter or drain plug, and you can't change the oil.

    If your friend is a careful driver and takes good care of his truck, don't gun it out of the blocks, is a stickler for doing the maintenance on all his stuff, that tells you something. If he ain't, that tells you something too.

    If you just have to have a rider you can't afford commercial. A Lazer for 3K is pretty hard to find, I never seen one.

    You have to weigh everything, make your business decision, and hope for the best.

    I went with the wb, new, belt drive, eXmark Metro 32. Very reliable. Got a heck of a deal on it -- I think because everyone wants a rider and it had been on the floor quite awhile. It was right for me, but not for everybody.
  7. kgcs

    kgcs LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    I still think the hustler sport will be your best bet. Just go to a hustler dealer and apply for the credit and see if you get it.
  8. Mightymowinc

    Mightymowinc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Is the skag mower a floating deck? It didn't look like it in the video, just asking.

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