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"Kees" commercial mower quality?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lobell, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. Lobell

    Lobell LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    Hi all, I'm going to look at a Kees 48" commercial walk behind mower tomorrow (pictures attached). I've personally never head of them, and already have a 60" Exmark Laser-Z hydro so don't know too much about the belt driven walk behinds.

    Can anyone shed some insight into the quality of a Kees mower and what to look for when checking it out tomorrow when I take a look. Also any idea of a price range would be great, thanks in advance!!



  2. C & T Landscaping

    C & T Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 480

  3. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,702

    Not sure how old that one is, but Kees mowers were very well built and had a good cut. My very first, new, commercial mower, purchased back in about 1990 or so, was a Kees, 36" commercial walkbehind. That mower mowed every season for about 10 years, without any major problems.
    I don't think the Yazoo-Kees merger changed anything as far as their quality.
  4. mkarps

    mkarps LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    I have a yazoo kees tractor. Runs great. Had to replace a spring for the Handle bars and the spindle wheel bearings etc....but I do have a fertilizer spreader on it so it gets rusted out much faster than cutting.
  5. Shasta Lake Landscaping

    Shasta Lake Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    Who owns yazoo kees now? How is parts availability?
  6. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    Those front castors look pretty big for a fixed deck gear drive mower, usually they all come with 9" tires, but those look like the 11" on my full size WBs? they look like great mowers, and resembles a older metro in a way..well, maybe a little? I wonder why that peerless tranny is offset to the left side? I know that FC420 engine on there is a beast and is very reliable, and starts on the first pull even after 9 years on my metro!
  7. lawnman937

    lawnman937 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Since October 1999 it has been owned by Sweden-based Husqvarna. Yazoo/Kees employs approximately 300 people and builds its commercial mowing equipment at a facility in Beatrice, Nebraska
  8. JimQ

    JimQ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,139

    Husqvarna / YK / Dixon picked up and left Beatrice late last year. Production moved to South Carolina, Engineering went to North Carolina.

  9. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    I have a Kees 48" commercial walk behind mower, old, not sure of the age, had NO problems with it. The deck is well built. Solid rubber caster wheels, mows good, use it about every six wks to mow my yard. I think I paid $500 for it last year on Craigslist.


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