Lesco brand Mowers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Gr grass n Hi tides, Mar 2, 2003.

  1. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This site is an incredibly great resource! I'm a newcomer to the business and have been reading all of threads for about a month now. Great perspective from everyone that posts here which has helped me make a number of decisions & reinforced a couple of ideas I had.

    I've got a good handle on a lot of the small things - obtained licensing from my County and State; taking the Dept. of Agriculture test next week; ordered shirts and caps with Co. logo; got set up with my Lesco guy for turf maintenance programs & ornamentals; business cards; insurance; found a good trailer (5x10); talked to the local temp agency about help if I need it; and even bought a modest yellow pages add.

    Opinions vary a little on blowers, edgers and trimmers but I think I'll go Stihl all the way around.

    My big question is: What does everyone think of the Lesco brand Mowers? I am considering them - leaning toward a 36 WB gear drive & a 48 WB hydro for my first year. One thing I don't like is that the spindle casings are aluminum vs. cast iron, but they do come with a 2 yr. warranty. I would like some input about their durability and quality of cut.

    I can't get my local Scag guy to give me any prices! Three times now he's not called me and/or not been there at an agreed upon time. I realize comparing Scags and Lesco may be like apples/oranges, but would still like some feed back on the Lesco's. Thanks in advance for the input.
  2. Russ

    Russ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 540

    Scag makes an excellent mower. I used several of them every day for two years with only minor problems that were probably caused by the operators during clean up (electric clutch engagement and electric start). I have a Lesco 48 WB that I use for hill and "trim" work. I have had it for 5 years now with no problems at all. While I feel the Scag is a better engineered heavy duty piece of equipment, the Lesco will serve you well until you grow to a ZTR.
  3. johnhenry

    johnhenry LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    Sounds like you have thought out things pretty well.For the 1st year in the business lesco will be great for you.Alot of us has started out with alot less.Plus lesco price right now is pretty darn good.The cut will be fine.You really shouldn't have any problems.Scag is a very good mower to.Best of luck to you this year
  4. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    I also am getting a 36" Lesco gear drive, probably next week. I have a good relationship with my Lesco dealer for other products, so I have decided (also due to the price difference) to go with a lesco mower. My dealer has all the parts plus full time service.

    Skag or Exmark may be a better machine, especially for high production mowing, but I have 20 small residential accounts, so I do not need a high production machine right now. As I grow the Lesco machine will become a back-up.

    I also use Stihl products for my handheld equipment. I have not had any problems.

    You did not mention how many accounts you are starting out with. If only a small amount you may only need one machine. Also no mention of insurance and make sure to deal with a CPA or tax attorney.
  5. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
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    ffshunter -

    Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad to see another thumbs up for Lesco. Right now I am very small time. In fact, I don't register on radar at all. I have done this as a side job only, for the past couple of years with just two accounts. I helped a guy a few years ago on some bigger "rough cut" jobs he had in the middle of the summer. I was walking behind a Gravely of his & got a taste for it then. I helped him with some clearing/chipping too.

    I did consider buying one mower, which is definitely something to consider. My thinking is that two mowers is the way to go because I don't want to say "no" to anyone calling me for services (e.g. I could handle a larger commercial account vs. small residential), plus I could keep another guy busy and potentially handle things as a two man crew instead of solo when I get enough business. I want to stay as busy at this as I can.

    One of the big question marks for me is how quickly will I get the business? I'm calling everyone I know down here to let them know what I'm doing/offering, visiting real estate agencies (where I know a couple of guys), and I'm going to put out some door hangers. I've got a gap to fill because the yellow pages aren't distributed until July, so I plan on running a couple of relatively inexpensive newspaper ads early in the season too ($50- $75).

    Yup, I did talk to a CPA I know about things since I know close to zilch about it & he did give me some great advice. The guy is like a human computer - my question goes in his right ear and out comes the solution. You're right, put in the hands of a pro.
  6. Turf Technologies

    Turf Technologies LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 587

    Lesco is a great machine.We use them as are main mowers.ONe of our Wbs just keeps going and going and going.
  7. dlomb72

    dlomb72 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    I do this part time but have my share of customers(mostly residential). I run the same setup up that you are looking to get yourself into and I have had FANTASTIC luck with their product. However, I have just posted about the rear tires being narrow on the 48" Hydro. Other than that i think it is a great machine
  8. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    Turf Technologies and
    dlomb72 -

    Thanks so much for the input guys. My confidence level in the Lesco mowers is way up there now. Nobody is writing back saying they are unreliable pieces of ****. I can live with a couple of features that might not be on par with Scag or Exmark and the like.

    dlomb72 - do the narrow tires on your 48 cause turf damage?
  9. Ed Ryder

    Ed Ryder LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 541

    I've got a 48 inch gear drive Lesco walk-behind.

    1. After 90 hours the safety switches were no good. Those brass bushings that surround the spoke things of the front castor wheels wear down real fast. I can't keep thoes things adequately lubricated. When they wear down, the tires rub against a poorly positioned bolt on the deck, which will eventually ruin the tire. I replaced those with solid tires.

    2. Blow-out is a problem. It gets sucked into the machine and clogs up the cooling fins. Then it runs too hot and you have big problems.

    3. Pistol grips on this kill your palms with the safety levers in place.

    Mine did well the first year. The second year was not good. I spent over $2100 in repairs and parts on it. I was disgusted with it by the end of the season.

    The hour meter connection broke off. I think it's got 1200 to 1400 hours on it.

    For this year it is going to see much less use.

  10. Ed Ryder

    Ed Ryder LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 541

    Another thing... the spindles are still fine. You just have to grease them regularly.

    It's a good machine for the money. I was really disappointed with it for the second year though.

    I tested a Lesco 52" hydro walk-behind a few days ago... I was really unimpressed. It would not go straight.:cry:

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