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lesco vs other commerical mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ryanwhite5, May 19, 2008.

  1. Ryanwhite5

    Ryanwhite5 LawnSite Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 36

    What does a lesco commerical 36" with a 14 horse kawi compare to as in duriabliity and cut quality
     
  2. bigclawn

    bigclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    a horribly beat to death thread--do a search--it will take you weeks to read it all
     
  3. TandM

    TandM LawnSite Senior Member
    from south
    Messages: 772

    this is true. They are great mowers I think and are very durable too. Can not beat a kawasaki either.
     
  4. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    I have one. I hate it.

    The pistol grips give me carpal tunnel. The front castors snap easily. Don't even THINK about using a sulky...

    Cut quality is great, though. I liked its cut much better than my Toros. that being said, the homeowner isn't gonna see the difference - just those of us who stare at grass for hours on end...
     
  5. Ryanwhite5

    Ryanwhite5 LawnSite Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 36

    y should i not use a sulky
     
  6. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    I weigh about 170#. That mower is tough for me to operate all day long w/o a sulky. When I added one, it killed me. I snapped both brake rings, first off. Second, within a matter of a week or so, my arms started tingling and going numb. I would wake up at night with my arms completely numb, but pain-filled. It was terrible. Couldn't hardly dribble a basketball, hold a hammer, etc...

    I retired mine with maybe 200 hours of use. I kept it, telling myself it would be a backup. But everytime I've actually needed it, I can't bring myself to put up with its torturous ways... I'd rather fall behind on work fixing my T-Bar than whip out the old Lesco ever again...

    That being said, if you only have a few accounts, or are a big burly manly man, or don't mind running it in 4th or less... maybe you could do it.

    But I consider mine a BIG rookie mistake.
     
  7. Ryanwhite5

    Ryanwhite5 LawnSite Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 36

    well i am 14 and just bought a used one in great condition with 140 hours on it i have 6 lawns but am hoping to be over ten by summer so i am not on the machine all day everyday and i way 140 pounds so do think i will be abel to use a sulky fine.
     
  8. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    You're young and resilient. You'll likely be fine! Good luck and be careful of curbs and corners on those front castors.
     
  9. Ryanwhite5

    Ryanwhite5 LawnSite Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 36

    Thanks for all the input.
     
  10. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    I have a 36" hydro and I love it. My one and only complaint is that it does not have a floating deck because I hate changing heights. Mine cuts great with high lifts. I experimented with different blades and found highlifts to give the best cut. The kawi is a great engine. Good luck with your new machine.
     

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