locke mowers

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by charlieblackcat, Jul 5, 2001.

  1. charlieblackcat

    charlieblackcat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I'm thinking about starting up a residential buisness & after working on golf courses for years, i'm addicted to the reel mowers

    can any mechanics tell me if I should avoid these mowers, or if they appreciate them more?

    Also thinking about using a 'national' reel mower for hills.. any comments here for residential work?

  2. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    there high maintenance
  3. sdwally

    sdwally LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    Reels give a cleaner cut and you can mow shorter. We mow at 3/4" with reels. Turf will look awesome, however maintanence cost are much higher.
    Size for size: Hustler Range Wing has about an 11' mowing width and use 7 blades. The blades are changed about 4 to 5 times a year. Figuring 5 times a year thats 35 blades at about $13 ends up about $455 for blades. 5 gang Toro unit which has about the same mowing width, changes(or sharpens) reel about 3 times a year. Each reel cost between $120 to $500 to repair and sharpen each time, with an average cost of about $220. At $220 per reel times 15 reels thats a whopping $3,300. You can probably have less expense than we do since your mower should not be hitting tent spikes and other hidden debris in the grass left behind by people visiting a park.
    If you use a singe blade unit your cost figures down to about $65 for rotary and $660 for a reel unit per year. If you don't rebuild the reels yourself your cost will be much higher due to the difference in labor charges.
  4. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 870

    After mowing residentail/business properties, you'll soon become UNaddicted to reels.

    I've mowed with Locke mowers, used them every day in the '70's.

    As a hobby or to mow your own lawn, fine. Mowing for a business, no way.
  5. charlieblackcat

    charlieblackcat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    kent - why do you give the thumbs down?
  6. edward hedrick

    edward hedrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    I started with a 70"Locke I mowed 4 lawns the next week I did
    the 4 with my 44 Toro. The Toro Rotary was almost as fast. Was
    easier to get off the truck, Less expensive to sharpen and maintain. If you got to have a reel try a national easier onbumpy
  7. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,465

    I had 2 national 84 inch reel mowers I used on my personal lawn. With the rollers all the way down it still mowed too short, maybe 1.5 inches. Mine were gear drive and when I slowed down to make a sharp turn the blades slowed as well and sometimes choked. If you were to get one get a hydro. I personally didn't like it for my lawn. It also got high centered alot. They are really just fairway mowers. Maybe the new ones will mow 3 or 4 inches, I don't know.

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