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Looking for a Zero Turn to start small mowing business.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by EBlanton, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. EBlanton

    EBlanton LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Hello, I am looking for some suggestions on zero turns. I and a friend are thinking of starting a small mowing business. We are looking to take on maybe 6-10 yards, no more than that because we have full time jobs. We may get a few cemeteries, but most yards will be 1.5 acres or less. What would be a good mower to go with? What features should I mainly focus on when shopping for mowers? My budget is about $4000-$5000. Thanks for you input. Be Blessed!
  2. grassrootsnc

    grassrootsnc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    dealer support will be your biggest concern. with that budget you need to be looking at a walk behind or a used commercial Z. Im in the same boat as you but I already have 11 clients and need to upgrade my mower for next season. the one thing that i have read on here is to look at the dealers in your area. for 4-5k you are looking at getting an entery level commercial mower new. something that will not last a long time to be honest. but for that budget you can get a nice hydro walk behind new. but really go to all the dealers around your area cause to be honest here in my area there are a couple that will never get my business and there are 2 that will probably get my money.
  3. chris@perfectlawncare

    chris@perfectlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198

    The search function at the top of the page should help with your mower search. I'd go to the "Starting a Lawncare Business" forum and search for that.

    As for my suggestion, get a used hydro walkbehind (turf tracer HP, Scag, Toro T-bar, etc., etc.) off of craigslist. You should be able to find one for about 4000. When you check the machine out, check the oil, get it hot to test the hydros, ask for receipts, etc.

    And if you'd like to keep your full time jobs, don't go for cemeteries.
  4. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 944

    if you spend just a bit more you can get a great ztr commercial mower brand new...my hustler z4 was like $7000....you can get a hustler fast trak super duty for $6000 which is an entry commercial mower
  5. doubleedge

    doubleedge LawnSite Senior Member
    from ND
    Messages: 911

    I also recommend the fast trak super duty; mine has worked well so far (about 140 hrs).
  6. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    I dont think you will pay for the machine in a season or two with 6-10 lawns unless they are paying big bucks
  7. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    10 lawns x $40 cut = 1600 month. Wouldnt take too long to pay for it. Ferris has a is1500 ztr for $5900. Cant go wrong there! Plenty of used ones for $3-4g.
  8. mbrew

    mbrew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 491

    I was thinking the same thing. The profit just isn't going to be there.
  9. mbrew

    mbrew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 491

    3.6 months of working for nothing but a mower and that doesn't include operating costs or other equipment (trailer?) that may have to be bought. It's easy to work a whole summer and put nothing in your pocket.

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    i second the used W/B, if you find out this isnt for you your not out too much money. even for a 1.5 acre lawn get a sulky and it wont be to bad.

    punt: 1600 per month GROSS say $200 / month in gas (equipment and truck), insurance ( GL and comm. auto) 100-150/ month, misc $100/month. now your down to $1200/month, $400 to uncle same leaves you $800. like what was said 2 seasons to break even if everything went to pay for the mower.

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