Mower advice needed

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Vabrit, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. Vabrit

    Vabrit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Looking to get my first non push power mower. ZTR, WB either are fine.
    Will be mowing mostly residential yards, 1/2 - 1 acre lots.
    I would love to get a commercial unit, but $$$ and no used ones in the area. I only have $2000 to spend on it.

    Suggestions please? Thanks
  2. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    $2k is gonna be tough. You're probably better off with a walk behind with a riding attachment (sulky) to start out with and at that price you're going to have to go used. That's the size range of lawns where you could use a Z rider though, but personally if I were to have only 1 wide area mower it would be a walk behind if you have any sort of slopes to deal with. Getting a decent Z rider in your price range isn't really feasible I don't think.

    THIESSENS TLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    Check out Gravelys website, if all you have is 2k to spend check out the WAW34 (wide area walk). I think it has 14.5hp briggs engine. Its a homeowner unit and not the greatest mower, and won't last very long. But if that's all the $$$ you got, and you really can't wait until you have 4k to spend, then check it out.
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  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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  5. Vabrit

    Vabrit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I had been looking at the following:
    Ariens 915157 Zoom 34 Zero Turn 34in
    Toro 74620 TimeCutter SS3200 32 Inch Zero Turn

  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    My suggestion is the same to you as to everyone else who wants to buy a homeowner quality ZTR...skip it and buy a commercial walk behind to start with. It's doesn't do you any good to be able to sit on a mower that's in pieces!
  7. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    No and No.. sorry. Maybe a.. he he .. WorldLawn walk behind?
  8. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,678

    I have that same mower accept its a 2005 I totally would recommend that mower. They are over 4 k new and with have exmark's ride on or what every they called it before they changed the name first year we have one from that first batch and with the accelerator bagger its a 5k unit and worth every penny of it.

    You could run a small business easily off just that mower doing 30-50 lawns a week.
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I have one too but it's a 2002 48 incher/17 Kawi...what I started my business with. I still use it more than my Lazer. The only thing I don't like is the caster "bearings"...more like bushings...well that and changing the hydro belt...well, the 1/2 inch cutting height increments too, lol. But very reliable, productive machines...not meaning to bash them, I like mine.
  10. ralph02813

    ralph02813 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Charlestown, RI
    Messages: 1,041

    Put a business plan together, and go to the back, or go to your neareast commercial dealer and see what you can do for financiing - I think you are on the threashold between going into business and starting a very expensive hobbie - they call it commercial for a reason.

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