mower questions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by adam underwood, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. adam underwood

    adam underwood LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    im looking to buy my first mower to start up my business. i have about $1500 to purchase or put down on something and im looking for something under 42''. what are your oppinions on this? should i buy new or used? and what should i be looking for?
  2. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,449

    what size accounts are you targeting? have gates, i'd go with a 36". if they are tight properties like here, i'd go with a used 32" and a used 21".
  3. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    Like FGA said depends on what your conditions are.

    I bought a used 36 WB belt drive (pistol grip)to start. I used it for 2 months and hated pistol grip then got a much better handling (used) 36 WB belt with T -bar, then a month later I landed 2 properties that I needed a 52 -60" deck and went out on a limb and got a 60" Gravely ZTR. $8000 but it let me stay solo. $8 per hour times 1000 hours for a part time helper, or a mower, I pick the mower.

    Just trying to help you plan ahead.
  4. adam underwood

    adam underwood LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    most of the accounts we have so far are 1-2 acre residential lots without gates....initially i was planning on buying a 21''husqvarna with the big caster wheels for $500 until i got the funds to buy something bigger. i figure it will save me a lot of time and maybe money if i spring for a bigger mower sooner....maybe ill look a bit more professional too.
  5. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,449

    for what you're describing, buy as big a mower as you can. if you really want to stay under 42"?? go with a 36". why smaller then a 42? are you limited in transporting the mower? is the trunk of the Buick 42"? :D just kidding man..
  6. adam underwood

    adam underwood LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    no our trailer is only 48inches wide.....we put up some sides which brings it down to only 46inches wide
  7. battags

    battags LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    You need a bigger trailer. If you have 1-2 acre accounts, you need at least a 48" machine.

    Think about the time vs $$$ ratio. Productivity is where you make money. Yes, you will spend more on a bigger trailer and a bigger mower. But, you will make more money per hour, allowing more time to take on more accounts. Simple economics.

    Then again, it's simple economics if you don't have money for a bigger trailer, too!!

  8. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    You should really think about the size of the lawns your taking on................21" mowers on 1 to 2 acres? Look for a good used walk behind.
  9. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    I have no idea how long it would take to mow 2 acres with a 21 inch. I would guess at least 2.5 hours. Then you have to add in edging, weed eating, and blowing. Minimum 3hours. So you are getting 2-3 lawns done per day. Lets say you get $60 per cut.

    You are talking max income (gross) of $900 per week, more likely $750.

    Buy a 52" stander about $6500 and a 16 x 7 open trailer $1500 (new prices). Now you can get a 2 acre lawn completely done in 1 hour. Easily do 7 per day and bring your gross up to $2100 per week. The difference easily allows for a $300 - $500 debt load to pay off your new purchases. And if you play it right you might get a great interest rate on your mower. Mine is 1.9 % for the life of the loan. At $500 per month you are paid off in less than 18 months and have at least another 18 more worth of use out of both.

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