need help on buying 48" wb

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Roadmaster, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Roadmaster

    Roadmaster LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 5

    I have 3 wb to choose from :
    1-Brand new EverRide 48" Hydro 19hp Kaw Fixed deck with full warranty for $3700 OTD.
    2-Exmark 2006 48" Hydro,Floating Deck, ECS Controls, 300hrs,Exmark single tire sulky it's $3100.
    3-Bobcat 48 Belt drive, home owner used like showroom condition for $1600.

    I'm new to the business and reading threads here for almost 2 months to learn as much as I can and everyone says get the hydro instead of belt drive but ,the money I save from buying belt drive Bobcat ,I can get almost all the other machines/equipment that I need, like Backpack blower, Line trimmers,hedge trimmer,chain saw,sulky,Catcher etc.

    I will mow and trim about 5 mid size strip malls and 3 of them have ponds and sloped areas nothing to crazy.

    So do i really need a hydro or not?:confused:
  2. Derek's Lawn Care

    Derek's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 208

    the exmark imo hands down
  3. LawnMan19

    LawnMan19 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,284

    Personally for just starting out I would go for the bobcat, I know everyone wants a hydro but you still need all the other gear to get going so for what it's worth I would go for the bobcat.
  4. CTS Lawn & Landscape

    CTS Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    Good luck trying to have the power behind the wheels when mowing along the ponds if you hit a wet spot or something and need reverse sometimes. (Been there many times)

    I started out with a Belt Drive too and only lasted one year. was not a great fan of them. I'll NEVER go back to one. Really no reverse even though they say it. You cannot mow in the rain or wet grassy conditions, b/c the belts get wet and slip then the transmission grinds. smaller drive tires too and hit every dip and rut which leads to more scalping

    If I had this and Craigslist when I started I could have found a good hydro for a descent price like you have and have the options, instead of buying a new belt drive.

    The other thing to look at when buying, is what do the local mower shops sell and supply parts for...

    Good luck and IMO get the Exmark
  5. Roadmaster

    Roadmaster LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 5

    I'm also thinking about the weight..... are the lighter machine handles better around shrubs and tree beds etc ,or I'm just wrong about that?
    Bobcat is 476lb, Exmark is 659lb and Everride is 647lb.
  6. USAProLawnCare

    USAProLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    I may catch flak for this, but I dont really care...

    You can always buy something like this to get started, then it can become a backup when you make enough money to buy a lazer or something:


    Assuming its a hydro, its a good deal, even for el cheapo. Its got the bag kit and the mulch kit already, and under 100 hours... You can run it for like a year probably and save enough money to buy a good used exmark..
  7. brc1989

    brc1989 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    The newer exmark walk behinds with the ECS controls are excellent machines. Used a 60" all season last year it was great.
  8. Roadmaster

    Roadmaster LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 5

    Ended up buying a Scag 48" Belt drive and love it already . thanks to all.

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