Need your opinion Before I purchase Two machine

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MadLawn, Jan 26, 2002.


WHich is best U turn machine for large yard

  1. eXmark™

    31 vote(s)
  2. Gravely ™

    13 vote(s)
  3. Scag™

    13 vote(s)
  1. Gary LA

    Gary LA LawnSite Member
    from B.S.Mo.
    Messages: 40

    I said I have at most 3 employee's Not 5.

    And I do use a sulky on 1 of my mowers.The other is for my employees to use.

    they also are still trimming while I finish mowing, or is this a concept only familiar to me?

    You talk like 40 properties is not alot.
    I am sorry that you under bid your so much you can't seem to make it work for you. perhaps you should raise you prices to better your position, then you could afford faster mowers and new engines.

    I have no idea what you mean about cheating the gov., they get plenty from me every year!

    And I sell engines that are still running its simply easier in my opinion to replace them before they become a problem down the road.

    Kaw's are awsome eng.s they do last along time if you"Baby them"as you say.
  2. How many sq/ft or acres are your accounts?

    What's that trimming thing again?
  3. Gary LA

    Gary LA LawnSite Member
    from B.S.Mo.
    Messages: 40

    I don't know how many acres I mow but I can say that I'm mowing them at 9mph, 7 hrs. a day 5 days sometimes 4 depending on the weather,my boys are also mowing but the way I set up my lawns they always finish 1st so that I don't have to trim.

    Trimming sucks.Unfortunately It is also hard to teach good trim work to the help so sometimes I have to anyway.

    You do the math you seem to be better at it than I.

    But remember I am an alcoholic drug abuser. I have no idea what I'm talking about.

    Peace Out, I have to go get ready to do snow removal all night long.;)
  4. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,732

    sounds like the only snow job you need to clear up is the one you started here.

    as far as 40 not being a lot, full time with employees it isn't. now if it's 40 golf courses with 3 guys (sorry, i saw the 5 in another part of the thread).

    i don't underbid anything, my business is fine. are you saying that my financial situation shouldn't be improved by buying your 50 buck eXmarks? so people should have caps on how much money they have? not likely....
  5. Gary LA

    Gary LA LawnSite Member
    from B.S.Mo.
    Messages: 40

    Just for you i logged back in.

    what I said was I would put my ferris up against a xmark title for title and then I would take it from you and sell it for 50bucks if I could even get that for it.

    As for your financial situation that is your problem not mine.
    I really dont have a problem with the x except it is much easier to destroy if I was using it, and it is pretty slow.

    I think most new comers buy them because they are cheap and easy to maintain if your into all that extra work.

    If you havent had to do anything to yours yet ,-count your blessings.

    take a look at all the parts on your mower individually, see how many of them are actually interchangable with other cheaper brand mowers of similar quality.

    Let me repeat myself----40 is enough for me and my emps.

    It's kinda like chevy,gmc,pontiac,buick. lots of parts available.
  6. Ok we will use 3 acres an hour to make it more realistic.

    X 2 mowers running for 5 hours a day for 4 days a week.

    120 acres a week.

    40 three acres lawns.

    Your raking in that dough at $117,000 a year gross. Got that from the other numbers you posted. That's if you are billing for all the hours worked including drive time.

    Am I close?

    Since you haven't bought a new mower in a few years, then I know exactly what Ferris models you have. And I had 3 of them with the 17hp single kaw.

    See I can't post what I know about those mowers because I got rid of mine for the same reasons you dislike exmark.

    Quit posting about a mower you know nothing about. You never owned one and have no knowlage of that brand of mower.

    Like what was said before your info on exmarks is useless and untrue why don't we just add all brands of mowers.

    BTW email me a pic of the spec # on the side of that so called 18hp KAW.
  7. Gary LA

    Gary LA LawnSite Member
    from B.S.Mo.
    Messages: 40

    In a perfect world you are almost right.

    however you and I both know that it doesn't quit work out that way.

    you also left out some fatal variables,2 emps. at 10$ per hr(if they deserve that much),drive time between props. and the rising ,never the same from day to day gas prices.

    It really does make one mad to think of what they should make as apposed to what the real world offers.

    you just made me increase my prices and decrease my paying wage!(hahahaha) My emps. are going to hate this sight.

    I hope you know I'm just kidding about the last stuff.(trying to be more clear)
  8. So it's less, I gather?
  9. Gary LA

    Gary LA LawnSite Member
    from B.S.Mo.
    Messages: 40

    that would be great, but like I said earlier I had problems getting a decent interest rates on home loans.

    Its a bit less but it supports me and all my vices just fine.
    I can do just about anything I want(with in reason).

    I dont have a wife and kids either, I am a die hard batchelor!

    I love what the lawn bus. has aloud me to do.:cool:

    so far the weather here is not benificial yet so I think I will begin My drunk'n revelry.
  10. Have a drink on me.


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