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New mower choices.... help!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by advantage landscaping, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. advantage landscaping

    advantage landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    I have been running a 36" Scag for a while now and am excited to get into something larger. I still want to stay with a walk-behind, but other than that I am at a loss. I have a bunch of them that I am considering, and my budget is $2200 and under. What is a good suggestion? And I am stuck with that budget no going over :) .

    I am looking at hydros and belts. I think belts are more commonly used and cheaper to run, but other than that I have no preference. I tried a hydro and though it was tough to drive... I thought it was really jumpy. I did like the reverse though, that was nice.

    What do you guys think I should be looking at?

    The machine is for next year. I need something 48"-60". It must stripe really well. It will be part-time, for about 16 accounts weekly (under 16 hours). They are fairly flat. A few "landscaping" hills - made to build the house and covered with grass, but nothing really major at all. Very few natural, large hills, and nothing I can't do with my scag belt drive. A few trees but again, not tons of them.

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    You are not going to find a new belt drive walkbehind machine 48" or bigger for that price. Expect to spend $3k for a new machine.
  3. advantage landscaping

    advantage landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    I am not looking new I am looking used. Forgot that - would have been very key information.
  4. SimonCX

    SimonCX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 731

    You can find a almost new belt drive mower for around $2000-$2500 if you look on craigslist or the local paper but it might take some time. If your interested I have a 48" bobcat wb thats almost new that I'm selling for $2100 but you would have to pick it up in nj.
  5. advantage landscaping

    advantage landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    Haha sorry but I would never drive a day and a half for a mower.
  6. Cheapscapes

    Cheapscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    i picked up a Lesco 48" Hydo, used this year for 1800$, makes a nice stripe, i still perfer my scag ride on..
  7. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    there is a mower i can get my hands on for 1000 bucks an its a 52 bunton hydro with 800 hours, velke included nice machine for the money!
  8. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    Check around with dealers in your area sometimes they have good machines that they take trades on. Sometimes you can get an almost new machine that somebody bought but didn't like and brought back or a low hour machine that was traded in for a new one.
  9. mvp services

    mvp services LawnSite Member
    from Avon,CT
    Messages: 30

    I heard Lesco was bought out by John Deere Landscapes and that they will be dumping all the Lesco mowers cheap this December. Their 48 retails at about $2800. The guy I talked to said it will go for about $2000 this December.
  10. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    Then the trick will be getting parts and service

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