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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by vadeere, Feb 11, 2004.

  1. vadeere

    vadeere LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    Im new to this website. I have a question for everyone? This pring I plan on going fully legit insurance, taxes( my dad is an accountant). I currently mow 5000k to 60000k properties. I currently have a gt 235 deere and would like add to my collection with another larger mower, for my helper(friend). My current options are as follows:

    another used deere 42-48 in deck $1700- $3000

    new Cub commercial 52 in wb gear $2400

    and one of these http://www.swisherinc.com/50_ztr.html for $3200

    thanks for your help

  2. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    I really like the idea of the 52" wb. I am contemplating a similar purchase for my business later this season. I think they are versatile machines and less money than Zs. Good choice for smaller operations on a tighter budget. You will get a million different opinions on that topic though. Do what works for you.
  3. goodbeus

    goodbeus LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    I maintain 95% residential lawns useing a 52" wb...would not use anything bigger...anything bigger is to big for a lot of situations on a residential lawn...anything smaller, your production goes down...I also use a 36" for gated lawns and tight areas...a perfect set-up:cool:
  4. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I would go with the walk behind mower, 1- it has a bigger cut, 2-you can add a velke to cover more ground 3- It is new verses a used piece of equipment which there is nothing wrong with used equipment 4- the walk behind may be better on hill sides then the rider, I use both myself a rider and a walk behind
  5. Nitroman

    Nitroman LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 217

    you have to look at what is going to last you the longest and productivity. I did'nt want to spend the money on a ztr but it was worth it. 1) curb hoping is no problem 2) production goes up 3) you are not as tired at the end of the day4) they are like bush hogs. You can't go wrong with a full commercial dixie chopper or Xmark. Do what ever you're gut tells you

    good luck

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