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opinions on used exmark wb

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by truckster, Aug 5, 2003.

  1. truckster

    truckster LawnSite Member
    from se pa
    Messages: 4

    Hello, just registered and wanted to get everyone's opinion on a mower I'm going to look at this weekend. I'm a new homeowner with appx 2 acres to cut, which I'm currently doing with a 21inch push mower. :cry:

    I want a walk-behind because I'm contemplating starting a small mowing business next spring on a part-time basis. My community is growing at an astounding rate with many developments. The normal yard size is 1/2 to 2 acres.

    The mower is a 60" Exmark Turf Tracer hydro with a Kohler 18hp. The mower was used commercially and has 1200hrs on it. I do not know exactly what year the mower is.

    So I have the following questions. Thanks in advance for answering, the folks on this site are very helpful.

    1. What is the normal life expectancy of a commercial engine on a walk-behind if well maintaned? I'm on a limited budget and want something reliable. Is this the ticket....or too many hours?

    2. Is a 60" too big? I've used a buddy's 50" Gravely gear drive wb and loved it. But is the 60" too much for the main mower of a one man business?

    3. Trailering: Is the 60" gonna be too big to trailer on say a single axle utility trailer?

    Let me know what ya think.

    Thanks Again!!
  2. CoachLinz

    CoachLinz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    I just started out this year, so I don't know as much as some of these guys, but I'll throw a few things at you. For your yard, that mower sounds perfect. Not sure about the hours - hopefully someone who knows more will come along soon. As far as using that mower for business, as long as you stay on those 1/2 acre and up lawns I don't see why not. I use a 48" on mostly 1/4 - 1/3 acre lots. I don't think I could go any bigger than the 48". In fact, I'm thinking about a 36" instead because several have so much landscaping that the 48 is hard to maneuver. I think it might actually be quicker on those with a smaller mower. Anyway, 60" sounds good for what you're looking at. Exmark is a good name (the 36 I'm looking at is an Exmark). As for the trailer, I don't see why not. Good luck.
  3. grassdaddy

    grassdaddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 565

    1-that turf tracer is one of the best.I would think it would have many hours left.IMO an LCO keeps his stuff better maintained than home owner.
    2-unless its gated,you can put a 60"about anywhere you can put a 48"
    3-just about any trailer can haul 600lbs.
    4-if you decide its not for you,you can always get rid of an exmark.:)
  4. goodbeus

    goodbeus LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    That statement is incorrect...there are gates that a 52" or 48" can go through, but not a 60"...I run a 36" and a 52" ...I personally wouldn't go any bigger than 52" on residentials, it's just to big...commercial property, maybe a 72":cool:
  5. ffemt1271

    ffemt1271 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,285

    i have a 22" push mower, a 48" metro hp w/b, and a 60 lazer z

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