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Quick answer to another stupid question please...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SprinklerGuy, Mar 5, 2005.

  1. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Thanks for looking, please chime in.

    I have narrowed my limited used mower choices down to two of them....

    1 - Lesco Belt drive 36" with "200-300" hours on it..... $870.00

    2- Exmark Viking dual hydro 32" with "couple of hundred" hours on it.....$1800.00 Exmark comes with a sulky.

    All of these are local, within 60 miles to pick up.

    I don't have the money for either of them...but I can find it.

    I only have 2 accounts right now..but I'm quite sure I will have more as the season progresses....I am probably 2 weeks away from aerating and 3-4 weeks away from beginning my mowing. 4-7 k square foot turf areas.

    Or should I purchase a brand new quick 36 super duty.
    Or should I just get a 21" for now....and hope for other used equipment deals.

    Thanks guys...I promise this is the last time I will beat this dead horse.
  2. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    Since you only have 2 accounts at the moment, I would buy whatever you can best afford now. Good deals on mowers come up all the time.
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I would personally go with a hydro. I bought belts when I first started out and it was a horrible mistake. Ya, sure I saved money up front, but in the long run I lost a lot of productivity
  4. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    Can't see buying one yet with only 2 accounts unless they ae really big properties. Save up some money and get the best mower you can.
  5. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    If you can afford the exmark I would get it. They dont make a 32 hydro anymore, and it will last you a very long time.
  6. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,889

    if you can swing it get the hydro, 32" will get you into almost anywhere you need to go, pllus its a great machine.
  7. plateau lawn care

    plateau lawn care LawnSite Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 195

    32 hydro will get through the gates and you probly wont have to buy the 21
  8. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    I'd say to get the Lesco because you'd save a lot of money and I can't see buying an $1800 mower when you only have 2 accojnts even if your planning on getting more.
  9. Rick Jones

    Rick Jones LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 427

    I would buy at least a 32 or 36 if you are serious about doing this and picking up some accounts. If you are mowing lots of any size you'll go nowhere with a 21".

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    7000 sq ft is not alot. Buy a 36 belt drive. When you get bigger, go buy a 48" or 52". You'll probably have to buy the 36 new. I haven't seen too many for sale used.

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