Raptor SD

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by BrandonJ, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. BrandonJ

    BrandonJ LawnSite Member
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    I bought a Hustler Raptor SD last September, I got really tired of using a tractor style mower. I mowed a few times with it last year and loved it. But now that summer is coming up, I'm thinking about starting a side job mowing service with the mower. I have a full time job, so I'm just looking at trying it on my days off, maybe 10 yards or so. I've read a lot but haven't really gotten a good answer, is the Raptor SD capable of mowing 10 to 15 yards a week on my days off? Or will I just wear it out?
     
  2. EricC

    EricC LawnSite Senior Member
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    Eventually they all wear out :) Most commercial guys probably have commercial machines and for good reason. I have an SD, 2.5 summers on it, but only about 80-90 hours on it. I do just under an acre with that about once a week give or take.

    I imagine if I had done 10x's that my mower might be giving me some troubles at 800 hours or more. I don't think they're meant for running that much on a weekly basis. heavier than your standard residential mower for sure, and I love mine for my yard. If I was going to start mowing more I might just get what I can for my mower, take the loss and get a commercial machine that will last your many years under that light load. or just mow with yours and get some cash flowing and put it away to spend about 3K more than you did last time and get a good commercial mower when it dies.

    If they're smaller yards, not a lot of slopes and easy on the turns, it will probably last a few seasons I'd think.

    I am not a pro, but when I don't think the SD is rated for quite that many hours and constant running means a lot of heat and they're not built to withstand like a commercial mower is. You still don't have a good answer, i'm just guessing by what I found when I was looking for my mower and giving an opinion :)
     
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    BrandonJ

    BrandonJ LawnSite Member
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    Okay. I'm thinking I'll use it for this mowing season and if I'm pretty busy at the end and I've racked up a lot of hours, I'll upgrade in the winter for a commercial size for the next summer. Thanks for your comment!
     
  4. GSO LAWNEN4CER

    GSO LAWNEN4CER LawnSite Senior Member
    from GSO NC
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    Last season I was mowing 9-11 yards a day for 5-6 days a week.From April-November. Then slapped on the bagging system for leaf removal up until January last month. My Sd does most of the heavy lifting. Scored a 36 for rear gates this season. To add to the versatility. OP with your work load the SD won’t break a sweat.
     
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  5. rippinryno

    rippinryno LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Agreed. I have a raptor SD 54" and it's about to start it's 2nd season. Haven't had any issues with it yet.
     
  6. EricC

    EricC LawnSite Senior Member
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    what kind of hours do you guys have on those if you don't mind me asking? Mine is trouble free too, but i'm at roughly 90 hours only in 2.5 seasons
     
  7. GSO LAWNEN4CER

    GSO LAWNEN4CER LawnSite Senior Member
    from GSO NC
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    I’m right at 500 hrs on mine. Mine is a second generation SD
     
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    BrandonJ

    BrandonJ LawnSite Member
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    Thanks, this makes me feel pretty confident about the SD. Thanks for your comment!
     
  9. GSO LAWNEN4CER

    GSO LAWNEN4CER LawnSite Senior Member
    from GSO NC
    Messages: 548

    And I’ve cut down some nasty with mine.

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  10. Doc8406

    Doc8406 LawnSite Fanatic
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