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Recomendation for first Walk-behind mower

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Tony1045, Jun 6, 2004.

  1. Tony1045

    Tony1045 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    Hi, I'm just getting started and am looking to purchase my first mower. I have been looking at Exmark. I am mainly going to be cutting residential with hopes of gaining some larger commercial accountsa down the road. This is only a part time occupation for now. This new mower will be my main cutting machine for my business and my question is would you recomend a 36" or 48" deck and fixed or floating. I have seriously been considering the Exmark Metro HP 48" but am concerned about getting into yards with gates. I am also considering a hydro instead of gear drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Tony
  2. grassrootsinab

    grassrootsinab LawnSite Member
    from up here
    Messages: 215

    Use the SEARCH and you shall find....but here's my 2 cents.

    Get a floating deck and I'd go with a hydro if you can. I use a JD 38" gear drive and it works ok but I wish I had a hydro. Also the 38" can't get into too many backs so if you're going to 48" you'll be limited by gates.
  3. ince8728

    ince8728 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    I would highly recomend a 36" with a floating deck, that way if you need to you can change the hight easly. A 36 is the most versitle WB in the industry because it is not too big & not too small and you can still get accounts done in a reasonable amount of time and you will be able to fit in a heck of alot more gates with a 36 then a 48.
  4. Tony1045

    Tony1045 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    Thanks for the info, it's very helpfull. I recently purchased a Exmark 36" metro. Figured I'd get the best bang for my buck. Cut's great and like you said, I can get through most all gates. Thanks again !! Tony
  5. Four C. Landscaping

    Four C. Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    Mower size should depend on your accounts and not on the current trends.A 36" floating deck is the best all around mower to start a new business.Hydros are great if you have the money but repairs are very expensive and down time can be long wile you wait for parts or shop time.Simple is best when starting out.
    good luck
  6. Tony1045

    Tony1045 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    Kevin, Thanks for the info it's greatly appreciated. Thats kinda the line of thinking I had when I purchased the 36" metro. Simple and can be used on most all propertys. I am now looking for a slightly used or even a new ZTR. Things are kind of growing fast for me and it would be used quite a bit. I'm thinking about a John Deere 727A or a Scag Tiger Cub. Let me know what you thinK. FYI a 48"-60" deck would be good, 60" being the high side. Thanks again Tony
  7. Four C. Landscaping

    Four C. Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    hi tony ijust looked at a gravley 60"ztr for $5600 new.just looked.
    Ihave a 36" gravley and a 36" bobcat that I really like.they are both heavy duty with 14 Hp Kawasaki engines.I also looked at a 48" gravley walkbehind hydro that had all the bells and whistles and still did not impress me as much as a geardriven.good luck on your bizz.

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