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Residential mower

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by josh2006, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. josh2006

    josh2006 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    I need a mower for my new house. About 7 acres mowable. Going to mow 4 acres every week and the other 3 (on the other side of the pond and a little rougher) every other week or every third week. Dont have a ton of money to spend and here are my options. A craftsmen garden tractor 54 inch deck 2500 dollars, a cub cadet commercial m50 khs(50 inch deck, 23 hp kohler)-5000, cub cadet RZT 60(60 inch 23 hp kohler)-5200, or a bradley 52z for 3000. Which would you guys suggest? Whats the best buy for the money? Would something like the craftsmen hold up to that much mowing and actually last more then 5 years? How are the cubs? Thanks.
  2. jeffinsgf

    jeffinsgf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    That is a lot of mowing to do with a garden tractor. In your shoes, I would be shopping for a older used compact utility tractor and a new rear finish mower.
  3. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    I cant actually recommend a mower from the choices you have narrowed it down to. Maybe try looking for a used 60'' zero turn in your area?
  4. steve45

    steve45 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,325

    Buy a used commercial mower. The Craftsman doesn't stand a chance...
  5. dfischer

    dfischer LawnSite Member
    from Il
    Messages: 114

    Buy used

    Buy better equipment

    Cut 3 acres every 2-3 weeks?
    That seems like trouble in the sprind and fall.

    I've no idea what it takes to cut grass the tall, but perhaps you should investigate same. I fear discharge chute blocking may be in your future.

    Boy will that require some spare power.

    Ya'll need a JD 4410.

    If nothing else, pay to get it done until you convince yourself you want to invest in better equipment. And maybe even watch what the pros are using and how well it works.
  6. ekote

    ekote LawnSite Member
    from Zone1
    Messages: 1

    I started out with a 42" Craftsman lawn tractor and the only problem I had in 2 Years was a broken mandral (hit the edge of a sidewalk) repaired for $42 in stock part. We cut 15 lawns a day 7 days a week for 19 weeks! Even in light rain,, Not a problem! Then sold it to the neighbor and it is still runnig good.

    Some guys just think Cost of a machine justify charging an account more... I very much dislike low ballers, but so does all of the business that Walmart is killing. But we still shop at Walmart... better prices some task is done... Mybe not as fast, but just as good. Get what your budget says you can and treat it well... anything not taken care of will break. Even my Craftsman ran more than the Snapper 48" Hydro and that is because I rather sit on my butt and get paid... Sit, stand, or walk behind it... hmmm common sense why walk when you can ride.
  7. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    Others that fit in your budget. How about a hustler fast track $3100. Maybe a Lesco 48 hydro $3600. Exmark Phaser $4800. Whatever you decide buy commercial once instead of buying MDT quality of stuff over and over.
  8. DJL50

    DJL50 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    I went through the same thing about a year ago. After looking at EVERYTHING I purchased a Toro Estate ZTR. A comercial grade mower built for the home owner with a lot of grass to cut. I got the 52" 19HP Kawasaki for $5,600. If you look at how this mower is built compared to the Cub's you are looking at you will SEE how big a difference there is. The deck on the Toro is 7ga. It took me a long time to drop that kind of money on a mower but now wished I had done it years ago. The time you save with a ZTR over a lawn tractor is worth the price alone. I took me 2 ½ hours to mow my grass with a 42" lawn tractor. Now it takes me one hour with my ZTR.
  9. dfischer

    dfischer LawnSite Member
    from Il
    Messages: 114

    Ekote resurrects a 5 month old thread to brag about craftsmen mowers?
  10. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    If you can afford it I'd go with the cub cadet commercial tank its built to last a lifetime.

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