Small timer needs advice - please!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BAMARED, Jan 17, 2002.


    BAMARED LawnSite Member
    Messages: 206

    Good afternoon,
    I have just spend the better part of an hour searching for an answer for my question using the "Search" feature. Never really found it as I probably wasn't querying it properly so here goes: I presently cut a few residential lots with my little $200 21" Yardman w/b. (6-8 yards per week during the season.) I was just wondering what was the widest deck that is offered in the <$600 range? Those 21" strips seem awful narrow and feel like another 6" or 8" would make a world of difference. I saw a 26" Stanley the other day at Wal-Mart for $599 and was wondering if this is the widest decked w/b that is offered in my price range? I simply can't afford the more expensive mowers with the velkies,etc. Maybe I can one day.

    Thank you any info. that you can furnish,

    Steve Parsons
  2. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    i think you are about maxed out for what you want. if you jump up to a 32 or 36 inch walkbehind, it will go above the price you want. maybe you should look around for a used commercial walk behind.

    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 665

    I agree. Get a used one. Once you get that extra width, you will probably take on more accounts. Then that homeowner model will fall apart in 2 years. Commercial mowers are built to last.
  4. Lawn Dog2001

    Lawn Dog2001 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,030

    Don't buy that 26. I was at Sears one day and I saw the same thing only it was a Craftsman. I cant see that thing holding up for a full season. It looked really cheaply made. Not worth $600. Face it all $600 will buy you is a better 21" mower. If you look for a 32" commercial WB with a 10.5 Briggs engine you might be able to do it for $1500. Thats the best your going to do.

    Trust me. Its better to spend $1500 on something well built, than to spend $600 on a piece of junk.

    Check out They have some really cheap WBs. I dont know anything about them though.
  5. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    Like they said I'm setting in the same park.

    A used 32/36 would be good for yaaaaaaaaaa!
  6. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    sparsons, look at it like this would you rather spend $200 every year and ahalf for a new push mower or every 2 years. when you can buy a commercial w/b for $1500 and not worry about having to buy a new mower for the next 8-10 if you only cut those 6-8 properties a week. if you were to buy a 36" mower you'll work less and won't be as tired, and make more money in the time you spend working. posibly you'll be able to add 2-3 more lawns a week and work the same amount of time you did with a 21" mower and make even more money. go with a new 36" or 32" w/b. yea, it seems like alot of money but it will pay for itself by the end of this year.
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    Steve, I am going to be blunt here not out of trying to upset you but to tell you that you really cannot afford to NOT buy a commercial walk behind.

    You have to look at all angles of the business here and run you r business as such. The commercial machine is made to cut lawn for hours at a time, day in and day out. The homeowner equipment is made to cut a lawn once a week for an hour or so at a crack.

    The commercial machines come in wider deck widths to cut lawn faster. There is a reason that the widest deck widths are 22" on the homeowner machines. They are low cost trim mowers.

    This is the part that gets blunt. If you are insured and are paying taxes on your profits then you also can deduct your business expenses and depreciate the cost of equipment. I am not assuming that you aren't doing this but I am informing you of a way to afford this equipment if you are not aware of it. I also assume that you are charging a professional rate for the work that you do so you can increase your customer base by using professional equipment which cuts faster. So you can do more in the same time allotment and make more money.

    Raise the bar and use professional equipment, we all can't afford NOT TO. Good Luck.
  8. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    i once sold a kees 36 inch walk behind for 400 bucks.
    excellent mower i just wasnt using it and needed money fast.
    do i wish i had it back yep. keep your eye on the want ads and ebay u should be able to find someone needing cash . later now
  9. keifer

    keifer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    This is a little more but is a 26. snapper makes one with a robin motor 6 speed caster front wheels looks nice for around 8 hundred. The stanly is fair but has a tachumsa motor.forget it.
  10. V.H. lass

    V.H. lass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    If You can't afford a commercial 32 or 36 walkbehind, try a toro 21 inch personal pace mower or a honda mower they can be found in your price range. They are good mowers and people in the biz do used them as trim mowers. But rember they are not commercial but with 6-8 lawns they should do the job until you can go bigger

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