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Starting Small with a Silver Eagle?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by gettingstartedtampa, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. gettingstartedtampa

    gettingstartedtampa LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Starting out solo, lots of property manager contacts (previous real estate life) so could easily have 30-50 accounts in less than a year. Mostly smaller residental lots, 60 feet wide by 120 deep. Upwards of 2100 sq ft homes on the lots... Located in Florida so many of these will have pools. I keep getting steered twoards the Silver Eagle 44" with the larger hp generac. I see it mentioned often that it was designed with the homeowner in mind. This scares me a little, but the difference in cost betweent the Eagle and the Coatsville will make for a nice trailer. Any thought? Will I rag the eagle out in short order? Is it too slow to be productive? Mostly mowing Floratam St Agustine and have very few gates but lots of trees and flower beds to navigate around. My thinking is this might make a good first mower to get started with (for the money) and later it could be come the gated backyard limited access mower. Any thoughts or advice?
  2. brinlee lawn

    brinlee lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    I have a silver eagle 60 in with the generac havent had any problems, quality of cut is excellent I mow several larger properties 3+ acres and some smaller properties and it does a great job.
  3. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    I've been considering the sliver eagle also. It seems to be very well built. The dealer here said it would be fine for commercial use. Not quite as good as the Coatsville, but for the money its a great mower.
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Excuse my ignorance, but what is a Silver Eagle?
  5. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    I was wondering the same, but I am guessing they are talking about a Dixie Chopper.
  6. bigz1001

    bigz1001 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    "Should you settle for a mower of inferior quality because you don't mow grass for a living? At Dixie Chopper we believe that should not be the case. That's why we developed the Silver Eagle Series. The Dixie Chopper Silver Eagle provides you the quality you deserve at a price you can afford. This machine will mow three acres per hour and will handle the tough stuff. We didn't make it cheap, we made it less expensice."

    -Electric PTO
    -No engine tach
    -No engine crash guard
    -Foot assisted Deck lift
    -Standard Seat
    -Cup Holder
    -8 mph
  7. Travis Followell

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

    bigz1001, this may be a dumb question but what is your point? Are you saying he should get it or he shouldn't?
  8. splatz100

    splatz100 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 647

    they are more geared for a homeowners use i thought with a 90 day commercial warranty. or at least that is what i heard
  9. bigz1001

    bigz1001 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    Well, from what the guy seems to want I think it would be a good choice for him to start with, smaller investment. I do however think by stepping up to the Coatesville several things are gained that would benefit him in the long run. Personally, from everything he mentioned in his first post, I would tell him to get a walk behind.
  10. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,220

    I have been using a S.E. all season with no problems. I highly recommend them.

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