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Still can't decide rider or walk behind

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by bstroman, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. bstroman

    bstroman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Guys, hate to beat a dead horse, but i just can not decide between a walk behind or rider. I sold my craftsman and I this time I only have 4 customers. I would love a rider, was really looking a the mini fastrak. However, a 36 inch hydro walk behind with velke might be the more durable option. I guess my questions is how fast is the 36 hydro compared to a lawn tractor like my crapsman 42 I just sold. Only other thing is one of my property is one acre, rest are half acre lots. If I can I might spring for a 48 hydro walk behind, however they are not much less than small zero rider. HELP< PLEASE BEFORE I GO INSANE. *****anyone using a mini fastrak for 5 or so properties. Could use it for a few years then sell it if business grows.
  2. charmill26

    charmill26 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    i think it just depends on your market. if you plan on growing you should consider what size yards you are going to go for. like you said a smaller rider would sound like a good option. have you looked at the exmark phazer? seems to be resonable in price. close to a walk behind. i think they are 34 or 44 inch cuts
  3. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    walks my not be as fast as the rider but they do everything and the rider is limited.
  4. Eurosport

    Eurosport LawnSite Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 152

    Exactly. I would start out with a walkbehind and when you can afford to add a tractor then you will have a perfect set-up. Make sure you measure the gates in your area. A 48 inch w/b is nice but if it does not fit then you are screwed. In many areas a 36 inch w/b is the perfect tool to have.
  5. WJW Lawn

    WJW Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,330

    I agree with the other guys....it depends on what size yards you want. My niche are yards that rarely go over 1/4 acre...most are fenced, and thats why the Quick 36 is the best tool I own.
  6. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Riders turn slower -- issues with turf tarring --
  7. bstroman

    bstroman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Well how hard is a hydro walk behind to reverse with velke, remember I am comparing it to a lawn tractor. Next, how long would it take to mow an acre with a 36 with velke.
  8. Idealtim

    Idealtim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    1/2 hour give or take.
  9. bstroman

    bstroman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    how is reverse
  10. MattsMowing3535

    MattsMowing3535 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 385

    Get the right sulky and reverse is the pull of the handgrips. Or a push of something else. With the right sulky you can mow very fast very well.

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