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Suggestion On Mower For Newbie

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by tjramsey2005, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. tjramsey2005

    tjramsey2005 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I am new to the business. First season here, don't claim to know much.

    I have about 10 accounts so far. These are very small yards. In-town homes, again pretty small.

    I know this is not a lot of money but I am looking to spend under $1,000 on a used mower.

    I am looking for suggestions of what I should get. Again I know its not a lot but I am just starting out, and my yards are very small. I just need something that will make a nice professional cut.
  2. ddixon7

    ddixon7 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    Small yards? $1k budget? Look for a used 36" belt drive mower.

    Or, maybe a 30" Toro Timemaster. You could probably get one of those brand new for under $1k.
  3. brc1989

    brc1989 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    You could get a very durable honda HRC 216 mower for under $1000 used, I think new they are close to that or more. The down side is that is a 21" mower so obviously not too productive. You could possibly find a 36" Exmark or Scag hydro driven walk behind for 1000.
  4. crazyflyboy30

    crazyflyboy30 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 372

    To start with are you go to be full time ? Or is this a part time to start out with.?
    And what do you have now ?
    And what looking for ?
  5. tjramsey2005

    tjramsey2005 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Reply to: To start with are you go to be full time ? Or is this a part time to start out with.?
    And what do you have now ?
    And what looking for ?

    I am mowing 10 lawns and I am looking for something that will do a professional cut - basically the best I can get for my small budget.

    I do not have a mower yet.
  6. T Scapes

    T Scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,225

    i financed my first mower saved me some initial cash and its paid for within a year if you look this route go to your local dealers and see if they can work you a deal on a 36in hydro walk behind and get a bagger for it. I was at deere last week and bought a 36in floating deck with the ztr style controls and a bagger 0% for 36 months
  7. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 731

    because you mentioned the small lawns, id start with a honda HRC216. new they are 1250. Its a hair over your budget, but for that price you have a new mower and not have to worry about how the previous owner cared for their equipment. Or you can easily find a good used one for around 550-750 bucks.

    Good luck.
  8. KnK

    KnK LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    my first thoughts as well

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