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Suggestions for 1st ride on mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Added Touch, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. Added Touch

    Added Touch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Hi all, I have a limited budget of about $2000, and need to get a reliable ride on lawn mower that will at least get me a season or 2. I have looked at Home Depot, and they have non commercial Toro and John Deere products for about that price. I also have a line on a 38" Toro Timecutter for about $3000. Any thoughts from those of you who have already gone through that starting up phase would be much appreciated.


  2. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,801

    start with a Commercial walk-behind...
  3. Added Touch

    Added Touch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Thanks, I have a 48" Bob cat walk behind, but it is far too large for most back yards. I was eyeing a 30 something inch Toro walk behind I saw, are they good?
  4. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    Toro makes good walkbehinds, yes.

    You aren't going to get a decent Z for 2K.
  5. Lohse's Lawn Service

    Lohse's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    from US
    Messages: 213

    My opinion is even if you do buy a non-commercial mower from Home Depot, you will only be making a lateral move. I purchased a Cub Cadet rzt 50" 22hp last year and I already sold it with only 80 hours on it. It just won't stand up when compared to an Exmark or other commercial mower. Ended up buying a new Exmark Lazer Z 60" 25 hp a few weeks ago. After I got going with this whole business (a few years ago), I bought a Toro Proline 32" walk-behind, and 32" fits through most standard-size gates. You can always look in the local ads and buy a used walk-behind. That's what I did when I started. I'd start with a 32" walk-behind, then expand as your business expands. Good luck to you.
  6. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,067

    Yup, I am tuffing it out with a used Walk Behind. A Toro 44 for $1000. Ive got more work than I can handle already. I wouldnt waste money on anything that isnt commercial. They just wont last and you will be without a mower when it goes up in smoke.
  7. Added Touch

    Added Touch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Hey all thanks for the advice ... just picked up a used Toro Proline 36" with floating deck and cut my own lawn in like 10 minutes (once I figured out how to drive the thing!) Also got a second unit that runs but needs a new gear box to use as parts total $750 cdn. It starts work on Monday.
  8. Mowing Freak

    Mowing Freak LawnSite Senior Member
    from S.E. Ks
    Messages: 459

    Well a little late since you already bought a mower but will add this anyway. You could look at a used commercial mower if you want a rider with less than 1000hrs and plan on trading it off in 1-2yrs.

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