Suggestions for a back-up mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by skmodmsl, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. skmodmsl

    skmodmsl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    I currently have one 48" Snapper walkbehind mower as my main machine. I have a 22" mower for trimming and emergencies if the big mower goes down. I've been thinking that a 36" walkbehind would make both a good back-up machine and allow me to get through gated areas. It sure would beat having to use the 22" in an emergency. I'm pretty sure that I will purchase a new 36" machine.

    What are your reccomendations on the new machines out there? I prefer belt drive and a non-electric blade engagement. Local dealers in my area sell Scag, Exmark, Ferris, Toro, and Gravely.
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,357

    eXmark 36" metro I have has been nothing but a money maker.
  3. alwaysgreener

    alwaysgreener LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    We use Scag, (5) 48" & (5) 36" walkbehinds. Great back up mowers. Don't forget "work smarter not harder"
  4. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    My main machine this year is going to be my 36" metro. I am going to use my 30" Dixon for a backup. I have a lot of gated yards so its nice to have two capable machines.
  5. matth

    matth LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    id say go with a scag 36
  6. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,170

    Toro, Exmark, or Scag. They are all good mowers, it just depends on what you like.
  7. Sauls1686

    Sauls1686 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    Go with the mower that will last the longest and take an unbelievable amount of abuse: Scag. I plan on keeping
    my Scag even if I dont stay in business so my kids can
    use it for their business....... :D
  8. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,399

    I'd go with a toro fixed deck 36" t bar for about $2500 plus tax. Or maybe a 36" Gravely pro steer fixed, since it has a better height adjustment system. I personally would pass on pistol/ecs type "squeeze to slow" steering on a belt drive.

    The Toro uses the identical deck as an Exmark metro, and also shares its manual blade engagement, but with the advantage of t bar steering.

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