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Thinking of switching to 30" time master

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by cschade, Dec 30, 2016.

  1. cschade

    cschade LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    I've been mowing with a 48" hydro walkbehind and now I am thinking of switching to a 30" timemaster. I only mow 5 yards (each an acre or less) -- 99% of my work is landscape not mowing.
    I'm considering switching because hopefully the 30" will require less maintenance than the walkbehind, and because obviously it will take a lot less space to store. How much productivity can I expect to lose by switching?
  2. ZombieCutter

    ZombieCutter LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,807

    A Bunch.

    What maintenance issues is the walkbehind giving you?
    Because a timemaster will need much more.
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  3. Graverunner68

    Graverunner68 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    That's like trading your work truck for a Prius.
  4. oqueoque

    oqueoque LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Jersey
    Messages: 2,589

    We use the 30" exmark a lot for lawns around 500 to 2,500 sq ft. I would not use a 30" on bigger lawns, unless someone wants to pay 3 times the price that we would charge to cut it with our rider or 48" viking.
    Do not buy the homeowner time master for commercial work. There are a bunch of threads on here about 30" complaints, and 95% of the problems are about the time master, and the fact that they break down a lot.
    If you look on craigslist for 30" mowers, 95% of the ones for sale are time masters, not the commercial 30's. The commercial 30's cost more and there is a reason why.
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  5. kawasaki guy

    kawasaki guy LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from NJ
    Messages: 14,765


    I run a 48 Scag stander, and Honda Commercial/Snapper 21s, I would hate being without the stander.
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  6. K c m

    K c m LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,300

    Don't shoot yourself in the foot. That 5 will eventually turn to 20. I suggest keeping the 48 and buying a 30!

    Or a 36 and enclosed trailer. theres your storage space right there !
  7. oqueoque

    oqueoque LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Jersey
    Messages: 2,589

    Take the money you would spend on the 30 and use it to fix the 48. or sell the 48 and add the $1000 cost of the time master with the $ from the 48 sale to buy a better 48.
    JLSLLC likes this.

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,926

    30s are too problematic. I own two. Give me the choice of what you have and id use the hydro 48. Lasts a lot longer.
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  9. Ready to Mow

    Ready to Mow LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,619

    I think most of the bugs have been worked out by now, but I would keep the 48 especially if you're in an area where you can use a 48 on the entire yard. In my area I see a 30'' turfmaster/timemaster on every trailer, but that's because all our houses have narrow gates and many houses were engineered by someone who thinks their is no need for a mower to go in a backyard.
  10. Mow-Daddy.com

    Mow-Daddy.com LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,145

    Why do you think the bugs have been worked out?
    Is it info you are aware of, or just think they have been fixed?
    JLSLLC likes this.

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