Time to upgrade?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Googus, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. Googus

    Googus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    Ok guys I have been debating about upgrading to save stress on my elbows to a bigger mower. I was thinking of a walk behind but i think in a long run a ZTR would be better. I want to stay under sixgrand.

    Are the toro box store time cutters garbage?

    Also with not being very big and don't really plan on being big over 30 customers.

    What are your guys thoughts

    Exmark quest
    Exmark pioneer

    Thanks Greg
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  2. grassguy03

    grassguy03 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    Gravely pro turn would be good at that price.
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  3. M&L

    M&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 245

    Type of grass, lot size, slope and amount of obstacles are major factors in picing the best mower for your needs. If your push mowing 1/3 acre lots, a 21" is silly. Think your going to go 13mph on a 14x 30 foot yard with a commercial Z? Nope. I'd look for a good deal on a lighlty used commercial walkbehind or rider before I paid full retail for a homeowner unit that won't last with business growth.
    Think really hard about what your needs are.
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  4. Googus

    Googus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    I thought about walk behinds. But, since I will have to buy a trailer and I have bad elbows I might as well buy a ztr? I have been looking for a ztr on craigslist and eBay since December with no machines that are not beat up with under 1500 hours. Most where Zs with large decks.

    I don't have big needs, then again if I am going to drop a couple of grand I don't want to second guess myself.

    My dealers within a 15mile radius sell exmark and toro. The one I bought my commercial 30, stihl br600 is 2 miles down the road. Service is a big part. A gravely dealer is a bit far
  5. rockymtnnut

    rockymtnnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    GARBAGE! No one that's serious uses them ,you've gotta pay to play. Scag hydro with a floating deck 48" are 4800 new. At least go with that.
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  6. doublesharp

    doublesharp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 355

    I'd look at a Hustler FastTrac or Big Dog R series. Also Bob-Cat makes a good entry level in the FastCat and Kubota has an entry level machine that is supposed to be good. Louisville craigslist is full of decent used zero turns but the good ones go quick.
  7. Googus

    Googus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    Thanks guys!

    The dealer 2 miles down the road is a big plus for me. In a 10 mile radius there are two dealers and they are exmark and toro. I don't want to buy a mower and have problems with service and travel.

    I can do simple repairs, but if it get internal or hydro stuff count me out:)
  8. Dr. Cornwallis

    Dr. Cornwallis LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 853

    Gravely Proturn 148 or a Hyrdo WB from Gravely, or Exmark. I would also check out the Wright Stander I, maybe look at lightly used equipment. Do not buy homeowner garbage. As someone said earlier you gotta pay to play. If you want to be a professional landscaper buy professional equipment, it pays dividends in the long run. I love when I see lawn men with homeowner equipment on the streets I service, because I know I'll have those accounts when their equipment checks out prematurely at the end of the season.
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  9. doobs41378

    doobs41378 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    May want to check out Snapper Pro....

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