To Buy a Commercial Mower or Not?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mohawk, Mar 22, 2005.

  1. mohawk

    mohawk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Need to buy a new mower...Here is my situation:

    • Yard is approx 6000 square feet
    • Yard is smooth and free of excessive obstacles
    • There is common ground behind my house. The neighborhood folks have stated that the area is taken care of. But I'm sure I'll end up mowing back there (at least behind my house :D )
    • Yard should look good after mowing (whether bagging, mulching, etc.)
    • Want something that get's the job done ASAP

    I looked at new mowers at Sears and Home Depot. Even their so called "good" mowers look cheap.

    I would like to buy a nice quality commercial mower. Just can't beat the quality of the product, cut, dependability, time savings, resale, etc.

    I've started looking at commercial mowers. I'm leaning toward Exmark (previously owned a 48 TTHP). They have 21", 26", 32" and 36" mowers available.

    With my size yard in mind, what do you think would be the best mower for me?

    Thanks for the help and good luck to everyone starting out the new year! :)
  2. bobdaduke

    bobdaduke LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    What is the total size of your yard with that area you are referring to? Is this the only yard you'll be cutting?
  3. JSymons

    JSymons LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    You will see other threads with this topic, so you likely won't get a lot of responses. You get what you pay for especially at HD and the like. I bought a mid-line snowblower at HD and called back to ask a question later. They were completely baffled (big surprise) but offered me a refund. I didn't want or need a refund, just an answer. Don't expect a lot of support, they just buy and then resell boxes that happen to have lawn equipment in them.

    Just make sure you are happy with what you buy and take good care of it.
  4. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    Check out the Cub TANKS!!!!!!!!! We love them!!!!!
  5. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,565

    For 6,000 square feet? We're talking about 1/7 of an acre. A Cub Tank?

    For this amount of mowing, a homeowner model will do just fine. There is no need at all to buy commercial grade equipment.

    The typical home changes hands once every six or seven years. A high-end homeowner model will more than suffice for six thousand square feet over six years.
  6. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    Even thoough I am not a huge fan of Lesco they are having a spring sale that makes them very tempting. Think the belt 36 was $1890. Throw a selky on it for 199. Mowing that little it should last you a life time.
  7. ZaK18

    ZaK18 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    For a 6000 sq. ft. yard a 21" will be your best bet. It will give a better cut than a larger unit, and may be faster as well. A commercial mower would be faster and leave a slightly better cut, but a high-end homeowner unit would work just fine and save $$$.
  8. mohawk

    mohawk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Just to clarify...I will only be using this mower to mow my yard and the area behind the house.

    Speaking of areas...My lot is ~1/4 acre or 10,000sqft. If I take away the house, driveway, patio, flower beds, etc., I'm left with about 6000--6500sqft.

    The area behind my house is ~5,000sqft.

    Thanks again for all the responses!

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    You would be a great candidate for the Quick 36. Check the link at the top.

    Look at BETTER
  10. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,915

    Exmark's new 26".

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