I agree with this. I started out with an Ariens Zoom 42" from Home Depot. It cost me $2200 and it handled all my lawns well. After my first 2 years I gained many new lawns and so I decided to upgrade to a Gravely zero turn. The Ariens Zoom still runs well and now serves as my backup zero turn. I never had any issues with it and I always wonder how many more hours I could have gotten out of it. Someone suggested you get a commerical walkbehind instead, but I'd much rather be sitting down on a residential zero turn than be walking behind a commerical walkbehind. I think that even a residential zero turn is more productive than a commerical walkbehind in most instances.everyone on here will tell you that you can't do this business with anything but commercial equipment. They must not realize not everyone has 20k to drop into a ztr, trailer, hydro walk behind, commercial walk behind and a truck to pull it all.
My toro timecutter 42" is moving into its 3rd year. The deck is a little beat up but its nothing my torch couldn't handle. Commercial is better. 7 gauge steel vs stamped steel is no contest but take it from me. buy the 42 time cutter for 2200 make some bank and when you can buy you a commercial ztr. after a while on the timecutter you will see what I mean. I am going to run the balls off mine til it don't run no more.
while every one else is making a payment, you can put that back each week til you can pay cash and you will feel much better and have no debt.
How are you looking at a MX42 TimeCutter, when they don't come out until next year? Unless of course you have a dealer already setting you up on a pre-order.I have 4000 bucks max looking to buy a ztm rider im looking at the toro 42" timecutter mx42 and john deere 48" will be using it for commercial use which is the better machine.
Joseph:I can't find an MX42 toro. Anyway, the timecutter 42 does not look very high quality. Have you thought about buying a used Hydro-Walkbehind?
Really maneuverable, doesn't take a lot of space on a trailer, and lightweight so they don't rut much. For your budget, this might be a better equipment choice.