Used commercial vs new residential mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by qkrenzien, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. sdk1959

    sdk1959 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 909

    That's a shame, they really have a excellent cut and stripe great.:)
  2. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,444

    I own 9 commercial ZTRs. I cut MY grass with a lawn tractor. The commercial ZTRs are made for speed, time=money. As the other poster said they're heavy, will leave ruts in a soft or damp lawn and easily cause tear outs.

    All mowers scalp, period end of story. You have to pay attention no matter which mower you use. Indeed some scalp less than others but they'll all do it.

    Buy a high end riding mower and it'll last you 10-15yrs easily. Give just as good a cut be more comfortable to operate and you've got money left over for other toys.

    You're trying to drive a brad with a sledge hammer.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    a used commercial will hold up much longer
  4. Knukey

    Knukey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    with my Exmark Quest 48", 23hp B&S ELS in about 2.5 hours. It cuts beautifully. I've cut some really tough grass (thick field grass 18" high) and it handled it with two passes. Given the number of times I cut a year, I have a hard time topping 50 hours a year on the machine. It comes with a three year warranty. Do the math in your situation and you might not need a commercial machine. It cost $4300 after tax.

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