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walk behind or keep my jd???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Hunter Landscape, Feb 13, 2001.

  1. Hunter Landscape

    Hunter Landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    ok here goes, and i will try to keep it as short as possibe.

    i started my bus. last yr. and my initial mower purchase was a john deere F525 48" with bagger. it goes frwd at about 5mph and is the steering wheel type of front deck mower.
    it didn't take me long to figure out that the deere just wouldn't "cut it", so i purchased a grasshopper and found that the quality of cut and much more was superior to the deere. i don't even like unloading it into lawns due to it's cutting quality. oh yeah and it ain't a piece of cake to work on either!!
    i would like to get rid of this mower, possibly make a little money on the sale, and purchase another mower. i initially put about $5500 into the deere with the bagger.
    i am considering going to a walkbehind mower. (goes faster, hopefully easier to maintain, and hopefully leaves a better cut, etc) i have checked out an Exmark Viking Hydro, and would probably go with the sulky.

    any comments on this possible transaction?? would it be worth it? anyone use a Viking? anyone ever had similar experiences with the deere F525?, etc etc. :)

  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    I demoed that JD you have and wasn't impressed. I used to use JD's for several years and didn't realize that other mowers could cut better until I got ZTR's. When I was told I could cut at 8 to 10 MPH with my DC, I thought, sure you can, but I agree it will do the job. My JD didn't cut to good at lot slower speeds. I'm not sure if it's just the slower blade tip speed on the JD or what it is, but I feel that is the problem.
  3. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    If the grasshopper is a ztr then a walk behind
    would seem to be much more practical for you.
    Mabe even a gate mower .No guarantees but
    the z would probably pull any pull tools you have.
  4. BufalinoLand

    BufalinoLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    In my opinion John Deere has been slipping in recent years. Im not sure if they ever had a decent line of commercial mowers. As for the homeowner, JD is ok(Overpriced in my opinion). Ill get to the point. Im entering my 3rd season in the business and am growing in leaps and bounds. I started out with one 48" Scag walk behind (no sulky, to ensure a workout)and 2 21" Honda baggers. the hondas almost never come out and I just purchased a 61" Scag turf tiger. I am all into walk behinds and will let you know how I enjoy this 0 turn. I have looked at them all and am very impressed with what the Scag Line up has to offer. They are truly, BULLET PROOF!!!
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    I'd say buy the walk-behind. If the mower is as bad as you're decscribing it, I would lose it in a second! Don't hold onto things that annoy you or for that matter, might hurt your business quality wise. Anything that hurts your business will hurt you later. I'd say the walk-behind is your best choice. Good luck! :)
  6. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    Definately dump the Deere. If you plan on expanding your business, maybe get another ZTR for a helper to use. I've got 2 Grasshoppers and together they'll cut a lot of grass. Now is the time to start selling your Deere.

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