Walk Behind or Zero Turn to start out with?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by TopQualityLawnCare, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. TopQualityLawnCare

    TopQualityLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    Okay so here's the deal. I've got $3,000 and need to make a decision on which one to choose. Around here the yards are pretty big usually around an acre or two and you cant find a good sized zero turn for around 3000 you cant find a good 60" for that but can find a 52" which i really woudnt like for 2500-3000 if i did buy one for that i would have no more money to spend on other equipment like weedeater,hedge trimmer etc but on the other hand i can find a really night exmark turf tracer for around 1500-2000 if i bought me a walk behind a would have a 1000 or so to spend on the equipment i would like which would really be nice but then again i think a walk behind would just wear me out working on it mowing yards every day instead of riding a mower. so in the end i dont know if i should get a zero turn or walk behind? opinions?? :confused:
  2. ddixon7

    ddixon7 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    Walkbehind hands down. They are a much more versatile mower. You can mow plenty fast and get plenty done with a walkbehind. I ran walkbehinds exclusively for MANY years. The only reason I have a ZTR is for my own personal yard which is a behemoth and a few commercial properties and a couple football fields. Other than that, a walkbehind is the way to start out my friend. Just put a sulky on her.

    On the getting worn out part, I could argue that a rider would put more abuse on you than a walkbehind. Mowing, whether it be ZTR or walkbehind is the most abusive part of lawn maintenance in my opinion. I'd rather walk 25 miles with a backpack blower and a trimmer than mow for 9 solid hours riding a mower. But, a walkbehind with a sulky should be very efficient for you.
  3. aaronmg

    aaronmg LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    Top Quality Lawncare...I live about 8 hrs away from your area but seeing Bowling Green KY brought up a fond memory of your town....3 and 1/2 years ago I worked for a granite company and we installed the cheddars restaurant countertops there.. as we were leaving we were circled by about 3 city vehicles and detained for 4 hours... Bowling Green has some strict working codes, don't subcontract there without the proper license... ok.. sorry for hijacking the thread.... carry on...
  4. TopQualityLawnCare

    TopQualityLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    Thank you ddixon7 I believe I'm going to go with a walk behind I don't plan on keeping it for the rest of my life just somthing that will start me out and get the ball rolling thanks for the response
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  5. TopQualityLawnCare

    TopQualityLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    i dont know tho because im 6'5 and im sure walk behinds wont fit me comfortably and i will be bending over just to drive the thing
  6. ddixon7

    ddixon7 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    If you are 6'5" you should have some long arms to reach the handles. I've had several tall people work for me. They seemed to have a lot of leverage over the mower. I'm only 5'11" so I can't say from personal experience. Being tall seems to be a disadvantage in lawn care. Mowers and trimmers are all too short... Or at least like they seem like they would be.
  7. TopQualityLawnCare

    TopQualityLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    yea they are haha might still go with a walk behind just for this season
  8. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    I'd recommend having a complete set up right away than having a bigger mower with nothing else. You will have a much better idea of what you really need after you have been doing it for a while. You might find that the mower that you really thought you needed is not the best one for you.
  9. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,050

    Hello there if you cutting on that size property I would highly recommend the ZTR. I know you need other equipment . And all means you should get a set up.
    If you want I can lend you some old working trimmer.:waving:
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    An Exmark walk behind with the ECS controls eliminates the problem of having to reach down for the grips. I usually recommend starting out with a walk behind because of their versatility and maneuverability. 2 acres is getting a bit for a walk behind in my opinion though.

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