What is a good beginner commercial mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by stiggy09, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. stiggy09

    stiggy09 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Right now I have 5 lawns and i make between 30-70 per lawn. I used a push mower. looking to upgrade.

    I am going to start offering my service to people for next spring. I am hoping to keep my rate at 50 an hour.I think I can get at least 20 yards for next cutting season. I live near Pittsburgh

    I need a Used Commercial riding mower that i can run up to 40 hours a week for roughly 22 weeks a year. I am hoping to make at the very least 20 grand. right now i clear around 4 grand per cutting season.

    My Budget is $3000 or less for the Mower and $600 for a trailer.
  2. RonWin

    RonWin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 692

    3k for a good commercial ztr that you can run 40h/per week? Won't happen. Do you bag your properties? Bagging systems go for about 3k with tax. $600 for. Trailer? O boy. You should take advantage of the finance programs if you are serious about more than quintupling your income. Most commercial rider z's (scag exmark walker ect.) With bagging systems are 15k. Save up, or finance.
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  3. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 532

    Do a search, this question was just asked yesterday. And the day before. And the day before that.
  4. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,105

    At this point with that price range a zero turn would probably be out of your price range unless you bought residential, which I do not recommend you would be better off finding a used walk behind for the time being until you save up enough and have the work to support a full blown commercial zero turn
  5. nervjiggy

    nervjiggy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Just get a hydro walk behind...
  6. s3nt2mow

    s3nt2mow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    +1 for getting a walk behind. If you real want it, get a sulky. No way you can get ZTR for 3 grand.

    To save a little, buy a uses walk behind in good condition.

    $600 for a trailer?! Now thats a little much to ask for. Save some more and buy a good trailer that will last you.
  7. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,274

    Belt drive walk behind used: $1200-$2000.
    Hydro walk behind with velke used: $2500+
  8. ilike2mow

    ilike2mow LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,032

    +1 for a hydro. They make mowing so much easier. I've demoed one and compared to a belt drive I demoed, so much easier to run and operate.
  9. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,649

    I would buy a used stander. But it would be tough to find one without high hours for that budget.
  10. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Messages: 5,957

    hydro definitely, but how large are your customer lots and new potential customers lots in your target area you need the right size for your territory

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