What lawn mowers are considered good enough for residential lawns?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Freddy_Kruger, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,064

    I'm not going to afford one of these, I'm just dipping my toe in the lawn care business and I was planning on just picking up a Toro at HomeDepot then another if I'm so inclined. 21" wb 6.5 hp self propelled... should be good enough to start with eh? I don't wanna spend 4 grand on a space age lawn mower just yet.:confused:
  2. Trinity Lawn Care  LLC

    Trinity Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 946

    I am not going to get on you with the "You should buy commercial". If you only have a few accounts a residential machine should work. However, keep in mind that they are not made for the abuse of heavy commercial use. Most residential machines are made to be used on average once a week 20 - 40 times a year. If you are using it for commercial use you could be putting a year or two wear and tear on the machine in a week. Make sure that you take care of the mower, and as soon as you can you get a commercial mower. You will find it will be more dependable, it will cut down on your time, and even though it costs more it will be more profitable. Hope this helps.:)
  3. Signature Landscaping1

    Signature Landscaping1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,496

    Yea, a home depot mower is not going to last, shop around for a used or new 36'' commercial mower. Youll be more sucessful if you buy commercial.
  4. chriscraft

    chriscraft LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    Toro makes a great indestructable commercial mower, I use them. they are BEASTS but around 1,100 bucks It will last you near a Lifetime if you take of it check it out. This is a 21 " mower by the way
  5. chevytrucks84

    chevytrucks84 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    For years the company i worked for used a couple of troy built 33" walk behinds. It had a briggs I/C motor on it (i want to say like 8.5hp) and we had great luck. We took care of about 25-30 lawns a week with it. You can pick them up at Menards for about 1000 (around here anyway) or with electric start for slightly more. It is a great mower to get started with until you are on your feet and can afford a ZTR
  6. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
    Messages: 867

    Everyone (including me) is going to tell you to buy commercial as soon as you can afford it. I do, however have a 01 toro personal pace (residential mower) 21" that has seen about 4 seasons of moderate use, and aside from the handlebars coming loose at the halfway point and having to be reinforced and a few other minor repairs, it has done me pretty well. It gives a great cut in all but the really thick stuff, too. So, if you really cant afford a commercial, I would recommend a Toro PP Super Recycler if you are doing 15 or less lawns a week and it should be fine for a while, and is probably the closest you can get to a commercial 21". The thing to consider is that this mower costs over $500 new. You could have a 21" Toro Proline for around $1000 or so, and it will give a nicer cut, last MUCH longer than a residential mower, and you will be more productive because it is faster than a PP, and it bags better also, if you're into that. You will also have less down time due to repairs. Keep in mind too that for $1500 you should be able to find a decent 36" or 44" commercial WB that you can REALLY mow some grass with. So I say buy what you can afford, then save up and go commercial grade asap, you can still keep your residential for a back-up.
  7. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,064

    good info, thanks guys.

    I'm going to see if I can even find a proline around here, another thing, I don't believe I've ever seen a large 44"wb on residential properties here in winnpeg same with Zero tun equipment, I almost never see that.

    But I'm a sucker for gadgets:cool2:
  8. JTM

    JTM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    When you guys say a WB what do you mean i appreciate any info
  9. JTM

    JTM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    WALK BEHIND sorry thats a new guy for ya i just figured it out sorry for any inconvience
  10. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    That gives you the opportunity to be King of the Hill. Buy a commercial mower and stand head and shoulders above the rest.

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