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What new lawn equipment should I get?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by T_Koteles, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. T_Koteles

    T_Koteles LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I have a 36inch scag commercial grade with sulkey 2 weed wakers regular small self propelled mower a stihl blower . Need another big mower thinking bout getting a Toro 48inch titan or Ariens 48inch zoom what one would you go with?

    Also thinking bout getting a brown 8hp Bed shaper edger . Read alot of posts and alot of people seem to like them and also they seem to do a really good job . Plus they go through some roots. Any opinions fill me in
    Koteles Lawn Service
  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    Do yourself a favor and skip getting the titan or zoom...go right to the commercial grade equipment. Have you looked into stand-on mowers like the Toro Grandstand, John Deere Quik Trak, Scag V-ride? They'll be a little more money but you should be able to find a slightly used commercial mower for a lower price if your budget is tight.
  3. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,713

    Excellent advise Brad-
  4. BadRancher

    BadRancher LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,892

    I agree with those guys. Get a good piece of equipment if you can. It worth the money in the long run. If its not in the budget, then keep toughing it out with the 36" Scag. Just a suggestion, Good luck with you decision!
  5. Baytownlawncare

    Baytownlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 236

    The Scag V-Ride line is going to have fleet pricing on even one unit next month. My dealer quoted me $5326 on a 36" last week. These normally go for $6300. The only one you cannot get the fleet pricing on is the 61" model. I will be purchasing one next month! My best guess is a 48" V-Ride would run you right at $6000. Normally this model is $7000. Just something to think about!
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2011
  6. T_Koteles

    T_Koteles LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Yea i seen the grandstand liked the set up on it but didnt like the price so I found Gravely 1948FX - Pro Stance for 4,800 dollars its pretty much the same thing better price . Why would you go with the stand up mower compared to a sit down zero? Just wondering need the info
  7. T_Koteles

    T_Koteles LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Just got done watching a few videos on the scag v-ride man do these things look like heavy hitters on getting the job done with ease of use to well built machine. Im gonna look and see if i can get a deal somewhere on one of these units.
  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,231

    I agree with the others. Put the money for the bed edger into the ztr. Bed edgers are one of those nice to have pieces after you have built up the landscaping side.
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  9. T_Koteles

    T_Koteles LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I was looking to get one of the bed shapers to save me alot of time . Trying to knock the job out and get to the next big job as fast as possible. I was gonna have someone run the bed edger while another worker or myself do clean up and spread the mulch.
  10. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    The need for a stander or ztr is greatly dependant on what types of properties you maintain. Standers have similar productivity to ztr's but have similar manuverability to walkbehinds. Standers can also have a price point fairly comparable to walkbehinds.

    For me, I already have a full size ztr. This year I will be picking up a new JD quik-trak at the end of March. Since I bag a lot of my properties, the ztr is needed on most of them, but a 2000lb ztr is a little big for some of my smaller properties, that's were the 48" quik-trak will come into play, at half the weight it will help cut down on any turf damage.

    The main benefits of the standers are the manuverability and productivity all in one package.

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