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What Was Your First Mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Eddie B, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,199

    When I was 9-10 years old I started out with a 21 murry,then 21 lawnboy, then 21 Jacobson (I was big time now), then 21 lawnboy, then 36 dynomark, model 70 ford 36", then 2 craftsmen 36", then 48" scag hydo walkbehing ( my first commercial mower) I still use it twice a week.
  2. jarroo's lawncare

    jarroo's lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    my first mower was a 28 inch snapper rider my papaw gave me he bought brand new and never used then one day just gave it to me after it sat for two years and never used. I started mowing 10-15 yards a week with it and I tore out the rear end broke the shift lever got it fixed but needed something more durable so I bought an exmark.
  3. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Hummm, well when I was about 12 I bought a Dynamark 3.75 hp. pusher. A piece of junk even by my 12 year old standards! I eventually worked up to my parents retired toro self propelled and then on to my first new snapper. The snapper was a nice mower, but the Briggs engine stunk. Frist rider was a Ariens YT 11 with a tripple bin grass catcher. I loved that machine! I could keep going with my mower timeline but all you wanted was first mowers. LOL
  4. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
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    Messages: 859

    Looks like most of us started with a 21". I started with a 13 year old Toro 21" with BBC. A 28" Snapper rider soon followed. I still have it way back in the shed somewhere. :rolleyes:
  5. oldturf

    oldturf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    I started more years ago than I like to remember with a Case 444 lawn tractor. I think that was the model number, it had a 14 horse kohler engine and a 44 inch deck. Had it for 10 years, rebuilt the motor iwice and replaced the deck but it was used hard and lasted a long time. I started at the same time with a double bladded axe that i used for rough work. Over the years I have had to replaced the handle three times and the head twice, but I still have it and it works as good as ever.
  6. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    Started at 12 and used the clients mowers! Cant beat that huh?, Moved to Toro 21" equip, went "legit" and bought a 48" Walker and 21" proline, now back to Toro 36 and 21 and concentrate on small residential. Whats the saying about returning to where you started? Might be using clients mowers next year. :D
  7. pgiambat

    pgiambat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    I bought a Demo 36" SCAG beltdrive from an 'unreputable' dealer that went out of business pretty quickly afterwards. It was missing about $700 in parts but I got it for $500. It had less than 50 hours on it. I got the parts, all bolt-on, put them on, had it once-overed by a pro mechanic ($120.00) for a flywheel & magneto. BUTTER EVER SINCE!!!
    All to do again, Hydro Anything.
  8. pgiambat

    pgiambat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    Sorry to double-post... but I posted B4 I read too many others.

    I actually made good cash for one summer with my 21" 3.5HP 'No-Name' mower from Menards that cost $99 and the deck flexed so bad that the blade would hit the deck if twisted enough. I put it in the trunk of my car, it folded up so small and weighed about 30 punds if that. I bought a bagger for it for $28 and was in the big time, I did have to take the bag unit up to the auto-body shop and give the guy $5 bucks to tack weld it in a few places for reinforcement. I gave it away still running! It ALWAYS started on the first pull. I probably made about $3,000 one summer with it, unbelievable. This IS that best country in the world.
  9. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    I started out with my parents 21" Snapper when I was 13. I bought myself a brand new 48" Bunton Bullet 3 months later. What a joke. It keep breaking. I had to buy my 32" eXmark for a back up. 1 acre with a 21" as your back up machine is not fun.

    If I could do it all over again. I would start out with my standers.
  10. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,036

    I started with my dads 21" ryobi. I then got a super recycler, but sold it after I got a trucut p20s, proline and a honda. I then got a quick 36 and just picked up a 48" lazer hp that needs a new engine.

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