What would be a good mower for my situation.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by ar22ar, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. ar22ar

    ar22ar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I have been mowing about 15-20 residential lawns each summer with a push mower for about 5 years now and was thinking about upgrading to a zero turn or a walk behind mower. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions of a good mower that isn't too expensive. I also wanted a small deck size so I can make it through fences. Possibly something in the $2000-$5000range. Also, I plan to add more lawns over the next few years. Thank in advance for the help.
  2. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

    42" Walker MCGHS.
  3. LawnsUnlimitedatl

    LawnsUnlimitedatl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Go with a good walkbehind. There are a many good company's that advertise on this website that are good commerical starter mowers. Just look around here and then go to the website. I would recommend getting one from a local dealer that is easy to get to just in case any problems arise.
  4. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,316

    A Toro 36" would be a good choice - you could also get one of the Better Quick 36" mower - They seem to have a good reputation. 20 Lawns with a push mower?! Man, that's really a lot of work.
  5. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,448

    Just signed a new customer today. I measured his gate... a new vinyl fence type. 38" wide. A machine that measures 37" W would be too tight, no room for error.

    This is why I'm glad I bought a Quick 32. There isn't a gate I can't get through, the cut is great, and it's manuvuerable in these small yards. With the supplied high lift blades it's made my spring cleanups much easier with the Accelerator catcher. At only 319lbs, it's lighter than comparable machines and doesn't leave depressions or divots in the turf, at least when the turf isn't water saturated.

    This is my first WB, and I've only operated the Scag 32 before, but the Quick kicks the Scag's hiney in almost every consideration. Less hand fatique, much lighter, easier to turn, better cut, but not as good on slopes and hills. No drive belt to slip in morning dew like the Scag. The single hdryo takes some people time to learn, but it's superior to a belt drive in almost everything IMO.

    My 2 cents.
  6. des1477

    des1477 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    I have the toro 34'' zero turn . Its right in your price range at 5,000. Very good mower.
  7. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,448

    The Quick 32 with a 15 HP Kawi and Acclerelator bagger is under 3000. :)
  8. ar22ar

    ar22ar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Those 32" mowers seem like a good mower for what I need. Are the quick 32's only available in NC or can I get one in Missouri? Also, how well do they hold up over time and abuse? I'm also interested in the toro but am unsure what the good models are. There are some toros at homedepot for pretty cheap but I believe those are residential and not commercial? Anyway, I'm gonna head to the dealer tomorrow just to look at a few mowers and get some more ideas.

    Anyone ever own or use a Ferris Hydro? Just went to their website and they seem like solid mowers.

    Thanks everyong for the help.
  9. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,369

    He said between $ 2-5 K !!
  10. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,369

    I would recommend the Quickie 32 also !! You buy them directly from the factory and they ship it to you on a pallet via ground transport. They are good commercial machines and will hold up to commercial use over several years.

    BOP Website -- www.quick36.com

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