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What you think about this mower

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kebrowns, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. kebrowns

    kebrowns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    Thinking to buy this for my 1 acre and bigger yards. I am a little mechanically inclined I know its not a sit down fancy 48 exmark but was wondering if this would do. Als not trying to spend thousand of dollars on something I cant justify.

  2. Four_Seasons

    Four_Seasons LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    I went cheap with my first mower too. Then in came the expenses. And I ended up paying the same amount for a brand new mower in replacement parts. Something to consider if your doing this commercially. At this point I only buy new.
  3. Colaguy

    Colaguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    It'd be fine & the sulky is nice to stand on vs walking.
  4. clydebusa

    clydebusa Inactive
    Messages: 1,660

    Sounds like deal!
  5. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    How many 1+ acre lawns you have to mow?

    I to would like to get a larger mower to get done quicker. However I have more time then lawns. So I am taking more time so I can save and pay cash for a new mower.

    Notice how the mower was just washed and photographed wet so it looks shinny.

    Now take a closer look and see how badly stained that machine is that most of the dirt did not wash off. This is a machine that has a ton of hours on it and not many hours left in it.

    If it was good, why is the guy selling it?

    At my age I do not want to be walking large properties.

    If you're young when you get to be my age your legs will be glad that you did not do all that walking. Wait till you can afford a seat.
  6. Bashby

    Bashby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 445

    I've never run a belt drive but I hear they don't like hills.
  7. kebrowns

    kebrowns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    Wow all you guys make perfect sense. I just hate using my sulky 36 inch mower on these two 3 yards I have. 1 yard is 1.75 acre, the 2nd one is 1 acre and the 3rd one is 1.2 acres. It's a night mare to do them with the 36 mower and they take me anywhere between 1.5 hrs to 3 hrs. They have slight hills some have trees and 1 yard is very rocky popped my tire the last time I did it.. Maybe I should just abondon them until I can afford something bigger.
  8. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Do you have more hours then lawns to mow?

    Is it that easy to keep your schedule filled with with 40 hours of work?

    Answer is no to either one then you need to man up and keep those lawns.

    I have a 1 acre lawn that I do with a 42" JD 180 LT. I wish my mower was larger and faster. Though I am glad to have this job. I picked up this job in May. Hope to get 23 mows in this season. $60 x 23 = $1380. I can up grade a lot of things with $1380.

    If I had three of these properties that would be $4140.

    And you want to walk away from $4140?

    What are you _____________?

  9. Kurt6845

    Kurt6845 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    browns, here is a simple response to your conundrum. as stated by 32vld, if you have the time to spend there mowing with your 36, it may not be a bad idea, but keep in mind there is a certain point that even for $60 is it really worth 3 hrs? I don't know what you're making on these accounts, just throwing a random number out there. $60 is what I would charge and I would be there about 35-40 minutes with a two man crew. I think that for that mower, they want too much. It appears to have been well used for the "residential only" advertisement. Maybe it was used on "residential" accounts only. If you want to expand and bump up to a bigger mower, keep an eye out, you will find one eventually. Look on craigslist within an hr or so of your house, you may find something out there. Be very careful on craigslist, there a lot of people selling pieces of s*** for the price of gold. Never believe anything a seller tells you and do the investigative work. When you find one, tell the seller that you will buy it, but want to have it checked by a local dealer. If it were me, I'd look for a 48" exmark turf tracer, it has the floating deck, making deck adjustments easier and less likely to scalp. I know scag makes one as well, but not sure the model. I'd also look for a machine with no more than 800 hours, if it looks good. You can usually tell when someone has maintained theire equipment or has beaten the life out of it. Until then, keep using your 36" there is nothing wrong with that, unless you could be making more money doing smaller yards in place of your bigger one.
  10. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,586

    Dude a lot of guys in our area (like you) are using simple ride on tractors from Home Depot. They honestly make a lot of since for acreage in north ga. Use the 36 in the nice spots and the rider on the rest.

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