When to move up from a 21" mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by joed, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,196

    Quick question. Average lot sizes in my neck of the woods range from a low of 1500 sq foot to 5 or 6000 sq ft. Most have ditches, trees, heavy landscape etc. to deal with. Many gates into backyards are about 33" across. Would it be better to move away from a 21" commercial unit and go up to a 32 or 36" or just stick to a 21" Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank You
  2. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    I would jump up yo a 36" as soon as i could. It's going to save you so much time. Just buy a nice 36 com WB and that will be a good start.:waving:
  3. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    Joe - how long have you been doing 5K-6K properties with a 21?

    How much (USD please) does a client pay you to do these?
  4. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    The 36 would be a great way to go except for the 33 inch gate problem. I'm assuming the backyards are typically bigger than the front?
  5. Idealtim

    Idealtim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    If your on the fence on weather or not you should buy a com wb, buy a nice used 32'' belt drive. Around my area, there seems to be a abundance of mid 90's bobcats. You can buy one for under 750$.
  6. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    look for a used 32 and see how you like it before commiting to buying a new one. i went from a 21 to a 32 and found it could go almost every where a 21 could
  7. David Grass

    David Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    I can weed eat as fast as mow with a 21 inch, so the only 2 gates in my 50 accounts sometimes get mowed with a 21, but sometimes I just dont even want to go get it. Just weed eat it instead. Get as large a deck as you think possible, and use the 21 thru the gates. It would help to know the percentage of gates tho in your case.

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