Which Mower setup would you choose given the scenario

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by RLS24, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. RLS24

    RLS24 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,603

    About ~25 lawns, most 1/4 acre or smaller, most ungated, but a few with 4' gates, few with 3' gates, a few that are 1/2 acre or larger, and 1 1 acre.

    Choose between the following options:

    Finance a 48" stander (whether it be a Toro or a Wright-both are competitively priced) and the option of picking up a used 32" WB later in the summer

    Finance a 36" stander (Wright or Toro-I assume the 36" Grandstand will be priced competitively to the Wright) and minimize the use of the 21"

    Pay cash for a new 36" belt drive WB (either a Toro T-bar or a Scag) and maybe get something bigger next year.

    Anything I finance will be paid off by summer's end. I currently have an old 48" Lesco belt drive thats on its last legs and I may or may not be able to push it through one more year.
  2. Ronniecoleman

    Ronniecoleman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    If most of you properties are ungated I would pick a 48" stander.

    How many have a 3' gate, how many 4'.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Don't finance, there, problem solved, you get the 36" Toro T-bar and you
    won't have no explaining to do as it will fit through pretty much every gate,
    then start saving your money for the next upgrade and don't be a slave.

  4. towtruck212

    towtruck212 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    or buy 1 used 36 and 1 used 48 for slightly more than the new 36. Who knows you might even be able to get the used ones in hydro!
  5. a clear difference lawn

    a clear difference lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    I would look at the Gravely 34Z if you have a dealer reasonably close. It sounds perfect for your needs. It is a very fast little mower with a hydro setup designed for much bigger machines. It has a 5" deep deck and discharges or mulches beautifully. I think you will save a chunk of change vs the standers - I'm not sure about the walk-behind price. This little machine can complete an acre pretty darn fast - with a great cut quality - while also getting in all of your gates, thereby eliminating the need for another mower. It is easy to service and very dependable. Just a suggestion but you may want to give it a look
  6. towtruck212

    towtruck212 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    Would your lesco hold up as a back up? If not having two mowers is important.
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    No doubt about it, get the 48". Obtaining financing doesn't make you a slave to anything. You're borrowing money and paying it back. It's usually those that can't get financing that complain the most.
  8. dhunterd08

    dhunterd08 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    I have maybe 10 more accounts then you about the same size and situation, but i was in the same exact position last year. I bought a gravely 36 hydro with 50 hours for 2k. Best decision i ever made! Forget the stander get you a hydro it makes all the difference and save up for a bigger walk behind next year. I'll be getting a 52 or 61 with this years profits and i will be keeping my wonderful 36inch gravely!
  9. RLS24

    RLS24 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,603

    Yeah I am gonna look into used stuff, the problem is people around here run everything they have into the ground and finding anything decent used is like next to impossible. As much as I feel like a 36" is a step down from what I have I know that I am going to need a good reliable one for smaller properties once I get a bigger mower.
  10. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    Yea, i always laugh at people who are scared to finance a piece of equipment that will EARN them money in a reliable and productive package.

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