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which mower to buy

dmk395

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Ma
I have a small business (fulltime college student also) for which i handle an expanding account load of 35 weekly customers. I am debating on buying a 36 or a 48 encore next year, big upgrade on my 2, 33 inch troybilt mowers. What are my pros and cons, what would u guys do?

thanks,
Dave
 

KirbysLawn

Millenium Member
Look at the Great Dane "Scamper" model. Great mower, gets into tight spots, narrow body allows you to get right up to the edge of objects. I can mow faster with my 48" scamper than I can with my 52" Chariot due to the time I save not trimming as much.

My local dealer has 2 demos, both duel hydros that were demo units with full warranty, selling them for $3500.00 here in NC.

Ray
 

65hoss

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Memphis, TN
I have a 48" Encore w/b hydro with sulky. I will only be using it as a back up or for those very tall junk yards. The hydro unit is all that makes this unit productive. I can't seem to find anything to make the spindle bearings last longer than about 5 mths. NO, its not because I don't grease them. The safety switches break easily because of poor design from the factory. It does cut nicely on a well maintained lawn at decent speed, but the slow blade tip speed allows it to skip alot on tall grass or weeds. I personally would not by another encore. I have an Exmark 36" and a new Exmark Lazar HP and love them both. The cut quality and design are far superior to the encore.

The best way I can think of to describe the encore is a walkbehind bushhog.
 

mdb landscaping

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Glastonbury, CT
if i were you i would go with a 49 inch walk behind, preferably a scag. if any of your accounts have hills and such i would recommend the hydro over the belt drive. i have a belt drive at the moment and am going to purchase a turf tiger in the spring, but there are a few instances when a hydro would come in handy.
 
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