Which mower to cut around flower beds?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by fvoelling, May 22, 2012.

  1. fvoelling

    fvoelling LawnSite Member
    from MD
    Messages: 5


    Have a ZTR for the main areas, but need something to cut around flower beds, underneath trees (requiring forward and back motion as branches are too low to walk/ride there), and in other tight spots that are too big for a trimmer but too small for the ZTR.

    I've been using an old self-propelled push mower, but it has several drawbacks:

    - only one speed
    - too heavy to push without self-propelled mechanism on (which is a pain when pushing/pulling to cut underneath trees or in the front ditch)
    - not enough traction with its small wheels (I have fairly uneven ground)
    - cutting along flower beds messes up my edging

    So ideally I'd find a machine that is self-propelled with adjustable speed, and when disengaged, can be pulled backwards without resistance from transmission/engine, has a good engine that starts easy, is fairly light (for the ditch), has bigger wheels (for uneven ground), and has a deck that overhangs the wheels on at least one side to cut around flower beds without messing up my edging. Low price and long warranty would be nice but that's wishful thinking I'm sure. Mulching/bagging/side discharge, don't really care as long as the clippings don't get into my flower beds (enough weeds already).

    Seems that overhanging deck is not easy to find unless you go to a ZTR.

    Any suggestions?

  2. southgalawns

    southgalawns LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 110

    Any front mount mower, turf tracer,grasshopper front mounts, etc
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  3. fvoelling

    fvoelling LawnSite Member
    from MD
    Messages: 5

    Those are nice, but I want to keep the cost to around $1000 or less if possible, though for the right machine I may go a little higher.

    Cub Cadet has this mower for about $1300:

    Cub Cadet® 33 in. 420cc Heavy-Duty Wide Area Mower with Front Caster Wheels and Electric Start

    Wonder who makes their engine? Cub Cadet's reputation used to be pretty good, is that still the case?

    Main drawback with this model appears to be the cutting deck not extending beyond the wheels.
  4. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,752

    Anyway you can prune the trees. I did allot mine to speed things up.
  5. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    Toro timemaster 30. Has decent deck overhang. Might want to.rig up a guard for the carburetor.
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