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Which walk behing mower is best?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by karol, Dec 1, 2004.

  1. karol

    karol LawnSite Member
    from ontario
    Messages: 99


    I want to buy a walk behing mower. I'm thinking Toro or Ferris. I'd like to know if anyone out there can input some information on them. I'm looking for something that will mulch or works the best in the peak of the season without leaving too many clippings. I'm trying to avoid bagging with a push mower although sometimes you can't. The walk behing would speed my cutting time that's the main reason I'm looking for one. It can't be bigger than 36 or 38 inches because of residential gates..


  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    the only true way that you are going to be able to find out is take them for a demo. Must dealers will let you try them out for a little bit if you are serious or they think you are serious about buying one
  3. simsy71

    simsy71 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    That is a tough ?. Each person is different. My first mower was a Exmark Metro. Is it the best mower no but It suited me good. Most mowers mulch good in my opinion it has to do with the blades you use.
  4. LawnBoy89

    LawnBoy89 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 967

    I have the Ferris Ultrabelt, haven't had it too long but it runs great so far and stripes beautifuly and I am very satisfied with it.
  5. kbremn71

    kbremn71 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    First, keep in mind that I don't mow that many lawns - two residential and a few commercial and I do it in a short day. Having said that, for my money, I use a Troy-Bilt 33" Wide Cut mower. They only cost around $1300 and they do a decent job. I don't know if anyone else here uses them but I can tell you that it will certainly not be the highest quality mower you ever buy but if you treat it well, it will get the job done.

    I do wish that someone else would make a comparably sized machine to the Troy-Bilt that was built a little better and stayed in the price range.
  6. Tn Lawn Man

    Tn Lawn Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479


    I currently use Toro. They are great mowers.

    However, when it comes to a WB I will likely go with Exmark next time. Exmark and Toro are basically the same mower, but the Exmark has the ECS hand grip system that will save your knuckles on bushes and trees.
  7. scaglawnsnj

    scaglawnsnj LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 435

    get a scag 48" deck and a bob cat 21" Great starter stuff and very heavy duty..
  8. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    some good walk behinds are- Scag, Toro, Exmark, Hustler, Great-Dane, Ferris, Cub-Cadet or Lesco, Bob-Cat, Encore, and Bunton. Those are a few that comes to mind. Dealer support is also important so also consider that when looking at the mowers.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    He is right unless you have a backup mower when it goes down getting it fixed is the problem.
  10. Wrobel#1

    Wrobel#1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    Bobcat baby #1

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