which zt lawnmower

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jbsimerly, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. jbsimerly

    jbsimerly LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I am going to try to get a couple of resedental yards to mow this year to help make some extra money when i am not working going to use my income tax money to get a good mower. i am going to have a limited budget probably looking in the range of $2500 to $3000 what are your recomandations for me and should i be looking at a zt or a wide area walk behind with a sulky as i live in the mountains of east tn also i am a big guy 350 pounds would a sulky carry me
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,700

    Extra money eh? McDonalds is still hiring aren't they?
  3. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    ^Exactly, plently of other things you can do to make extra money that would be a lot easier.
  4. MeanGreenGuy

    MeanGreenGuy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    In other words, don't be a "Scrub" and buy a mower for 3k, do a few yards and make 500 bucks, go flip a double cheese burg.

    Read around here how much they hate people like you lol.

    Good luck.
  5. SchnabelLawnCare

    SchnabelLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 709

    Wow, sorry for the less than warm welcome to LawnSite! Really, there are some very very helpful people here and there are some people who enjoy internet jiving.

    Look in the FREE Marketplace forum here on LawnSite and check out a few of the used ZTR's. Don't cheap out for a new Craftsman, go for a used commercial brand.

    In a rough order of the best Commercial ZTR brands:

    1) Exmark
    2) Hustler
    3) Scag
    4) Bad Boy
    5) Bob Cat
    6) Ferris

    If you pick up any of these, you will be happy.
  6. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,789

    this is kind of a wierd question, your buying used on a limited budget. so, i reccomend searching in your price range for the cleanest, lowest hour commerical machine. all mowers cut grass, its prefference nothing wrong with doing this on the side. even 5 lawns @ $50 a pop, thats $250 a week, $1000 a month, that mower will be paid and then some by the end of the year. who knows, it might roll into a full time job
  7. jbsimerly

    jbsimerly LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    thanks to all that gave advise i really thank you and for the others some how i doubt that me getting a couple of my neighbors to let me mow there yard for them is going to hurt anyones business sorry if i somehow insulted you but oh well and the way i look at it if i can find 3 yards a week at $50 a pop that will make me a lot more than mcdonalds
  8. SchnabelLawnCare

    SchnabelLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 709

    I'd rather be out doing lawn work than flipping burgers anyday!
  9. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    IF your gonna do it, do it right. People don't like the no insurance, cash only operations that flood this industry. As for Micky D's, id rather push mow yards all day to make the same coin being stuck in one of those places!
  10. doubleedge

    doubleedge LawnSite Senior Member
    from ND
    Messages: 911

    A walkbehind mower sulky may damage the lawn with 350 lbs on it, but a larger (48+" or so) dual hydro walkbehind shouldn't have much of a problem pulling you as long as you get off when you encounter moderate to steep hills. Any used commercial riding mower in your price range would probably be unreliable.

    Here are some commercial quality brands (almost any of these will do well on your turf):
    John Deere

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