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Will I ever ride again?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by CJ GreenScapes, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. CJ GreenScapes

    CJ GreenScapes LawnSite Member
    from AL
    Messages: 249

    Hi guys (and gals)! First of all, I have to say that this site has been a God-send. I have been hooked for about a month and so much is covered I felt no need to post, until now... I am new to be business and I promised my wife that I would not invest a bunch of money, so I am trying to do this on the cheap until I build up some cash flow. What I have now is a John Deere LT155, Snapper 21", Troy Built stick edger, truck, and trailer (I know I look like a Scrub, but please forgive me). The problem I am having is that the last several potential customers I met with would not even hear of me using the riding mower on their lawns. I tried to explain to them that I have to charge more for using the Snapper, but that did not matter and ofcourse I priced myself out of the jobs. I have been looking at the ZTR's for a while and I was wandering if you guys ran into the same problem?
  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Is that a lawn tractor? And why dont they want it on there lawns?
  3. CJ GreenScapes

    CJ GreenScapes LawnSite Member
    from AL
    Messages: 249

    According to them: the big tires mess up their lawns (they are no bigger than the avg ZTR tires) and they do not like the way the mowing lines look afterwards. I tried to explain that it is not necessarily the mower, but the operator that determines how well a lawn looks....
  4. CNE

    CNE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    Try a walk behind. They are not as heavy as a ZTR and easier to operate on a small yard. I have had trouble with my 60" Exmark ZTR on Centipede leaving bruises. Within a couple of days after mowing you can see burgundy tracks where the tires went. Don't have that problem with my WB.
  5. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    ditch the garden tractor of a 36-48" walk behind. think used if you can't afford new. I bought my first belt walk behind for $900 and it still runs great. This season i'll be getting a hydro, however i'll keep it as a spare. the walk behinds leave a much better cut as well.
  6. CJ GreenScapes

    CJ GreenScapes LawnSite Member
    from AL
    Messages: 249

    If I could find a decent WB for @$1000 I wouldn't hesitate. None of the dealers around here have any used wb's. Most of the lco's in my area use ZTRs, so there are plenty of those available. Any suggestions?... I'm not scared to walk, as long as it is not at a snail's (read Snapper's) pace and I get paid for it.
  7. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    Try the Z killer.... Same speed, same size deck, same Horsepower, great cut and 400lbs. lighter.......

  8. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    check out the dealers again when the growing season really gets fired up, i bet more somone will have a trade-in they'd sell you. keep in mind $1000 is still pretty cheap for a WB. Also, do you have a classifieds paper down there?
  9. ollie212@tds.net

    ollie212@tds.net LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    Try Junktank.com They have many used mowers for sale on the website. For a rider i have found the 52" toro z-master.they are very mobile and verstile. If you can afford new but new .

    Straight Line Mowing Inc.
  10. CJ GreenScapes

    CJ GreenScapes LawnSite Member
    from AL
    Messages: 249

    Classifieds? Ain't dat dem things that lawyers carry in dem fancy satchels? Yeah, we got um, but I'm not so sure he will take kindly to me takin a look at em... Sorry BSDeality, I couldn't resist. I love to play the typical southern red neck every chance I get. I deal with people all over the country in my other business, and everytime they hear my Alabama accent, they start talking slower...lol... Seriously, thanks ya'll for all of your help!

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