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Would a 36" be my best bet?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by new2thebiz, Aug 5, 2004.

  1. new2thebiz

    new2thebiz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    I just got started this year and am currently using a 42" riding lawn tractor for my larger accounts and a 24" commercial self propelled push mower for my smaller ones. I plan to get a new commercial walkbehind in the spring, and was wondering if I would be better off to go with a 36", which I could use on all of my lawns, or if I should just get something bigger like a 52" to cut back more time on the larger lawns?

    Right now I have 12 accounts,

    5 are about 1/2 acre, or about 1 1/2 hrs with the rider.
    1 is about an acre, 2 hrs 15 min with the rider.
    The other 6 are small, 30-45 min withe the 24".

    These times include trimming and blowing, and I plan to grow about 20 accounts for next year, I'm guessing the size ratio will stay about the same.

    So what do you guys thinkwould save me more time overall, a 36" on all of them, or a 52" on just the larger ones?
  2. gml9

    gml9 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 109

    36 no question...then your set for any lawn since you have a larger rider....those 30 minute lawns will take 12 minutes or so going to a 36. Trust me on this....I started with a 46 rider and push, then got a 52 WB with a 21 SP...and I still need that 36....6 yrs and counting.
  3. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    Yep, what he said..........
  4. new2thebiz

    new2thebiz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    thanks for the advice, I was leaning towards the 36 anyways, but just wanted to get some oppinions from people with more experience than me first.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    No doubt, a 36 is a must-have for any LCO. Fits thru almost any gate, but still big and fast enough to get some grass cut.
  6. Lawn Sharks

    Lawn Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Not to be nosy but why does it take 1.5 hours to mow a half an acre with a 42" rider? I have a client whose half acre is so weird that I cant do it with my 48" so I do it with the 21" Toro and it only takes me about 50 minutes. Getting a good commercial 36 is good advice as it sounds like you speeds are too low with the rider.

    Best of luck.
  7. new2thebiz

    new2thebiz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    They dont all take me 1.5 hours, it ranges from a little over an hour to an hour and a half. But yea I do go pretty slow with the rider. Its only a 900.00 mtd lawn tractor, far from getting a commercial looking cut unless you keep the speed at about 2 mph. I figure that since I only have a dozen accounts for now, I might as well take a little extra time to make them look as good as possible so I can get some referrals and be able to afford that 36.
  8. Lawn Sharks

    Lawn Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Ahh, good for you. Take your time and do it right and new accounts will come.

    Best of luck.
  9. Lawnboy112

    Lawnboy112 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    If you want something fairly good and cheap, go with the dixon zeeter or zeeter HL they have 30" 36" and 42" models. 30" starts a 2099" there ztrs so there a little more $$$ but worth it. I have the Dixon 4515B 42" 15.5 Briggs. Works like a horse. Great power. Just my two cents. Good luck.
  10. Trevors Lawn Care

    Trevors Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,180

    Just recently bought a 36 and am loving it. Saves 2 hours per week


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