Years on commercial mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dmk395, Jan 22, 2001.

  1. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    I was just wondering if any of u guys run the same walk behinds that u bought, say 5 or 10 years ago. I am going to buy a new one and do about 35 weekly accounts, and the number grows every year. I figure with proper maintenance these machines will last, but how long?
  2. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    I know several contractors who maintain an average of 75 accounts weekly that are using machinery over 10 yrs old. My friend John has a bobcat that is gold - if that tells you something. Our trim mowers are sensations. [dont know if they are still in production or not - look just like a bobcat 21" except for the decks are orange]

    Yes, proper maintenance will provide your machinery with longevity and performance. I know that alot of contractors find it cheaper to replace parts here and there including decks than to buy new.

    Hope this helps.
  3. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    I have one Chopper that is 6 years old and a JD 430 tractor that is 10 now. Both run great.
  4. jay

    jay LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    Ive seen Honda commercial 21" maowers go 15 years or more.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    I have a John Deere 52" walk behind (built by Bunton) that I purchased new in 1984. (Had two-sold one) About 12 years ago, I changed the motor on it (Briggs I/C 16 hp. twin,)with an identical and today, it runs like a champ! Granted I've changed belts, pulleys, and other miscellaneous stuff on it, with some original stuff remaining, but I think I got my money out of it.
  6. plow kid

    plow kid Banned
    Messages: 516

    I have 2 36" jacobsen crew chiefs both about 10-13 yrs old
    (bought used) both going on 6000 hours same engine as new, new gear boxes,belts and tires, both start on the first pull and are verry reliable.

    I have seen hondas go 15 yrs also
  7. Greenkeepers

    Greenkeepers LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 695

    I have a commercial 21" Lawnboy that I've been running every year for 12 years now! It's paid for itself, I put a new piston and rings in it about 5 years ago just because....

  8. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    Also remember that you get what you pay for! I was in the warehouse of the largest commercial cutter in the area. All of their mowers looked like they were put through the mill! My 4 year old mower looked better on its worst day, than any of theirs on its best day. Usually owner operators will take better care of their own equipment.
  9. dylan

    dylan Member
    Messages: 276

    I've got several lawnboy 19" and 21" that are in excess of 20 yrs and one is 25 or so. Not to bad.
  10. SMB

    SMB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    I've got a 28 year old Massey Ferguson that I'm restoring It's not always YEARS that count, its the HOURS on the machine. The only thing that YEARS can do that HOURS can't is rust and stuff like that.

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