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Your opinions on correct machine for my expansion?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SoloSulkySurfer, May 16, 2007.

  1. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    Currently I am cutting 35-40 lawns a week in the 1/6 acre range. I am also a full time student, but have the time to take on more lawns. I have built a good relationship with an extremely successful family of Realtors that sell homes in a high end area about 20 mins. away. They have been giving my cards away without end for the last week and the calls are coming in.
    Currently I have a 48" bobcat WB and a 33" WB and looking to buy a larger piece of equipment. My budget is around $3,000 since I have college bills to pay as well. I also am not really into financing purchases. I also plan to stay solo for the lawn cutting, especially after last weeks torturous trial of a helper. Like I said my lawns now are smaller but the lawns in the other area are from 1/4-1/2 acre.
    So do I upgrade to a hydro WB with a sulky, Stander type mower, or zero turn ride on mower. Obviously I would have to buy anywhere from slightly used for the WB to a more heavily used ride on. I figure I need a mower at least 48" but leaning more towards a larger 52-60". Give me some suggestions on brands to for a larger mower and what to look for as far as feature go (full suspension seat, hydro pump size etc.)
  2. Allens LawnCare

    Allens LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 926

    Good luck with $3000....Try Ebay.....for another $1500-$2000 you can get a new Exmark Phazer
  3. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    bump bump bump
  4. deerex

    deerex LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    Sell your 48 wb take that money plus your 3000 and get the best 52 lazer hp you can afford.
  5. OMG

    OMG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    Always go with a ZTR if possible.

    We no longer accept accounts that require anything other than a ZTR.

    If a ZTR can't do it, it better be a small enough area that a weedeater will.

    In fact, we've finally weeded it down to ONE lawn (customer's lawn has been with us since the first year, but over two owners) that requires a WB in the back fenced in area (about 15 minutes). :waving:

    It's made everything in the whole organization easier, attitudes better, etc.

    Did I mention I have 1 account I will give someone? :laugh:
  6. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    Thanks for the advice guys. I just saw an add for a 2 year old 150 hrs. 48" tiger cub with a 19 hp KAWI. He is asking $4400. I might check into it further.
  7. jeepflexin

    jeepflexin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    hows a 61 inch front mount diesel Grasshopper sound? I have 2 hoppers that I am considering letting go. 928D and a 721D
  8. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    Do you have more info on them (hours and price)?
  9. jeepflexin

    jeepflexin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    the 721D I will let go for $3,000 it has about 1800 hours (aprox) its a 1995 its older but runs very well.

    the 928D2 I would like to see $7500.00 it is a 1998 with 1300 hours (aprox)
    it has the power lift deck.

    both machines just serviced, all fluids and belts changed I need to put new caster bushings ( i have them just not installed) on the mower of 721. the drive tires are less then 50 % worn . and the head lights do not work on the 721D

    I also have a leaf / bagger system for the 928D2 that i would sell for an extra $500.00

    I think I will only sell one machine but have not decided which a buyer for one would help me here.

    If interested I can be reached at 302-218-7712 ~Pete~

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