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LAsports
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Lawn mowers
I run a lawn business and have 42 yards. I’ve got two mowers. A 42” Toro and a 34” Gravely. Both are residential grades that cost me $3,500 and $3,400. I’m about to be in the stage of needing another one. I’ve had my Toro since 2015 and Gravely since last summer, 2019. Am I good sticking with those brands? I can’t bring myself to getting a commercial grade mower for anywhere between 7-10k. I see guys pull up around me with those and feel like I do just as good of work because I really care about that aspect of it. Thoughts and opinions, please.

I don’t post on here a lot. Just do a lot of reading and snooping around on here. Thanks guys.


tigerinthebueche
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as a very satisfied and happy Kubota owner, I always recommend them. and they offer 0% financing if you want to make the jump.

That said, I don't think either brand you mention is bad, especially if you don't want to make the investment in a higher quality, costlier mower. You have to be comfortable with what you are spending. If you like what you've got, keep running it.


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Ice Cream Sammich
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re: Lawn mowers
Gravely HD is what you want. It bridges residential and commercial perfectly and will last 1,000 hours easily. Get the Kawi engine.


johnnyrocket
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Bigger units weigh more, have larger transmissions, ride smoother, and of course will last longer.

If what you have now is working then why change it is what you have to ask yourself.

A lot of markets guys are moving from zero turns to stand on units. Less investment and better quality if you compare $7k stand on versus $7k zero turn which is an avg price.
There are decent models for less and of course more money. You can put more on a trailer, less stress on your back moving around to grab trash etc, and easier to get around.
This post was edited on 5/8 at 12:18 pm


DaDaTigers
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I had a scag mower and that lasted for quite a while but was rough. Bought the Kubota diesel which is a cadillac compared to the scag. Kubota may not be the option for your situation because of access to backyards.


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jimbeam
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I’d get a used commercial with 500 hours or so. Can probably get for the same price as a residential mower but will last longer and cut better


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LAsports
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re: Lawn mowers
Didn’t mean to downgrade your post lol thanks for the advice guys


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BentonTiger7
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re: Lawn mowers
quote:

Gravely HD is what you want. It bridges residential and commercial perfectly and will last 1,000 hours easily. Get the Kawi engine.



This. I have a Gravely ZT HD 52 with the Kawasaki. Has ZT-3100 trans and is built like a tank. Has a great cut too. Can get 0% financing with most mowers including Gravely.


jimbeam
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re: Lawn mowers
quote:

Has ZT-3100 trans
If I was cutting 40+ lawns I would want the 3400s


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johnnyrocket
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I asked one of my small 6 truck guys why he uses hydro walks, vs zero turns / stand ons. He got rid of his zero turns and just hydro walks or stand ons.

1) weight your looking under 600lbs for a hydro walk vs zero turn same transmission and deck closer to 700 lbs or more.

Means less weight on the trailer.
Zero turns & stand ons in higher levels means more weight along with cost.

Now his one commercial truck uses stand ons to jump curves.

2) Cost under $6k and with specials closer to $5k with a sulky.

3) Sounds like you do smaller yards which he does and deck sizes are smaller which means you can get inside tight gates vs higher you go up in zero turns the deck sizes are larger.

4) He finds as standing up vs sitting down less stress on the back. 40 plus yards he staying in one position. It takes no time to cut the yard with his hydro walk. He also trims edges, and moves water hoses etc. He and his buddy’s who work for him like not having stress on their back plus faster versus getting on and off a zero turn to do these task.

He did say there is a learning curve with a hydro walk. Once you understand how to align tracking and how to run your unit it easy to operate. Find one where the adjustments are easy to get to along with transmission engagements.

This post was edited on 5/9 at 1:16 pm


jimbeam
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Hydro walks should be more common on trailer servicing residential lawns.


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