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First full year in business and I need some advice


Starting a lawn care business.

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I started my company at the end of last summer and did pretty well for myself. I bought a used eXmark metro 36 inch. It works pretty well but has a few quirks. I'm now in the position where I can spend up to $3000 on a new zero turn. What kind of mower would you recommend? I have only residential customers with lot sizes about 1/4 an acre. I was looking at a Toro 34 or 42 inch, but the 42 won't fit into all my customer's back yards. Any opinions would be welcome.
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Why do you "need" to buy another one? Remember, buy tools-not toys.
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If i needed to buy another zero, its going to be a 33/34 incher to go in gates.
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I have been told Scag provide the best cut and disperses the grass so you have no windroles. I am looking at to get one of those.
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Why do you "need" to buy another one? Remember, buy tools-not toys.
I need one because the eXmark is my only "large" mower, and with it's age and quirks I'm not sure how much longer it will last. Even if it does last a long while, there are a few things wrong with it. Ex: parking brake doesn't work, sometimes slow to engage second gear, needs a new exhaust, controls sometimes stick, and doesn't actually have a zero degree turning radius- you have to go out a little to get even. It would make a decent backup, but I don't trust it for a primary.
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You need another one, I would try to shop smartly, and look all over the web for the best price on a like new mower you want, or just buy a new one with warranty, remember a like new one might not have the warrranty, so you want to be able to get it at around 50% value or less for a great buy!
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I would have a 32" because then you can do less time with different mowers so that you can spend time mowing and less fooling around with 2-4 mower's. I hope that helps.
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I only have experience with Toro; you can purchase used Proline walk-behinds for under $1000. I paid $1000 for one (44"), and $800 for the other (52"), and mowed 6 acres per week with them. (I recommend a bigger mower for that many acres!!)

Or, what about a Toro Turfmaster. The last time I checked, I could get a brand new commercial model for $1,500: http://www.toro.com/en-us/profession...rfmaster-22200
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