Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Community Assistance

Community Assistance Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.

Hey Guys need some opinions of other pros on this one...


Community Assistance

Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-12-2011, 11:25 PM
bradsnipes bradsnipes is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 26
Rep Power: 4
bradsnipes is on a distinguished road
Default Hey Guys need some opinions of other pros on this one...

Hey guys,
hope everyone is well and business is good. I am in a bit of a situation here and i want to get some opinions of others on this topic. I am in the market for a new zero turn and im deciding between a 60 or 61 inch deck or going back with what im more use to, a 52 inch deck. I cut mostly normal to large size residential homes and some small businesses but im hoping next year will get even bigger and better with some bigger commercial accounts (apt buildings, office complexes, large estate homes etc), but as always this is not a guarantee that this will happen. I just dont want to make the mistake of buying a bigger mower than what i need or can use but then again, i dont want to make the mistake of buying smaller than what i need for what may come down the road.......for anyone who has been here before please respond and help me out. Im not looking for what name brand to go with or any of that, just opinions on the situation itself. Since the price of a 52 or 60 is roughly the same in some cases and only a few hundered more in others, this is a hard call to make. Can anyone out there help me out and tell me what your experience has been with this situation?? thanks so much guys !!!
Brad Snipes w/ Lawnworks in South Carolina !!!
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 10-13-2011, 01:10 PM
Sprinkler Buddy's Avatar
Sprinkler Buddy Sprinkler Buddy is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 652
Rep Power: 4
Sprinkler Buddy is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Larger the cut the better, also easier getting under trees etc... The minutes it saves also add up. It's a win win with the larger cut in my opinion.

I started with 52" cut now I use 60" and have plenty of room in the trailer. Don't regret stepping up to the bigger cut at all. My buddy has a couple of 72" cuts, he loves them too.
__________________
Don't Keep Replacing Lawn Sprinkler Heads
Protect them with "Sprinkler Buddy"
CLICK HERE > http://www.sprinklerbuddy.com
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-14-2011, 05:29 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,395
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Brad,

What do you feel are the pros and cons of those two different sized mowers with the current customers you have?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-15-2011, 11:44 PM
bradsnipes bradsnipes is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 26
Rep Power: 4
bradsnipes is on a distinguished road
Default well....

i only ever owned 52 inch mowers or below (50 inch decks etc). Im just a bit worried about getting a 60 inch machine. I want the extra cut size but im worried it may be to big in some of my smaller residential yards that i cut. Its a hard decision to make.....i just recently sold one of my 52 inch scag tiger cubs to get a new machine but i have not decided what to buy yet.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-16-2011, 10:15 AM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bradsnipes View Post
i only ever owned 52 inch mowers or below (50 inch decks etc). Im just a bit worried about getting a 60 inch machine. I want the extra cut size but im worried it may be to big in some of my smaller residential yards that i cut. Its a hard decision to make.....i just recently sold one of my 52 inch scag tiger cubs to get a new machine but i have not decided what to buy yet.
It wont be any different then the 52". Just take a few less passes.

Theres a difference between a 36" and a 60". The 36'' can go through gates and is good for small yards but cuts only half as much.

I made a mistake of buying a 44" first. Its to much in the middle. Not big enough for big yards and to big for gates. I ended up buying a 48" ztr and a 52" walkbehind. So every time I get a gate I use a 22" push behind because none fit. Despite having 3 mowers none are suited for back yards.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-16-2011, 11:33 AM
O.C LawnCare's Avatar
O.C LawnCare O.C LawnCare is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 14
Rep Power: 4
O.C LawnCare is on a distinguished road
Default

Bigger the better man, it saves so much time. I used to run a 48 now I run a 60, and it cut my acount times in half
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-16-2011, 05:26 PM
strength strength is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: easton pa
Posts: 33
Rep Power: 3
strength is on a distinguished road
Default

i just bought a 61 had a 54 and i love it i still have the 54 for a back up and a 36 for the gates go for 60 -61
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-23-2011, 02:50 PM
Apex Lawn & Landscape Apex Lawn & Landscape is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Pittsburgh suburbs
Posts: 384
Rep Power: 0
Apex Lawn & Landscape is on a distinguished road
Default

I have a 36" walk for fenced back yards..and a 60" for larger yards. I've found that these two sizes do pretty well. It does have impact on some issues , after a couple rain days, the bigger mowers are obviously a hell of a lot heavier and sometimes rut. I'd go for the larger cut and focus the upcoming season on larger accounts. I have on my business card " specializing in larger yards" just to help attract those customers. Best of luck
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How do the pros do it? ttw0513 Starting a lawn care business. 8 06-15-2010 04:46 PM
Hey Guys, maybe some opinions? zmsk22 Introduce Yourself 7 03-03-2010 11:53 AM
Super Surfer pros and cons??? Recyellow Starting a lawn care business. 9 02-16-2010 03:27 PM
What are the pros / cons of merging companies together? CHEESE2009 Community Assistance 3 10-19-2009 11:53 PM
hello fellow lawn care pros!! nydj81 Introduce Yourself 8 04-27-2009 09:31 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Today 08:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
122 8,494
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
Today 08:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
11 536
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
Yesterday 09:07 PM
Today 07:35 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 157
Hello from CNY
arazucontracting
Today 06:07 PM
Today 06:07 PM
by arazucontracting
0 28
Kohler command carb...
ExtremeLawncareServices
Yesterday 03:09 PM
Today 04:52 PM
by Steve
4 189
Not sure, but anyone do...
SnowRemoval2k14
Today 12:10 AM
Today 04:49 PM
by Steve
1 131
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
Today 04:45 PM
by Steve
9 603
Mulching beds
Bradcook21
Yesterday 07:43 AM
Today 04:43 PM
by Steve
3 217
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
Today 04:36 PM
by Steve
3 608
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
Today 04:35 PM
by Steve
12 968
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
Today 09:04 AM
by CLB454
23 6,359
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
Yesterday 09:23 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 939
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-19-2014 03:29 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,149
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
09-19-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
23 1,537
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
09-19-2014 08:17 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 547
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
09-18-2014 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 6,938
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
09-18-2014 11:19 AM
09-18-2014 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 399
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
09-18-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 656
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 1,050
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 472
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 814
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 597
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,332
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 5,038
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,249
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 922
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 507
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 611
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 530
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,249
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 1,019
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 1,134
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Steve
1 496
darleneh
darleneh
09-15-2014 12:33 PM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 514
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
09-15-2014 02:05 PM
by Steve
29 1,925
New Aerator
Chaz
09-09-2014 11:43 PM
09-15-2014 01:50 PM
by Steve
9 757
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
09-15-2014 01:23 PM
by stevef1201
8 1,421
getting ready to start
calebmoss
05-23-2011 09:35 PM
09-11-2014 12:21 PM
by Steve
34 11,412
Stihl pull cord replace
SGL1
09-03-2014 09:22 PM
09-10-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
9 929
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
09-10-2014 12:16 PM
by Steve
18 1,691
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
09-09-2014 08:05 PM
by Landscaper1165
4 1,180
New truck and trailer...
Johnny Rocket
05-14-2012 03:41 PM
09-09-2014 07:23 PM
by Matther777
18 6,749
What gets you bad press?
Steve
09-09-2014 11:48 AM
09-09-2014 07:21 PM
by Matther777
2 624
Signs on your snow plow?
Steve
01-15-2007 01:07 AM
09-09-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
19 6,372
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
09-08-2014 08:08 PM
by avetslawncare
12 1,466
New to the business
flamingyouth87
09-05-2014 11:52 AM
09-08-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
3 843
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
09-08-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
7 1,145
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 08:36 AM
09-07-2014 07:35 AM
by avetslawncare
24 7,911
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
09-06-2014 02:09 PM
by Bradcook21
8 1,233
billing matters
sbuchanan8154
09-05-2014 09:56 AM
09-05-2014 03:00 PM
by Steve
3 818
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate care charge christmas collections subcontractor commercial credit card deliquentaccounts exmark fall ferris financing four wheel drive franchise gopherhaul grass gravely health hills holiday honda how much to charge hydraulic landscape services late lawn lawn care busines plan lawn care business lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lesco managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic monthly mow mowing mulch mulch price new buisness new business new mower patio install podcast push versus ride scag scag v-ride schedule search engine optimization seo snow plowing starting a business starting a lawn care business steve stihl toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape walk behind walker won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:06 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:06 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy