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Old 04-22-2012, 01:32 PM
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I am going into business and need to find a good walk behind mower. I will be buying used and have limited funds. I figured I could spend about 1500.00 on a walkbehind. What is your recommended brands and types? I would like to have a hydro and also the ability to have good clean cutting quality. Is a 36" walk behind be the smart size to start with? Ect........ I know little about deck types. Could u explain why a particular mower is better over another style? Thanks im a rookie
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There are so many makes of mowers, it's pretty much up to what you find in that price range, I'd start with craigslist. I'd try and find a walk with a Kawasaki motor first then kohler second, Briggs although their popular, cheap parts, I don't think there as durable. When looking at used mowers, check the spindles, check the deck, run the walk behind in every gear and look for slipping. You can usually tell when someone is tryin to blow smoke. As far as size....that depends on the kinda yards your trying to get. If your looking for large yards, a 36" will definitely take longer, smaller yards with fenced in backyards ,Tight areas, a 36" is ideal. I run a zero turn 48" and a 36" walk. Ex mark is outta your price range, umm I'd look into used scags, older lesco units, ferris, toro, Good luck!
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Thanks that helps out. What do u guys think about a 48" cub cadet walk behind. It is a hydro its from the mid 1990's its older but been in storage for 12 years with 71hours
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Thanks that helps out. What do u guys think about a 48" cub cadet walk behind. It is a hydro its from the mid 1990's its older but been in storage for 12 years with 71hours
I rep cub cadet commercial all day. I've had no problems with them. Cub cadet is pretty much lesco mtd. Just research the unit and don't be afraid to "use" the unit before purchasing. I will say that the 12 yrs has probably done more damage than the 71hrs....things sitting for yrs are worse than using them in my opinion.
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Thanks that helps out. What do u guys think about a 48" cub cadet walk behind. It is a hydro its from the mid 1990's its older but been in storage for 12 years with 71hours
I bet the hour meter is unplugged.

Stick to commercial brands. Any will do! It just depends on price vs condition.
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SECT, your sayin Cub Is not commercial? rap, do research, if it's a hydro , look for things like, Kawasaki motor, see if it has Parker pumps, hydro gear even... Forged deck Vs a cheap stamped deck. Check the oil, hyrdo fluids. See if it travels straight withought fighting it, if it's a good motor it should turn over after a few pulls, check the lines, are they dry rotted? Are the belts cracked? How easy is it to get parts? Do you have a local supplier? If this is your first mower, and your money maker, you don't want it breaking down, things will break , it's how fast you can get parts .

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not at all APEX... Was saying just to stick to the commercial mowers. Theres not a big enough difference between brands to base a decision on. I wouldnt pay a extra $1000 for a exmark over a toro or vice a versa.

I Look for 10-12cc hydro pumps. Solid decks. A kawi or honda is always good but if the price is right Ill take a kohler. I wouldnt touch a briggs.
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Sorry I didn't mean to get defensive , I agree though, a lot of the money is buying the name, toro is ex mark right, almost? I'll tell you one thing, if I didnt live in pa where there are hills, I'd buy a walker mower. You know the mowers where you sit and have the control arms between your legs...I worked for a guy a while back, had two of them, they were nice, I love the cut , the ability to flip the deck upright was great, easy access , cleaning , sharpening
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you guys r great! This information is really helping me. What makes a good quality deck? And what makes certain decks better over another?
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Good luck finding something for $1,500.

I thought I could, but the only ones I found at that price were pretty well used and NOT hydros.
I mean, I'm sure you can find one, but I wasn't having much luck.

I ended up buying new.
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