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Outdoor power equipment discussions. Questions on commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders, trucks and trailers?
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Old 04-06-2008, 10:03 AM
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Guys I was wondering what your thoughts were....

I want/need t put a 2nd machine one my trailer. I have a 52" commercail zt & want to get a commercial powered walkbehind to serve a couple purposes. *

1) to get into *smaller gated back yards, I've turned away a few customers lately because I can't get there & refuse to use a little 21" mower to do it.
2) I get calls or overgrown lawns & I either have to remove the mulch kit from my Zt to do it or rent a machine. *I'd rather beat up a cheaper/smaller machine than abuse my money maker on these.
3) to have as a back up in case of downtime on my big machine.

I don't have much room on my trailer only about 5 1/2 feet lenthwise to fit it on. *& I don't anticipate that I'd use it much. *probably less than 4 hours a month.

I've looked at used machines & was tryin to find a 36" machine in good shape. *I've found only junk on it's last leg.

I went to home depot yesterday for some household stuff & came across one of these.
http://www.cubcadet.com/webapp....3831_-1

I'm not a big fan of cub cadet & I know that you get what you pay for. *It's just not in the budget to drop $3,000 on a machine that won't be used much.

I did think it had one inovation on it that is really nice. A deck washing system... *How cool is that!?

Check it out here.
http://webapps.easy2.com/cm2/flash/g...ge_id=35792897

What do you think I should do / buy?
Thanks for the feedback gang!
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If you're not using it much, then I don't see the problem going with the lesser quality machine. That deck washing thing does look pretty cool...any idea how it works?
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I just bought a cub with deck wash.....it has an adapter to hook on a hose then on the deck...you turn on the water then turn on the blades and the blades whip around the water to clean off the deck.
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The more I think about that It also seems like a good way to ruin a deck quick.
Guaranteed to rust clean through in no time flat!
I don't know how often I would use it.
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Chuck would that be considered a commercial model or consumer model?

I think me and Rick were talking about the differences in a post a little while back and the consumer models life span is about 1/10th that of a commercial.
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I don't really know, It says commercial width & Talks about getting a quality of cut like the pros so bettween that & the fact that it is a thinner 1 piece stamped out deck, I assume this is a residential grade piece of equipment. I know I'd be getting like you said 1/10th the quality for 1/3rd the price. & that stinks. But it is new & would at least reliably start for me for a good long time...? I'd rather go big or go home & I did that with the zt 10 months ago but it's too big for some yards! Ahhh crap.... I know if I was reading this post I'd probably say don't waste your money on residential junk & I'm sure that's good advise. I was fighting with my self trying to get off cheap on this one. I guess I was hoping for more posts like Daves lol..... I hate to spend big bucks, it'll take years to pay for itself. I DON'T LIKE WALKIN' EM. I WON'T USE THIS ALOT...... I just wanna be able to accept some lawns I would now have to turn down to fill in dead spots in a couple routes.
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I use a consumer mower and have never had a single problem with it, mind you, I work for 4 months a year. It really depends on how much you're going to use it.



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For the amount that you would be using it, I would say go with the CC. You wont be able to beat the price on a new machine. Even though it is a residential mower for only about 1 hour a week It should last you for several years.



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