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 > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell

Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 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?

What mower


Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell

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?
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 05-26-2009, 12:14 AM
doug1980
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default What mower

What would be the most versitile all-around mower to buy? For average to large yard. Zero turn? Tractor? What brand? How large of a cut?
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 05-26-2009, 08:21 AM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 6
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by doug1980 View Post
What would be the most versitile all-around mower to buy? For average to large yard. Zero turn? Tractor? What brand? How large of a cut?
If this is your 1st commercial mower and you can only afford one, I would say a walk behind with a hydro transmission with a 48" deck and a sulky.
This is the least expensive way to go and pretty much covers what your looking for. The sulky will spare your legs on the larger lawns.

Personally I have a mower for every application.
Toro ZMaster 62" deck.
Great Dane Stander 52" deck
Wright Stander 36" deck
Lesco Walk behind 48" deck
Lawn Boy 22" deck

I really like the Standers and so do my helpers for average sized yards.
You don't feel as tired at the end of the day as you do with a walk behind.
Whatever you decide to buy make sure a nearby dealer will service you.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-28-2009, 02:00 PM
doug1980
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by turfmaster View Post
If this is your 1st commercial mower and you can only afford one, I would say a walk behind with a hydro transmission with a 48" deck and a sulky.
This is the least expensive way to go and pretty much covers what your looking for. The sulky will spare your legs on the larger lawns.

Personally I have a mower for every application.
Toro ZMaster 62" deck.
Great Dane Stander 52" deck
Wright Stander 36" deck
Lesco Walk behind 48" deck
Lawn Boy 22" deck

I really like the Standers and so do my helpers for average sized yards.
You don't feel as tired at the end of the day as you do with a walk behind.
Whatever you decide to buy make sure a nearby dealer will service you.

Thanks for the tip. Would it be better to get a floating deck as well?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-28-2009, 04:53 PM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 6
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by doug1980 View Post
Thanks for the tip. Would it be better to get a floating deck as well?
Not necessarily.
If you get one that comes with a floating deck great . I have got both and my fixed decks on my Wright and Great Dane cut just as good as my Toro and Lesco which have floating decks.
I mow at 3 to 3 1/2 inches all the time anyways so scalping is not a problem.

TURF

Last edited by turfmaster; 05-28-2009 at 04:55 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-28-2009, 06:48 PM
doug1980
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Well so far this is the equipment I'm thinking of getting... A nice self propelled 21" mower, leaning towards a (Toro 20092 Personal Pace.) I have the trimmer (Stihl FS 90R) edger (Stihl FC 90) and blower (Stihl BG 86) picked out, and maybe the (Toro 30986, fixed deck hydro drive.) Oh and of course a trailer, either 5'x8 or 6'x12.

Of course the only thing I could use up here is the 21" push mower. The average yard is only 1,600 sq. ft.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-28-2009, 07:00 PM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 6
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by doug1980 View Post
Well so far this is the equipment I'm thinking of getting... A nice self propelled 21" mower, leaning towards a (Toro 20092 Personal Pace.) I have the trimmer (Stihl FS 90R) edger (Stihl FC 90) and blower (Stihl BG 86) picked out, and maybe the (Toro 30986, fixed deck hydro drive.) Oh and of course a trailer, either 5'x8 or 6'x12.

Of course the only thing I could use up here is the 21" push mower. The average yard is only 1,600 sq. ft.
I am running the same Stihl trimmer and blower and love them.
If you can swing it get a Toro Proline instead of the Personal Pace.
Also go to a 6x12 trailer right away you won't regret it.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-28-2009, 07:05 PM
doug1980
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by turfmaster View Post
I am running the same Stihl trimmer and blower and love them.
If you can swing it get a Toro Proline instead of the Personal Pace.
Also go to a 6x12 trailer right away you won't regret it.
Stihl is the best...well at least in chainsaws. I was a lumberjack for 8 years and used the same saw every day, still have it. So I figured I would stay with that brand, I hear echo is good as well. What is the difference between the Personal Pace and Proline mower?
Yeah I hear with trailers (bigger is always better)
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-29-2009, 12:44 AM
SuperiorPower
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by doug1980 View Post
Stihl is the best...well at least in chainsaws.
I suppose this is a matter of opinion!!! Stihl undoubtedly is not "junk", I just would not consider them the best, though they likely are close behind the leaders.

Just curious, what model did you use?

From my perspective, as a mechanic of 15+ years, let me just say, I am not convinced at all that Stihl is the best saw brand, not even in Logging saws. Are they decent? Sure. They would not be in business if they were not. I know someone who purchased a new Jonsered 2095 while he was employed by a diehard Stihl fan who owned several 066s. This was back before hte switch over to the MS model # series. The 2095 (when it was still available) had almost the exact same size engine as the 066 and according to the owner, who was used to using the 066, the 2095 had MORE power, was LIGHTER, better BALANCE and MUCH QUIETER. Plus, the air filter stayed clean for weeks at a time. Husqvarna are very similar to the Jonsered but the Jonsered seem to be heavier duty than the Husqvarna.

Regarding trimmers and blowers, I am far from convinced that Stihl is even a top contender. Again, apparently they make a decent product (just ask the diehard and mislead Stihl fans on this forum!!!) but there must be a reason that Shindaiwa, Redmax, and Echo are the highly acclaimed winners in the trimmer and blower lineup. Shindaiwa and Echo have partnered up to design and market products together and thus I beleive you will see some of their products look similar. And if anything, this will only make the products better since they can now take the good from both and make a better product.

Let me kow which model you had.1

Last edited by SuperiorPower; 05-29-2009 at 12:51 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-29-2009, 12:48 AM
SuperiorPower
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by doug1980 View Post
Stihl is the best...well at least in chainsaws.
I suppose this is a matter of opinion!!! Stihl undoubtedly is not "junk", I just would not consider them the best, though they lik.ely are close behind the leaders.

Just curious, what model did you use?

From my perspective, as a mechanic of 15+ years, let me just say, I am not convinced at all that Stihl is the best saw brand, not even in Logging saws. Are they decent? Sure. They would not be in business if they were not. I know someone who purchased a new Jonsered 2095 while he was employed by a diehard Stihl fan who owned several 066s. This was back before hte switch over to the MS model # series. The 2095 (when it was still available) had almost the exact same size engine as the 066 and according to the owner, who was used to using the 066, the 2095 had MORE power, was LIGHTER, better BALANCE and MUCH QUIETER. Plus, the air filter stayed clean for weeks at a time. Husqvarna are very similar to the Jonsered but the Jonsered seem to be heavier duty than the Husqvarna.

Regarding trimmers and blowers, I am far from convinced that Stihl is even a top contender. Again, apparently they make a decent product (just ask the diehard and mislead Stihl fans on this forum!!!) but there must be a reason that Shindaiwa, Redmax, and Echo are the highly acclaimed winners in the trimmer and blower lineup. Shindaiwa and Echo have partnered up to design and market products together and thus I beleive you will see some of their products look similar. And if anything, this will only make the products better since they can now take the good from both and make a better product.

Let me kow which model you had.1
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 05-29-2009, 01:13 AM
doug1980
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I used a MS 066 and still have it...runs like a champ. We had a few husky's too but I prefered the Stihl...personal preference I guess. I also own a MS 290 Farm Boss, a 21 and 17 older ones but still run. They work well for me and as with all things there is always something better. But since I haven't really used anything else I choose not to knock someone for using another brand. If it works for you then it is good enough.
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
Ferris Mower Vs. Scag Mower briandel265 Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 19 02-22-2012 08:39 PM
New Mower CHEESE2009 General Talk 5 04-12-2009 01:28 PM
new mower Ericsmulchingandyardwork Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 14 05-22-2008 09:17 PM
New mower realhuntin General Talk 0 12-12-2007 12:43 AM
3-in-1 mower Steve Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 1 07-11-2007 11:24 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
Today 07:02 AM
by kslawn
15 422
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
Yesterday 11:17 PM
Yesterday 11:47 PM
by SGL1
1 34
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 04:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
110 6,422
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
Yesterday 03:53 PM
Yesterday 03:53 PM
by SGL1
0 46
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
Yesterday 11:01 AM
Yesterday 01:05 PM
by jymie
2 78
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
Yesterday 12:09 PM
by stevef1201
4 162
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
Yesterday 06:42 AM
by Just for Cuts
7 312
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
Yesterday 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 355
Tender Process
M2Dave
08-24-2014 12:31 PM
08-25-2014 04:14 PM
by Steve
2 114
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-25-2014 04:02 PM
by Steve
26 3,732
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:21 AM
08-22-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 162
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
08-22-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 225
yearly contract help...
jrob0691
08-21-2014 04:09 PM
08-22-2014 12:48 PM
by Steve
1 121
Pampas bushes
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:30 AM
08-22-2014 07:17 AM
by grassdoctore
1 105
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
08-21-2014 08:50 PM
by phlawncare
2 150
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-21-2014 08:23 PM
by SGL1
11 374
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
08-21-2014 05:03 PM
by stevef1201
6 653
Hello
M2Dave
08-21-2014 12:32 AM
08-21-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 108
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
08-21-2014 12:33 PM
by SouthallMowing
8 434
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
08-20-2014 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 408
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 178
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 270
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 180
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 990
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 483
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,553
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 659
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,835
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 279
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 381
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 232
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 491
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 379
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 491
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 504
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 779
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 323
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 394
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 279
Battery power tools or...
Steve
08-07-2014 12:24 PM
08-07-2014 05:18 PM
by mattthelawnguy
2 284
My client just told me...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-04-2014 08:39 AM
08-06-2014 11:14 PM
by grassdoctore
12 625
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
08-06-2014 02:03 PM
by Steve
13 1,257
Mowing the hills
EyeCatchersNow
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
08-06-2014 01:40 PM
by Steve
20 1,488
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
08-06-2014 10:29 AM
by eastsidelandcare
5 672
Late charge
Simon Abousaada
07-30-2014 07:23 PM
08-05-2014 06:46 PM
by TheBeast
12 888
buy out a lawn care...
rvezakis
08-05-2014 01:38 PM
08-05-2014 06:40 PM
by TheBeast
10 616
Please help
unitedlawncare48867
03-26-2014 08:29 PM
08-05-2014 05:27 PM
by TheBeast
27 1,688
Help with Estimate
donslawns
08-02-2014 09:10 AM
08-05-2014 02:24 PM
by Steve
6 541
Stuck again!!!!
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-01-2014 11:02 PM
08-05-2014 09:05 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
10 536
Mow and leaf cleanup bid
SGL1
07-29-2014 07:28 PM
08-05-2014 07:22 AM
by petscanning
25 1,081
» Popular Tags
4wd 34'' apartment complex auger blades butterfly gardens charge christmas christmas light hanging credit card customers ditches exmark ferris financing first truck georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business health holiday how much to charge john deere quik trac kansas city landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo leaf marketing mechanic monthly mow mulch mulch price new and restored landscapes new buisness new business podcast property management company pto riding mower running a business savannah scag schedule seo snow plowing starting a business start up lawn care business stihl top dresser toro toro grand stand trailer tree care trimmer rack walker winter winter services
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:36 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:36 AM.

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