Posted 10-17-2002 at 11:04:19
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I found a LESCO walk-behind commercial mower powered by a Kawasaki 14.4 hp. It has a Velke on the back of it that the operator rides on while standing up. It cuts like crazy. I have never been able to mow our place as efficiently. Spares some time for more pressing chores.
Here is what I have found out: Landscapers operate on a small profit margin (don't we all?).
The new HYDRO tranny mowers allow them to cut grass in wet conditions and gives these guys an edge over competition. Most of the guys I've talked to are going with these new hydro machines and selling off their gearbox walk behinds. It was not my experience that the machines were beat up and worn out. Every machine I looked at was in good operating condition. Our mower has new spindles, belts, and pulleys. The front of the deck is made out of 1/4" plate steel. It weighs considerably more than homeowner model riding mowers at about the same cost used. The deck is like a 3 point finish mower. It floats on the rear wheels and front casters. It never dug into the yards as I mowed.
The mower we bought is in excellant mechanical condition. It starts on the first pull. The steering clutches are smooth and pull equally in either direction. The gearbox is a 4 speed and has reverse. The parts are available all over the U.S. It is built in Ohio by a great outfit. They sent me all the manuals free of cost. They have an excellant reputation and have good customer service.
Other mowers I looked at include SCAG, BOBCAT,
BUNTON, and J.D. These are all well built machines that kick tail on lawn mowing. We mow a lot of grass around our house the barn, hay shed, tobacco barn, and machine shed. It takes a lot less time now... to be sure.
Those of you that were concerned about buying one of these used walk behind commercial mowers should not be. There are some very good buys out there this fall as these guys re-equip before spring.
The trannys are very simple to change out and a lot less expensive than the gearboxes/transaxles in the much cheaper homeowner riding types like the Murrys, MTD's, and the like. If you keep a large lawn, or lawns, look into these walk behinds. You can use a sit down Sulky if you want a rider too.
There you go- that is what I have found out after some considerable time & effort. Hope it helps someone out there.