Which mower to buy for a new contract?

Hi fellow mowers,

I have the opportunity to take over a large contract which involves a lot of mowing around the buildings of a development/estate. There are a lot of small areas and slopes, nothing very steep, and a couple of large expanses of grassed areas. The large areas are soft after rain and can get boggy in severe wet times. The whole area will need fortnightly strimming and mowing. There is an existing two man team that can do the job together in three days.

Which mowers should I get to do the job? Mulch, side discharge, size of cut, manufacturer, model, a ride on mower ( not too heavy! ), several mowers????

There is a mower out there for every job but I would rather not have to buy too much. Your experience with appropriate machines and your advice would be appreciated.

Thank you


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    Sounds like a job for an artic front deck like a Stiga or Husky.

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      Hi Seth, thanks for input. I get the idea of front mulcher for its mobility. I am thinking more towards a walk behind. The more I plan the operation there , the less I want a ride on. Cheers though, Andrew
  • out-front mulching ride on and a good strimmer and blower, do you know what type of  machines the present team use  

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      Hi David, the guy who used to do it had a ride on but then there was more areas to justify it. He seems to think 21inch mowers and strimmers and blowers will do the job. I can always throw and extra man on the job if needed.
  • If there are slopes/wet ground/obstacles I would suggest a large area walk behind. We run 36" and 48" walk behinds but they can go all the way up to 61". We use scag and ferris, very versatile machines and with the twin wheel option very good in the wet, I've been mowing in wellies before up to my ankles in water and still they go through it. The other suggestion would be a scag stand on, this can also be a walk behind for steep areas. My preferred machine out of all we have is the Scag SWZT 48 this gives a really good range of cut heights ranging from I think 1 1/4 inch up to around 4" but then there is a transport height higher still for really long stuff!
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      Hi Alistair, those scars look the dogs b.......s! Expensive though. I think I would get one once the job was up and running. We gonna start it with a couple of 21inchers first till we get job under our belts and an on site storage facility. Thanks for your input, I hadn't looked at those till you suggested them. Cheers Andrew
      • No problem, 2nd hand 36" scags do come up for not ridiculous amount of money and they really do last. We have a couple that are then there last legs now but are coming up 20 years old! The other major advantage for me over a 21" is the cutting speed I always feel like I'm not moving when going from the scag to the 21". Jogging speed is very achievable and so long as the grass isn't to long when cutting it still leaves a really good finish!
        Good luck!
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