Having got to the point where I have almost too much work and now being offered significantly more, I am seriously looking at buying a used Ransomes 2250 or a similar machine from John Deere, for example.
I currently use a John Deere Z535m and a Stiga 740Pwx. Both are excellent machines. The Stiga is the perfect tool for churchyards for example. But I also do a number of playing fields, some on the smaller side and some large. For these I use the Z535m, which is very fast. But a bigger machine such as a 2250 would slash the time taken on each job thus freeing up more time for the extra work. I could work far more efficiently.
I have used Ransomes machines in the past, such as 5/7’s tractor mounted gang mowers and various ‘triple’ gang machines. I know well that cylinder units need constant slight adjustment and that the servicing, if done correctly [stripped down, cylinder and bottom blade grinding and new bearings], is time consuming and expensive. Then there is the risk of hydraulic pumps failing, particularly when you don’t know the history.
So I am looking at either Magna cylinders or perhaps the more practical option of a deck machine. I really need the width of cut though, so perhaps a batwing machine.
John Deere are the best when it comes to spares availability, parts are usually next day to the dealer. I am looking at perhaps 8k to 10k to get something as new as possible.
I need something that will mow playing fields very fast but also very well.
Any thoughts or ideas would be very useful. Buying a used machine of this type can have many pitfalls.