As always, business has been booming these last few summer weeks.

You and your team have been working long, exhaustive hours. There just aren’t enough hours in a day.

It’s early afternoon at the office, and everything has been running fairly smoothly. No emergency calls from the team just yet. No customer complaints. It’s relatively quiet, so you decide to go to lunch.

You’re ordering your meal at the drive-thru, when all of a sudden one of your team leads calls. One of your mowers is broken. Again. And you’ll have to buy a new one.

Ughhh… summer is here. And it’s bittersweet.

Finding reliable lawn care gear can seem like an impossible venture. But finding reliable AND affordable gear feels like a dang miracle.

If you know the right things to look for, your gear buying process will stop seeming debilitating. And dare I say… start being exciting.

That’s because new lawn care equipment SHOULD feel exciting. It’s one of the most profitable aspects of your business. It’s what makes your work a whole lot easier to manage.

Just by choosing proper lawn gear, you can exponentially increase your profits by:

These are just a few of the many ways having the right equipment can make you more money.

Welcome to Part 1 of the only guide you’ll ever need for buying lawn care gear. In future parts, we’re going to discuss other pieces of equipment that are essential to your business.

And without further ado, here are our suggestions of the best mowers for lawn care businesses:

Walk-Behind Mowers

Snapper Commercial Walk Mower

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Who’s it for?

This self-propelled mower is great for those of you just starting out or doing residential only or very little commercial accounts in a single day.

Swisher WHERC10224C Commercial Pro Walk Behind

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Who’s it for?

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re an established lawn care owner doing predominantly residential accounts, this mower will be a great addition to your team.

Even if you’re doing more than a few commercial accounts in a single day, you might consider this mower as a more affordable commercial mowing option.

Standing Mower

Wright Stander Series

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Who’s it for?

Truly, this mower is for anyone. Its wide range of options makes it easy to find what’s right for you and your business. So whether you’re a small, medium or large lawn and landscape business, you’re sure to find the mower that’s right for your needs.

Zero-Turn Mowers

Husqvarna Professional Mowers

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Who’s it for?

Since there are multiple models to choose from, these mowers are for anyone at any point in your business.

Walker T25i

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Who’s it for?

While the T25i would work great for any business, it’s more worth the price tag for medium to large lawn businesses. This mower thrives on large residential and commercial properties. 

Additionally, if you own a snow business it’s a great option, because of its dual ability to encompass lawn care and snow removal.

Toro TimeCutter® Series

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Who’s it for?

The TimeCutter® Series can work for any sized business. However, it might work best for small to medium sized businesses. This series was designed for larger properties, but it wasn’t necessarily designed for commercial use.

And if you’re mowing commercial properties, you might consider the Toro Titan Series (the next item on the list).

Toro Titan Series

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Who’s it for?

Even though the Titan Series can work wonders for any lawn and landscape business, it’s probably more worth the cost for medium to large businesses. However, the countless options ensure you’ll find the right model for your business.

Ariens APEX Series

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Who’s it for?

Mowing in reverse up to 4mph, it can also mow forward up to 8mph. This is a solid mower for those owning medium to large lawn care businesses.

Swisher Z3166CPKA 31HP Big Mow Commercial Pro, 66”

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Who’s it for?

The American-made Swisher Z3166CPKA Big Mow is a commercial-grade, zero turn radius mower. If you own a larger lawn business with multiple commercial accounts or large residential accounts, this mower is for you.

John Deere Commercial ZTrak Zero Turn Mowers

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Who’s it for?

The John Deere ZTrack series works wonder with medium to large-sized businesses. The price tag may not be worth it for smaller lawn and landscape owners.

However, smaller businesses can consider their commercial walk-behind or even stand-on mowers.

New… Or Used???

Before we get started talking about lawn mowers, you’re probably going to be asking yourself this question throughout this lawn and landscape gear series.

That’s because this is the #1 question asked by lawn care owners everywhere.

Why? … Because there is no right or wrong answer here.

It’s a highly individualized question that’s specific to your lawn care business. What’s right for your lawn care business may not be right for another.

But one thing is for certain: I highly recommend that you do not rent your equipment.

Very rarely, do I tell you specifically not to do something. But in this instance, I feel it’s necessary for me to take a firm stance on this subject. Here’s why… 

If you’re renting your equipment, you’re consistently losing profit with zero gain. Every time you pull money out of your profits to pay for the equipment, you’re gaining absolutely nothing. 

At least when you own your equipment, you’re eventually going to stop having payments. Over time, you’re going to spend an astronomical amount of money renting compared to buying lawn equipment.

As for this new or used business, it’s honestly up to you.

I’m not going to tell you to only buy new products, if you’re struggling to pay your bills on time. Used equipment might be the only thing you can afford.

And vice versa, new equipment might save you more money in maintenance in the long run.

All I can say is this: If you’re buying used equipment, be sure you’re going to a reputable dealer. You might also check to see if they offer some sort of extended warranty in case something goes wrong.

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Conclusion

At the end of the day, the lawn mower you choose for your business is specific to you and your needs. Just be sure you choose something that you know you can easily maintain yourself. 

You should consider your budget and decide which mower is right for you based on how much you’re bringing home in profits. You should also consider the purpose of your mower - residential or commercial.

Not every lawn care business is going to need a zero turn riding lawn mower. If you’re working small residential accounts, it might make more sense for you to choose a walk-behind or stand-on mower.

And vice versa, if you work with several large commercial accounts, it might make more sense for you to choose a zero turn riding lawn mower.

Every lawn and landscape owner’s choice is unique to them and their business. Decide what’s right for you, and be sure your mower is going to get you one step closer to fulfilling your dreams for your lawn business.


Lawn Care Gear Series: Part 2 - Edgers

Lawn Care Gear Series: Part 3 - Trimmers

Lawn Care Gear Series: Part 4 - Uniforms