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Scooby
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Recommend a Zero Turn Mower

Recently purchased 2 1/2 acres to build on in the future. Only problem is I currently have a 22in Poulan Pro push mower. Need recommendation for a new zero turn. What do the lawn masters of the outdoor board use?


Chad504boy
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
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Recently purchased 2 1/2 acres to build on in the future. Only problem is I currently have a 22in Poulan Pro push mower. Need recommendation for a new zero turn. What do the lawn masters of the outdoor board use?


i'll let the experts weigh in specifically but don't go cheap, spend the money once and it'll last long time and you be very happy.


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Ice Cream Sammich
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
I used two Toro commercial mowers for my small lawn business. However, I was about to buy a commercial Scag before I closed shop.

For 2.5 acres you don't need commercial quality but it will make like much more enjoyable.


Polar Pop
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
Take a look at the Gravely mowers.


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Ice Cream Sammich
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
Btw, this will turn into a Ford v Chevy v Ram thread. But almost every person will agree that commercial is the way to go. Stay away from the box stores and find a dealer. Go ask questions and look at features. I know the Scag dealer on Airline sells reconditioned mowers. I was about to buy one with a new motor but sold my company.


ToulatownTiger
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
Not john deere. I dont like their mower as much as i used too.



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carhartt
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Bossier
Member since Feb 2013
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
I haven't heard anything bad about Toro's.


LXIXER
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Thibodaux
Member since Sep 2008
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
Get a Bush Hog zero turn mower. Bush Hog, the words commonly used when talking about having to cut a lot of grass and weeds. You will be glad you did.


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Scooby
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Member since Aug 2006
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
My uncle has an eXmark. Anybody own one? Anyone heard any problems with them?


MSWebfoot
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
I had a Bad Boy. They are heavy duty. I had the smallest one and sold it to my dad. He cuts close to 2 acres and has not had any issues with it that I am aware of.


sadertiger15
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Baton Rouge La
Member since Feb 2010
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
Have you thought about a small diesel Kubota tractor with a PTO on the back. That way you could add attachments and have a useful little tractor to use on your land. They cut quick with a belly mower and they can't stopped my much. Having a front end loader is helpful as well.


CoastieGM
Member since Aug 2012
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
I like Hustler. Have used it on my 2 acre lawn in Texas for 8 years. Best investment I've ever made.

Mine is built like a brick shithouse...tough as nails. (52" FastTrak w/20 hp Honda). It will outlive me.

-3/4" thick steel on leading edge of deck
-Lifetime deck warranty
-Hustler is the company that actually invented the ZTR 30 years ago
-Zero electronics...all manual controls
-Uses KISS method (Keep It Simple, Stupid). Fewer things to go wrong.

In 8 years, following is all I've done with it (aside from regular maintenance).
-Replaced belts once
-Replaced key switch just last week
-Eliminated the "lawyer switch" (kill switch in seat)
-Cleaned carb once (last fall)

They're less expensive than the big name brands you hear about all the time, because Hustler doesn't advertise.


TexasTiger
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Katy TX
Member since Sep 2003
4854 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
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I had a Bad Boy



Guy at my office is selling a 60" bad boy with 68 hrs on it for 3K...

Wish I had the extra funds for it right now...dang good deal on a good ZTR.


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taurusjwf
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Member since Oct 2008
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
I have a exmark quest. 3 years old no problems so far. Cut about 1.5 acres.


guttata
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prairieville
Member since Feb 2006
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
Doesn't really matter which brand you go with. All the major players make basically the same residential mower. They will all be dual hydrostatic drive. The differences will be in engine size, wheather or not you want a stamped deck, or pay more for the thicker, welded deck. A commercial grade mower will probably cost at least double what the residential ones run. The thing to decide is do you want a better quality drive system of a commercial mower or not. If it is for just cutting 2.5 acres every week or two, you can easily get by with a residential Toro, Exmark, Hustler, etc. When I was mower shopping, I decided on a Toro 4260. It has a larger engine than the Exmark and Hustler, but does have a stamped deck. They all drive the same, cut the same, and cost about the same. Good luck


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SportTiger1
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Stonewall, LA
Member since Feb 2007
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
Definitely dont go cheap. My dad bought a craftsman and FIL bought a Toro a few years back. The toro has held up better.

I have a Husq rider that's an absolutely piece of crap, so im thinking about a Bad boy.


TSam
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
SKAG, nothing can stay with them.


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CoastieGM
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
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But almost every person will agree that commercial is the way to go. Stay away from the box stores and find a dealer. Go ask questions and look at features.
THIS

And avoid circuit boards (yes, some mowers have a circuit board) and ask how many electrical relays the mower has. For long term headache, the fewer relays the better.


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CadesCove
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Mounting the Woman
Member since Oct 2006
37300 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
My dad runs a Bunton and has had zero problems with it in the 10 or so years he's had it. They manufacture under the Bobcat name now.



Broke
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Member since Sep 2006
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
I'm thinking about getting a Toro and selling my Snapper and John Deere.


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