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triggs85
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower

Im in the same boat right now, have 1.5 acres to cut with a lot of obstacles. I presently own a 20hp 42in Husqvarna which has been nothing but a headache since the day i bought it. PLUS side to that is I've learned a lot on repairing and maintaining lawnmowers/small engines. From the research i've done it seems Ex-mark is the best in regards to cost and quality.


ReelFun
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Behind dugout
Member since Apr 2012
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
Scooby talk to Pat at LINK /

He sells them all.


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guttata
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prairieville
Member since Feb 2006
20383 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
You can get the same exact engine and better front castor tires on the Toro 4260. The deck on the Exmark is better than the Toro, however, for cutting a residential lot a few times a month, the welded deck is probably over kill, especially if it is a relatively clean and level lot. The Exmark runs about $3500 and the Toro was $2800. They run the same drive system


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SpeckledTiger
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Denham Springs
Member since Jul 2010
544 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
I got a 46" dixon speed-ztr for about 1.5 acres and love it. No problems what so ever, it's a little slower than the commercial mowers of the same size but saving 20 mins is nearly as valuable to me as it is to a commercial guy. They also have one of the longest warranties in the market.


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Hammertime
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Member since Jan 2012
21430 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
Get a 36" Scag or Deere. Will be cheaper and you can still mow through it quickly


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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The devil dreams on an idle horse
Member since Jan 2011
43181 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
Anything commercial.

Scag and exmark are the two that I like the best with a little preference toward the scag. The decks are great on them.

ETA: depending on how your yard is shaped, you could save plenty money and get a regular style 48" John Deere and not take much longer to cut it. ZTR's shine when there's shite to go around.

Also much easier to drink beer on a regular mower.
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tigers84
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Member since Jun 2008
2465 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
Ferris, purchased one last year. Has a nice ride and zero problems so far. It is a commercial grade.


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Lynyrd
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Under the Tilt-a-Whirl
Member since Jun 2010
11128 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
quote:

Hustler.

This all day long


lsuroadie
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South LA
Member since Oct 2007
6622 posts
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
I've owned them all...

Hustler and Gravely are at the top of list.

Dixie and Scag are on bottom. Dixie's just plain suck and Scag replacement parts are $$

Whatever you buy, make sure there is a local dealer that stocks parts and doesn't take 3 weeks to order something.

And for God's sake get a 60"

I currently have a Gravely PM 320 60". Love it and it cuts golf course beautiful.


TexasTiger
LSU Fan
Katy TX
Member since Sep 2003
4854 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
What do the powers that be think of the new Hustler "raptor" entry level ZTR.


Chad504boy
New Orleans Saints Fan
Greenbriar WV
Member since Feb 2005
91431 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
anybody seen the Raven at lowes. Pretty cool deal. $2999 got a built in generator and shite. LINK
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TexasTiger
LSU Fan
Katy TX
Member since Sep 2003
4854 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
went by lowes today and they had one on display...Seems like a really good idea will wait a few years to let the bugs get worked out.


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lsuroadie
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South LA
Member since Oct 2007
6622 posts
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re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
I don't have a problem with any Hustler product or the OP buying a residential model...two acres is pretty easy to handle.

If your picky about your lawn those ride over ZT's can gouge the f$%# out of your lawn if your not careful.


If you have the patience, buy a good used ZT at the end of the summer and prices and negotiating go down. Now's not the time to buy, unless $$ isn't an issue.


I've bought really ragged out looking eq before and rec'd good service from it, as long as they don't run it out of oil it's hard to tear the commercial stuff up


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JAB528
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The Mexican Ocean
Member since Jun 2012
15101 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
When I was doing landscaping all we ran were scags, we put countless hard hours on them and they're still running like tops.


Chad504boy
New Orleans Saints Fan
Greenbriar WV
Member since Feb 2005
91431 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
well what do tops run like?
This post was edited on 4/10 at 12:57 pm


JAB528
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The Mexican Ocean
Member since Jun 2012
15101 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
You tell me.


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WilsonPickett
LSU Fan
St Amant, LA
Member since Oct 2009
608 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
I sell Toro, Scag and Hustler. Between those 3 for 2.5 acres, get a Hustler Fastrak. 4yr Warranty, Kawasaki Engine.
Right now you can get a Hustler Fastrak for $4999 or 0% for 48 months if you need financing.

Hustler Fastrak vs Timecutter (NO COMPARISON, Hustler ALL DAY)
Hustler Fastrak vs Toro Titan (Fastrak better engine, heavier duty)
Huster Fastrak vs Scag Freedom Z (Hustler has longer warranty and more horsepower)
Drive them ALL, see what's comfortable. If they won't let you drive it, don't buy it! Buy from the local dealer who you want to service you, stay out the big boxes.

That's just the raw basics, alot more to this than deck size, horsepower and price! Good luck!


Chad504boy
New Orleans Saints Fan
Greenbriar WV
Member since Feb 2005
91431 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
u know anything about The Raven Squawwk.


WilsonPickett
LSU Fan
St Amant, LA
Member since Oct 2009
608 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
I know it has a few recalls on it already. My brother is a dept manager at Lowes they've had to buy back about 1/2 of what they've sold. I think the idea is cool but the technology is not there ESPECIALLY AT $2999!

Hustler makes an electric ZTR and it's 5K, so impossible to get all that the Raven offers with any quality at 3K.


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007mag
LSU Fan
Death Valley, Sec. 408
Member since Dec 2011
2427 posts

re: Recommend a Zero Turn Mower
I bought a Hustler 2 months ago because I know 4 or 5 people that own them and nobdy had a complaint.
quote:

Stay away from the box stores and find a dealer. Go ask questions and look at features

Whichever you buy I recommend you buy from a place that'll repair it and have the personnel you'd trust to work own it. Businesses seem to stand behind products they sold better than similar items purchased from big box stores


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