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Willofalltrades
03-08-2006, 12:10 AM
Please select the compact rider you would buy with a maximum budget of $8000.

Willofalltrades
03-08-2006, 11:01 AM
Please select the compact rider you would buy with a maximum budget of $8000.
Sorry my computer messed up. Im going to try to do this again.

Loy's Home Services, LLC
03-29-2006, 11:53 PM
Please select the compact rider you would buy with a maximum budget of $8000.
Wright stander. Great mower, very compact, beautiful cut, but you have to stand on it. oh yeh its FAAAST!

PLM-1
03-30-2006, 12:57 AM
How compact are we talking? I messed with a Grasshopper 120 the other day. Neat little machine.

mcwlandscaping
03-30-2006, 08:23 PM
Wright stander, the only thing ive seen used and have gotten to use....once....but i think mowers like the Phazer are good ideas and i have been really looking into them

mulcahy mowing
03-30-2006, 09:33 PM
i would go phazer. i was looking into one but i got a zmaster first....

Jason Rose
03-30-2006, 11:16 PM
Yes, wondering how you are talking "compact" meaning like a little 36 to 42 inch machine, or a bigger deck on a smaller light frame?

The BEST compact machine I USE is a Dixon. I recently bought a new Mountian Kodiak. 50" cut, 25 hp Kohler. I have used many other brands and I am as happy as can be with this one! It's nice and light, it's easy to maneuver, and best of all, there are little to NO "blind spots" on the machine. You can readily see most of the front edge of the cutting deck and both front wheels. You can always see where you are going and what you are getting close too. There is just enough "trim" on the left side to keep the rear wheel off of things and allow very close cutting to everything, even tight curves.

jtkplc
03-30-2006, 11:50 PM
I'm guessing "compact" means 34-44" Z's. I would go with the 34" Phazer because of the 19hp Kawasaki.

lawnman_scott
03-31-2006, 12:13 AM
I have the gravely 34z. You would not beleive how much time one of these mowers would save you. There is nothing bad that I can say about it. I would also look at the exmark and dixie 34inch rider.

brucec32
03-31-2006, 02:13 PM
We'd need to know your gate sizes first. And what kind of turf you're cutting. And also how many props have moderate and steep hills. Also, do you need to be able to mulch or bag?

If mowing more wide open flat areas the new Exmark Lazer Z HP 46" with the triton deck looks interesting. I like that the 46" will squeeze through a few more gates.

If you have delicate turf like Tall Fescue is here, the Phazer 44" is worth a look.

If you have mostly small 1/5th acre props with narrow gates, the 34" Phazer and Gravely are in the running.

J&R Landscaping
03-31-2006, 09:12 PM
I would go with the 34" Phazer. Looks like a tough little machine!

ed2hess
05-21-2006, 12:10 AM
Wright Sentar Sport....36" with Rapid height adjustment and smallest profile riding machine on market.

work_it
05-21-2006, 12:19 AM
The one I like the most is the Hustler Super Mini Z. I wouldn't mind trading my Scag TT for one.

ACEMowing
05-22-2006, 11:35 AM
Please select the compact rider you would buy with a maximum budget of $8000.
If you want real compact, like fit through small gates compact, don't forget the Encore Z34... we have a 2002 Z34 w/ 15hp twin Kawasaki that we bought to fit through small gates and save walk mowing in backyards. It didn't take long to figure out that it was real productive for residential lawns... it mows bermuda great at 7mph and after 4 seasons, I don't think we have even replaced a belt... it's fast enough that it doesn't rack up too many hours... I thinks it's crowding 500 hours now and hasn't had anything but blades and filters. It's a very tough little rig built as tough as the big ones and has the same 19,000fpm blade tip speed so it can mow at a high speed.
I think they are in the $4000 to $5000 range now.
A small stander was out other option but we mow under quite a few trees and the stander ends up being too tall.

KS_Grasscutter
05-22-2006, 11:29 PM
If I had the money (and enough lawns lined up to do) i would have a Dixon BlackBear 34" for gated yards, and a 50" Kodiak for large, open yards. Friend of mine has a Mountain Kodiak, and it IS the NICEST mower I have ever ran.

BTW, speaking of new Dixon mowers... I "sorta" got a BRAND NEW (as in still in the crate) 44 inch dixon, should be ready to pick up Thursday. Just waiting on the catcher to get here. I WILL have pics of it this weekend!