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Steelratt
09-28-2006, 10:58 PM
Well, after looking at a bunch of mowers, I think I have settled on a gravely 44z. It's well built, feels solid, and has 90 weeks same as cash. My ONLY concern is that the 44 inch deck will not be big enough for my 1 acre lot. Getting a bigger deck on a commercial quality mower will cost at least $1000 more than I would be paying for the 44z, and I don't want to go with a residential quality mower.

Any input?

Elkbow
09-28-2006, 11:05 PM
Sure it is enough, it will just take longer to mow than it would with a larger mower.

lawnmaniac883
09-28-2006, 11:07 PM
That will be plenty for 1 acre. I run a 44z commercially all day long, can knock out a 1 acre lot in 30 minutes or so. Great machine!

Steelratt
09-28-2006, 11:14 PM
That will be plenty for 1 acre. I run a 44z commercially all day long, can knock out a 1 acre lot in 30 minutes or so. Great machine!

Looks to be a great machine. Frankly, I was amazed when I looked at it close up. Nice build quality, no IZTs, Kawasaki motor, solid deck, and they knocked almost $1000 off the price! Plus, the dealership has treated me right ever since I started looking at ZTRs.

I can swing 30 minutes. The size probably won't hurt me too much, as I have 8 landscape beds on my property, as well as a large bed surrounding the house.

Out of curiosity, what are the stiping kits like, and do they work well?

QualityLawnCare4u
09-29-2006, 01:36 AM
A 44" deck is plenty enough for an acre. I used to mow 4 acres with my 717 48" deck and it was no problem at all. The 4 acre one was loaded with obstacles and took me about 3 hours to mow. Would have been much faster if not for all the stuff in the yard. I had one wide open 3 acre lot I mowed with it and it took about 1.45 minutes. I think you will be pleased with the 44.

noseha
09-29-2006, 07:33 AM
I Own A 44z, Its A Good Mower!

spinrider2000
09-29-2006, 10:27 AM
I cut some bigger yards with my 34z. Just a little longer to get there and if there are tight areas I make up the time. no problem!

Steelratt
09-29-2006, 11:34 PM
Alright, I pulled the trigger. $4800, doesn't seem like a bad price at all. I look forward to getting it, even though it won't see much use until next year.

BTW, when I tested it, it had a lot more power than the 17 horse engine would lead one to believe. And, for some reason, the PTO engagement was a heck of a lot smoother than the Toro, Scag, and Ferris mowers I tried.

lawnmaniac883
09-30-2006, 05:43 PM
Alright, I pulled the trigger. $4800, doesn't seem like a bad price at all. I look forward to getting it, even though it won't see much use until next year.

BTW, when I tested it, it had a lot more power than the 17 horse engine would lead one to believe. And, for some reason, the PTO engagement was a heck of a lot smoother than the Toro, Scag, and Ferris mowers I tried.


You wont be dissapointed with that mower. I have the mulching kit w/ blades on mine and it does very well with that. The striping kits are probably rollers that mount to the back of the deck. I am sure they would help lay down some good stripes.

J&R Landscaping
09-30-2006, 07:46 PM
The 44" deck will handle an acre with little trouble!

Steelratt
10-01-2006, 02:22 AM
We'll see soon enough, it will be here on Monday. A few cuts, and then I have to put it away until next year :(

jcb287
10-01-2006, 08:59 AM
A quality mower.The deck size is more then big enough.

Steelratt
10-28-2006, 06:47 PM
And here is the 44Z!

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?p=1601342#post1601342