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Lorge
07-26-2007, 12:30 PM
I'm getting ready to buy a new mower and I wanted some input. I have it fairy well narrowed down. I am planning on getting a Hustler ZTR. I am looking at a FasTrak with a 54" deck or a Mini Z with a 42" deck. I like the Mini Z better because it is a fully commercial machine, but due to my budget, if I get that one it will have to be a smaller deck. The FasTrak is more of their homeowner type model, but it is still fairly heavy duty. I am wanting to get a good mower because I have a lot of yard to mow now, and it is pretty rough terrain (slopes/rocks/roots/etc.)

So, my questions is - Would you rather have a fully commercial unit with a 42" deck, or the homeowner model with a 54" deck? They are the same price and both have Kawi engines.

Also, do you think Hustler is a good choice? Or do you think an Exmark, Gravely, Scag, or something else would be better?

TNT LawnCare Inc.
07-26-2007, 02:06 PM
I'd go with the fasttrak between the 2 more cutting deck .

All_Toro_4ME
07-26-2007, 02:45 PM
Dont waste your time with homeowner equipment unless you're starting out. With heavy use, it will break down often and you will have a lot of downtime.

nmurph
07-27-2007, 10:21 AM
Dont waste your time with homeowner equipment unless you're starting out. With heavy use, it will break down often and you will have a lot of downtime.


uhhhhhhhh, he is a homeowner!!!!!!!!!

i would go for the ft. it has the same hydro setup as the 42" mini z, so you are not losing anything there. you have the same warranty on the frame and deck and you get a 4 yr warranty on other parts on the ft as opposed to a 2 year commercial warranty on the mini z.

the ft will last you many, many yrs. you will be ready for a new machine bf it wears out!

cybervision
07-27-2007, 12:19 PM
Check the Trim Capacity on both machines. I think the 42" is only 2.25 inches. If you have a lot of inside curved beds this may be small.

Also search the Hustler Forum. There are a lot of happy Fastrac owners.

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=195056

All_Toro_4ME
07-27-2007, 02:02 PM
[QUOTE=nmurph;1910215]uhhhhhhhh, he is a homeowner!!!!!!!!!

Show me where it says in his post that he says he is a homeowner. It only says he has a lot of yard to mow. That could have 1000 different interpretations.

GreenT
07-27-2007, 04:13 PM
Look at what I mow with my Fastrak 54.

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=195344

Sammy
07-27-2007, 04:55 PM
Show me where it says in his post that he says he is a homeowner.

.......... Here ---> Need mower advise for homeowner with acreage.

All_Toro_4ME
07-27-2007, 05:00 PM
.......... Here --->


My bad. LOL:laugh:

ed2hess
07-27-2007, 06:48 PM
You are in Scag country so you might want to check out the new Freedom series, it is a low end commericial but seems built pretty strong. If your area is like ours from standpoint of rock/divits/roots etc you really ought to consider the commericial unit with the small deck.

Ray Zorback
07-27-2007, 11:52 PM
According to the Hustler Sponser forum, http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=178410 ,the Mini Z with a 52" deck is only $400 more than the 42". If you move up to the 52" you also get dual pumps and wheel motors. The Mini Z would also be a lot easier to clean and work on because of the commercial footrest that flips up unlike the FasTrak. If I was going Hustler, I would go for the Mini Z with the 19 Kaw and the 52" deck.

I am also a homeowner who is mowing 5 acres. After much research, (a lot of it here ) these are my recomendations for 4+ acres:

J. Deere Z445 25HP Kaw. 54" cut 2yr home owner warranty/ 3mo. com. $4500
Hustler FasTrak 19HP Kaw. 48" cut 4yr home owner warranty/ 1 yr. com. $5000
Scag Freedom Z 26HP B&S 48" cut 3yr home owner warranty/ 1 yr. com. $5000
Scag Freedom Z 19HP Kaw. 52" cut 3yr home owner warranty/ 1 yr. com. $5300
Hustler Mini Z 19HP Kaw 52" cut 2yr home owner warranty/ 2 yr. com. $6000


I ended up buying the Scag Freedom Z 19Kaw/52. I went with Scag over Hustler mainly because of the dealer in my area. Good luck.