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radman40
07-29-2007, 02:11 AM
Shopping around educating myself. I have 1 acre with drainage ditches along two sides. Looking at the following;
1. '05 Exmark CT 18HP Vanguard w/ 44" deck, 5 hrs demo with armrests, hitch, mulch kit $4,600
2. '06 Exmark Phazer 19HP Kawasaki w/ 44" deck, 12 hrs return with stripper and mulch kit $4,300, may be too light for my slopes?
3. '07 Quest or (Toro Titan Z) same 24 Briggs ELS w/52" deck $5,000, new, not a big fan of the ELS from reading on this site
4. '07 Hustler FastTrack 21 HP Kawasaki w/ 54" deck $5,200, all around I liked it, longest warranty
5. '07 Skag Freedom Z KAW w/48" deck $5,300, ok
6. '04 Great Dane Chariot 23 HP Kawasaki w/50" deck, 34 hrs $5,000 no scalping wheels on deck, overkill
7. '07 Great Dane Chariot 23 HP Vanguard w/52" deck, new $6,000, like the large tire size, total overkill

ZT2800 hydro transaxles good over 10 or 12 cc pumps and motors?

For yard size and price, the Phazer looks like a good choice provided it holds on the ditches, like the left deck clearance for trimming, none on the CT, flush with tires, Is that a big deal?

Drove the Hustler at the dealership, can have the Great Danes or Exmarks brought to the house to try out. Exmark dealer 6 miles away, Great Dane/Skag Dealer 30 miles away.

Suggestions? Thanks.

Capemay Eagle
07-29-2007, 05:07 PM
For one acre all the machines listed are overkill IMO. THe Mini fasttrak would be perfect for you and alot less than $5,000.

dgfitz
07-30-2007, 03:28 AM
That Fastrack is your ticket, pro Kawi engine, and very easy to service
yourself. If you have a bad back the Flex Forks work wonderfully, all
the others are good too, but you asked for the best.

nmurph
07-30-2007, 08:32 AM
For one acre all the machines listed are overkill IMO. THe Mini fasttrak would be perfect for you and alot less than $5,000.

ditto.........1 acre and under is where the Mini Fasttrak (about $3800) shines.
if you insist on a mower you listed, the exmark, scag and Hustler are all well liked. i would go for the Fasttrak. i has 4.5" of trim, a 4 yr warranty and Hustler's top-shelf factory customer support.
as to the zt 2800......they are commercial. you will never wear them out cutting 1 acre. many mfr are using them in their high-end estate/entry-level commercial mowers

radman40
07-31-2007, 07:56 AM
Thanks for the input. The exmark dealer is bringing over the three machines above to demo tonight. The dealership is the closest and has a good reputation in the area (IH dealer)
So from the comments would you still take a new '07hustler mini track 17 Kohler Courage with 42" deck, $4,200 over the '06 exmark Phazer 19 hp Kawasaki with the 44" trivantage 7 gage deck -12 hrs for $4,300 with the mulch and strip kits included? To me the Phazer looks like more machine for the same money.
Pros: heavier deck, better spindles, better engine
Cons: narrower stance, 2 year vs. 4 year warranty
Plan to look over the Hustlers in person again.

nmurph
07-31-2007, 11:40 AM
the only area where i see an advantage with the phazer is in the hydro's. read the specs carefully, the phazer deck is reinforced with 7 guage. either machine will last many years cutting 1 acre per week. i personally am very fond of my Mini Fasttrak. i would think that you could do a little better than $4200 for a mft. the better warranty and outstanding factory support mean a lot to me. if you haven't already done so, go read the Hustler forum. PJ absolutely is there for any problem, no matter how small it seems.

Capemay Eagle
07-31-2007, 01:57 PM
Thanks for the input. The exmark dealer is bringing over the three machines above to demo tonight. The dealership is the closest and has a good reputation in the area (IH dealer)
So from the comments would you still take a new '07hustler mini track 17 Kohler Courage with 42" deck, $4,200 over the '06 exmark Phazer 19 hp Kawasaki with the 44" trivantage 7 gage deck -12 hrs for $4,300 with the mulch and strip kits included? To me the Phazer looks like more machine for the same money.
Pros: heavier deck, better spindles, better engine
Cons: narrower stance, 2 year vs. 4 year warranty
Plan to look over the Hustlers in person again.
I don't know who gave you a price on 4,200 for the Mini fastrak but I paid $3665.00 for mine, take that I have 7% sales tax in NJ that took it to $3900.00. I know I could have done a few hundred better if I would have taken a hour ride west of me, I just would rater deal local. I also could have got a 44in hustler fastrak with the 19 kawi with one cut under its belt for $4400.00 at the same place, but it was just not necessary for my one acre..Me and Murph can attest that Hustler is a great machine, and a great warranty. I would deffiantly check that price for the MFT..

radman40
08-02-2007, 12:58 PM
I typed a post two nights ago and it vanished before posting. I pulled the trigger today and got the Phazer with 12 hrs on it, mulch kit, hitch, for $3,900. Agree the Hustler Mini fast track is a great machine too, confirmed price of $3,800 at two places, and my second choice. Came down to the motor, transaxles, and location. 19HP Kawasaki FH vs. 17 HP Kohler Courage, ZT-2800 vs. EZT, little wider (tire to tire) 39.5 vs. 37.75, little heavier 610 lbs vs. 572 lbs, 6 miles vs. 30 miles. Per comment above - the deck side skirts are 7 gauge with 10 gauge top reinforced with 7 gauge ring. My novice mindset really wanted a KAW motor. I respect the Hustler dealer who ageed/recommended the mini fastrak for 1 acre and did not try and upsell me a larger machine. If I didn't get Phazer for basically $60 less (Mulch kit included) I would have bought the MFT ($3,800) Thanks for your opinions.